Why are universities doubling down on literacy programs for undergraduates?
Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, there can be an assumption that students have adequate reading skills by the time they get to college. The problem with that assumption is that many don’t. And therefore, their reading comprehension limitations are making course comprehension nearly impossible.
That’s why many institutions like UTA, UC Santa Cruz, and Merrill College are redesigning their entry-level writing courses to include more reading comprehension components in order to up-level their students’ analysis, critical thinking, and metacognition skills early in their higher ed academic career in order to rightfully set them up for success throughout the remainder of their degree program.
The takeaway? It may take some faculty convincing to stop merely being angry that secondary education isn’t adequately preparing our students with the literacy skills required for a successful college career, and to embrace the reality of the task before us. But that is where we are.
May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.
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