Introduction to the Texas Edition
While states implement the Common Core State Standards to increase the number of students prepared to pursue college and careers, college admissions is the most competitive ever, student loan debt is the highest ever, and the process of preparing students for college from elementary school through high school is perhaps, the most complicated ever. According to the 2012 ACT exam results [www.act.org], over 8 out of 10 students want to obtain a 4-year college degree or higher, however, less than half of all students are ready for college after graduating from high school.
The information provided will not only expand parent and student understanding of the college admissions process, it is intended to stimulate conversations about the types of jobs and careers students may aspire to pursue, level of income they wish to earn, and the education that will be required. This book is also intended to guide conversations between parents and students, and the teachers, counselors, and community and faith-based organizations willing to assist students in developing their college-bound plans or navigating the college admissions process.
Parents and students will findcomprehensive, yet easy to read, information outlining the Texas high school graduation requirements and some of the many resources available to Texas resident-students to support their college-bound dreams and aspirations. Successful college planning involves developing a comprehensive elementary school-through-high school plan of course work and activities, researching colleges, visiting college campuses, identifying scholarships and other sources of financial aid, and most of all, beginning the conversation about college years before a student enters high school.
In addition to the 14 chapters and 70 strategies offered, the Texas Supplement at the end of the book will guide students to the websites of some of the 104 public and 44 independent institutions in the Texas university and community college system. Whether a student plans to begin in the Texas Community College system or enter directly into a 4-year college or university, the information will assist each student in developing the college-bound plan most reflective of his or her personal situation, college preparation, and financial need.