Alliance for College Readiness
This initiative promotes collaboration between educators from kindergarten through college and careers. Area educators from public and private educations systems are welcome to participate. The goal of this collaborative partnership between ECC and the public school districts in Community College District 509 is to ensure that all District 509 young people are ready for college-level courses and can experience success after high school.
Members of the Alliance for College Readiness work in faculty and staff teams to establish a common understanding of college and career readiness, to better align curriculum and instruction and to foster effective communication systems between students, educators, and parents. To learn more about this partnership, review the sections below:
Elgin Community College, in partnership with its regional school district partners from Districts 300, 301, 303, and U-46, establishes annual priority areas for collaboration that increase the college and career readiness of regional students.
Career Pathway Development
The Alliance is working with its secondary partners in developing career pathways that will help students to move seamlessly from high school to college-level courses in specific career fields. These pathways will align with regional employer expectations, meet state-defined competencies, and promote student preparation for regional employment opportunities. This work supports the development of the College and Career Pathway Endorsements in our district high schools.
As part of the Illinois Post-Secondary Workforce Readiness Act (PWR) transitional courses are developed in collaboration between high school and college-level educators and taught in high school. These courses give high school seniors, who are not college-ready, the opportunity to improve their communication/literacy and math skills. Students who successfully pass these transitional high school courses with a C or better have direct placement into college-level courses in these subjects, thus bypassing the placement tests.
- Transitional Math Courses: Using the available statewide curriculum resources for Transitional Math, high school and college faculty and administrators developed three high school math courses for implementation fall 2019: STEM, Quantitative Literacy and Statistics, and Technical Math.
- Transitional Communications Courses: English Language Arts faculty (high school and college) are coordinating a faculty exchange to align fourth-year English courses with ENG101 Composition I course expectations in preparation for the development of a Transitional Communications course to first be offered in 2021.
Dual Credit Opportunities
ECC offers secondary partners multiple options for high school students to earn college credit while in high school. Most recently, the college has expanded options for students to enroll in college courses at their high school building. The College partners with each school district to identify dual credit courses. The College also provides support through the implementation of these courses to ensure standards for quality and rigor are maintained.
ECC Placement Requirements
The College modified its placement policy for new students entering in summer/fall 2019, thereby aligning with the ICCB’s Illinois common placement framework. These changes broaden the multiple methods used to qualify students for college-level classes. The changes ensure a more accurate and holistic consideration of student readiness for college entry.
We believe that all students should graduate from high school ready for college, careers, and life, prepared to pursue the future of their choosing. This expectation is reinforced by the current federal and state education legislation that define expectations for student readiness. To regional aide educators in supporting their students, the Alliance for College Readiness hosts various professional development opportunities that are free and open to educators in the region.
The classes at the Transition Academy are team-taught by one K-12 teacher and an ECC faculty member.
The Alliance for College Readiness uses data to identify trends in students’ college-going and success. Annual review of this data helps the Alliance members to keep our work focused on measurable outcomes and our potential impact on them. Data for all public schools is available through the Illinois Report Card.
- Alliance Tableau Access: Online data visualization tool available for Alliance members only at online.tableau.com (login required).
Students who attend ECC can demonstrate readiness for college coursework using several pieces of data (see Minimum Competencies and Placement Testing). Since the Alliance for College Readiness’s creation in 2006, college readiness rates - PDF have increased in reading, writing, and math.
The following charts illustrate college readiness rate trends for students from District 509 high schools who enroll at Elgin Community College.
College Readiness by Subject Chart
College Readiness Chart
In ECC’s community college district 509, the college-going rate is higher than the national average college-going rates - PDF. The Alliance continues to focus on maintaining and increasing high rates of college-going and persistence.
College Going Rates Chart: Percent of students enrolled in college after high school graduation. All district 300, 301, 303 and U-46 students combined.
College enrollment information for high school graduates provided by National Student Clearinghouse, Fall 2018.
Although not all who take college classes seek a degree or certificate, completion of these milestones within 6 years is one measure of the region’s educational success. The Alliance continues to focus on maintaining and increasing high rates of college-going and persistence degree or certificate completion - PDF so that our students can achieve their goals.
Degree/Certificate Completion Chart: Cumulative Percent of Students Earning a College Degree (Certificate or Higher), Within 6 Years of HS Graduation, By Race/Ethnicity. All district 300, 301, 303 and U-46 students combined.
College enrollment information for high school graduates provided by National Student Clearinghouse, Fall 2018