Closing the Achievement Gap Between High School Preparation and College Readiness in the Humanities

This research sought to find ways to close the achievement gap and enable high school graduates to be better prepared for college humanities classes. The researcher interviewed four state university history professors and two English professors about expectations and skills that students need to succeed in their first year of college. Professors discussed college level reading requirements, college level writing requirements and described the kind of work students can do in high school to prepare better for college. Primarily they recommend more analytical reading and writing in all disciplines. They also recommend better articulation between high school and college.