Through extensive research and years of work in the field, David T. Conley, PhD, and EPIC have identified factors important to college and career readiness that make up the Four Keys to College and Career Readiness. EPIC's Four Keys conceptual framework has been adopted by national organizations such as the College Board, International Baccalaureate®, and by numerous states and school districts.
Problem formulation, research, interpretation, communication, precision/accuracy
Academic attribution, academic value, student effort, challenge level, structure of knowledge, experience with technology
Self-monitoring, learning strategies
Academic awareness, college admissions process, college and career culture, tuition and financial aid
To operationalize the model, EPIC researchers visited 38 high-performing high schools nationwide, focusing on those with students from groups historically underrepresented in higher education. Since these schools had students attending college at higher-than-predicted rates, researchers examined what set these schools apart from their peers. During site visits, EPIC researchers identified the many strategies being used to foster students' development across the four dimensions of the model.
CampusReady asks administrators, counselors, teachers, and students about the college preparatory strategies shown to be effective to discover areas of strength and weakness in college readiness programs within the school.
CampusReady measures the Four Keys to College and Career Readiness, which are:
The system is designed to measure the Four Keys to College and Career Readiness through a web-based diagnostic that is administered to students, teachers, counselors, and administrators in middle (grades 6-8) and high schools (grades 9-12) and results in detailed reports and resources that allow schools to take immediate action to improve student performance.
Educators around the nation are using the CampusReady diagnostic and resources to develop students' knowledge, skills, and behaviors that prepare them for college and career and lead to academic success. Just taking CampusReady provides faculty and staff with new ideas for developing college readiness among students as they respond to diagnostic items, which were identified as effective practices in a nationwide study. CampusReady cultivates a common understanding and vocabulary of college readiness that includes skills, behaviors, and techniques over which schools have meaningful control. The resulting detailed reports and custom list of resources allow schools to take immediate action to improve student performance.
CampusReady provides educators with information that is difficult to access with traditional measures and cut scores. It provides schools with an awareness of what it means to be college and career ready at a detailed level beyond content knowledge. Using the participants' responses, CampusReady compiles detailed reports that can help schools and districts:
CampusReady enables educators to make data-driven decisions by providing targeted resources and actionable information. It is meant to provide action, as it's founded on variables that schools have control over and can affect. Results and reports help schools to launch, prioritize, and support their college and career readiness goals.
CampusReady improves college and career readiness for students through a self-diagnostic online tool that provides data, reports, recommendations, and links to resources that help schools.
For more information about CampusReady or to request a demo, please submit the form below.
* Required Fields
Teachers, counselors, and administrators at a school spend approximately 60–90 minutes and students spend approximately 45 minutes completing CampusReady over the course of a three-week window. EPIC recommends scheduling approximately six weeks to plan and administer CampusReady to ensure a smooth implementation.
CampusReady is available for middle school (grades 6–8) and high school (grades 9–12).
The following populations participate in CampusReady:
The following activities are required for participation:
As of Spring 2012, more than 34,000 students, teachers, counselors, and administrators have taken CampusReady. This represents more than 100 schools across the country.
Supported browsers are: Mozilla Firefox 4-22; Safari 4-6; Chrome 20; and Internet Explorer 8 and 9.