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.