Feb. 26, 2016
GALESBURG — Leaders from Carl Sandburg College, Black Hawk College, area school districts and high schools as well as leadership from Regional Office of Education #33 met Wednesday to discuss solutions to bridging the gap between high school graduation requirements and entrance into college courses.
The meeting, arranged by ROE #33, included Jodi L. Scott, Regional Superintendent of Schools; Sandburg President Dr. Lori Sundberg; Sandburg Vice President of Academic Services Julie Gibb; Black Hawk Dean Ken Nickels; and principals and counselors from high schools in ROE #33, which serves Henderson, Knox, Mercer and Warren counties.
“This was an incredible group of educators that gathered to discuss ways to be certain all of our high school students are able to move directly into college work,” Sundberg said. “This is the first time this type of meeting has happened, and it was a phenomenal success. I’m excited for where this can lead us, and many thanks to the Regional Office of Education #33 for organizing this event.”
Officials reviewed and discussed local high school data, examined what determines college readiness (from both the high school perspective and higher education perspective) and considered ways to build the bridge between high school and higher education. Participants agreed to meet again to form task forces to address specific populations and to look at national benchmarks and strategies that might already be successful.
“We are excited about the opportunity to work with our high school partners,” Gibb said. “I am confident that our discussions and continued collaboration will prove to be most beneficial for the students as they transition from high school to college.”
Leaders from Carl Sandburg College, Black Hawk College, area school districts and Regional Office of Education #33 met Wednesday in Galesburg to discuss solutions to bridging the gap between high school graduation requirements and entrance into college courses.