Assessing Your Teen’s Readiness for College
William R. Stixrud, Ph.D.
Judith Bass, CEP
Hannah Serota, M.Ed. (discussant)
Many students go off to college after graduating from high school who have shown no signs of being able to independently run their own lives. Thousands of these kids flunk out of college or are placed on academic probation in their first year, at great emotional cost to the kids and enormous financial cost to the kids and/or their families. In this lecture, Dr. William Stixrud and Ms. Judith Bass will discuss contemporary life on college campuses and why so many students cannot handle college successfully, at least right out of high school. They will argue that four years of college should not be considered as an “entitlement” for kids - but rather as an extremely important investment that should be made wisely and at the right time. The rest of the lecture will focus on (1) how to determine when a student is ready to begin college, (2) how to talk with children, starting in the ninth grade, about the kinds of skills, attitudes, and behaviors they will need to show in order to demonstrate their college readiness, (3) how having a learning disability and/or ADHD affects college readiness, (4) how to help kids get ready to be successful in college, and (5) what do to with kids who aren’t yet ready to go. Ms. Serota will add the perspective of a college counselor working in an independent school.