In January, College Board President David Coleman shared a vision for making sure more low-income students are allowed to take part in higher education. The video is linked here and you can hear Coleman outline this effort as part of a larger panel discussion that included Dan Porterfield, President, Franklin & Marshall; Sal Khan, Founder and Executive Director, Khan Academy; and Janet Napolitano, President, University of California. At minute 31:42, Coleman describes the importance of the “non-cognitive dimension” in measuring those who succeed versus those who don’t. Coleman elaborates by noting “sustained practice of an activity” is the best predictor of college completion.
Coleman reminds us that “grit, determination, resilience” are paramount if students are going to be successful with the Common Core or any academic outcome.