Components of College Readiness
Readiness Indicator
Virtual University Intiative
Contextual Skills
College Knowledge
Student possesses an awareness of
the college process; including
admissions, curriculum, financial aid,
The VUI's mock college application
admissions process, parent webinars,
and local college tour program
address this important aspect of
college readiness.
Cognitive Strategies
Problem Solving
College ready students have
practiced and are more proficient in
higher level learning, and more easily
conform to this college level
expectation.  College level learning
requires operation beyond simple
recall of facts.  The ability to
demonstrate comprehension,
application, and analysis of learned
material becomes increasingly more
By offering 4-week college level mini
courses the VUI provides opportunity
for students to experience college
expectations.  These courses are
narrow in scope to maximize practice of
higher level learning.  Emphasis is
placed on learning skill development.  
College credit is not offered for these
courses.  This low stakes strategy is
specifically designed to emphasize skill
development and college readiness.  
The service learning component
associated with each course allows for
a more practical interaction with
learned material as students initiate
projects that address community
Academic Skills
Writing & Research
In one semester, college students are
often expected to produce multiple
expository, descriptive, and/or
persuasive writing products that are
well supported and researched.
Oftentimes, high school students
have not had sufficient opportunity to
hone their writing and research skills
sufficient to the level required for
college success.
Not only do the VUI mini courses
include writing assignments, there is at
least one course that specifically
addresses rhetoric and effective
persuasive and descriptive writing.  
Further, the VUI website includes an
Online Writing Laboratory (OWL) that
links to customized video presentations
on the writing process.  The website
also includes a Research Assistant
component that provides important
research and citation tips.
Academic Behaviors
Self Monitoring
Study Skills
Self-monitoring refers to students'
ability to assess their own level of
understanding and mastery of a
subject.  Students proficient in self
monitoring are able to select or faced
with difficulties, transfer or modify
successful strategies, and identify
learning difficulties early.  Certainly
study skills go well beyond simply
completing readings and
assignments.  Important study skills
include time management, instructor
communication, learning styles
alignment, and other factors.
The extracurricular nature and narrow
focus of the academic components of
the VUI provide students opportunity to
assess their level of understanding of
the subject matter.  Further, following
each course students participate in a
service learning component designed
to apply course content to address a
community problem or issue.  Students
therefore have enhanced opportunities
to interact with larger themes and
become more sensitized to acquired
knowledge.  Additionally, in an effort to
maximize academic success potential,
all students complete a comprehensive
learning styles and preferences survey
and receive one-on-one counseling
designed to explore strategies that
exploit unique styles and preferences.
College Readiness*
Virtual University Initiative
*(derived from "Redefining College Readiness (2007) by David T. Conley)