A Path to Alignment: Connecting K-12 & Higher Education via the Common Core and the Degree Qualifications Profile

Lumina Foundation, by Paul L. Gaston and David T. Conley

“The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which aim to assure competency in English/language  arts and mathematics through the K-12 curriculum, define necessary but not sufficient preparedness  for success in college. The Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP), which describes what a college degree should signify, regardless of major, offers useful but not sufficient guidance to high school students preparing for college study. A coordinated strategy to prepare students to succeed in college would align these two undertakings and thus bridge an unfortunate and harmful cultural chasm between the K-12 world and that of higher education. Chasms call for bridges, and the bridge proposed by this white paper could create a vital thoroughfare”