Statement of Charge
There has been significant work throughout the state related to P-20 initiatives. Numerous organizations, including businesses, non-profits, K-12 and institutions of higher education, state agencies and civic organizations have been engaged in this important initiative at many levels. Activities range from a focus on early childhood development, K-12 education and higher education (including two- and four-year and post-baccalaureate).
As public higher education examines its responsibilities in this area, we must ask whether specific actions can be identified that would continuously improve our success rates for mitigating leaks in the pipeline, as well as increasing its capacity. Measures such as the percentage of those pursuing higher education; graduation rates as measured from ninth grade; and increases in the number of students enrolled in science, technology, engineering and math programs, are only a few of the critical factors that should be monitored.
The UM System P-20 Task Force will be charged with producing an inventory of P-20 initiatives and outcomes across the University of Missouri campuses related to pre-college efforts (pre-kindergarten through 12th grade) that help prepare students to succeed in college and their careers. It will identify not more than 10 programs or actions that represent the best practices and programs across the system that can be leveraged and/or replicated across the state. The goal is to recommend programs that higher education institutions may adopt as part of their accountability to the state to improve the desired set of outcomes. Specifically, the focus will be on existing programs that focus on university supported pre-K through 12th grade programs which improve college going and college readiness, as well as opportunities to develop new programs that promote greater success. An invitation to participate will be extended to other two- and four-year public higher education institutions in the state.