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Early College Planning Pays Big Dividends


Challenge: In the face of a declining high school population, which translates into declining enrollments at the state's postsecondary institutions, the Louisiana Board of Regents has committed itself to addressing economic development on both the education and workforce fronts. Through its Master Plan for Public Postsecondary Education, Louisiana is increasing the academic standards required for college admission. The board recognized that timely assessment and intervention is a necessary component in ensuring that more of Louisiana's public school students are meeting the criteria necessary for college success.

Solution: In 2001, the board began offering EXPLORE® and PLAN® as part of a statewide effort to raise academic standards for college admission. The program has since expanded to include every public high school and middle school in the state.


  • Student participation in EPAS® has increased.
  • Student performance is improving.
  • College readiness has increased.
  • More students are planning to enter some form of postsecondary education.

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