A Model Prekindergarten Through 4th Year of College (P-16) Individual Graduation Plan Proposal
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Purpose: The education community should have tools for assisting students in their early development for future success. The purpose of this applied research project is threefold. The first purpose of this paper was to develop a preliminary model describing the components and elements that should be included in a prekindergarten through 4th year of college (the common ending to a bachelor's degree from a four-year university) Individual Graduation Plan (P-16 IGP). Second, educational experts and stakeholders assessed the preliminary P-16 IGP model and offered suggestions to improve the proposed model. Lastly, an ideal P-16 IGP model was developed by incorporating feedback provided by the educational stakeholders. Methodology: Focused interviews were conducted with ten Central Texas educational stakeholders and national experts to ascertain the soundness of the preliminary P-16 IGP model.These interviews were open-ended in nature, providing the interviewees with the opportunity to respond as they saw fit. Results: The recommendations provided during the interviews were incorporated into an ideal P-16 IGP model. This model is included in Appendix A. The ten key components of the model are: 1) Plan Summary, 2) School Record and Succession, 3) Student Profile, 4) Personal Development, 5) Academic Development, 6) Career Development, 7) Postsecondary Development, 8) Monitoring and Intervention, 9) Support (Parent/Guardian), and 10) Portfolio.