“Not on my sofa!” was one parent’s response at the prospect of their student’s gap year. Fair enough, yet under the right circumstances, could a gap year be a smart solution?
A group of admission deans and researchers have banded together to form a new coalition dedicated to studying gap year outcomes.
The new Gap Year Research Consortium—based at Colorado College—will seek to determine how students who take an intentional gap year before college fare upon their return to the classroom.
“As long-time supporters of the gap year movement, we believe that creating a clearinghouse for the research that is going on at colleges and universities around the country is the logical next step in better understanding the positive outcomes that can come from taking a gap year,” Colorado College Vice President of Enrollment Mark Hatch said in a news release.
Counselors who take time to discuss gap year options provide a great service to college-bound students and their families, says author Andrea Wien.
Higher education is an expensive endeavor, and the grades and connections students make as freshmen can set the course for the rest of their college career.
That’s why teens who are burned out from high school — or just not developmentally ready for college — may benefit from taking a gap year to work, travel, or explore an area of interest, Wien said Wednesday during a #NACACreads Twitter discussion of her book, Gap to Great.
Could taking a break from formal education help more students find success in college?
Explore that question and share your own insights tonight during a #NACACreads discussion of Gap to Great.
The chat will kick off on Twitter at 9 p.m. (ET).