Researchers did acknowledge that the new Common Core Standards, which have recently been introduced in states across the country, could help to better prepare students for rigorous college coursework. However, the standards must be implemented well to be effective. Of course, that opens up a whole new can of worms as far as the general state of education in the United States today.
In the meantime, community colleges will continue to be a focus of academic performance, even as they have become a centerpiece for career preparedness today. As researchers and educators continue to explore the problems and possible solutions in the education system, more reform may be on the way.