Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework
There is a growing recognition that strong academic skills alone are not enough for young people to become successful adults, and this comprehensive report offers wide-ranging evidence to show that what young people need to develop from preschool to young adulthood to succeed in college and career are factors related to non-cognitive, or social and emotional learning. This report details the multi-year work engaged by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (UChicago CCSR) to build a conceptual framework that articulates what is needed to guide children and youth into successful adults. Three phases of the project were conducted to achieve a cohesive and comprehensive framework, and work in these phases included analysis and synthesis of the literature interviews and convenings of with a range of experts and stakeholders as well as students and adults working in schools and community programs. The framework is organized by three key factors: agency, integrated identity, and competencies. Underlying the key factors are four foundational components: self-regulation, knowledge and skills, mindsets, and values. The report describes the framework in depth and concludes with targeted recommendations for all stakeholders.