"I want them to know that the main priority is to put their job–that of being a student and earning a degree–absolutely first," said one reader.

Education stakeholders often complain about students’ lack of college readiness, or the lack  of skills, characteristics, and general know-how needed before they set foot on campus. But besides knowing to bring flip flops to the shower, what are the most important things incoming freshman need to know?

As part of our eCampus newsletter’s ‘Question of the Week’ series, we asked our eCN readers: “What’s the one skill you’d like incoming freshmen to master before they come onto campus?”

And though answers such as “the ability to plot a line on a graph” may seem like an obvious answer, many responses were more basic than one might expect.

1.How to write

“I would love to see all freshmen (all students, for that matter) be able to write a complete sentence with correct punctuation and spelling.” – Bette Lutes-Konecny, Chair, School of Information Technology, ITT Technical Institute, Wichita, Kansas

“Wide experiences in all types of reading as precursor for experiences for written communication.” – Sharon Feaster-Lewis, Charleston South Carolina