This project investigates the lack of information and computer related skills in the college student. It focuses on the types of skills required for post secondary students to succeed in their first year. The literature review explores the possible reasons why students have not acquired these skills. It also offers solutions to the problem. The main purpose of the project is the development of a skills continuum for use with first year college students. Key documents such as high school learning outcomes from feeder schools, first year university research assignments, and Sociology 1000, 2270, and History 1001 skills objectives are analyzed. The six stages of the Big Six Model© by Eisenberg and Berkowitz is used as a framework. The continuum will assist first year university instructors at the college level to design research projects that will foster critical thinking, independent learning, and problem solving.