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1 Shifting from College Access to College Success NACAC September 24, 2011 THE EDUCATION TRUST WHO WE ARE The Education Trust works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, prekindergarten through college, and forever closing the achievement gaps that separate low income students and students of color from other youth. Our basic tenet is this All children will learn at high levels when they are taught to high levels. WHAT WE DO Advocacy to help schools, colleges, and communities mount campaigns to close gaps Research and policy analysis on patterns and practices that both cause and close gaps Technical assistance to schools, colleges, and community based organizations to raise student achievement and close gaps Shifting from College Access to College Success What is CRO and how does it work? How can CRO help school counselors? How can CRO help admissions counselors? CRO in practice Source: N/A 1

2 College going is on the rise for all students Percentage of high school graduates immediately enrolling in college, % 50% 71% 38% 63% 62% 50% 23% 55% 64% White Black Hispanic Low Income High Income Note: Data for black, Hispanic, and low income represent two year moving average because of small sample sizes. Source: NCES, Condition of Education (2010) and Condition of Education (2011) 4 But gaps exist between whites and underrepresented minority groups. 80% 75% 70% 65% 60% 55% 50% Percentage of high school completers who were enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college immediately following high school graduation, % 63% 62% White African American Latino Source: NCES, The Condition of Education 2011 Indicator 21: Supplemental Table A Degree attainment gaps have also grown. Bachelor s degree attainment of young adults (25 29 year olds) 39% 24% 11% 19% 9% 13% White Black Hispanic Source: NCES, Condition of Education (2010) and U.S. Census Bureau, Educational Attainment in the United States:

3 Attainment gaps also remain based on income. Bachelor s degree attainment of young adults (by age 24) 82% 38% % 8% High Income Low Income Source: Postsecondary Education Opportunity, Bachelor s Degree Attainment by Age 24 by Family Income, Quartiles 1970 to Black and Latino Freshmen Complete College at Lower Rates Than Other Students Year Completion Rates for Fall 2002 Cohort at All 4-Year Institutions Graduation Rates (%) % 40% 49% 67% Overall rate: 57% 38% 10 0 White Black Latino Asian American Indian 8 Source: NCES (April 2010). First Look: Enrollment in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2008; Graduation Rates, 2002 and 2005 Cohorts; and Financial Statistics Fiscal Year College Results Online 3

4 Why use CRO to help in your WHY College CRO? Search? Some institutions are doing better overall and with lowincome and underrepresented minority populations. HOW TO USE CRO Choose a College Compare Colleges Advanced Search 4

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6 Florida Public Four Year Universities Source: College Results Online, 2009 A Tale of Two Schools Florida State University Median SAT in 2009 was 1185 Classified as Research Very High institution according to Carnegie Classification Classified as Very Competitive by Barron s 23% of students are URM 18% of students receive Pell University of South Florida Median SAT in 2009 was 1140 Classified as Research Very High institution according to Carnegie Classification Classified as Competitive by Barron s 27% of students are URM 26% of students receive Pell FSU and USF are peers, with very different grad rates 6

7 Student Characteristics Cost and Financial Aid: Average Grant Size Matters Retention and Progression Rates 7

8 Graduation Rates Over Time Steady Improvement in Graduation Rates at FSU Florida State University University of South Florida Grad Rates by Race or Gender 8

9 Gaps: Some schools do better than others at graduating all students at equal rates Similar Students, Different Results 2009 Six Year Graduation Rates FSU 2009 Six Year Graduation Rates USF 80% 70% 71% 68% 60% 60% 50% 48% 47% 50% 40% 40% 30% 30% 20% 20% 10% 10% 0% Overall URM 0% Overall URM Note: URM stands for underrepresented minority students and includes African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians. Source: College Results Online 2009 Dataset. Shifting from College Access to College Success How can CRO help school counselors? Source: N/A 9

10 School Counselors have a moral and ethical obligation to act in the best interest of their students. You have Power! Use it! Source: N/A School Counselors Using CRO with Students Use CRO to discover Graduation rates of colleges your students typically attend Potential alternative institutions with higher graduation rates Use CRO when guiding individual students Teach students and parents how to use CRO in the college choice decision making process School Counselors Using CRO with Students Math CRO great for graphing and other math problems Include CRO in career reports/portfolios English CRO great for persuasive argument assignment Colleges will take a second look if CRO data in application essay assuming it s good data 30 10

11 CRO as an Advocacy Tool Ask college reps Data on remedial course enrollment Effectiveness of remediation courses Data on student support programs Collaborate with other area high schools Use data to express concern to Dean of Admissions If possible compare to data from other local colleges Start recommending other colleges for students Shifting from College Access to College Success How can CRO help admissions counselors? 32 Admissions Counselors Using CRO The data show a sobering picture The national 4 year graduation rate is 36.7 percent The national 6 year graduation rate is 57.0 percent Admissions counselors need to embrace their role in completion conversation Source: NCES (February 2011). First Look: Enrollment in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2009; Graduation Rates, 2003 & 2006 Cohorts; and Financial Statistics, Fiscal Year

12 College graduation rates are individual stories with national implications 34 CRO as an Advocacy Tool In 2018, 63 percent of jobs will require a postsecondary degree The U.S. needs to produce 22 million new college degrees by 2018, but on our current trajectory, we will fall short by 3 million. Source: Carnevale, Smith, and Strohl, Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018, % 65% 60% 55% 50% 45% The U.S. ranks 15th among OECD countries in educational attainment for young adults Percentage of Adults Ages with an Associate s Degree or Higher US = 41% Average = 37% 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% Source: OECD, Education at a Glance 2011,Table A1.3a

13 Changing demographics demand greater focus on underrepresented populations. Population Increase, Ages 0 24, (in millions) 31,337 Percentage Increase, Ages 0 24, 137% White 96% Black 5,516 2,312 4, % 15% 50% Latino Asian American Indian Closing racial gaps in degree attainment will create more than half of the degrees necessary to raise America to first in the world in degree attainment. Note: Projected Population Growth, Ages 0 24, Source: National Population Projections, U.S. Census Bureau. Released 2008; NCHEMS,Adding It Up, 2007 College graduation rates are individual stories 38 Advocacy Steps for Admissions Counselors Understand your role to prospective students as the face of the university You are the eyes and ears of the university Leverage your knowledge of students with senior university leadership Inform and drive strategies for change 39 13

14 Advocacy Steps for Admissions Counselors Utilize research and data to support the story Share CRO with your colleagues Reach out to other departments, including Financial Aid Share the stories and examples of students you have worked with Involve decision makers in admissions activities 40 Ed Trust CRO Briefs 41 Next School Year THE EDUCATION TRUST NATIONAL CONFERENCE November 3-5, 2011 Washington D.C. REGISTER TODAY!!! Download this presentation and learn more about the conference at: Washington, D.C. Ann Arbor, MI 202/ / Oakland, CA 510/

15 Contact Us Mamie Lynch Peggy Hines Joseph Yeado Stay connected with The Education Trust online: H Street N.W. Suite 700 Washington, D.C / CRO Counseling Exercise What kind of information can you use to help Jamal think carefully about his decision? Based on the CRO handouts, do you think Bowie is the best choice for him? Where can he afford to go? Would there be a better college for him? What would you recommend to Jamal? 44 15

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