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1 A High School to Community College to Four-Year College Program Initiative

2 Pathway Program Mission The Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program increases access to higher education for selected Northern Virginia high school students who have both the desire and the capacity to achieve a baccalaureate degree, but whose likelihood of academic success would be significantly enhanced by receiving the targeted support and structural guidance provided by the Pathway Program. The program provides an environment to facilitate the successful transition and increased retention and transfer of students from high school, through Northern Virginia Community College, to George Mason University or another university of the student’s choice.

3 Pathway Program Genesis As four-year institutions in Virginia become increasingly competitive, more traditional- aged students are enrolling in community colleges with the intent of transferring. Many high school students who declare their intent to attend Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) are not successfully enrolling. The population of students in NVCC’s service area who are academically-qualified but at- risk of persisting in post-secondary education continues to grow rapidly.

4 Program Development Timeline NOVA’s President, Dr. Robert Templin, met with executive leadership of two K-12 systems (FCPS and LCPS) and George Mason University (2004) NOVA’s President, Dr. Robert Templin, met with executive leadership of two K-12 systems (FCPS and LCPS) and George Mason University (2004) Executive leadership established a multi-institutional Task Force to address regional issues and educational trends in the region ( ) Executive leadership established a multi-institutional Task Force to address regional issues and educational trends in the region ( ) Program Charter completed and ratified; Memoranda of Agreement approved (2005) Program Charter completed and ratified; Memoranda of Agreement approved (2005) Program pilot launched in 12 high schools in FCPS and LCPS ( ) Program pilot launched in 12 high schools in FCPS and LCPS ( )

5 Current Pathway Program Consortium

6 Pathway Consortium Operations Consortium is run by an External Steering Committee with representation from all program partners Consortium is run by an External Steering Committee with representation from all program partners External Steering Committee is comprised of senior leaders from program partners (Director, Vice President, Assistant Superintendant, Provost, etc.) External Steering Committee is comprised of senior leaders from program partners (Director, Vice President, Assistant Superintendant, Provost, etc.) Steering Committee meets annually to review program goals, operations and to approve calendar and process for following year Steering Committee meets annually to review program goals, operations and to approve calendar and process for following year Additional meetings with individual program partners are held on an as-needed basis Additional meetings with individual program partners are held on an as-needed basis

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8 Student Application Process Program information disseminated to all 12 th grade students in participating high schools Program information disseminated to all 12 th grade students in participating high schools Outreach to community organizations and college access programs tied to partner high schools Outreach to community organizations and college access programs tied to partner high schools Students complete 1 page/double-sided program application and submit to high school counselor Students complete 1 page/double-sided program application and submit to high school counselor School counselor completes recommendation and provides required supplemental information School counselor completes recommendation and provides required supplemental information Applications are reviewed by team of NOVA and Mason representatives Applications are reviewed by team of NOVA and Mason representatives Decisions mailed 4 weeks after application deadline Decisions mailed 4 weeks after application deadline

9 Pathway Student Selection Criteria Strong post-secondary academic potential Long-term academic goal is to complete a baccalaureate degree Desire and focus toward future academic achievement Strength of character and maturity Appropriate attendance and behavioral conduct Participation in another college access program

10 At-Risk Population 93% of Pathway students meet one or more US Department of Education criteria known to adversely affect academic persistence in college: Immigrant or child of immigrant parents Member of a minority group Low income or single parent household First generation college student Presence of a disability Ward of the state

11 Pathway Student Data High School GPA Range: Median GPA (HS): % of students completed at least one college-level course while enrolled in high school 55% of students completed at least one Tech Prep or Vocational/Technical course while enrolled in high school 36% receive Free or Reduced Lunch 46% of FAFSA-filers are within 150% of Federal Poverty Level

12 Regional vs. Program Demographics

13 The Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program Student Development Learning Community Financial Support Counseling Services

14 Key Program Interventions High school program services provided on- site at participating high schools during regular school hours True one-stop, case management model for student services Financial aid/literacy training and program- specific grants and scholarships Learning community/cohort-building model beginning in high school Early, continuous investment by all participating institutions in student success

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16 Transition Program Placement testing, academic advising and early course registration occur on-site at high schools Counselors act as liaison with college departments to ensure that all required transition documentation has been submitted to the college Pathway Transition Counselors work on- campus in July and August (funded by NVCC) to verify that transition processes are completed

17 Retention/Transfer Program Learning Community courses, workshops and events at NVCC and Mason Retention Counselors dedicated to program participants Mandatory academic advising prior to course registration Required participation in college’s Student Development programming and campus life Early Alert Program: mid-semester progress

18 Retention/Transfer Program Access to selected academic, athletic, social, and cultural activities at Mason Mason Advisor meets each semester with participating students Personalized assistance with each step of transfer process Guest Matriculation at George Mason while completing a NVCC degree Early, Guaranteed Admission to George Mason with GPA and an Associate in Arts or Sciences Degree

19 Retention Program at Mason Continued academic monitoring by Pathway Advisors at Mason Comprehensive orientations for transfer students Continued participation in cohort meetings, workshops, and events for Mason degree candidates Early review for Mason financial aid Mentoring of younger program students

20 Program Assessment Data 85% of cohorts 1-4 successfully transitioned from high school to higher education (National Average: 63% in 12 years)* 98% of students earn college credit in the first year (National Average: 47% in 12 years)* First to second semester persistence rate for cohorts 1-4: 90% (NVCC average: 77%) Year-to-year persistence rate for cohorts 1-4: 81% (NVCC average: 65%) * US Department of Education, NEL Study

21 Program Assessment Data 73% of students in good academic standing after the first semester (Average among similar control groups: 40-50%)* 66% of deferral and “stop-out” students enroll or re-enroll within one year Financial Aid participation rate is double the NVCC average Four year Pathway graduation rate is double NOVA’s general graduation rate 65% of students have not participated in other college access programs * Lumina Foundation, “May 2004 Newsletter”

22 Current Pathway Funding Model School systems and NVCC jointly fund the Pathway Program, with minimal grant support Cost of program to district is based upon number of schools and students served Each transition counselor serves up to 360 high school students Each retention counselor serves up to 600 college students High schools selected at discretion of school system based on funding and need

23 College Readiness Pilot Pathway Connection College Readiness pilot launch in Focus on reducing need for remediation among at-risk students by 50% Pathway Connection will use a one-stop, case management approach to early remediation of lagging academic skills Two year program pilot will serve th and 11 th grade students at 8 high schools

24 For additional information, please visit our consortium website at or contact Kerin Hilker-Balkissoon, Program Director at


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