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#ReachHigher. We used to be #1. We are now #12. Key Focus Areas & Metrics President Obama’s North Star Goal: BY 2020, U.S WILL ONCE AGAIN LEAD THE WORLD.

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1 #ReachHigher

2 We used to be #1. We are now #12.

3 Key Focus Areas & Metrics President Obama’s North Star Goal: BY 2020, U.S WILL ONCE AGAIN LEAD THE WORLD IN TERMS OF COLLEGE GRADUATES. Support High School Counselors and mentors, enabling force multipliers Make Financial Aid and college affordability a reality Expose students to College and Career opportunities Inspire and support Academic & Summer Planning

4 Expose Students to College Near-Peer Mentoring Commencement Challenge: Encourage colleges to host first generation students on campus for immersion experiences. Applicants will have the chance for the First Lady to speak at their commencement ceremony. (36 Days left until February 27, 2015!) First Lady Michelle Obama with students at Howard University during the Escape to Mecca College Tour.

5 Only 14 percent of low-income students complete college.

6 Key Focus Areas & Metrics President Obama’s North Star Goal: BY 2020, U.S WILL ONCE AGAIN LEAD THE WORLD IN TERMS OF COLLEGE GRADUATES. Support High School Counselors and mentors, enabling force multipliers Make Financial Aid and college affordability a reality Expose students to College and Career opportunities Inspire and support Academic & Summer Planning

7 Financial Aid Accessibility $150 Billion in Federal Student Aid (www.studentaid.gov)www.studentaid.gov FAFSA Completion Commencement Challenge: Increase the rate of FAFSA completion in schools, districts, and cities. High schools that apply will have the opportunity for the First Lady to speak at their commencement ceremony. (58 Days left until March 16, 2015!)

8 Key Focus Areas & Metrics President Obama’s North Star Goal: BY 2020, U.S WILL ONCE AGAIN LEAD THE WORLD IN TERMS OF COLLEGE GRADUATES. Support High School Counselors and mentors, enabling force multipliers Make Financial Aid and college affordability a reality Expose students to College and Career opportunities Inspire and support Academic & Summer Planning

9 Inspire and Support Academic & Summer Planning Preparing students for the SAT/ACT and increasing AP class enrollment School districts partnering with institutions of higher learning and other nonprofits Offering rigorous coursework, counseling, and meaningful work experience during the summer Summer Learning Loss Summer Melt First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Summer Learning Day on June 20,2015 held at the U.S. Department of Education

10 Disparities in Advanced Coursework

11 Key Focus Areas & Metrics President Obama’s North Star Goal: BY 2020, U.S WILL ONCE AGAIN LEAD THE WORLD IN TERMS OF COLLEGE GRADUATES. Support High School Counselors and mentors, enabling force multipliers Make Financial Aid and college affordability a reality Expose students to College and Career opportunities Inspire and support Academic & Summer Planning

12 Support High School Counselors Current average ratio in U.S. (1 counselor for every 471 students) Better equip counselors with tools to help navigate students through the Higher- Ed process First Lady addresses American School Counselor Association Annual Conference in July First Lady speaks to Harvard Graduate School of Education on ways to close the gap in school college-career counseling At the College Opportunity Day of Action in December, 630 new commitments were announced (80+ for Counseling) These gatherings have called for filling the gap on school counselor and college access training: Credentialing Requiring College and Career Ready courses in pre-service and in-service training Non-profit/school counselor training partnerships Online courses

13 May 1 st Signing Day Last year’s Signing Day-May 1, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas Making it bigger and better this year What you can do to help First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to students at the 4th Annual: Destination College Signing Day at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

14 Q&A

15 For updates and more information: Eric Waldo Executive Director, Reach Higher Initiative Office Line: **THE SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR THE COMMENCEMENT CHALLENGES ARE RAPIDLY APPROACHING!**


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