Why We Have College Access Programs: To overcome barriers to higher education access and success
Barriers Include: Inadequate academic preparationInadequate academic preparation Lack of college, career and financial aid information and advisingLack of college, career and financial aid information and advising Scarcity of strong role modelsScarcity of strong role models Low expectationsLow expectations Access to and use of the internet***Access to and use of the internet***
Overview of College Access Services Financial Aid & Admission Counseling Early Awareness 2-YR to 4-YR Transfer Initiative Parental Advising Scholarships Internship Programs Campus Visits Career Advising Resource Center
Overview of College Access Services Adult Learner Programs Access Through Technology Community Outreach Mentors Peer Tutors Academic Counseling
Why We Need VirginiaCAN To serve as an informal network for college access practitioners;To serve as an informal network for college access practitioners; To improve access to and success in post-secondary education for disadvantaged, underrepresented, and first-generation students;To improve access to and success in post-secondary education for disadvantaged, underrepresented, and first-generation students; To provide resources for the development of college access programs in under-served communities;To provide resources for the development of college access programs in under-served communities; To provide training, technical assistance, support, professional development and networking opportunities for existing college access organizations;To provide training, technical assistance, support, professional development and networking opportunities for existing college access organizations;
Why We Need VirginiaCAN …. To develop a public relations campaign to highlight access programs in Virginia and educate Virginia on the relevance of post-secondary education;To develop a public relations campaign to highlight access programs in Virginia and educate Virginia on the relevance of post-secondary education; To identify opportunities to enhance existing programs by developing assessment tools to evaluate qualitative and quantitative effectiveness;To identify opportunities to enhance existing programs by developing assessment tools to evaluate qualitative and quantitative effectiveness; To accumulate and provide “best practice” efforts for obtaining maximum parental and student involvement and benefit;To accumulate and provide “best practice” efforts for obtaining maximum parental and student involvement and benefit; To educate local and state policy makers on issues involving college access.To educate local and state policy makers on issues involving college access.
Who is VirginiaCAN? Member organizations choosing to join the VirginiaCAN will be as diverse as the institutions that attended the College Access Summit in November 2003. One such organization is Project Discovery of Virginia, Inc, a statewide community action program with access programs in 20 localities across the state.One such organization is Project Discovery of Virginia, Inc, a statewide community action program with access programs in 20 localities across the state. The following is a list of the Summit participants:The following is a list of the Summit participants:
What can/should a college access program do? Broker resources pertaining to post high school educational opportunitiesBroker resources pertaining to post high school educational opportunities Provide a formal platform for access practitioner networkingProvide a formal platform for access practitioner networking Champion the principle of the Pathways to College “Shared Agenda”Champion the principle of the Pathways to College “Shared Agenda” –Underserved students are capable of being prepared to enter and succeed in college –Recognize and embrace learning style differences in underserved students –Appropriate college-preparatory tools must be made available to underserved students and their families –Ensure appropriate resources to fund such initiatives as above –Evaluate all activity –Involve all leaders to establish initiatives that ensure successful student transitions toward postsecondary attainment
What can/should a college access program do? Develop and maintain websites in conjunction with, not in competition with, Virginia MentorDevelop and maintain websites in conjunction with, not in competition with, Virginia Mentor Coordinate state-wide access professional development activitiesCoordinate state-wide access professional development activities Coordinate regional professional development activities within the stateCoordinate regional professional development activities within the state Coordinate annual conferencesCoordinate annual conferences Maintain “best practices’ libraryMaintain “best practices’ library Coordinate and leverage often disparate efforts to promote awarenessCoordinate and leverage often disparate efforts to promote awareness Coordinate regional awareness fairsCoordinate regional awareness fairs Mentor community-based start up awareness organizationsMentor community-based start up awareness organizations
What can/should a college access program do? Provide state-wide leadership in the awareness arenaProvide state-wide leadership in the awareness arena Conduct awareness research on a state levelConduct awareness research on a state level Seek operating resourcesSeek operating resources Seek grants to fund programs and scholarshipsSeek grants to fund programs and scholarships Educate policy makers on access issues, solutions and needsEducate policy makers on access issues, solutions and needs Share resources and make use of economies of scaleShare resources and make use of economies of scale Involve a student component including student tutoring and mentoring training and networkingInvolve a student component including student tutoring and mentoring training and networking
What can/should a college access program do? Encourage family involvement and instill optimism that college is possibleEncourage family involvement and instill optimism that college is possible Offer discreet programs that foster wise secondary curricular choicesOffer discreet programs that foster wise secondary curricular choices Coordinate a speakers bureauCoordinate a speakers bureau Maintain a taxonomy of access activitiesMaintain a taxonomy of access activities Maintain a common awareness calendar of eventsMaintain a common awareness calendar of events Maintain a best practices bankMaintain a best practices bank Facilitate sharing/cooperation/program developmentFacilitate sharing/cooperation/program development
Characteristics by Level of Educational Attainment Less than H.S.H.S. DiplomaSome CollegeBachelorAdvanced Age 25 and older14.8%32.0%25.5%18.1%9.6% Income$15,221$25,053$32,470$48,417$70,851 Unemployed10.2%5.9%4.8%3.0%2.6% Rec'd Public Assistance2.1%0.9% 0.3%0.1% Good Health67.3%82.0%87.2%92.6%92.5% Volunteer11.8%20.8%31.0%36.1% Voted42.1%56.0%67.3%76.3%82.1% United States population Compiled from: The Institute for Higher Education Policy - February 2005 "The Investment Payoff - A 50-State Analysis of the Public and Private Benefits of Higher Education" Washington, DC www.ihep.org Funding provided by the Lumina Foundation
Gear Up Program Areas Served: C-ville, Chesapeake City, Grayson, Halifax, Hampton City, James City, King/Queen, Lancaster, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Patrick, Portsmouth, Pulaski, Suffolk, Surry, Sussex, VA Beach, Washington Waynesboro, Westmoreland Unique Features/What We Know: *Fed/state $ 3-4 million-State agency-in schools-grant ends this year. *Funding ending 2006 Students are low income and many have disabilities be it mental or physical. - 4 year program began in 8th grade with one class and was served in 11 Virginia counties and 2 cities: Accomack, Buckingham, Cumberland, Dickenson, Grayson, Lee, Lunenburg, City of Norfolk, Northampton, Nottoway, City of Petersburg, Prince Edward, Washington. Funding continued through 4 years of college for follow-up and support. Funds have not been sought for another 8th grade class.
Avid –National-East Coast Division Year Founded1980Year Founded1980 Number Served36 statesNumber Served36 states Grades Served5-12Grades Served5-12 In-School Programs ☺In-School Programs ☺ Mentors Tutors ☺Mentors Tutors ☺ FA Parents ☺FA Parents ☺ Teacher Workshops ☺Teacher Workshops ☺
AVID-National-East Coast Division Areas Served: Chesapeake, Chesterfield, Cumberland Danville, Fairfax, Hampton, New Port News, Va. Beach, Williamsburg Unique Features/What We Know: Feature AVID elective in school class period/curriculum designed by high school teachers and college faculty/stress WIC-R: writing, inquiry, collaboration to train staff and school administrators in AVID methodology/teachers redefined as advocate and guide as opposed to lecturer/creates site teams from different disciplines/learning focus -analyze, question, clarify, comprehend, assimilate work in conjunction with GEAR UP, Talent Search and similar access programs
Girls & Boys Clubs Grades Served13-18Grades Served13-18 After School ☺After School ☺ Summer Programs ☺Summer Programs ☺ Mentors Tutors ☺Mentors Tutors ☺ Service Learning ☺Service Learning ☺ Scholarships ☺Scholarships ☺
I Have A Dream Grades ServedK-12Grades ServedK-12 Scholarships☺Scholarships☺ Areas Served: Clark Elementary in Charlottesville Unique Features/What We Know: Adopted 59 kindergarten students for a 12 year program/significant community support
ROTC 4 Year College Scholarships ROTC 4 year College Scholarships: to apply must meet the following: Be a U.S. citizen, Be between the ages of 17 and 26, Have a high school CGPA of at least 2.50, Have a high school diploma or equivalent, Score minimum of 920 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT, Meet physical standards, Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard) The most competitive candidates for an Army ROTC Four-Year Scholarship will have at least a SAT score of 1100 or an ACT score
Talent Search Year Founded1965Year Founded1965 Grades Served6-12Grades Served6-12 After School ☺After School ☺ Mentors Tutors ☺Mentors Tutors ☺ FA Parents ☺FA Parents ☺ Campus Tours ☺Campus Tours ☺ Trade Schools ☺Trade Schools ☺
Academic, financial, career, or personal counseling Career exploration and aptitude assessment Tutorial services Information on postsecondary education Exposure to college campuses Information on student financial assistance Assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams Mentoring programs Special activities for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders Workshops for the families of participants Served 1222 students in Virginia in 2000, roughly 60% female 40% male, 35% black, 32% Caucasian, 23 Hispanic Latin, 4% Asian AREAS SERVED: Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Hampton University, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Mountain Empire Community College, Patrick Henry Community College Southwest Virginia Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Virginia State University/ Petersburg, Wytheville Community College Serves 6 th -12 th graders plus high school dropouts by encouraging them to reenter the educational system and complete their education. Students must be between the ages of 11 and 27 and have completed the fifth grade.
Upward Bound Year Founded1964Year Founded1964 After School ☺After School ☺ Summer Programs ☺Summer Programs ☺ Mentors Tutors ☺Mentors Tutors ☺ FA Parents ☺FA Parents ☺ Campus Tours ☺Campus Tours ☺ Scholarships ☺Scholarships ☺
Instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school Academic, financial, or personal counseling, tutorial services Exposure to academic programs and cultural events Mentoring programs, information on postsecondary education opportunities Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications Upward Bound helps young students to prepare for higher education. Participants receive instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, and science on college campuses after school, on Saturdays and during the summer. Currently, 774 programs are in operation throughout the United States. All Upward Bound projects MUST provide instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language. Other services include:
Danville Community College Hampton University, Norfolk State University Old Dominion University Southwest Virginia Community College Rappahanock Community College Roanoke College Saint Paul's College Southwest Virginia Community College University of Virginia/ Charlottesville University of Virginia/ Wise Wytheville Community College Virginia Highlands Community College Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Virginia State University Virginia Union University Tidewater Community College Upward Bound
Upward Bound Math/Science Upward Bound Math/Science: Southwest Virginia Community College campus only Upward Bound Math/Science helps students from low- income families to strengthen math and science skills. In addition, students learn computer technology as well as English, foreign language and study skills. More than 130 programs are serving students throughout the country.
Student Support Services make it possible for low-income students to stay in college until they earn their baccalaureate degrees. Participants who include disabled college students, receive tutoring, counseling and remedial instruction. Students are now being served at 930 colleges and universities nationwide. AREA SERVED: Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Hampton University Mountain Empire Community College Lord Fairfax Community College Norfolk State University Old Dominion University Patrick Henry Community College Paul D. Camp Community College Radford University Rappahannock Community College Southwest Virginia Community College Thomas Nelson Community College Tidewater Community College University of Virginia/ Wise Virginia Highlands Community College Virginia State University Virginia Western Community College Wytheville Community College Student Support Services – Post secondary
The Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs provides funding to enhance the skills and expertise of project directors and staff employed in the Federal TRIO Programs. Training projects may include conferences, seminars, internships, workshops, or publication of manuals. Training topics are based on priorities established by the Secretary of Education and announced in the Federal Register notice for application. The TRIO Training program provides training and information on the following topics: Improving student retention Counseling services Student testing Working with specific TRIO populations Legislative and regulatory requirements Program evaluation
College Is Possible Year Founded1997Year Founded1997 FA ParentsOn campusFA ParentsOn campus
College Partnership Year Founded1989Year Founded1989 Number Served1750Number Served1750 Grades Served7-12Grades Served7-12 Mentors Tutors ☺Mentors Tutors ☺ FA Parents ☺FA Parents ☺
The College Place Grades ServedJr –Sr HighGrades ServedJr –Sr High FA Parents ☺FA Parents ☺ Areas Served: Prince William, Arlington, Manassas City Manassas Park, Alexandria City, Fairfax County Unique Features/What We Know: Web based support on various topics with recommended reading for each grade level/significant volunteer labor/counseling and career planning/scholarship referrals
Patrick County Education Foundation Year Founded2001Year Founded2001 Number Served290Number Served290 Grades Served7-12Grades Served7-12 After School ☺After School ☺ Summer Programs ☺Summer Programs ☺ FA Parents ☺FA Parents ☺ Trade schools ☺Trade schools ☺ Scholarships ☺Scholarships ☺ Areas Served: Patrick County High School Unique Features/What We Know: Community supported college access program. GED classes and testing offered for adults. Workforce Training Program for adults with computer classes, 84 hour skill training classes plus courses in tourism
Partnership for the Future Year Founded1995Year Founded1995 Number Served300Number Served300 Grades Served10-12Grades Served10-12 After School ☺After School ☺ Summer Programs ☺Summer Programs ☺ Mentor Tutors ☺Mentor Tutors ☺ FA Parents ☺FA Parents ☺ Campus Tours ☺Campus Tours ☺ Areas Served: RichmondAreas Served: Richmond Unique Features: Students spend 2 summers as interns with local businesses 4 days a week for 7 weeks and one day a week working on personal and professional development. During school year, they attend bi- weekly/monthly workshops.Unique Features: Students spend 2 summers as interns with local businesses 4 days a week for 7 weeks and one day a week working on personal and professional development. During school year, they attend bi- weekly/monthly workshops.
Rappahannock College Access Areas Served: Rappahannock County Unique Features/What We Know: New Organization – College Access Resource Center at Rappahannock High School in school counseling services offered to low income and first generation college potentials
STARS (VA Tech) Areas Served: Pittsylvania and Danville City Schools Unique Features/What We Know: 3 internet & E-commerce, robotics and Automation, Civic Projects & Community Development yr, non-formal learning experiences in Information Technology, enhance critical thinking, team- building, and decision-making skills. IT emphasis on Life and Earth Sciences
Tidewater Access Year Founded1988Year Founded1988 Number served10,000Number served10,000 Grades Served9-12Grades Served9-12 Scholarships ☺Scholarships ☺ Areas Served: South Hampton Roads – Norfolk Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth Virginia Beach Public Schools Unique Features/What We Know: In-school advisors – large private funding (individual, corporate, foundation) detailed web services and links
Project Discovery Year Founded1985Year Founded1985 Number 2,250Number 2,250 Grades Served4-12Grades Served4-12 After School ☺After School ☺ Summer ProgramsSomeSummer ProgramsSome Mentors Tutors ☺Mentors Tutors ☺ Service Learning ☺Service Learning ☺ FA Parents ☺FA Parents ☺ Campus Tours ☺Campus Tours ☺ Trade Schools ☺Trade Schools ☺ Scholarships ☺Scholarships ☺
College Guides Conceived and Implemented by UVAConceived and Implemented by UVA Select High Schools in Virginia…low college- going ratesSelect High Schools in Virginia…low college- going rates College choice neutralCollege choice neutral Admissions CounselingAdmissions Counseling Financial CounselingFinancial Counseling Parental CounselingParental Counseling
Mentors Areas served: Tidewater Region, Patrick County, Alexandria, Fairfax, Rappahannock, Warren Charlottesville/Albemarle, Richmond, Halifax Unique Features/What We Know: 20 recent UVA grads will be trained and placed in 14 school access programs
Scholarship Fund of Alexandria Year Founded1986Year Founded1986 Scholarships☺Scholarships☺ Areas Served: City of Alexandria Unique Features/What We Know: Secure numerous scholarships funds from individuals, area businesses, as memorials scholarships sometimes for more than one year- workshops for student and parents, strong partnership with Alexandria PD Program
Jack Kent Cooke (National) Year Founded2000Year Founded2000 Scholarships☺Scholarships☺ Areas Served: National Unique Features/What We Know: Provides significant grant funds to state access programs: Fairfax, Rappahannock, Warren, Tidewater, Patrick and Alexandria and two year support to UVA Guides. Foundation goal is to provide scholarships up to $50,000 per year to 650 students from across the country. The Young Scholar Program selects high achieving high school students and Assist them with school suitability, online courses, software purchases, advanced musical or scientific training and with career goals. Undergrad transfer/graduate scholarships available. Innovation funds support new models with existing programs.
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