Presentation on theme: "13th Year Promise Scholarship"— Presentation transcript:
1 13th Year Promise Scholarship Gary Oertli, PresidentElizabeth Pluhta, Executive Director of College Advancement and the FoundationSouth Seattle Community College
2 South Seattle Community College Located in urban metropolisMain campus, Georgetown, New HollyComprehensive community college, also offers bachelor’s degreesServes 17,000 students annually67% are ethnic minorities44% speak English as their second languageAverage student age is 31 years51% are first-generation college studentsLess than 300 students annually matriculate directly from high school
3 13th Year Promise Scholarship The 13th Year Promise Scholarship guarantees that all graduating seniors from two feeder high schools have the opportunity to attend South Seattle Community College tuition-free for one year.Provides powerful combination of financial resources and student support
5 Why a 13th Year Scholarship? “Tipping Point” research (CCRC/SBCTC):K year college = successIndustry credential or continuing education$7,000+ annual earnings for studentAnnual benefit to economy and tax payers of $4,700/studentRemove financial barrier to higher educationReaching groups traditionally underserved in higher educationIncrease college enrollment from high school – avoid “10 year drift”
6 Innovation Process Foundation board retreat (2006) Research and Program design (2007)Pilot program launch (2007 – 2008)First 13th Year students enroll in college (2008)Assessment and creation of Readiness Academy (2009 – 2010)Hire 13th Year Coordinator (2010)Expansion and full implementation (2011)
7 High School Profiles High School 1 (Pilot) High School 2 Senior class – 8594% students of color67% Free/reduced lunchLowest performing school61% meet state standards in Reading12% meet state standards in MathSenior Class – 22070% students of color55% Free / reduced lunchLow performing school76% meet state standards in Reading43% meet state standards in Math
10 Assessment & Improvement 2008 – 20102011 – BeyondComplete scholarship application formApply for financial aid (grants only)Funds for tuition onlyComplete scholarship application formApply for financial aid (grants only)Complete Readiness AcademyCollege workshopsPlacement TestingMath/English InstructionNew Student OrientationFunds for tuition, coordinator, instruction, etc.
11 13th Year Readiness Academy College 101 Sessions at high school (Fall)Financial Aid Workshops(January)COMPASS Placement test workshop (February)COMPASS Placement Pre-Test (March)COMPASS Improvement workshops (April)COMPASS Placement Post-Test (May)College Field Trip (May)Intensive New Student Orientation (September)Monthly advising meetings (September – June)
12 13th Year Readiness Academy: COMPASS COMPASS Placement test workshop (February)Test Prep, Math/English ReviewCOMPASS Placement Pre-Test (March)COMPASS Improvement workshops (April)4 hours x 4 Saturdays = 16 hours for English4 hours x 4 Saturdays = 16 hours for MathCOMPASS Placement Post-Test (May)40% increased placement by at least one course level measured from pre-post test
13 13th Year Readiness Academy: Orientation Classroom SuccessClassroom SimulationFaculty Panel2) Success Outside of the ClassroomStudent LifeResources (Tutoring, Advising, etc.)3) Personal successBalance / Time ManagementTalking with family / friends about college
14 Cost & Budget $1,000 annual avg. tuition / per students (74 students) $40,000 for full-time coordinator$10,000 for COMPASS workshopsTOTAL - $124,000 annuallyAverage Participant Cost - $1,675Significant in-kind college support as well!
17 13th Year Student Success Results (2011 – Readiness Academy Intervention)
18 Students Tell Us! Guaranteed tuition coverage! Single point of contact (Coordinator)New Student OrientationCohort modelStudent-friendly communication (text, Facebook, etc.)Financial aid process /needs still a challengeDisappointment with academic placement
19 Staff Tell Us! Focus on success Collaborative model Opportunity to work with community leadersProfessional development / growth“Guinea Pig” group for other student success initiativesTime and resources continue to be a challenge
20 Donors & Board Members Tell Us! Big, bold vision!Clear conceptInvolved in program creation – not just fundraisingEarly successBut, still room to make a differenceSupports “our kids”
21 Challenges Coordination with high school Very, very busy Many other scholarship/achievement programsFinancial risk / uncertaintyPerception of “fixing” the public school systemComplexity of Financial Aid processAbility to overcome factors beyond program’s controlStudents’ ability to succeed while enrolledAmount of internal support and resources neededEconomic climate
22 Opportunities & Benefits Awareness of education issues (readiness, access for underserved)Increased collaboration with education partnersEnergized board members, college staff, community membersIncreased direct from high school enrollmentGlean research and best practices that can apply to all studentsReach out to new friends and donorsRaise college profile and visibilityProfessional development for advancement / student services
23 Future Directions Expand to all high schools in service area (4 total) Fundraising Campaign - $4 millionVision for entire city of SeattleEnhance Readiness Academy – earlierConduct additional data analysisGet the word out!