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College Connection. Tarrant County College District & Fort Worth ISD October 8, 2007. Presenter. Presenter. Mary Hensley, Ed.D. Vice President, College Support Systems and ISD Relations mhensley@austincc.edu 512-223-7618. Agenda. Closing the Gaps Overview College Connection Overview

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College Connection

Tarrant County College District& Fort Worth ISD

October 8, 2007


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Presenter


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Presenter

Mary Hensley, Ed.D.Vice President, College Support Systems and ISD Relationsmhensley@austincc.edu512-223-7618


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Agenda

  • Closing the Gaps Overview

  • College Connection Overview

  • College Connection How It Works

  • Program Results

  • Program Recognition

  • State and National Interest in Expansion

  • College Connection How To Start

  • Guiding Principles

  • Plan for Success

  • Common Challenges

  • Questions and Answers


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Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Strategic Plan“Closing the Gaps”Overview


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Closing the Gaps in Participation

  • Closing the Gaps warns that if more Texans do not receive college degrees by 2030, the State could lose up to $40 billion in annual household income.

  • The goal is to increase student enrollment in higher education by 630,000 by 2015.

  • Most students will elect to start at a community college.

  • Tarrant County College District expects over 22,481 more students by 2015.

    Source: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/ClosingtheGaps/ctgtargets_pdf.cfm?Goal=1


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College ConnectionOverview


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Education Beyond High School

Increases earning potential and employment opportunities

U.S. Department of Education


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Improving High School to College Transitions

  • Provide admission and pre-enrollment services to seniors on their school campuses

  • Create an expectation that “College is in everyone’s future.”

  • Increase percentage of high school seniors who enter college after high school graduation.


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Tarrant County College District Service Area

College Transition Rates

Texas High School Graduates from FY 2006Enrolled in Texas Higher Education Fall 2006

*Includes students who were not enrolled in Texas colleges or universities in the year immediately following graduation, as well as students who were enrolled out-of-state.

**Districts with less than 25 graduates are not included in this report.

Source: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Reports/PDF/1161.PDF


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Tarrant County College District Service Area

College Transition Rates

Texas High School Graduates from FY 2006Enrolled in Texas Higher Education Fall 2006

*Includes students who were not enrolled in Texas colleges or universities in the year immediately following graduation, as well as students who were enrolled out-of-state.**Districts with less than 25 graduates are not included in this report.Source: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Reports/PDF/1161.PDF


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Fort Worth ISD Service Area

Selected College Transition Rates

Texas High School Graduates from FY 2006Enrolled in Texas Higher Education Fall 2006

*Includes students who were not enrolled in Texas colleges or universities in the year immediately following graduation, as well as students who were enrolled out-of-state.**Districts with less than 25 graduates are not included in this report.Source: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Reports/PDF/1161.PDF


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College ConnectionHow It Works


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College Connection Program

  • Many high school students find the college enrollment process intimidating.

  • Tarrant County College District provides hands-on, one-on-onesupportto assist every student through each step of the college admissions process.

  • During graduation ceremonies, high school graduating seniors receive acceptance letters to Tarrant County College District.


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Students Receive Services at the High School:


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College ConnectionCommon Order of On-Campus Activities

Senior Presentation

Admission application

Financial aid application

ASSET assessment

Tour of Austin Community College campus(es)

Pre-Advising

Advising

Acceptance letter to Austin Community College at graduation

Registration for Austin Community College classes

Red=RequiredBlue=Recommended Black=Optional


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College Connection Activity Grid Sample

ISD District Lead:Sandra Dowdy, Assistant Superintendent, 512-386-3040, sdowdy@del-valle.k12.tx.us

Del Valle HS Lead:Jean MacInnis, Principal, 512-386-3210, jmacinnis@del-valle.k12.tx.us

Admin. Assistant: Nadene Norwood, 512-386-3211, nadene.norwood@del-valle.k12.tx.us

ACC District Lead:Mary Hensley, 223-7618, mhensley@austincc.edu

Exec. Assistant: Esther Buzard, 223-7618, ebuzard@austincc.edu

College Connection Lead:Luanne Preston, 223-7354, luanne@austincc.edu

Admin. Assistant: Laurie Clark, 223-7354, lclark2@austincc.edu Senior Count:400

SHADE/BOLD – Required College Connection Activities


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Lifetime Acceptance “at ACC”

  • Application never discarded

  • Provide a permanent college home

  • Students come to ACC:

    • Full-time

    • Part-time

    • In Summer for transfer

    • After military service

    • After career changes

    • Co-enroll while attending 4-year institution


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Lifetime Acceptance “at ACC”

  • Cohorts can be tracked by semester of entry

  • Longitudinal data collected for

    • Retention

    • Completion

    • Success


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Program Results


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College Connection Program Growth

Over 4 years:

  • 1 school district to 27 school districts

  • 2 high schools to 58 high schools

  • 400 students to 17,000+ students


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The College Connection Program Works!

Blue=Year College Connection startedRed=Year Seniors attend ACC after College Connection

1-Source: http://www.txhighereddata.org/Reports/PDF/0961.pdf

2-Source: http://www.txhighereddata.org/Reports/PDF/0963.pdf

3-Source: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Reports/PDF/1161.PDF


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College ConnectionDiversity of Participants 2006-07


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Traditionally Underrepresented in Higher Education - Students Enroll at ACC

  • More than 55% of College Connectionenrollees are minorities

  • Higher percentage entering ACC through College Connection than in the general ACC student population


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College Connection Positively Impacts Other College Programs

  • ACC Fall Enrollments

    • 38% increase first year

    • 59% increase over two years

  • Early College Start (Dual Credit) Enrollments

    • 26% increase in enrollment from ‘04 to ’05

    • 45% increase in enrollment from ’04 to ’06

    • 3,209 students enrolled Summer 2007 (record-breaking ECS enrollment)

  • Tech Prep Enrollments

    • 4,336% increase in enrollment from ‘03 to ‘06

      • 36 students in 2003-04

      • 48 students in 2004-05

      • 293 students in 2005-06

      • 1,597 students in 2006-07


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Program Recognition


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College Connection Program National Acclaim & Recognition


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Awards Received


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State and National Interest in Expansion


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National Interest:

Florida Department of Education

  • Launched state-wide campaign in April 2007 called “Go Higher-Get Accepted” modeled after College Connection

    Maine Interest in College Connection

  • Proposed law requiring graduating high school seniors to complete at least one college application before getting diploma.

  • Support from “Compact for Higher Education”


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“Attaining advanced levels of education for disadvantaged students cannot be done without developing a college-going culture in every middle school and high school in the state of Texas...then suddenly, (going to college) changes from being a possibility to an expectation.”

--Raymund Paredes

Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

January 6, 2005


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THECB Statewide College Connection Expansion2007-2009

  • Ten Colleges Receive Implementation Grants

    • Alamo Community College District

    • Blinn College

    • Del Mar College

    • Houston Community College System

    • Lee College

    • Odessa College

    • Richland College

    • South Texas College

    • Tarrant County College District

    • Weatherford College


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THECB Statewide College Connection Expansion2007-2009

  • Five Colleges Receive Planning Grants

    • Cedar Valley College

    • Cisco Junior College

    • Northeast Texas Community College

    • Paris Junior College

    • Victoria College


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THECB Statewide College Connection Expansion

  • Colleges Already Adopting College Connection

  • Alamo Community College District

  • Central Texas College

  • Coastal Bend Community College

  • Del Mar Community College

  • Houston Community College District

  • Temple Community College

  • Vernon College

  • Victoria Community College


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College Connection:How To Start


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Formal Agreement

  • Between college and school district

  • Signed by chancellor and/or president and superintendent

  • Establishes transfer of student data from high school to college

  • Details responsibilities and expectations


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Advance Briefing

  • District/Central Office Staff

  • High School Principal


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Planning Meeting

  • One meeting held annually in Summer or Fall

  • Schedule one hour (slightly longer for new schools or multiple schools)

  • Complete activity grid

  • Focus on scheduling

  • Leave activity details for * contacts


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Communications between School District and College

  • Electronic via list serv

  • Updated activity grid sent via e-mail when changes occur

  • College Connection website links

  • iCal

    • Combined calendar for internal use


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Data Collection

  • Very Important

  • Collect electronically (Excel spreadsheet)

  • Collect from high school

    • Name

    • Address

    • DOB

    • HS Student ID (for later record matching)

    • Test Scores (HS Exit Exam, SAT, ACT)

  • Mark records as College Connection cohort in student database


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Data Follow-Up

  • Track by school, how many students complete each activity

  • May need multiple visits to get 100% participation

  • Give high school principal participation rates for use at graduation announcement ceremony

  • Report Fall enrollment from pilot schools (compare to benchmark), Spring persistence


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Austin Community CollegeCollege Connection Website

  • Access to scheduled activities for students, parents, and school officials

  • Calendars

  • Links to pertinent ACC school district sites


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Website

  • Participating schools

  • Links to school pages

  • Link to college pages of interest

  • Press coverage/special events


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College Connection Logo


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College Connection:Guiding Principles


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Guiding Principles: Sequencing Activities

  • When to schedule activities?

    • Senior Presentation

      • Prior to first activity, as soon as possible after school starts

      • Usually admissions follows

    • Admissions Application

      • Fall Semester

      • After receipt of data roster

      • In time, where possible, for seniors to prepare for Spring dual- credit registration


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Guiding Principles: Sequencing Activities

  • When to schedule activities?

    • Assessment

      • End of January through early March

      • After receipt of test score roster – timed to allow maximum number of SAT/ACT test scores to be included

      • Allows students to receive the most instructional content prior to testing

    • Financial Aid

      • Mid-January through Mid-March

      • Presentations timed to coincide with W-2 arrival, tax preparation, and meet college priority filing deadlines

      • Night presentations and workshops for parents and students

      • Financial Aid Saturdays


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Guiding Principles: Sequencing Activities

  • When to schedule activities?

    • New Student Orientation

      • ACC calls this step “pre-advising”

      • Completed online as ACC 101

        • Live program replaced by online module per school request

        • School manages where and when students complete

      • Student prints checklist as proof of completion

      • Many schools schedule during advisory

      • Schedule window of time prior to academic advising

        • Recommend 1-3 weeks prior to advising session


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Guiding Principles: Sequencing Activities

  • When to schedule activities?

    • Academic Advising

      • Mid-February through Mid-April

      • Allow time, if needed, for test scores to be entered or processed and available to advisors

      • ACC requires three weeks is using ASSET

    • Complete all College Connection activities by Mid-April


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Guiding Principles: Scheduling

  • The planning meeting for each school should occur before Fall semester, or as soon after school starts as possible

  • All events should be completed by Mid-April with rare exceptions

    • The month of May through end of school is extremely busy on high school campuses

  • A student should be able to complete an individual activity (exception assessment testing) with one bell period


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Guiding Principles: Scheduling– How Much Time?

  • Senior Presentation – 20 minutes

  • Admissions Application – 25 minutes

    • Residency Form

    • Missing Credentials

  • Assessment – 5 hours

    • Partial testing takes less time

      • Math only – 1 hour

      • Reading/writing – 2.25 hours

  • Pre-Advising – 25 minutes

  • Advising – 15 minutes average


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College

High School

  • District lead person

  • Implementation lead person

  • Team leader for services

    • Admissions representative

    • Financial Aid representative

    • Assessment representative

    • Recruitment representative

    • Advising representative

    • Recorder

  • Principal

  • Grade level principal or AP

  • Lead or senior counselor

  • Person in charge of testing/scheduling

  • Tech person (use of computer labs)

  • Other staff who works with the “senior class”

Planning MeetingRecommended Participants


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College

High School

  • College Calendar

  • Admissions Team Calendar

  • Financial Aid Team Calendar

  • Assessment Team Calendar

  • Student Recruitment Team Calendar

  • Advising Team Calendar

  • Bell schedule

  • School calendar

  • A/B Block scheduling

  • Testing calendar

Planning MeetingRecommended Things to Bring


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High School—College Partnership


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Plan for Success


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Central Office Staff

  • Sign formal agreement before beginning

    • Work with superintendent

  • Understand and vocally support College Connection program

    • Announce program in meetings, newsletters, e-mails

  • Ensure your Board is informed

    • Invite TCCD to do a brief presentation


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Central Office Staff

  • Participate/help schools participate in “launch” activities

    • Press conference

    • Campus tours, celebrations, or special events

  • Attend as many campus planning meetings as possible

    • Planning meetings to be held before activities begin on campuses

    • Lays the foundation for organized program activities

    • Everyone is literally “on the same page”


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Central Office Staff

  • Expect 100% participation – make expectations clear to school staff

  • Provide support for school staff in scheduling all activities during school days

    • There is no other way to have 100% participation

  • Support and justify the pilot program for schools not yet participating


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Principal

  • Understand and vocally support College Connection program

    • Announce program in meetings, newsletters, e-mails

  • Participate in your campus planning meeting

  • Clear obstacles – allow access

  • Assign a positive, helpful, supportive “asterisk” person to coordinate each activity


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Principal

  • Allow the use of necessary school facilities during the school day for activities (computer labs, gyms for testing, etc.)

  • Help faculty understand your support for the program

    • Students will be pulled out of classes 3 or 4 times during the year

  • Understand College Connection as a process with sequenced activities

    • Time is needed between activities

  • Emphasize the importance of 100% participation

    • Allow repeated access, if necessary, to ensure that all students are included


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Principal

  • Assign staff to accompany students to College Connection activities

    • To help keep order

    • To personally identify students to TCCD staff

  • Ensure that your school website features College Connection

  • Help solve any problems that may arise

    • During an activity

    • During the school year

    • Call College Connection contacts if needed


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Principal

  • Recognize College Connection at graduation ceremonies; some examples

    • Announce how many students receive acceptance letter

    • Ask College Connection students to stand

  • Ensure students receive TCCD acceptance letter along with their diploma

  • Ensure final, official high school transcripts for all students given to TCCD at the end of the school year


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Counselor

  • Understand and vocally support the program

    • Announce in

      • Meetings with classes

      • Senior assemblies

      • To individual students

      • “Counselor’s corner” of the school newsletter

      • E-mails to parents

  • Participate in your campus planning meeting

  • Clear obstacles – allow access

  • Be one of the positive, helpful, supportive “asterisk” people coordinating one or more College Connection activities


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Counselor

  • Help find alternatives that allow the use of facilities for College Connection activities (computer labs, gyms for testing, etc.)

  • Help colleagues understand your support and that students will be pulled out of classes 3-4 times during the year

  • Understand that College Connection is a process and that sequenced activities (with some time between the activities) are important


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Counselor

  • Understand the importance of 100% participation

    • Help students understand the benefits of College Connection even if the student has applied or been accepted to another college

      • Free testing

      • FAFSA

      • Easy entrance

      • Higher income for more education

  • Accompany students to College Connection activities

    • Help keep order

    • Personally identify students to TCCD staff

  • Ensure that College Connection is featured on your school website


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Counselor

  • Help solve any problems that may arise during an activity, or during the school year

    • Call College Connection officials, if needed

  • Ensure that students receive the TCCD acceptance letter along with their diploma

  • Ensure that official high school transcripts for all students are given in a batch to TCCD at the end of the school year

    • Saves time for students when enrolling

    • Makes process smoother for students not entering directly after graduation


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Common Challenges


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Challenge #1 – Faculty Resistance

  • Why does this occur?

    • Faculty not well-informed about the program

    • Some have traditional bias against community colleges

      • Concerns about quality of programs/instruction and transferability of classes


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Strategy – Counter Faculty Resistance

  • Feature a College Connection presentation at general faculty meeting

  • Provide general information about TCCD programs, costs, state-wide transfer of classes between public institutions

  • Provide dates of pullouts well in advance, to allow for faculty planning

  • Emphasize benefits to students

    • Students will be “ready-to-register” at TCCD at the end of the year


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Challenge #2 – Student Resistance

  • Why does this occur?

    • Students not exposed to the program in advance

    • Some are convinced they are going to college elsewhere or convinced they won’t need to go at all

    • A “cool” student has refused to participate


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Strategy – Lessen Student Resistance

  • Schedule a College Connection senior presentation before activities begin

  • Encourage participation and explain program benefits to any student refusing to participate

  • Recruit school opinion leaders and role models to influence their peers


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Challenge #3 – Alleviate Parent Concerns

  • Why does this occur?

    • Parents don’t want to give sensitive family income information to students, school or college staff

    • No computer access at home

    • Parents’ work schedule prevents easy completion


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Strategy – Counter Parent Resistance on FAFSA

  • Time school FAFSA activities to coincide with arrival of W-2 and filing of taxes

  • Provide evening FAFSA workshops – invite TCCD to participate or lead

  • Coordinate with volunteer programs that assist families with preparing/filing taxes

  • Provide information about necessary documents/information in advance to parents


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Questions and Answers


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For copies:

PowerPoint Presentation:

www.austincc.edu/isd/tarrant/100807Presentation.ppt


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