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College Connection: Removing Barriers, Improving Access. Innovations 2010 March 29, 2010. Presented by. Mary Hensley, Ed.D. Executive Vice President, College Operations 512-223-7618 [email protected] Melissa Richardson Curtis, Ph.D. Director, College Connection 512-223-7088

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College connection removing barriers improving access

College Connection: Removing Barriers, Improving Access

Innovations 2010

March 29, 2010


College connection removing barriers improving access

Presented by

  • Mary Hensley, Ed.D.

  • Executive Vice President, College Operations

  • 512-223-7618

  • [email protected]

  • Melissa Richardson Curtis, Ph.D.

  • Director, College Connection

  • 512-223-7088

  • [email protected]


Agenda

Agenda


College connection removing barriers improving access

ACC District Overview

In-District

Out-of-District

  • 1 of 50 Texas community colleges

  • 8-county service area

    • 7,100 square miles

    • 30 independent school districts

  • 7 campuses (8th under construction)

  • 10 centers and 114 sites

  • 40,000+ credit students

  • 10,000 non-credit students


Closing the gaps

Closing the Gaps

Increasing College Participation

  • If more Texans do not earn college degrees by 2030, Texas could lose up to $40 billion in annual household income.

    • Unfunded initiative by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

      The Texas Goal by 2015

  • Increase student enrollment in higher education by 630,000

    ACC’s Goal by 2015

  • Increase student enrollment to 41,243

  • Make college attractive to traditionally under-represented students


Acc has met 2010 goals

ACC Has Met 2010 Goals

*Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accountability, ACC, 2009 Fall Factbook Preview—Student Characteristics District-wide, Fall 2005-2009. http://www.austincc.edu/oiepub/pubs/factbook/preview_fall09/full-preview.pdf

*THECB (2009, July). Closing the gaps by 2015: 2009 Progress Report. www.thecb.state.tx.us/reports/PDF/1852pdf.


College connection removing barriers improving access

College Connection

  • Major element of ACC’s response to Closing the Gaps

  • Keystone in ACC’s comprehensive P-16 Initiative

  • Partnerships with 25 area school districts and 57 high schools

    • Memorandums of Understanding signed annually

    • Relationships with school districts continuously supported

      • District administrators/superintendents

      • High school principals/counselors

  • Data sharing (FERPA compliant)

  • Annual planning/strategy meetings


  • College connection removing barriers improving access

    College Connection

    • Strong institutional commitment brought growth in resources and partnerships

      • Initiated through existing institutional resources

        • 14 school districts, first 3 years

    • Growth funded through multiple grants

      • Two Mobile Go Centers

        • College Connection activities and community outreach

      • $300,000+

  • Now fully sustained with institutional resources


  • College connection removing barriers improving access

    College Connection

    • ACC’s Executive Vice President for College Operations is single-point-of contact for district superintendents

      • ACC committed at the highest executive levels

  • No cost to the school district

  • ACC Foundation offers $2,500 College Connection Scholarshipto incoming freshmen

    • One per school district, minimum


  • College connection

    College Connection

    • The college enrollment process on the high school campuses

    • 100 percent participation of college seniors

      • ACC expert staff provide one-on-one support

    • Letters of acceptance given to seniors at graduation


    Activity grid sample

    Activity Grid Sample

    SHADE/BOLD – Required College Connection Activities


    College connection results

    College Connection Results

    Growth Since Inception


    College connection removing barriers improving access

    College Connection Results

    ACC Applications From High School Seniors Increased by 3,635%

    ACC Enrollments Directly after High School Increased by 56%


    College connection removing barriers improving access

    College Connection Impact

    Area High School Graduation Increased by 11%

    College/University Enrollments Directly After High School Increased by 21%


    College connection removing barriers improving access

    College Connection Impact

    College-Going Culture is Becoming the Norm

    • 91% report that they plan to attend college directly after high school graduation

    • Of the 9% who did plan to attend college, 65% of those said they planned to go to college at a later date

    • Completing a college application and meeting with a college representative were ranked the top two most helpful activities for preparing for further education

      -- Central Texas Student Futures Project, Ray Marshall Center, The University of Texas (2009)


    College connection removing barriers improving access

    College Connection Access and Success

    • College Connection enrollees are majority-minority

    • College Connection students persist at higher rates than ACC’s overall population

    • College Connection students withdraw from classes at same rate of overall population (17%)

    • College Connection students average 73% passing grades (C or better)


    College connection removing barriers improving access

    Diversity of Participants

    College Connection Fall 2009 Enrollments by Ethnicity

    Overall ACC Fall 2009 Enrollments by Ethnicity


    College connection removing barriers improving access

    Student Success

    College Connection Cohort Persistence

    *Excludes College Connection Cohort


    College connection removing barriers improving access

    Student Success

    Fall 2009 Student Grade Comparison (12th Class Day Students)

    College Connection Students and All ACC Students

    *Excludes College Connection Cohort


    Opening doors

    Opening Doors

    • “Because of College Connection and because of Austin Community College, I have been able to make smart choices about college and my future.” – LBJ High School Graduate, ACCStudent

    • “With the start that I got from College Connection and the support that I got once I arrived at ACC, I have learned a lot about what it takes to go to college. I have learned so much that I have been able to help my friends know what to do. One of my best friends is finally going to start at Austin Community College in the fall because I shared with her that if I can do it, she can do it, too.” – Bastrop High School Graduate, ACC Student


    College connection removing barriers improving access

    College Connection 2+2+2

    College Access Challenge Grant

    • $199,998 for 2009-11

    • University partnerships

      • Texas State University (public)

      • Southwestern University (private)

  • Brings transfer advising to 5 underserved high schools

    • Three urban, two rural

    • 503 high school students served to date

  • Supports College Connection enrolled students’ transfer goals

    • Unique Transfer Academy

    • 480 ACC students served to date


  • College connection removing barriers improving access

    Impact on Other Programs and Partnerships

    ACC Fall Enrollments

    • 26% increase from 2004-2009

      Early College Start (Dual Credit) Enrollments

    • 167% increase from 2004-2009

      Tech Prep Enrollments

    • 109% increase in students collecting credit from 2003-2008

      Summer Bridge

    • College Connection success leveraged for grant funding

      Major Regional Initiatives

    • Foundation for Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s push to increase area college applications and FAFSA completions


    College connection removing barriers improving access

    State and National Impact

    • 22+ Texas community colleges adopting College Connection

    • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board offering planning and implementation grants

      • ACC provided training

    • Other states adopt College Connection models

      • Florida Department of Education: “Go Higher – Get Accepted”

      • Maine: Law requiring high school seniors to complete one college application

  • Colleges from California to North Carolina consult with Austin Community College


  • College connection removing barriers improving access

    Awards and Recognition

    • Awards

      • 2009 League for Innovation “Innovation of the Year”

      • 2007 Bellwether Award Winner

      • 2006 THECB Star Award Winner

      • 2006 Excelencia in Education Semi-Finalist

    • Media

      • Selections:


    College connection removing barriers improving access

    Best Practices and Tips

    • Do away with thinking that school districts, schools, and students “have to come to the college” to complete college processes

    • Customize to meet school district needs

    • School districts differ from college

    • School districts differ from each other

    • Focus on what works for the school district

    • Start small – do what you can with existing staff and resources


    College connection removing barriers improving access

    Best Practices and Tips

    • Expand – ask the school district, “What else can we do for your students?”

    • A successful program leads to additional success

      • Additional resources

      • Grant opportunities

      • Community support

      • New requests for partnerships

      • Positive media

      • Foundation for additional programs


    College connection removing barriers improving access

    Best Practices and Tips

    • Partnerships aren’t always perfect

      • Tough times will happen

    • Famous last words – right above the signature line:

      • “The partnership agreement covers only the essential elements of a cooperative relationship; unexpected events may arise that require mutual understanding, communication, and trust.”


    College connection removing barriers improving access

    Interactive Opportunity

    • What school district partnerships does your college currently have in place?

    • What stakeholders do you need to engage?

    • What barriers do you need to overcome?

    • What unique community characteristics will impact your school partnership strategies? In what way?

    • What is one thing you can do in the next month to engage your area high school students in college planning?


    College connection removing barriers improving access

    For more information:

    www.austincc.edu/collegeconnection

    For copies of this presentation:

    www.austincc.edu/collegeconnection/presentations/3-29-10, League for Innovations Conference


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