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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 [email protected] 512-223-7618. Agenda. Closing the Gaps Overview College Connection Overview

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College connection

College Connection

Tarrant County College District& Fort Worth ISD

October 8, 2007


Presenter

Presenter


Presenter1

Presenter

Mary Hensley, Ed.D.Vice President, College Support Systems and ISD [email protected]


Agenda

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


Texas higher education coordinating board s strategic plan closing the gaps overview

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


Closing the gaps in participation

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


College connection overview

College ConnectionOverview


Education beyond high school

Education Beyond High School

Increases earning potential and employment opportunities

U.S. Department of Education


Improving high school to college transitions

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.


Texas high school graduates from fy 2006 enrolled in texas higher education fall 2006

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


Texas high school graduates from fy 2006 enrolled in texas higher education fall 20061

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


Texas high school graduates from fy 2006 enrolled in texas higher education fall 20062

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


College connection how it works

College ConnectionHow It Works


College connection program

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.


Students receive services at the high school

Students Receive Services at the High School:


College connection common order of on campus activities

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


College connection activity grid sample

College Connection Activity Grid Sample

ISD District Lead:Sandra Dowdy, Assistant Superintendent, 512-386-3040, [email protected]

Del Valle HS Lead:Jean MacInnis, Principal, 512-386-3210, [email protected]

Admin. Assistant: Nadene Norwood, 512-386-3211, [email protected]

ACC District Lead:Mary Hensley, 223-7618, [email protected]

Exec. Assistant: Esther Buzard, 223-7618, [email protected]

College Connection Lead:Luanne Preston, 223-7354, [email protected]

Admin. Assistant: Laurie Clark, 223-7354, [email protected] Senior Count:400

SHADE/BOLD – Required College Connection Activities


Lifetime acceptance at acc

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


Lifetime acceptance at acc1

Lifetime Acceptance “at ACC”

  • Cohorts can be tracked by semester of entry

  • Longitudinal data collected for

    • Retention

    • Completion

    • Success


Program results

Program Results


College connection program growth

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


The college connection program works

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


College connection diversity of participants 2006 07

College ConnectionDiversity of Participants 2006-07


College connection

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


College connection positively impacts other college programs

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


Program recognition

Program Recognition


College connection

College Connection Program National Acclaim & Recognition


Awards received

Awards Received


State and national interest in expansion

State and National Interest in Expansion


College connection

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”


College connection

“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


Thecb statewide college connection expansion 2007 2009

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


Thecb statewide college connection expansion 2007 20091

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


Thecb statewide college connection expansion

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


College connection how to start

College Connection:How To Start


Formal agreement

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


Advance briefing

Advance Briefing

  • District/Central Office Staff

  • High School Principal


Planning meeting

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


Communications between school district and college

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


Data collection

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


Data follow up

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


Austin community college college connection website

Austin Community CollegeCollege Connection Website

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

  • Calendars

  • Links to pertinent ACC school district sites


Website

Website

  • Participating schools

  • Links to school pages

  • Link to college pages of interest

  • Press coverage/special events


College connection logo

College Connection Logo


College connection guiding principles

College Connection:Guiding Principles


Guiding principles sequencing activities

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


Guiding principles sequencing activities1

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


Guiding principles sequencing activities2

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


Guiding principles sequencing activities3

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


Guiding principles scheduling

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


Guiding principles scheduling how much time

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


Planning meeting recommended participants

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


Planning meeting recommended things to bring

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


High school college partnership

High School—College Partnership


Plan for success

Plan for Success


Central office staff

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


Central office staff1

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”


Central office staff2

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


Principal

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


Principal1

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


Principal2

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


Principal3

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


Counselor

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


Counselor1

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


Counselor2

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


Counselor3

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


Common challenges

Common Challenges


Challenge 1 faculty resistance

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


Strategy counter faculty resistance

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


Challenge 2 student resistance

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


Strategy lessen student resistance

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


Challenge 3 alleviate parent concerns

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


Strategy counter parent resistance on fafsa

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


Questions and answers

Questions and Answers


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