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Expanding Access to Higher Education Through Service

Presenter: Michael Meneer

Executive Director AmeriCorps Alums, Inc.


Table of contents
Table of Contents

I. Overview

Project Goal

AmeriCorps/AmeriCorps Alums

Education Award

II. Case for Education Award Augmentation

AmeriCorps-Student Characteristics

Financial Aid Trends

Growing Service Movement

III.Recognition


  • Project Goal

  • To help AmeriCorps members/alumni extend the utility of the AmeriCorps Education Award

  • Build and strengthen relationships with higher education institutions


Americorps
AmeriCorps

  • Domestic Peace Corps

  • 50,000 serve annually

  • 250,000 alumni since 1994

  • Over 600 community-based programs

  • Model: Community Immersion

    Training

    Partnership


Americorps alums
AmeriCorps Alums

  • National Assoc. for AmeriCorps alumni, members and supporters

  • 25,000 members

  • Mission: Ensuring AmeriCorps is a year in a lifetime of service

  • Emphasis on education, public sector career development and service


Facts figures

82% said the education award was an important factor in joining AmeriCorps

61% applied the education award towards a BA or BS

23% towards graduate school

8% towards an associates degree

AmeriCorps Alums, Inc. Membership Survey. Fall, 2001

60% used the education award within two years

30% paid student loans

30% paid tuition and fees immediately

20% have not used the education award

Facts & Figures


Education award augmentation
Education Award Augmentation joining AmeriCorps

College/University provides a unique financial aid opportunity available for AmeriCorps members/alumni:

  • To build the ethic of service on campus

  • To expand and diversify the student body


Table of contents1
Table of Contents joining AmeriCorps

I. Overview

Project Goal

AmeriCorps/AmeriCorps Alums

Education Award

II. Case for Education Award Augmentation

AmeriCorps-Student Characteristics

Financial Aid Trends

Growing Service Movement

III.Recognition


The case for augmentation
The Case for Augmentation joining AmeriCorps

The Case for Augmentation

Growing Service Movement

AmeriCorps-Student Characteristics

Financial Aid Trends


The case for augmentation americorps student characteristics
The Case for Augmentation joining AmeriCorps AmeriCorps-Student Characteristics

Educational Attainment

AmeriCorps alumni are more likely to attend a college/university because they already have some degree of college experience.


The case for augmentation americorps student characteristics1

AmeriCorps Members joining AmeriCorps

37% some college or associate degree

Abt Associates. “Assessment of Long Term Impacts on Service

Participants.” May 2001.

U.S. Population

25% some college or associate degree

Census Bureau

The Case for AugmentationAmeriCorps-Student Characteristics

Educational Attainment


The case for augmentation americorps student characteristics2
The Case for Augmentation joining AmeriCorps AmeriCorps-Student Characteristics

Minority Recruitment

Augmenting the education award can serve as a tool for recruiting minority students to colleges and universities


The case for augmentation americorps student characteristics3

AmeriCorps joining AmeriCorps

Class of 2000

50% are minorities

Black/AA: 26%

Hispanic/Latino: 15%

Native Amer.: 3%

Asian: 2%

Abt Associates. “Assessment of Long Term Impacts on Service

Participants.” P. III

Minorities in Higher Education

Public 4 Year: 25.1%

Private 4 Year: 24.2%

The Chronicle of Higher Education. “Almanac Issue 2001—2002.”

August 31, 2001. P. 12

The Case for AugmentationAmeriCorps-Student Characteristics

Minority Recruitment


The case for augmentation americorps student characteristics4
The Case for Augmentation joining AmeriCorps AmeriCorps-Student Characteristics

Income

Augmentation provides colleges/universities the opportunity to recruit people who would be less likely to go to college.


The case for augmentation americorps student characteristics5

AmeriCorps joining AmeriCorps

34% come from households with incomes less than $20,000

Abt Associates. “Assessment of Long Term Impacts on Service

Participants.” May 2001.

College Students

9 % come from households with incomes less than $20,000

The Chronicle of Higher Education. “Almanac Issue 2001—2002.”

August 31, 2001

The Case for AugmentationAmeriCorps-Student Characteristics

Income


The case for augmentation americorps student characteristics6
The Case for Augmentation joining AmeriCorps AmeriCorps-Student Characteristics

Age

Augmentation provides colleges/universities with a vehicle to diversify their student body by recruiting non-traditional age AmeriCorps alumni


The case for augmentation americorps student characteristics7
The Case for Augmentation joining AmeriCorps AmeriCorps-Student Characteristics

Age - AmeriCorps Members

Age - College Students

Age at Enrollment, Fall 2000

9%

3%

5%

21%

10%

21 or Younger

21 or Younger

22-29

22-29

25%

30-37

30-39

38-45

13%

Over 40

Over 45

67%

46%

The Chronicle of Higher Education. “Almanac Issue 2001-2002.” August 31, 2001

Westat, February 1999


The case for augmentation americorps student characteristics8
The Case for Augmentation joining AmeriCorps AmeriCorps-Student Characteristics

Skills & Experiences that Make AmeriCorps Alumni

More Likely to Graduate

Proactive

Leadership

Problem Solving

Communication

Time Management

Respect Diversity


The case for augmentation americorps student characteristics9

AmeriCorps Members joining AmeriCorps

70% Keep informed about local/national news

Abt Associates. “Assessment of Long Term Impacts on Service

Participants.” P. 23

College Students

28% Interested in keeping up to date with political affairs

Higher Education Research Institute. “An Overview of the 2000

Freshman Norms.” UCLA

The Case for AugmentationAmeriCorps-Student Characteristics

Civic Engagement


The case for augmentation financial aid trends
The Case for Augmentation joining AmeriCorps Financial Aid Trends

Several factors contribute to a significant devaluation of the purchasing power of the AmeriCorps Education Award

  • Rising unmet need

  • Inflation

  • Rising Tuition Costs


Devaluation of the education award
Devaluation of the Education Award joining AmeriCorps

Tuition Increases and Inflation


The case for augmentation financial aid trends1
The Case for Augmentation joining AmeriCorps Financial Aid Trends

AmeriCorps Members Overall Household Income Prior to AmeriCorps Averaged $35,000

Abt Associates. “Assessment of Long Term Impacts on Service Participants.” P. III


The case for augmentation growing service movement

Growing Service Movement on Campuses joining AmeriCorps

Campus Compact

America Reads

Increased volunteerism among young people

Colleges eager to partner to make a differences in communities

Increased attention to Federal Work Study

The Case for AugmentationGrowing Service Movement


Why augment the education award
Why Augment the Education Award? joining AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps alumni will…

  • Expand the size of your student body

  • Diversify your student body

  • Contribute to the ethic of service on your campus

  • Bring experiences and skills that will make them more likely to graduate.


Table of contents2
Table of Contents joining AmeriCorps

I. Overview

Project Goal

AmeriCorps/AmeriCorps Alums

Education Award

II. Case for Education Award Augmentation

AmeriCorps-Student Characteristics

Financial Aid Trends

Growing Service Movement

III.Recognition


Why augment the education award1
Why Augment the Education Award? joining AmeriCorps

Recognition

  • College/University will be listed in a directory that is disseminated widely within AmeriCorps: 600 community-based programs

  • College/University will be chronicled in AmeriCorps Alums’ publications and presentations

  • College/University will be recognized in a direct e-mail to subscribers to the Alums e-bulletin: 10,000 people


1400 i street nw suite 560 washington dc 20005 202 729 8180 www americorpsalums org

1400 I Street, NW joining AmeriCorps Suite 560

Washington DC 20005

202-729-8180

www.americorpsalums.org


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