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  1. College Connection Deep East Texas P-16 CouncilDecember 5, 2008

  2. Presenter Luanne Preston Executive Director, School Relations Austin Community College luanne@austincc.edu 512-223-7354

  3. College Connection Agenda • Closing the Gaps Overview • College Connection Overview • How It Works • Guiding Principles • Program Results • Program Recognition • State and National Interest in Expansion • How To Start • Plan for Success • Next Steps • Questions and Answers

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

  5. 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. • Angelina College’s target goal is over 1,844 more students by 2015. Source: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/ClosingtheGaps/ctgtargets_pdf.cfm?Goal=1

  6. College ConnectionOverview

  7. Education Beyond High School Increases earning potential and employment opportunities -- U.S. Department of Education

  8. 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.

  9. Angelina College District Service Area College Transition Rates Texas High School Graduates from FY 2007Enrolled in Texas Higher Education Fall 2007 *Includes students who were not enrolled in Texas colleges or universities in the year immediately following graduation, students who could not be tracked, and 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/1497.PDF

  10. Angelina College District Service Area College Transition Rates Texas High School Graduates from FY 2007Enrolled in Texas Higher Education Fall 2007

  11. Angelina College District Service Area College Transition Rates Texas High School Graduates from FY 2007Enrolled in Texas Higher Education Fall 2007

  12. College ConnectionHow It Works

  13. College Connection Program • Many high school students find the college enrollment process intimidating. • Austin Community 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 Austin Community College.

  14. Students Receive Services at the High School:

  15. 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

  16. 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: Laurie Clark, 223-7618, lclark2@austincc.edu College Connection Lead: Luanne Preston, 223-7354, luanne@austincc.edu Admin. Assistant: Claire Lewis, 223-7354, clewis@austincc.edu Senior Count: 400 SHADE/BOLD – Required College Connection Activities

  17. Lifetime Acceptance “at ACC” • Application never discarded • Provides a permanent college home • Students come to ACC: • Full-time • Part-time • In Summer for transfer • After military service • After career changes • While attending 4-year institution (co-enroll)

  18. Lifetime Acceptance “at ACC” • Cohorts can be tracked by semester of entry • Longitudinal data collected for • Retention • Completion • Success

  19. College Connection:Guiding Principles

  20. Guiding Principles: College Connection • Deliver services on high school campus • “If they’re really interested, they should come to us” • “Getting them to the college campus really gets them excited; they need to see the college campus” • Traditional recruitment has not produced desired results • What if the school wants to bring students to the college campus for activities other than campus tours? • Ascertain the school’s purpose – this approach can be useful in some circumstances, but it is generally more efficient to serve students at the high school

  21. Guiding Principles: College Connection • Deliver services during school day • Work with every category of high school student • Gifted and talented • Advanced Placement/Honors • Bilingual/ESL • Section 504 • Special Education

  22. Guiding Principles: College Connection • Students do not need to repeat steps • Dual-credit students do not have to re-apply • Exempt students do not have to re-test • Design activities within one bell period • Exception is assessment testing • Be respectful of instructional time • Customize service delivery • Meet high school needs • Honor school preferences • Incorporate suggestions of school personnel

  23. Program Results

  24. College Connection Program Growth Over 4 years: • 1 school district to 24 school districts • 2 high schools to 55 high schools • 400 students to 17,000+ students

  25. The College Connection Program Works! Blue=Year College Connection started Red=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 4-Source: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Reports/PDF/1497.pdf

  26. The College Connection Program Works! Blue=Year College Connection started Red=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 4-Source: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Reports/PDF/1497.pdf

  27. College ConnectionDiversity of Participants 2007-08

  28. Traditionally Underrepresented in Higher Education - Students Enroll at ACC • More than 50% of College Connectionenrollees are minorities • Higher percentage entering ACC through College Connection than in the general ACC student population

  29. College Connection Positively Impacts Other College Programs • ACC Fall Enrollments • 38% increase first year • 59% increase over two years • Sustained growth over five years at about 30% per year • Early College Start (Dual Credit) Enrollments • 41% increase from ’05 – ‘08 • Tech Prep Enrollments • 98% increase in enrollment from ‘03 to ‘08 • 36 students in 2003-04 • 48 students in 2004-05 • 293 students in 2005-06 • 1,597 students in 2006-07 • 2,181 students in 2007-08

  30. Program Recognition

  31. College Connection Program National Acclaim & Recognition

  32. Awards Received

  33. State and National Interest in Expansion

  34. 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”

  35. “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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. College Connection:How To Start

  40. 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

  41. Advance Briefing • District/Central Office Staff • High School Principal

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. Austin Community CollegeCollege Connection Website • Access to scheduled activities for students, parents, and school officials • Calendars • Links to pertinent ACC school district sites

  47. Website • Participating schools • Links to school pages • Link to college pages of interest • Press coverage/special events

  48. High School—College Partnership

  49. Plan for Success

  50. 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 higher education partner to do a brief presentation