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  1. College Connection Texas Association of Community College Chief Student Affairs Administrators September 24, 2007

  2. Presenter

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

  4. Agenda • Closing the Gaps Overview • College Connection Overview • College Connection How It Works • Program Results • Program Recognition • State and National Interest in Expansion • Questions and Answers

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

  6. 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. • Austin Community College District expects over 15,000 more students by 2015. Source: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/ClosingtheGaps/ctgtargets_pdf.cfm?Goal=1

  7. College ConnectionOverview

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

  9. Learn to Earn Source: Postsecondary Education OPPORTUNITY

  10. Excuses For Not ContinuingYour Education No one in my family has ever gone to college. I’ve been in school for 12 years. That’s enough! I just want a good job. I can’t afford it. I don’t know what I want to do with my life. I won’t fit in. College is too hard. I don’t know how to apply or where I want to go. Source: Adapted from The College Board’s “Seven Excuses Not to Go to College and Why They’re Lame”

  11. 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.

  12. Texas High School Graduates from FY 2005Enrolled in Texas Higher Education Fall 2005 Austin Community College District Service Area College Transition Rates *Includes students who were not enrolled in Texas colleges or universities in the Fall semester 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

  13. Texas High School Graduates from FY 2005Enrolled in Texas Higher Education Fall 2005 Austin Community College District Service Area College Transition Rates *Includes students who were not enrolled in Texas colleges or universities in the Fall semester 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

  14. Texas High School Graduates from FY 2005Enrolled in Texas Higher Education Fall 2005 Austin Community College District Service Area College Transition Rates *Includes students who were not enrolled in Texas colleges or universities in the Fall semester 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

  15. College ConnectionHow It Works

  16. 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 District.

  17. Students Receive Services at the High School:

  18. 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

  19. 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

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

  21. Program Results

  22. College Connection School Districts 2006-07Year 4 Austin Bastrop Blanco Del Valle Elgin Fredericksburg Harper Hays Jarrell Johnson City Lago Vista Leander Liberty Hill Lockhart Luling Manor Nixon-Smiley Pflugerville Prairie Lea Round Rock San Marcos Smithville 2007-08Year 5 Austin Bastrop Blanco Del Valle Dripping Springs Eanes Elgin Fredericksburg Georgetown Harper Hays Jarrell Johnson City Lago Vista 2003-04 Year 1 San Marcos 2004-05Year 2 Austin Bastrop Del Valle Leander San Marcos 2005-06Year 3 Austin Bastrop Del Valle Hays Leander Manor Pflugerville San Marcos Lake Travis Leander Liberty Hill Lockhart Luling Manor Nixon-Smiley Pflugerville Prairie Lea Round Rock San Marcos Smithville Wimberley

  23. School Districts Participating in the College Connection Program 2007-2008

  24. School Districts Participating in the College Connection Program 2007-2008

  25. 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

  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

  27. College ConnectionDiversity of Participants 2006-07 • Anglo 45% • African American 11% • Hispanic 33% • Asian 5% • Other 6%

  28. 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

  29. College Connection Results for ACC, 2004-2007 • Positive effect on Fall enrollments • Immediate great results: 37.6% increase first year • 59% increase over two years • Positive effect on Early College Start enrollments • 25.6% 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) • Positive effect on Tech Prep enrollments • 4,336% increase in number of students receiving Tech Prep credit • 36 students in 2003-04 • 48 students in 2004-05 • 293 students in 2005-06 • 1,597 students in 2006-07

  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 Schools 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 Schools Receive Planning Grants • Cedar Valley College • Cisco Junior College • Northeast Texas Community College • Paris Junior College • Victoria College

  38. THECB Statewide College Connection Expansion • Schools Already Adopting College Connection • Alamo Community College District • Coastal Bend Community College • Del Mar Community College • Houston Community College District • Temple Community College • Victoria Community College

  39. External Support for ACC • Funding to expand College Connection • Funding for two Mobile Go Centers • Funding for statewide College Connection Regional Forums

  40. Mobile Go Center

  41. Related Initiatives Mini-College Connectionfor Adult Education College Connection Scholarships

  42. Develops Shared Community College and School District Partnerships Facilities Faculty Institutional Contacts/Liaisons Annexation Efforts Professional Development Summer Bridge Programs Grant Submissions Committee Memberships Special Initiatives Other

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

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

  45. College Connection Logo

  46. Student Recruitment Senior Kickoff Presentation