College Enrollment Action Team


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College Enrollment Action Team




College Enrollment Action Team 2028 Goal

80 % OF ALL MARIN COUNTY STUDENTS FROM UNDERREPRESENTED POPULATION GROUPS WILL ENROLL INTO COLLEGE OR A POST-SECONDARY PROGRAM

HOW WILL WE GET THERE?

The College Enrollment Action Team is committed to assuring that the students in Latino, African American, English Language Learner and Low Socioeconomic Status (SES) population groups enroll in college or post secondary at the same rates as their White, Asian and non-SES peers.  This group will target these students to help them overcome the following barriers, based on best practice research and their own significant experience working in this field.

INADEQUATE FINANCIAL AID. LIMITED COLLEGE APPLICATION SUPPORT. LIMITED LOW COST, HIGH QUALITY STANDARDIZED TEST PREPARATION SERVICES.

 


Financial Aid 2014-2015


Financial Aid 2014-2015


FINANCIAL AID: 2014-2016

GOAL

By September 2015, 70% of seniors at Novato Unified School District will complete the FAFSA.

Results

  • The team was able to reach 665 (100%) of seniors by conducting a series of in-classroom presentations during the school day.  All the target students got the FAFSA information and were invited to workshops.  This was the first year that this in-class outreach occurred.

  • The team conducted 12 after school workshops involving 144 students (130 target students)

  • 49% of the target students got support with both the 78 Target Students completed their FASFA applications (60% of the 130 served)

  • Staff from Young Generation Scholars, Huckleberry Youth Programs, 10,000 Degrees, and College Dream Team were trained to help students complete financial aid forms at a “train the trainer” sessions conducted by 10,000 Degrees.

  • As of December 1, 2015, 404 (61%) Novato Unified High School Seniors completed their FASFA applications. This was short of the 70% goal, but outperforming the County average of 56%..  Of those 404 students 128 received financial aid for College Enrollment.

Actions

For school year 2014-2015 the team decided to pilot a financial aid intervention that engaged all the Seniors in the Novato Unified School District with some level of support to complete their FAFSA applications.  

When looking at the data, to reach the goal, 465 students (70% of Novato Unified High School Seniors would have had to complete the FAFSA).  The team was especially interested in providing support to 267 target students  (Latino, African American, English Language Learner and Low SES population groups

To reach the goal, the team engaged in a three-pronged strategy.  

  1. They wanted to make sure that all seniors would get exposed to the FASFA application through an in-school Financial Aid information session 
  2. They wanted to provide one-on-one support and coaching for target students in out of school workshops.
  3. They wanted to increase the number of adults trained to help students complete the FAFSA and Dream Act applications by holding “train the trainer” sessions, then having trainers from multiple organizations at each workshop.

Key Learnings and Plan for Improvement

  1. Modify structure for better focus and efficiency of effort - Create Financial Aid “weeks” in January to focus students, faculty, staff, parents on FAFSA completion goals
  2. Conduct School Wide Assemblies to ensure that all students get exposed to a financial aid overview 
  3. Engage parents and students with incentives and school competition
  4. Improve data tracking and communication between partners to ensure efficient tracking of target students FASFA Workshop participation and CA DREAM ACT completion.

 

Financial Aid 2015-2016


Financial Aid 2015-2016


Financial Aid: 2015-2016

GOAL

By July 1, 2016, 80% (492) of NUSD high school seniors will complete financial aid forms (FAFSA & CA Dream Act).

Results

Since conducting the school wide assemblies, to date, 465 Seniors have started their financial aid applications and 351 Seniors have completed their financial aid applications.

 

 

 

Action

To reach the goal, the team engaged in a three-pronged strategy.  

  1. Expose all seniors to the FASFA application through school wide assemblies 
  2. Provide one-on-one support and coaching for target students during in-class financial aid workshops.
  3. Host family nights to engage and provide information and support to students and parents

 


Key Learnings and Plan for Improvement

The team improved their tracking process by tracking and documenting the entire process to provide more targeted support.

The team also improved their tracking process with a focus on better understanding how 12th Grade target students utilized the extra support.

The team improved by offering workshops for the target students.

College Applications


College Applications


College Applications: 2014-2015

GOAL

By September 1, 2015, 50 target students from San Rafael High School (SRHS) or Terra Linda High School (TLHS) will complete & submit applications for 4-year colleges.

Results/Findings

  • Students plan for college: Notably, nearly all seniors reported that they plan to apply to either a 2-year or 4-year college. Ninety-four percent of seniors at SRHS and 98% of seniors at TLHS have plans to do so. 
  • Students complete applications: Nearly of the students who reported having started an application also reported completing an application: there were fewer than ten students across both schools who reported starting a college application but not completing an application. 
  • SRHS students are more likely to want help applying to two-year schools:  Forty-seven students, or approximately a third of SRHS seniors (34%), asked for support completing a 2-year college application, compared to only 21% of TLHS seniors.   
  • Financial aid is a major concern: 110 SRHS seniors (79% of the group) and 142 TLHS seniors (73%) will need financial assistance to attend college.
  • A minority of students still need help with FAFSA: 22% of SRHS respondents (31 seniors) and 19% of TLHS respondents (37 seniors) requested help filling out FAFSA.

Actions

Over the last two years the team has been working to increase the number of target student who enroll in college by providing support to complete 4-year college applications. This project was led by Huckleberry Youth Programs and San Rafael City Schools.


Key Learnings and Plan for Improvement

  • Better diagnose the need
  • Closer coordination with SRCS staff
  • Improve tracking – Utilize 10000 Degrees scholarship data and Clearinghouse data

During the February 2016 College Enrollment Action Team meeting, team members agreed that there were gaps in their knowledge of student needs through the college application process. The team determined that the San Rafael City Schools (SRCS) counselors would draft a survey, which would then be administered during class time at the district’s two comprehensive high schools. This survey asked seniors about their college application plans and needs, as well as their financial aid needs. One hundred and forty-three seniors at San Rafael High School (SRHS) completed the survey, as did 195 seniors at Terra Linda High School (TLHS). 

The team is currently working on three ideas, two based on a survey that we completed by SRCS Seniors and planning another initiative 

  1. Looking into setting a new project in motion that is focused providing more 2 year application and financial aid completion support for target students in NUSD and SRCS through the end of the school year.
  2. Learning more about COM's Summerbridge Program to determine ways to support more target students to enroll the program.

Test Preparation


Test Preparation


Test Preparation: 2014-2015

GOAL

By December 31, 2015, increase the number of low socioeconomic status seniors at the target schools that interact with outcome driven SAT/ACT support and take the test by 10%. Increase SAT scores by 200 points.

Results

The second part of this goal was not achieved – the average composite score increase was 150 points – given this it was also investigated whether students who scored higher or lower on a pre-test experienced greater score improvement. 

Actions

[MARIN PROMISE TO PROVIDE ACTIONS TAKEN]


Key Learnings and Plan for Improvement

 

  • There is little variation across the reading and math scores: there is not a strong relationship between how well a student does on the pre-test vs. how much he or she improves in those areas after taking the class. 
  • Students with higher pre-test scores do improve more on the writing section. 
  • None of the four groups of students had an average change in their composite score of 200 points or more. However, those students who had the highest score on the pre-test came the closest to achieving this goal, with an average score increase of 180.

What do these scores mean for placement in college courses?
Starting in fall 2015, California State Universities require that a student scores at least 460 on the English section of the SAT and at least 490 on the math section to be considered “conditionally ready” or “ready” for college-level courses. Students may be considered “conditionally ready” or “ready” for college-level courses at California State Universities based on SAT, CAASPP, and AP exam scores: SAT scores are not the only factor that matters for enrollment. 

Based on their highest scores as part of this testing process, due to their low scores:

  • Ten students are not conditionally ready or ready in English.
  • Ten students are not conditionally ready or ready in math.
  • Nine of the ten students who are not ready in English are also not ready in math.

 

 

New Projects


New Projects


New Projects: 2016-2017

GOAL

75% of target students have a college plan in Naviance.

The team recently begun working on a new project for 2016-2017.  The table below summarizes the counts of target students in tenth grade currently enrolled in the two districts as of early 2016.  Counts are further broken down by school. 

Barriers

  • Data Resources for rapid cycle improvement
  • Alignment of Naviance

 

Other Efforts


Other Efforts


Other Community Efforts:

AVID

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