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  • 1. Closing the College Admissions Gap<br />© 2011 Applytogether, Inc.<br />
  • 2. Valedictorian<br />First-Generation High School Graduate<br />Built robots for fun<br />No internet at home<br />Had never heard the word “dean”<br />Didn’t understand how to apply to college<br />Overwhelmed guidance department<br />Michael Booker’s Dilemma<br />
  • 3. “Many apparently qualified students still do not apply, and a disproportionate share of these ‘missing applicants’ come from high schools that have little or no tradition of sending applications to selective private colleges.”<br />Selective Colleges’ Dilemma<br />Source: Cost Should Be No Barrier: An Evaluation of the First Year of Harvard's Financial Aid Initiative (Avery, Hoxby, Jackson, Burek, Poppe)<br />
  • 4. Students from underperforming schools:<br /><ul><li>Have trouble understanding the college application process
  • 5. Do not believe they can afford tuition at competitive colleges
  • 6. Do not know they are the most in-demand college applicants</li></ul>The Application Knowledge Gap<br />
  • 7. <ul><li>Give high-achieving students from low-performing schools the knowledge they need to apply to college
  • 8. Do this by pairing these high school students with mentors who understand the college admissions process
  • 9. Replicate this mentorship on a large scale by building a website that pairs applicants and mentors
  • 10. Provide a structure to guide applicant/mentor pairs through the application process
  • 11. Create online tools so applicants and mentors can collaborate</li></ul>How to Close the Gap<br />Source: AchivemenTrap: How America Is Failing Millions of High-Achieving Students from Lower-Income Families (Wyner, Bridgeland, Diulio)<br />
  • 12. ONE-ON-ONE MENTORSHIP WORKS<br /> Michael is currently a Gateway Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin studying Electrical Engineering. He is the first person in his family to go to college.<br />
  • 13. “My mother is someone who has made a major impact on my life. She is one of the most essential necessities I have had in my life. My mother possesses all of the good features a good mother has. Also, she influences my life in numerous ways.”<br />First Draft of Michael’s College Essay<br />
  • 14. “When I do something, my mother is type of mother that wants to know who is with me, what will be done, when we will do it, and where we will do it. One day, I disobeyed this rule. I went over my friend’s house to complete some work after school without telling her. When I made it home, she gave me the classic “If a child thinks he or she is grown, get out!” speech. She told me that since I refused to abide by one of her rules, she would kick me out the house and put me on my own. Unfortunately, I was only twelve years old at the moment. My mother shows tough love, but her overprotection has kept me from doing drugs, joining a gang, or dropping out of school.”<br />Michael’s College Essay with One-on-one Advice from a Mentor<br />
  • 15. Our Approach<br />Pair high school students like Michael with a college mentor, who provides one-on-one advice, and only helps that student<br />Provide a website through which the applicant and mentor can collaborate, research schools, and keep track of applications and admissions-related tasks<br />Create resources that explain the college application process in a simple, clear and effective way<br />Strongly encourage high school students to apply to selective schools, which have the most generous financial aid programs, and highest graduation rates<br />
  • 16. Website Functions<br />Track Tasks<br />Organize Conversations<br />Facilitate College Research<br />Track Applications<br />Provide Tutorials<br />
  • 17. Conversation List<br />Introductions (Applicant, Parent and Mentor)<br />College Selection 1, Application Requirements (Applicant and Mentor)<br />Recommendations/Resume Overview (Applicant and Mentor)<br />How to write College Essays (Applicant and Mentor)<br />PS, AE, Resume First Drafts (Applicant and Mentor)<br />College Selection 2, School-specific first drafts Overview (Applicant, Parent and Mentor)<br />PS, AE, Resume, School-Specific Second Drafts (Applicant and Mentor)<br />College Selection 3, School-specific second drafts (Applicant and Mentor)<br />PS, AE, Resume, School-specific Third Drafts (Applicant and Mentor)<br />PS, AE, Resume, School-specific Final Drafts (Applicant and Mentor)<br />Packaging Applications (Applicant, Parent and Mentor )<br />Confirmation (Applicant and Mentor)<br />FAFSA (Applicant, Parent and Mentor)<br />Spring Check-In (Applicant, Parent and Mentor)<br />Decision-Making Overview (Applicant, Parent and Mentor)<br />PS: Personal Statement<br />AE: Activity Essay<br />
  • 18. <ul><li>Meets all assigned tasks by set deadline
  • 19. Answers emails and responds to mentor
  • 20. Asks for help when needed
  • 21. Works hard to get into college
  • 22. Maintains GPA
  • 23. Keeps applicant on task and on track
  • 24. Provides one-on-one coaching, advice, and support
  • 25. Communicates with parents
  • 26. Enforces deadlines
  • 27. Works for applicant</li></ul>MentorResponsibilities<br />ApplicantResponsibilities<br />
  • 28. While almost all high-achieving, <br />low-income students go to college, <br />only 56% actually graduate.<br />How can we find a way to increase the<br />graduation rate of these students?<br />The Problem of Low Graduation Rates<br />Source: AchivemenTrap: How America Is Failing Millions of High-Achieving Students from Lower-Income Families (Wyner, Bridgeland, Diulio)<br />
  • 29. “[O]ur research reveals one factor that strongly predicts success for [high-achieving, lower-income] students: the selectivity of the college they enter. Specifically, the more selective the college a high-achieving lower-income student attends, the more likely that student will graduate; the less selective the college, the more likely that the lower-income student will leave before graduating.”<br />Selectivity and Graduation Rate<br />Source: AchivemenTrap: How America Is Failing Millions of High-Achieving Students from Lower-Income Families (Wyner, Bridgeland, Diulio)<br />
  • 30. More selective schools  higher graduation rates<br />Source: AchivemenTrap: How America Is Failing Millions of High-Achieving Students from Lower-Income Families (Wyner, Bridgeland, Diulio)<br />
  • 31. More Research<br />High-achieving, low-income students are less likely to graduate from college than their higher income peers<br />Going to selective colleges increases graduation rates<br />High-achieving, low-income students are less likely to attend most selective colleges and more likely to attend least selective colleges<br /><ul><li>College counseling helps, it helps twice as much when students follow the advice</li></ul>Sources:<br /><ul><li> March 2010 Research Brief: Barriers to College for High-Achieving Students (Breakthrough Collaborative)
  • 32. College Knowledge: Addressing Information Barriers to College (Vargas)
  • 33. The Effects of College Counseling on High-Achieving, Low-Income Students:</li></ul>Results of a Pilot Study with a Randomized Controlled Trial (Avery)<br /><ul><li>AchivemenTrap: How America Is Failing Millions of High-Achieving Students from Lower-Income Families (Wyner, Bridgeland, Diulio)</li></li></ul><li> The graduation rate gap between high-income and lower-income students disappears at very selective colleges and universities, but lower-income students often do not to apply to these schools<br />Why We Exist<br />Source: AchivemenTrap: How America Is Failing Millions of High-Achieving Students from Lower-Income Families (Wyner, Bridgeland, Diulio)<br />

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