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A Promising Connection: Increasing College Access and Success through Civic Engagement
 

A Promising Connection: Increasing College Access and Success through Civic Engagement

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This session will explore the known research about the connection between civic engagement activities and college access and success and share best practices, data and evaluations two successful ...

This session will explore the known research about the connection between civic engagement activities and college access and success and share best practices, data and evaluations two successful programs that have used service and service-learning as a strategy to increase college access and success.

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  • I will expand upon this, but this is the gist of what I will say.Answer number 1—Campus Compact is a president’s organization, it is important to convene presidential leadership and engage them in the conversations that we are having with faculty and staff on their campuses?Answer number 2-Brief history about Campus Compact work groups; 92% of our member campuses report that they are interacting with K12 students, schools or school districts and 70% of those colleges indicate that those partnerships are working toward increasing college access and success. Let’s make those interactions intentional and purposeful. The president’s goal of 60% post-secondary credentials by 2020.
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  • A Promising Connection: Increasing College Access and Success through Civic Engagement
  • Campus Compact: Who we are?
    A national coalition of 1,100 college and university presidents representing six million students.
    Committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education.
    Public, private, two-year, four-year
    Founded 1985
    35 state affiliate Campus Compacts
  • Presenters
    Maggie Stevens, EdD
    Indiana Campus Compact
    Executive Director
    Jacob Vennie-Vollrath
    Wisconsin Campus Compact
    M3C Fellows Program Director
    Michelle Snitgen
    Michigan Campus Compact
    Assistant Director for Grant Programs
    Renee Zientek
    Michigan Campus Compact
    Executive Director
  • How did you get to college?
  • THE RESEARCH: ACCESS
  • Presidents Leadership Summit
    Why a Presidents Leadership Summit?
    Why look at Access and Success and its connection to Civic Engagement?
  • Global College Completion Rates
  • Civic Engagement: A Call to Action
    “I call on all Americans to stand up and do what they can to serve their communities, shape our history, and enrich both their own lives and the lives of others across the country.”
    -President Barack Obama
  • Civic Engagement: A Promising Connection
    Civic engagement increases student access and success
    H.S. Student: “Service-learning motivates me to keep on going.”
    College Student: “I applied my chemistry skills to water quality problems. I can use this knowledge anywhere in the world.”
  • Getting through K12 to Higher Ed
    Increased attendance rates and decreased suspensions
    (Laird & Black, 2002; Ohlson, 2009)
    Improved grade point averages and academic engagement
    (Billig, 2007; Kraft, 2003)
    Enhanced sense of self
    (McGuire, 2006)
    Enhanced social consciousness
    (Furco, 2002; Lakin, 2006)
  • Getting through K12 to Higher Ed
    Facilitation of the transition to adulthood
    (Nela, Kielsmeier, & Crossley, 2006)
    Greater impact on lower-income, ethnic minority, and at-risk youth
    (Cress, Stokamer, & Drummond Hays, 2010; Melchior & Bailis,1999; Scales,2005)
    “Civic engagement is one way to insure that no child is left behind.”
    (Gent, 2007)
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  • Getting through K12 to Higher Ed
    In a national study-- 65% of all high school students: motivation increases if classes connect learning with serving.
    (Bridgeland, Dilulio, & Wulsin, 2008)
    77% S-L students indicated that service learning encourages them to work hard
    Only 8% of low performing schools offer service-learning
    Youth from disadvantaged school districts less likely to have college access resources
    (College Access, 2004; Darling-Hammond & Bransford, 2005; Evans, 2004)
    and are less likely to have cultural knowledge about college procedures
    (Bourdieu, 1977; Zeldin, 2004).
  • Getting through K12 to Higher Ed
    90% of college mentors earn college degree
    90% of mentees better understand how a college degree can help their future
    75% of mentees better understand which classes will best prepare them for college
    79% African American & 2/3 of American Indian and Hispanic youth Strongly Agreed
    California Campus Compact
    Youth-to-College Initiative
  • Michigan Campus Compact:
    College Positive Volunteerism Curriculum
  • What Would You Do with a Million Dollars?
    $ 1,000,000 Individuals with bachelor’s degrees earn about
    $1 million more in a lifetime than a high school graduate 1
    - $ 23,000 Average Student Loans for a 4 year degree 2
    --------------------------------
    $ 977,000 after paying student loans
    1 U.S Department of Labor, 2006
    2 National Center for Education Statistics at the
    US Department of Education, 2008
  • What could you do with a Million Dollars?
    2000 water wells1
    25 Habitat for Humanity Homes2
    11,108 Tickets to Disney World 3
    14 Hummers 4
    400 Gucci Handbags 5
    Sponsor 140 children for 20 years 6
    1 Wine to Water
    2 Habitat for Humanity
    3.Disney
    4 Hummer
    5 Gucci
    6 Save the Children
  • Learn and Serve Grant Program2006 – 2009Youth Outcomes
    Participating youth reported:
    Increased success in school (49.1%)
    Increased interest in going to college (64.5%)
  • COLLEGE POSITIVE VOLUNTEERISMHELPING K-12 YOUTH TAKE STEPS TOWARD
    POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION
    © 2010, Michigan Campus Compact. All rights reserved
  • What is a College Positive Volunteer?
    A college student who encourages and serves as a resource for youth, helping them to consider, plan for and pursue higher education.
    CPV MOTTO:
    Where are you going to college?
    And
    How can I help you get there?
  • CPV Training Goals
    Understand what it means to be an ambassador of higher education
    Comfortable having conversations with youth about college
    Understand that CPVs are RESOURCES
    Comfortable using the CPV Toolkit
  • CPV Toolkit
    1. Before you Volunteer
    2. Elementary School
    3. Middle School
    4. High School
    5. Ways to Pay for College
    6. Additional Resources
    7. Glossary of Terms
  • CPV Activities
    CPV Activities for K-12 Youth
    • Elementary Students
    • Middle School Students
    • High School Students
    CPV Activities by Length of Service
    • Event-Based
    • Short Term
    • Extended Term
  • CPV Website
    www.micampuscompact.org/cpvmain.aspx
  • CPV Expansion
    • Train the Trainer Resources
    • College Positive Mentoring
    • Online Training Module
    • CPV Spanish Translation
    • Adapting the Toolkit for Adult Learners
    • College Positive Activities for Youth with Disabilities
    • College Positive Activities to do Without a Computer
    • College Access Resources for Youth in Foster Care
    • College Positive Activities using MiCAP
  • Strategic Partnerships
    GEAR UP
    TRIO Programs
    Michigan College Access Network
    Promise Zones
    Michigan College Advising Corps
    Community Foundations
    Achieving the Dream
    College Goal Sunday
    Local College Access Networks
    • Partnering on campus
    • Partneringbetween campus and community
    Performing Advocacy
    Community Health
    Transnational Management
    Basic Chemistry
    Colleges of Education
    Spanish Language Courses
    College Positive Campus
    College Readiness Tours
    Math & Science Summer Institute
    Residential Programs
    Scholarship Essay Writing Workshop
    Student Panels @ K-12
    Youth Mentoring
    Kalamazoo Hispanic American Council
    K-12 Youth Tutoring Programs
    • College Coaching Corps AmeriCorps Program
    • Michigan Service Scholars AmeriCorps Program
  • Learn and Serve Grant Program2006 – 2010Impact on College Students
    College students reported:
    Desire to graduate from college more or much more because of participating in this service-learning program (96.8%)
    Retention rate of participation students was 92 %
    Average institutional retention rate at 78%
  • Funders
    Department of Education
    College Access Challenge Grant Program
  • What helped you stay in college?
  • THE RESEARCH: SUCCESS
  • College Persistence and Completion
    Academic Content
    Critical Thinking
    Writing
    Verbal Communication
    Mathematics
    Problem-Solving
    Leadership
    Interpersonal Skills
    Cultural Competence
    Civic Dispositions
    • Retention
    • Degree Aspirations
    • H.S. Graduation
    • College Enrollment
    • College Degree
    • Future Engagement
  • College Persistence and Completion
    Critical thinking
    (Bowden & Marten, 1998; Cress, 2003; Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005)
    Academic Engagement, Retention, & Graduation
    (Astin, 1996; Astin & Sax, 1996; Bringle & Hatcher, 2010; Gallini & Moely, 2003; Kielsmeier, 2009; Prentice & Robinson, 2010; MC3-- The Midwest Campus Compact Citizen-Scholar, 2010; Vogelgesang, Ikeda, Gilmartin, and Keup, 2002)
    Identifying as future agents of positive community change
    (Battistoni, 1997; Cress, Yamashita, Duarte, & Burns, 2010; Colby, Ehrlich, Beaumont, & Stephens, 2003, Eyler & Giles, 1994; Moely, McFarland, Miron, Mercer, & Ilustre, 2002; Gallini & Moely, 2003)
    Enhanced leadership skills
    (Cress, Astin, Zimmerman-Oster, and Burkhardt, 2001; Moely et al., 2002).
  • College Persistence and Completion
    American Association of Community Colleges
    Critical thinking
    Academic development
    Communications
    Leadership and teamwork
    Community College National Center for Community Engagement
    Academic learning; degree aspirations
    Discipline knowledge; pedagogical strategies
    Homeland Security, emergency preparedness
  • College Persistence and Completion
    Campus Compacts of Northern New England
    Retention, academic challenge and engagement, interpersonal and community engagement
    Midwest Campus Compact Citizen-Scholar Fellowship Program
    Retention, academic success
    Higher Education Research Institute
    Academic success, interpersonal growth
    Faculty engagement, engaged scholarship
  • MIDWEST CAMPUS COMPACT CITIZEN – SCHOLAR FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
  • Midwest Campus Compact Citizen-Scholar Fellowship Program
    • Administered by Wisconsin Campus Compact in close collaboration with participating state campus compacts.
    • 7 state program on 47 campuses serving 600 students.
    • Focused on first generation, low-income students.
    • $1,132 AmeriCorps education award after students complete 300 hours of service with a local nonprofit organization.
  • Goals of the M3C Fellows Program
  • The Results of the M3C Model
    • Retention: Since 2005, 92% of the members who have completed the program return to college the following year.
    (2005-2010 Data Collected from Participating M3C Campuses)
    • Academic Success: The average GPA of M3C Fellows is 3.15 compared to 2.85 for Pell Grant Eligible students.
    (2005-2010 Data Collected from Participating M3C Campuses)
    • 94% of members agree or strongly agree that the M3C Program contributed strongly to their academic success.
    • 98% of members agree or strongly agree that they can make their community a better place to live.
    • Successful program integration and institutional change.
  • Civic Engagement: A Promising Connection
    What has happened since the Presidents Leadership Summit?
  • Civic Engagement: A Promising Connection
    Contact your State Campus Compact Office to see what is planned.
    Share A Promising Connection with partners and use it as a catalyst for conversations and new ideas.
    Look for partnerships across your community and state with campuses, K-12 schools, youth serving agencies, and college access networks.
    10/10/10
  • Questions??
  • Presenters
    Maggie Stevens, EdD
    Indiana Campus Compact
    Executive Director
    magsteve@iupui.edu
    Jacob Vennie-Vollrath
    Wisconsin Campus Compact
    M3C Fellows Program Director
    jacob.vennie-vollrath@uwex.edu
    Michelle Snitgen
    Michigan Campus Compact
    Assistant Director for Grant Programs
    msnitgen@micampuscompact.org
    Renee Zientek
    Michigan Campus Compact
    Executive Director
    rzientek@micampuscompact.org