City of Chicago…  LET’S CONNECT!René GomezAssistant Director of AdmissionsLake Forest CollegeDeVone EuralesSenior Assistan...
City of Chicago… Let’s Connect!• Building Collaborative Relationships with: ▫ High School Counselors and Admission Staffs ...
Session Goals• Leave this session with: ▫ Blueprint to better recruit the city of Chicago. ▫ Strategies that can be implem...
Why Chicago as a focus?• Both Knox and Lake Forest College have seen an  increase in applications over the past three  yea...
Chicago Schools Two types:   › Chicago Public Schools   › Chicago Parochial and Private Schools Both are different!   › ...
Chicago Schools cont…• These small differences alone prove that there  are different/effective ways to work with each  typ...
How do we cultivate relationships?• Build the relationship• Maintain the relationship
High School           AdmissionCounselors            Counselors           Tips for    High School Counselors
Building Collaborative Relationships• What are you doing to build the bridge with high  Admission counselors?• Start the c...
Building Collaborative Relationshipscont…• Be proactive ask for help!    Examples: We’re having a college night could you...
Maintaining Relationships Reaching Out     Call the College to check on applicants     What profile of students are the...
Admission               High SchoolCounselors              Counselors             Tips for       Admission Counselors
Building Collaborative Relationships• What are you doing to build the bridge with high  school counselors? ▫ Connecting to...
Building the Relationship• “First Date”  ▫   How long have you been there?  ▫   How big is your case load?  ▫   What do lo...
Maintain the Relationship• “The Courting Process” - Monthly Check-ins ▫   How are they? ▫   How are their students? ▫   Wh...
Community Based Organizations• There are many organizations that deal with the  youth of Chicago.• Some examples include: ...
Community Based Orgs. cont… These programs give students opportunities to grow  outside of their classrooms. Programming...
A few CBO’s in the City                            (Click on the name to open the hyperlink)•   Ada S. McKinley – Henry Ra...
Community Based       Admission Organizations        Counselors           Tips for Community Based Organizations
Building Collaborative Relationships• What are you doing to build the bridge with  Admission Counselors? ▫ Accessibility! ...
Maintain the Relationship• Monthly Check-ins ▫ Call with updates about students. ▫ Discuss current students from your CBO ...
Admission           Community BasedCounselors           Organizations            Tips for      Admission Counselors
Building the Relationship• What are you doing to build the bridge with  Community Based Organizations? ▫ Connect to their ...
Maintain the Relationship• Monthly Check-ins ▫   How are they? ▫   How are their students? ▫   What can I do to help you? ...
Relationships…• Translate into:• More exposure and interest• To More Effective Applications!
According to…• The Consortium on Chicago School Research ▫ CPS students who aspire to complete a four-year   degree do not...
Effective Applications• What are effective applications?  ▫ MATCH AND FIT!• How do we create successful applications?  ▫ S...
Effective Applications• Build a rapport with the family! ▫ If families feel that you are looking for their best   interest...
Effective Application cont…• How do you build trust? ▫ Accountability    Do what you say, you’re going to do! ▫ Reliabili...
Effective Applications cont…• We need to use our consulting skills  ▫ Authenticity  ▫ Relatable  ▫ Transparency• With thes...
Transitions to College• Students have ideas of what the transition to  college should be.• They will find that it is one o...
Working together on transition• Look at transition from the student’s point of  view. ▫   Who you are now? ▫   How will yo...
Working together on transition cont…• You have to let students know that their  expectations may not always be met• As the...
According to…• The Consortium on Chicago School Research ▫ Only about one-third of CPS students who aspire   to complete a...
How do we find best match/fit?• Make relatable connections to the students ▫ Incorporate past student success/experiences ...
Match/Fit cont…• Urban to Urban… isn’t an automatic match• Each neighborhood is different. Students from  different ways o...
Finally…• Your student really won’t know what they will  exactly need until… THEY GET THERE! Be supportive and a resource ...
Panel Discussion• Moderator ▫ Quinton Clay    Assistant Director of Admission and Coordinator of Chicago     Recruitment ...
Thanks from Us! René GomezAssistant Director of AdmissionsLake Forest College(847)735-5008gomez@lakeforest.edu           ...
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Applications from the city of Chicago for Knox and Lake Forest College have grown exponentially due to the relationships built and established between admissions and high school counseling staffs.The panel will highlight building and maintaining collaborative relationships between high school and college counselors as well as community based organizations to effectively work with students and their families on developing successful applications and transitions to college from the city of Chicago.

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C22 City of Chicago... Let’s Connect!

  1. 1. City of Chicago… LET’S CONNECT!René GomezAssistant Director of AdmissionsLake Forest CollegeDeVone EuralesSenior Assistant Director of Admission,Coordinator of Multicultural RecruitmentKnox College
  2. 2. City of Chicago… Let’s Connect!• Building Collaborative Relationships with: ▫ High School Counselors and Admission Staffs ▫ Community Based Organizations and Admission Staffs• Helping Students and their Families with developing successful applications and transitions to college.
  3. 3. Session Goals• Leave this session with: ▫ Blueprint to better recruit the city of Chicago. ▫ Strategies that can be implemented within your office, high school or college. ▫ Tips and Best Practices on communication between counseling professionals. ▫ Tips on how to manage and cultivate dialogue between counseling staffs and families.
  4. 4. Why Chicago as a focus?• Both Knox and Lake Forest College have seen an increase in applications over the past three years.• With constant expansions of schools and programming within the City, it has become essential for us to be able to navigate the connections that are helpful to the students that we work with but also the institutions we work for.
  5. 5. Chicago Schools Two types: › Chicago Public Schools › Chicago Parochial and Private Schools Both are different! › CPS: Multiple types › Neighborhood, Selective Enrollment, Military, Charters and Technical, etc. › Access dependent on school resources › Parochial/Private › Funding, Religious based, Gender based, etc.
  6. 6. Chicago Schools cont…• These small differences alone prove that there are different/effective ways to work with each type of school/program.• High School Counselors and Admissions Representatives should begin/continue discussions on how to build rapport between the two!
  7. 7. How do we cultivate relationships?• Build the relationship• Maintain the relationship
  8. 8. High School AdmissionCounselors Counselors Tips for High School Counselors
  9. 9. Building Collaborative Relationships• What are you doing to build the bridge with high Admission counselors?• Start the conversation  Begin to have discussions with your admissions colleagues about students that have been successful at their schools.
  10. 10. Building Collaborative Relationshipscont…• Be proactive ask for help!  Examples: We’re having a college night could you lead a panel session.  Would you be willing to come speak with a group of juniors.
  11. 11. Maintaining Relationships Reaching Out  Call the College to check on applicants  What profile of students are these schools looking for?  Have students from your institutions been admitted?  Have you and/or your students visited campuses?  Have you contacted Admissions for possible programming help?  Junior Nights, Writing Sessions, Mock Interviews
  12. 12. Admission High SchoolCounselors Counselors Tips for Admission Counselors
  13. 13. Building Collaborative Relationships• What are you doing to build the bridge with high school counselors? ▫ Connecting to their needs!  College Panels  Classroom visits  Family/Parent nights  Professional Development sessions  Campus Visits
  14. 14. Building the Relationship• “First Date” ▫ How long have you been there? ▫ How big is your case load? ▫ What do love most about job? ▫ Have you had much contact with my institution? ▫ How long have you been in the profession and in what capacity?
  15. 15. Maintain the Relationship• “The Courting Process” - Monthly Check-ins ▫ How are they? ▫ How are their students? ▫ What can I do to help you? ▫ Is there any updated information I can have? ▫ Have you connected with our alumni teacher in the school?
  16. 16. Community Based Organizations• There are many organizations that deal with the youth of Chicago.• Some examples include: ▫ Chicago Scholars ▫ Urban Students (U.S.) Empowered ▫ HighSight ▫ LINK Unlimited ▫ East Village Youth Program ▫ Upward Bound
  17. 17. Community Based Orgs. cont… These programs give students opportunities to grow outside of their classrooms. Programming may include: › ACT prep › College Visits › Onsite Interviews › Essay Writing Workshops These programs break the mold of the “like” student within CPS Schools to a more global outlook of students… since they are coming from different schools!
  18. 18. A few CBO’s in the City (Click on the name to open the hyperlink)• Ada S. McKinley – Henry Ray, Senior Educational Counselor/Trainer, hray@adasmckinley.org• After School Matters – Mark Pristop, Post Secondary Coordinator, mark.pristop@cityofchicago.org• Chicago Scholars – Meseret Negash, Senior Vice President, External Affairs, mnegash@chicagoscholars.org• Chicago Youth Centers – Renee Daye-Cross, Career & College Readiness Coordinator, renee.daye@chicagoyouthcenters.org• Collegiate Scholars – Jacqueline Gaines, Manager of College Advising and Admissions, jgaines@uchicago.edu• Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation – Carol Lee Barry, Director of College Counseling, carollee@dmsf.org• Genesys Works – Melissa Vater, Program Coordinator-Lead Instructor, mvater@genesysworks.org• HighSight – Patty Hart, Program Director, patty@highsight.org• Link Unlimited – Rodney Gore, Program Manager, rgore@linkunlimited.org• Marwen – Saba Syal Elahi, Coordinator of College and Career Programs, ssyal@marwen.org• Target Hope
  19. 19. Community Based Admission Organizations Counselors Tips for Community Based Organizations
  20. 20. Building Collaborative Relationships• What are you doing to build the bridge with Admission Counselors? ▫ Accessibility!  Have you reached out to schools to come and visit your CBO site?  Have students been prepped and are they genuinely interested in the visiting with the school?
  21. 21. Maintain the Relationship• Monthly Check-ins ▫ Call with updates about students. ▫ Discuss current students from your CBO ▫ Strategize programming opportunities  Application review session  Campus Visit ▫ What can I do for you?
  22. 22. Admission Community BasedCounselors Organizations Tips for Admission Counselors
  23. 23. Building the Relationship• What are you doing to build the bridge with Community Based Organizations? ▫ Connect to their needs!  Get to know who you need to know  Visit and tour the facility  Interact with the students more informally
  24. 24. Maintain the Relationship• Monthly Check-ins ▫ How are they? ▫ How are their students? ▫ What can I do to help you? ▫ Is there any updated information I can have?
  25. 25. Relationships…• Translate into:• More exposure and interest• To More Effective Applications!
  26. 26. According to…• The Consortium on Chicago School Research ▫ CPS students who aspire to complete a four-year degree do not effectively participate in the college application process.1 ▫ So how do we make sure students become actively involved in the application process? 1 Executive Summary – From High School to the Future: Potholes on the Road to College – March 2008
  27. 27. Effective Applications• What are effective applications? ▫ MATCH AND FIT!• How do we create successful applications? ▫ Sensibility  Are we helping the student apply to schools that make sense to their ability? ▫ College Success of Student  Are the colleges that we are suggesting or working for have the proper environment (academic, social, aspirations, beliefs, etc.) for the student?  We need to help guide students to schools that ARE a possible yes! Encourage them to be honest with themselves and their aptitude.
  28. 28. Effective Applications• Build a rapport with the family! ▫ If families feel that you are looking for their best interest in mind… this will begin the process of understanding what applying to college entails ▫ Once families feel your concern they will, in turn, provide TRUST!
  29. 29. Effective Application cont…• How do you build trust? ▫ Accountability  Do what you say, you’re going to do! ▫ Reliability  Consistent ▫ Knowledge  Know your stuff, know your students, know your profession! ▫ Maintain Best Interest  Don’t turn them into something they are not! ▫ Professional
  30. 30. Effective Applications cont…• We need to use our consulting skills ▫ Authenticity ▫ Relatable ▫ Transparency• With these skills, we can then give responsibility to the student to establish their role as an advocate for themselves!
  31. 31. Transitions to College• Students have ideas of what the transition to college should be.• They will find that it is one of self-discovery and growth in a new environment ▫ When students relate to the niche of what the college provides, you are more likely to have them as an applicant!
  32. 32. Working together on transition• Look at transition from the student’s point of view. ▫ Who you are now? ▫ How will you approach varying environments? ▫ What expectations have you set? ▫ Have these expectations limited yourself or other factors?
  33. 33. Working together on transition cont…• You have to let students know that their expectations may not always be met• As the consultant… CONSULT! ▫ We are all on the same page – hoping to have the best match fit. We will not set them up to fail or be disappointed but we understand that there are reaches!
  34. 34. According to…• The Consortium on Chicago School Research ▫ Only about one-third of CPS students who aspire to complete a four-year degree enroll in a college that matches their qualifications.2 ▫ How do we make sure that students find and know what schools are best fit? 2 Executive Summary – From High School to the Future: Potholes on the Road to College – March 2008
  35. 35. How do we find best match/fit?• Make relatable connections to the students ▫ Incorporate past student success/experiences ▫ Historical Evaluations• Is this a good match in general? What are the challenges other students have had to overcome? Resources?
  36. 36. Match/Fit cont…• Urban to Urban… isn’t an automatic match• Each neighborhood is different. Students from different ways of life and cultures gravitate to different things. Find connections!• Leaving High School and going to College WILL BE DIFFERENT! Doesn’t matter how we phrase it!
  37. 37. Finally…• Your student really won’t know what they will exactly need until… THEY GET THERE! Be supportive and a resource when they set foot on campus!
  38. 38. Panel Discussion• Moderator ▫ Quinton Clay  Assistant Director of Admission and Coordinator of Chicago Recruitment – Grinnell College – clayquin@grinnell.edu• Panel ▫ Caroline Kelly  Dean of College Counseling – Pritzker College Prep – ckelly@noblenetwork.org ▫ Celso Cárdenas  College Counselor and Coordinator of College Testing – Francis W. Parker School – ccardenas@fwparker.org ▫ Patty Hart  Program Director – HighSight – patty.hart@highsight.org ▫ Audrey Penman  Admissions Counselor – Western Illinois University – AR-penman@wiu.edu
  39. 39. Thanks from Us! René GomezAssistant Director of AdmissionsLake Forest College(847)735-5008gomez@lakeforest.edu DeVone Eurales Senior Assistant Director of Admission Knox College (309) 341-7147 deurales@knox.edu

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