Best-Practices Webinar Series Extending Your Reach: How to Work with CBOs in Support of First-Generation Students
2 Common Questions From CSO College Partners1. How do we know where to find CBOs?2. Once we’ve found them, how do we develop relationships with them?
The CBO DatabaseAccess to almost a thousand CBOs around the country
PanelistsAlex Economou Chuck Erickson Tammy Dain Shria Tomlinson Traci KirtleyDirector of Partner Relations Assistant Director, Assistant Director of College Affairs Director Director of ProgrammingCSO - Moderator Admissions Community Outreach College Track & Evaluation Lawrence University Holy Names University College Possible
Lawrence University Chuck Erickson ’02 Assistant Director of AdmissionsDiversity Outreach & Recruitment Coordinator Coordinator of Transfer Admissions
About Lawrence University•In Appleton, Wisconsin•Founded in 1847•Integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with aworld-class conservatory of music•Draws 1,445 students from 44 states and 35 countries•First- Year Retention = 90% 6-Year Graduation = 76% Pell Grant Recipients = 17.8%•Work with 6 CBOs and been doing this for six years
6 Best Practices1. Plan your connections and intentions • What are you committing to this relationship? • What do you bring to the CBO?2. Research CBOs – Be selective • What is the quality of the CBO? • Which CBOs fit your profile/goals3. Identify Recruitment and Retention Issues • How will CBOs & the college make this work?
6 Best Practices (continued) 4. Develop a communication system • Learn to speak their language • Frequent and consistent is key 5. Evaluate and Review • End-of-the-year assessment • Changes for next year 6. Take PRIDE in what you are doing!
5 Lessons Learned1. If you drop the ball, be honest.2. Bad impressions last nearly forever.3. This will almost take blood, sweat, and tears.4. Think WAY outside of the box.5. Communication needs to be both ways.
Holy Names University Tammy Dain Assistant Director of Community Outreach
About Holy Names University• Oakland, CA - Founded in 1868• HNU is a small, private Catholic liberal arts university with a particular emphasis on providing access to higher education for underserved populations.• Total enrollment is 1,331; we have 28 different liberal arts majors, 9 graduate programs and a large adult learner population.• We are consistently ranked as one of the most diverse universities in the West Coast and in the entire nation.
Our Student Diversity 50% First Generation 10% Asian 26% African American 22% Latino/Hispanic 24% White 4% International
Early Admit Program (EAP) A New College Access Program• Provides access to education for students from the particularly underserved Oakland and West Contra Costa Unified School Districts beginning in the 9th grade.• Students are guaranteed admission to HNU if they take approved college-prep curriculum and achieve academic requirements while in high school.• Collaborates with community based organizations and high schools for student success.
4 Best Practices1. Defined Effort and Willingness to Act• Define university objectives through outreach and commit to action2. Understand Your Partners• Attend any information sessions that are held on site and learn about the CBO’s students3. Take a Step Back• Make an effort to connect with individual organizations but don’t forget about the big picture4. Use Your Positioning to Bridge the Gap• University presence can bridge the gap between school districts and community based organizations
2 Lessons Learned1. A Sense of Flexibility2. It’s Okay to Prioritize for the Sake of Progress
College Track MISSION:To close the achievement gap and create acollege-going culture for students who arehistorically and currently under-representedin higher education.
How We WorkNATIONAL COLLEGE ACCESS PROGRAM6 centers and counting: San Francisco Oakland E. Palo Alto New Orleans Aurora Los Angeles (Summer 2012)MAKING A COMMITMENT & LONG-TERM INVESTMENT IN OUR STUDENTS8th GRADE: Recruit students HIGH SCHOOL: Provide comprehensive support COLLEGE: Provide Financial, Social, & Peer support
Core Programs Focusing on four core service areas – Academic Affairs, Student Life, College Affairs, andCollege Success – our students gain the experience that best prepares them for the academic, social, and financial demands of college.
Our Students90% of our students are from low-income households90% of our seniors are admitted to four- year colleges85% of our students will be the first-generation college graduates75% of students admitted to college are currently enrolled in, or have completed, a four-year degree55% of College Track students graduate from college (compared to 22% nationwide average of low-income students.) Our goal is 75%. 19
Our Growth # of High School Students (During Year)2000 18471800 16291600 14041400 11711200 9641000 803 800 654 600 400 200 0 2010-2011 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
5 Best PracticesCOLLEGES SHOULD –1. DO YOUR HOMEWORK: Research the CBO, its mission, resources, students served, typical student profile, and best time to visit2. BE HONEST: Have candid conversations about the type of students you are looking to recruit3. COMMUNICATE REGULARLY: Discuss new programs and opportunities available on the campus (multicultural programs, open houses, preview days, etc.)4. COLLABORATE: Work together on presentations5. FORMALIZE PARTNERSHIPS: Share resources and information(eg. Holy Names EAP)
5 Lessons Learned1. Relationships are key2. Exposure is Important3. Invest in Families4. Communicate key programs and services that are aligned with supporting target student population5. Be Patient and Flexible
College Possible MISSION:Making college admission and success possible through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support
About College Possible• Students: 91% are students of color, average reported family income is less than $25,000 and most are first-generation college students• Size: Currently serving 8,700 students in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Milwaukee and Omaha• Growth: Planning to serve 20,000 students annually in 10 locations as early as 2015
Our Programs High School Program College Program• 320 hours of direct support over two years • Connect students with existing resources on campus• Junior Year • Build a network of support among – ACT/SAT test preparation former high school program participants – Campus visits • Provide financial aid and scholarship – Summer enrichment opportunities assistance• Senior Year – College essay and application assistance College Planning Workshops – Financial aid and scholarship application • College Possible seniors lead workshops support for underclassmen using interactive curriculum – College selection and transition advising
Our Results• A recent Harvard study found College Possible more than doubles the chances that a low-income student will enroll in a 4-year institution• 98% of students earn admission to college• Nearly 80% of students who go onto enroll graduate or are currently persisting toward a college degree• On average, students increase their ACT score by 21%, as compared to for-profit companies that advertise an increase of 12-14%
Best PracticesCOLLEGES SHOULD:1. Work with CBOs to bring students to your campus2. Help CBOs help you! Be willing to teach us what you need3. Provide transparency and support with financial aid process4. Use the financial aspects of enrollment to prepare students for managing college finances
Lessons LearnedCBOs SHOULD:1. Be proactive in setting and meeting the expectations of colleges2. Make the most of letters of recommendation3. Create relationships between students and caring adults to increase retention and college completion rates
Contact Information Shria TomlinsonTraci Kirtley College Affairs DirectorDirector of Programming & Evaluation firstname.lastname@example.org@collegepossible.org Alexandra Economou (510) 378-9992(651) 917-3525 Director of Partner Relations email@example.com (301) 363-4226 Tammy Dain Chuck Erickson Assistant Director of Community Outreach Assistant Director of Admissions firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (510) 436-1368 (920) 832-6503