In 2016, the College Success Foundation committed to creating, delivering and/or integrating standardized training programs that ensures students receive the support they need to achieve their college and career goals. CSP will create a training tools and web based learning platform that will offer college and career readiness training tools to 4,225 counselors, teachers and mentors throughout the country. This program will dramatically increase the number of professional receiving quality training in both rural and urban communities, impacting the advising necessary to allow students make good-fit college choices.
CSF has invested in ensuring equitable access to standardized and comprehensive, online College & Career Readiness training programs and resources that can be easily accessed and utilized by those practitioners, counselors and mentors who help students navigate the path to and through college. CSF is promoting a student-centered approach to training programs in order to ensure consistency in service delivery for students throughout the education pipeline (elementary, middle school, high school, and college).
The program analysis will begin at the student-level and then ensure alignment with the facilitators learning needs. Furthermore, critical support roles will be taken into account for supplemental materials, such as handouts. Each step of the program will be designed to serve as a cohesive learning system. Practitioners will have a structured experience based on select instructional theory and methods.
Instructional Design, which allows for more intentional and informed design choices when creating lessons, will be used to provide structure to the program. The frameworks and skeleton of the programs that are acquired or developed will be built using best practices and theory developed by CSF. The programs that CSF supports will not simply provide links and resources, but rather focus, transform, and elevate information into meaningful learning experiences.
CSFs College & Career Readiness Advisory Committee (CCRAC) comprised of education stakeholders from school districts, state (secondary and postsecondary) agencies, GEAR UP, college access networks and regional networks of college admissions counselors will identify local and national experts responsible for outlining required competencies and curriculum components. Subject-matter-experts will assist in designing content that can be translated to an accessible online delivery format.
Each module will include activities that reinforce learning, and quizzes that test the efficacy of the training program. CSF will use a Learning Management System (LMS) that provides learners with live feedback on performance, and opportunities to improve scores if needed. In addition, the LMS will support peer-to-peer learning through discussion forums.
Module acquisition, development and/or delivery
Confirm Phase I content experts and/or training modules, Q1 2017
Draft or enhance Phase I content, Q2 2017
Storyboard and script modules, Q2 2017
Module design (including video and narration) Q3 2017
Content-expert review, Q3 2017
Modifications, Q4 2017
Testing, Q4 2017
Launch, Q1 2018
Confirm Phase II content experts or training modules, Q1 2018
Draft or enhance Phase II content, Q2 2018
Storyboard and script, Q2 2018
Module design (including video and narration), Q3 2018
Content-expert review, Q3 2018
Modifications, Q4 2018
Testing, Q4 2018
Launch Phase II, Q1 2019
LMS Build-out, Q2 2017
Ecommerce and app integration, Q2 2017
Customer support requirements and integration, Q2 2017-Q4 2017
Web design and branding, Q3 2017
Testing and integration, Q3 2017
Outreach & marketing
Brand and marketing outline, Q2 2017
Marketing materials, Q3 2017
Outreach & Marketing, Q3-Q4 2017
Partnerships and funding
Fundraising, Q1 2017-Q3 2017
Partnership development (content experts), Q1 2017-Q1 2018
In-kind and donated services, ongoing
Research & Evaluation
Design survey tools and instruments for Phase I, Q4 2017-Q1 2018
Distribute evaluations to subscribers via LMS, Q3 2018
Analyze results Q4 2018
Communicate results Q1 2019
Enhancements based on feedback Q2 2019
Higher education is one of the most important economic decisions an individual can make in their lifetime. Education leads to healthier and longer lives, lower crime levels, reduced unemployment, and higher salaries. Though high-need students aspire to realize the benefits of college, too few are receiving the comprehensive counseling needed to achieve their goals. Without access to effective advice, low-income students often receive incorrect or poor advice, which can lead to them either dismissing college as an option or making uninformed college choices.
Inequitable access to high-quality information and support manifests in disproportionate graduation rates. Students from the highest income quartile have a 54% graduation rate. Students from the lowest income quartile have a paltry 10% graduation rate (Pell Institute, 2016 Historical Trend Report Higher).
Another challenge to providing support is the fact that 75% of secondary schools do not require professional development for those responsible for college counseling (Clinedinst, Hurley & Hawkins, 2011). Because of this, many students receive inaccurate, biased or stale information regarding college options and how to access them. Loan limits, financial aid regulations, process changes and admission policies are updated annually. It is imperative that students receive timely and precise information to remove as many obstacles as possible.
College Success Foundation is committed to creating, delivering and/or integrating standardized training programs that ensures students receive the support they need to achieve their college and career goals. Professional development and pre-service training, aligning practice with common standards, is needed to standardize services and maximize impact. Once implemented and scaled, this program will dramatically increase the number of students receiving the advising necessary to make good-fit college choices.