Educational Institutions

Collegetracks

  • Bethesda, MD
  • www.collegetracksusa.org

Mission Statement

CollegeTracks changes lives and communities by giving Montgomery County's low-income and first-generation-to-college students the chance to go to colleges where they can succeed – with enough financial aid and continuing support to help them attain the degrees they seek.

CollegeTracks currently serves students onsite in three Montgomery County, Maryland public high schools--Wheaton, Watkins Mill, and Bethesda-Chevy Chase. Montgomery County is just outside of Washington, D.C. and considered part of the National Capitol Area. CollegeTracks also serves college students onsite at several colleges in the state of Maryland and within the region as well as by teleconference (e.g. Skype, text, messengers, Facetime) all over the nation.

Main Programs

  1. CollegeTracks Access Program at Wheaton, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, and Watkins Mill High Schools and College Tracks Success Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Maryland

CollegeTracks Access Program serves students at risk of not getting to and through college at Wheaton, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, and Watkins Mill High Schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, part of the Greater Washington, D.C. area.

Access Program graduates go on to and participate in the Success Program at colleges within the state of Maryland and throughout the nation.

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2002

Self-reported

Nancy Leopold

Keywords

Self-reported

college access, college admissions, financial aid, FAFSA, college success

Notes from the Nonprofit

Higher education is no longer optional. It is the best way to move the county's growing population of low-income young people from poverty and dependence on government services to productive citizens who support families, pay taxes, participate in civic life, and become the skilled employees the county's employers need.

By 2018, 2/3 of all jobs in MD will require higher education. Far fewer Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) grads from the fastest growing demographic groups, low-income families and minorities, enroll in higher education after high school graduation compared to more affluent students.

CollegeTracks provides intensive, intrusive college and financial advising to low-income, first-gen-to-collegge, immigrant, minority students in 3 high schools to give them the same access to higher education as their peers and ensure they do not become “opportunity youth" engaged in neither college nor work. Our proven program takes these students the last mile from high school to higher education. Our College Success Program offers skill and coaching so they will persist/graduate.

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EIN

20-4499806

 Number

8178550761

Physical Address

4827 Rugby Avenue

Bethesda, MD 20814

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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CollegeTracks has helped more than 3500 students apply, enroll, persist and graduate from college since 2003.

In 2015-16, CollegeTracks served almost 1000 high school and college students from three Montgomery County high schools.

- We helped 98% of 300 high school seniors go to at least one college or technical school.

- Our College Success Program helped 280+ college students persist in college and graduate.


Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

CollegeTracks Access Program at Wheaton, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, and Watkins Mill High Schools and College Tracks Success Program

CollegeTracks Access focuses on admissions and financial aid advising, expands awareness of college and career options, identifies colleges that fit each student, uses a "Milestones to College” student workbook to take students through the critical milestones of the college admissions process. It also advises on college selection decisions, engages, parents, provides hands-on help with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and other scholarship applications, advocates with college financial aid officers and helps analyze financial aid packages.

CollegeTracks Success supports students once they are in college. Coaches help students manage the academic and social challenges they may face, and secure ongoing financial aid so they can succeed and graduate. The program teaches critical college-success skills, helps each student develop a 4-year plan, monitors/supports student academic performance, helps with ongoing financial aid and provides individual coaching as needed.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

1,600,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    CollegeTracks' long-term goals are:

    1. To help Montgomery County thrive by increasing the college enrollment and college graduation rates for low-income, first-generation Montgomery Count Public Schools graduates

    2. To create and sustain a data-driven, proven college access and success program that can be expanded to more schools as resources allow

    3. To collaborate with all the non-profit, government, philanthropic, K-12, higher ed, and corporate entities whose policies and resources are critical to getting more of the county's growing group of low-income students to and through college

  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. Identify and help every at-risk student in high schools CollegeTracks serves gain admission to a postsecondary program that fits his/her interests and abilities.

    2. Help all CollegeTracks students gain the financial aid they need to enroll and graduate from their postsecondary programs without significant loan burdens.

    3. Offer college success services to underserved students to increase the likelihood that they will persist and attain the degrees they seek.

    CollegeTracks is successful working with low-income, minority students because we understand their needs and are given unprecedented access to students in the schools.

    ● CollegeTracks has 14 full time staff members working directly with high school and college students as well as 80 trained and supervised volunteers. These volunteers spend 6,000 hours working with students each year. Using Independent Sector valuation analysis, these volunteer hours are worth more than $230,000 per year.

    ● CollegeTracks is the only organization in Montgomery County with a program that delivers college access and success services to all students in the school most at risk of not getting to college. Staff members work directly and closely with students through CollegeTracks' on-site, relationship-based programs. MCPS high school guidance counselors, though dedicated, have caseloads of 250+ students each, making it difficult for them to deliver the intensive help needed by low-income minority students to navigate the complex college admissions and financial aid process.

    ● CollegeTracks has developed productive relationships with school leaders and counselors and has integrated its programs into the school culture, including the academic, counseling, and athletic programs.

    ● CollegeTracks uses a sophisticated data management system to track students' progress in real-time so the staff can make sure students complete all critical milestones.

    ● Similar programs around the region and the country serve only top academic performers. In contrast, CollegeTracks is open to all students who are on track to graduate in each school where it provides services. It does not select students by GPA or test scores.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Led by Executive Director, Nancy Leopold, and Board President, Kevin Beverly, CollegeTracks Board members bring critical skillsets in marketing/sales, franchising, nonprofit management, finance and deep ties to the county's philanthropy community. Board members support the organization financially and are also deeply engaged and invested in the success of students served.

    Staff members are available to students in person, via email, text, and Skype. They ensure that students meet their critical admissions, financial aid, and academic deadlines.

    Volunteers receive extensive training and are accomplished in their own right with experience in a range of disciplines including education, government, finance, and science and technology.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    For the 2016-2017 academic year:

    1. Register at least 750 high school students in CollegeTracks access program.

    2. Serve at least 330 CollegeTracks Scholars Program participants, college students from 2010-2016 CollegeTracks high school graduates.

    3. At least 100 individual meetings with parents to help them encourage their children to get successfully through the admissions process.

    4. More than 90% of CollegeTracks seniors complete the most critical milestones (applying and getting accepted to college, filing FAFSA and other financial aid forms.)

    5. Continue to work in close collaboration with MCPS administrators and with the high schools.

    6. More than 80% of CollegeTracks graduates to begin college in the year after their graduation.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since 2003, CollegeTracks has served more than 3,500 students. Over the past 13 years, CollegeTracks students have enrolled in college and graduated at a rate that far exceeds the average for low-income students nationally and for those in Montgomery County Public Schools.

    CollegeTracks students were offered more than $7 million in financial aid annually for their first year of college and earned high-value scholarships through many programs such as Posse, Questbridge, Gates Millenium, Horatio Alger, to name a few.

    CollegeTracks expanded from one school in 2003 to another in 2007 and a third in 2014. Thousands more MCPS high school students need these services. We look forward to continuing and building our collaborations with MCPS, Montgomery College, USG, other critical youth serving nonprofits, philanthropists and employers in order to develop a strategy to ensure that ALL the county's low-to-moderate income, first-gen-to-college, immigrant and/or minority students get the services they deserve and need to become productive county citizens who can support families and contribute to a thriving community.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Maryland

CollegeTracks Access Program serves students at risk of not getting to and through college at Wheaton, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, and Watkins Mill High Schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, part of the Greater Washington, D.C. area.

Access Program graduates go on to and participate in the Success Program at colleges within the state of Maryland and throughout the nation.

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Funding Needs

CollegeTracks spends more than 80% of its budget on personnel costs for 19 staff members, 14 of whom work directly with CollegeTracks high school and college students. CollegeTracks recruits and trains more than 80 volunteers who spend more than 6,000 hours working with students each year. Those hours are worth more than $144,000 annually when conservatively valued at the hourly rate of a staff college advisor. Under Independent Sector valuation analysis, these volunteer hours are worth more than $230,000 per year.

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Financials

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COLLEGETRACKS, INC.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Collegetracks

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Nancy Leopold

BIO

Nancy Leopold has been a driving force behind CollegeTracks since it was founded in 2003 at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. Both her children attended B-CC HS where she saw first hand the different resources available to low-income, minority students compared to their more affluent peers and was moved to make a difference. Nancy worked as a marketing and public health consultant from 1987 to 2006 until joining CollegeTracks on a full-time basis. She has a MHS in Health Policy from John Hopkins University, an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and received her BA from Brown University.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Every one of the students we work with faces significant barriers in getting to college. Many are the first in their family to go to college and are unfamiliar with the process. Some are immigrants and face language and cultural barriers. Most believe college is unaffordable. All are unfamiliar with the complicated language of financial aid applications. Unlike their middle class counterparts, they have no adult in their lives familiar enough with the American higher education system to help them successfully navigate the complicated maze of gaining admission to college and secure enough financial aid to attend."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Kevin Beverly

Social & Scientific Systems

Term: Sept 2015 - Sept 2018

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity