Take Action: College Access and Success

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College access and success refers to the field of organizations working to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the ability to enter college and succeed in obtaining a college degree. College access programs address academic preparedness, college aspiration and knowledge, and financial barriers by working with students and their families.

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While there are a variety of ways to prepare at-risk students for access and success in college, research shows that the best approach is a comprehensive program that includes:

  • Academic preparation and enrichment coursework
  • Activities to build college aspiration and knowledge
  • Financial aid and planning assistance

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High school graduation, college enrollment, and college graduation rates are the most important indicators in measuring the college access and success gap for at-risk students. While this data is sometimes available through longitudinal studies, it is not yet collected systematically by states or the federal government.

  • High school graduation refers to the percentage of students with high school diploma
  • College enrollment refers to the percentage of students enrolling in college within 12 months of high school graduation
  • College graduation refers to the percentage of students completing a 4-year college within 6 years of enrollment

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