MINNEAPOLIS, June 24, 2021 / PRNewswire / – As part of its continued commitment to deepen its impact and increase college access and meaningful achievement outcomes for young people nationwide, College Possible announced this week that College before will become its eighth regional site, effective July 1, 2021. The integration of organizations is based on a collaborative partnership of more than 20 years aimed at bridging the gap in university degrees.
“As communities nationwide pursue an equitable post-pandemic recovery, the role of proven and scalable college access and success programs has never been more important for young people living in historically divested communities.” , said Craig robinson, CEO of College Possible. “By combining our resources with College Forward, we will cost-effectively strengthen our core curriculum, expand our national reach, and improve our ability to help the most talented young people overcome systemic barriers to fulfill their dreams of graduating from college.”
More than a year after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, emerging research has shed light on the challenges facing a generation of students who aspire to attend college but are often held back due to systemic barriers and institutional. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, university enrollments for high school graduates from low-income communities have fallen by 29 percent by fall 2020 and end of May, only 50.7% of this year’s high school graduates had completed their FAFSA request receive federal financial assistance, a decrease of 5.3% from the previous admission cycle. Together, College Possible and College Forward will continue to work to address these disparities through their proven peer-to-peer coaching model and proactive student outreach.
âWith the addition of College Forward, we have the opportunity to build on our existing program by expanding innovative virtual student engagement with CoFo Connect, leading data-driven interventions with real-time student data via Co-pilot, scaling up of academic success programming via Catalyze, and expanding our reach to rural communities through our Navigate program, to name a few, âsaid Robinson.
As a key element of this integration, Austin Buchan will move from the role of CEO of College Forward to a new role as Senior Vice President of Programs and Technology Innovation at College Possible. âTogether, we have the opportunity to create an even more accessible, on-demand and inclusive service model for students, while creating new avenues to serve many more students in the future,â Buchan said.
As a result of the transaction, College Forward will be the eighth College Possible site, joining Chicago, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Omaha, Oregon, Philadelphia cream and Washington state. College Forward will retain its unique name and branding for at least June 2022, because both organizations carefully and judiciously support this integration.
About the Possible College: As one of the largest and most successful college entry and success programs in the country, since 2000, College Possible has helped more than 50,000 students from disinvested communities on the path to economic mobility through obtaining a college diploma. It is a proven model of peer coaching, offered by recent AmeriCorps college graduates, that delivers highly targeted interventions that help students navigate and overcome the most common barriers to learning. ‘access, retention and graduation. Nationally, College Possible students are three times more likely to graduate from college than peers from similar backgrounds and achieve a 98 percent employment rate after graduation .
Based at Saint-Paul, Minnesota, College Possible operates regional sites in Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Portland, OR; and Seattle, WA with Austin, Texas join July 1, 2021; and has partnerships with Catalyze in California, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, new York, Ohio, and Tennessee. For more information visit PossibleCollege.org.
About College Forward:
College Forward is an academic success organization that specializes in mentoring low-income, first-generation students to and through college. Through strategic partnerships, innovative technology and student-focused policy initiatives, College Forward aims to reshape the higher education experience for underserved students across the country. Since its founding in 2003, College Forward has grown from a cohort of 30 high school students to an organization serving more than 6,000 high school and college students today. Learn more about collegeforward.org.
SOURCE College Possible