Successfully navigating the path to college requires both preparation for college academics and practical knowledge of the college entry process. For students who face challenges in either or both of these areas, the guidance and support they receive in high school plays a major role in their postsecondary access and success. High schools can improve long-term post secondary outcomes by preparing students academically for the rigors of college-level work, establishing a process to regularly assess and intervene to keep students on track for college, building a community of supportive adults and peers who foster college aspirations, and offering students and families assistance in the college entry process from choosing the right school to securing financial aid.

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do.

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The Academic Path to College

The Academic Path to College

Watch this interview with Dr. Neal Finkelstein to learn more about the importance of preparing students for the academic rigors of college.

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07/09/2014
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Academic Preparation for College

Academic Preparation for College

This multimedia overview outlines how schools can prepare students for the academic challenges of college.  

Overview
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07/09/2014
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Student Advisory Surveys

Faculty in Albuquerque Public Schools collect student responses to these surveys annually to help tailor their support for students as part of the Student Advisory Program. The findings may also be...

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07/09/2014
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Advisory FAQs and Rubrics

Albuquerque Public Schools developed these documents to help communicate the purpose and structure of the Student Advisory Program to students and parents. The FAQs provide guidance to commonly...

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07/09/2014
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Student Advisories: Taking Ownership

Student Advisories: Taking Ownership

Learn more about the Albuquerque Public Schools Student Advisory Program for grades 6 to 12 in the district. This program promotes deeper and more personal connections between students and faculty...

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07/09/2014
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Next Step Plans

Beginning in middle school, Albuquerque Public Schools students complete a Next Step Plan which details their academic plans and postsecondary goals. Offered in both English and Spanish, these...

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07/09/2014
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Setting Your Direction

Setting Your Direction

All middle and high school students in Albuquerque Public Schools develop Next Step Plans and participate in student-led conferences to set the direction for their postsecondary plans. Listen to a...

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07/09/2014
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A District-Level Mission to Improve College Access

A District-Level Mission to Improve College Access

Listen to district administrators discuss how they support schools to improve college access by monitoring schools, meeting with school administrators on a regular basis, and helping schools use...

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07/09/2014
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Data Collection and Goal-Setting Tool

This tool is used by Chicago school district administrators to help schools set goals and collect data to support college access. Hear more about how Chicago prepares their students for college in...

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07/09/2014
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Increasing Postsecondary Access Planning Template #3

This planning template for state-level personnel suggests ways to help districts and schools develop a comprehensive, coherent plan for increasing postsecondary access. It covers state leadership,...

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07/09/2014
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Increasing Postsecondary Access Planning Template #2

This planning template for district-level personnel offers key actions to help districts develop a comprehensive, coherent college access plan. It covers district leadership, research-based...

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07/09/2014
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Increasing Postsecondary Access Planning Template #1

This planning template, aimed at school- and district-level personnel, offers key actions for developing a comprehensive, coherent school-level college access plan. It covers leadership,...

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07/09/2014
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