Surround students with adults and peers who support their college-going aspirations.

By ninth grade, many students already express an interest in postsecondary education but are not familiar with the steps to application and entry. Thus, interest may falter by twelfth grade. It is important that high schools encourage students' college aspirations through exposure to peers and mentors in college or postsecondary training programs. In addition, it is essential to build a school culture that fosters postsecondary education goals as early as middle school.

Mentors can play a critical role in assisting students with applications for postsecondary education, monitoring their academic progress, and providing information about college life. Clubs and college access programs bring together students, allowing them to engage with each other at college visits, fairs, and workshops. Connections with the community can help students explore career interests and provide opportunities for visits to career and technical education centers. A school can invite community members to speak about their careers or arrange internships or job-shadowing opportunities for students. By exploring areas of interest, students can better align their postsecondary plans with their career goals.

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Learning Together: Fostering College Aspirations

Professional development and technical assistance providers can use this tool to provide training to school and district personnel. This training can help participants develop an understanding of...

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07/10/2014
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Planning Tool: Fostering College-Going Aspirations

Administrators can use this tool to refine the school’s approach to fostering college aspirations. This planner can help administrators identify new activities, steps for implementation, a...

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07/10/2014
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Self-Assessment: Are You Fostering College-Going Aspirations?

This tool is designed to help district and school leaders assess their processes for fostering college aspirations. The tool provides questions that highlight specific actions towards building a...

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07/10/2014
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Crossland High School Guidance Department Activities

School counselors use this document to help plan postsecondary options with students and to organize activities throughout the year. The slideshow Building Interest in College presents the...

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07/10/2014
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Seventh- and Ninth-Grade Preparatory Academies

This document briefly summarizes the ways that University Park Campus School (UPCS) prepares its students for college through two introductory academies. See A University Partnership That Supports...

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07/10/2014
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A College Readiness Framework: A K-16 Continuum of Learning

This PowerPoint presentation describes how University Park Campus School prepares students to handle the rigors of college. View A University Partnership That Supports College-Going Aspirations to...

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07/10/2014
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Getting Students in the Right Spot

Getting Students in the Right Spot

Listen to a high school dean of instruction discuss how the school ensures that students get the help needed to find the right postsecondary options. Teachers and administrators give students...

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07/10/2014
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Academic After-School Clubs

Academic After-School Clubs

Hear how one high school provides academic experiences after school that support a college-going culture. A principal and a counselor describe how their after-school clubs and tutoring support...

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07/10/2014
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Looking Ahead: Career Explorations

Looking Ahead: Career Explorations

A college liaison and internship coordinator describe programs and opportunities that prepare students for success after high school. By participating in internships and job shadows, students begin...

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07/10/2014
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Planning for a College Trip

This collection of materials is used by school staff and students when planning visits to college campuses. Listen to two Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences administrators describe the...

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07/10/2014
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Campus Visits: Helping Students Envision Their Future

Campus Visits: Helping Students Envision Their Future

Listen to two high school administrators describe the importance and benefits of the required college trip. The college trip is an opportunity for students to be exposed to different types of...

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07/10/2014
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Making College Aspirations Real for Students and Families

Making College Aspirations Real for Students and Families

Dr. Patricia Gándara explains how schools can use mentorships and peer interaction to begin fostering college aspirations as early as elementary school. Schools can work with families, teachers,...

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