Helping our students get into college is just half our job. In the College Persistence Program, we also work to make sure they stay there until they earn bachelor’s degrees. Texas ranks among the lowest states in the U.S. on college persistence and graduation rates. We are proud of the fact that approximately 85% of our students who have enrolled in college have persisted in college. We are looking forward to watching an estimated 500 students receive their diplomas by 2015.
Our eight full-time College Persistence Coaches work with collegians on the varied problems and questions that occur throughout their college experience. We currently serve more than 750 collegians attending over 70 universities nationwide, and will continue to grow by about 500 to 600 students per year. We continue to expand our service and methods of contact with students to provide the most advanced, innovative, and complete support possible for our collegians. This includes:
- Support Services:
- Annual support with FAFSA
- Help finding and completing scholarship applications
- Transfer assistance
- Referrals to appropriate college services, as needed
- Regular Mailings:
-Care packages during finals
-Exclusive Collegian Newsletters every 2 months
- College Reunions and Events:
End of School Year Collegian Dinner
College Forward is proud to introduce the newest addition to our College Persistence Program, the Collegian Mentor Program. The CMP consists of collegian mentor/mentee groups on select campuses and operates with the oversight and funding of College Forward. Each group is an officially recognized organization on its respective campus.
The CMP connects upperclassmen College Forward collegian mentors with incoming College Forward freshmen mentees at their school, which will provide an added layer of support for our students during the often-times arduous first year of their college career. Mentors meet twice a month with mentees to build friendships and track progress, and once a month with the other College Forward mentor groups on their campus to perform community service, attend workshops, and expand their social network.
We believe that these groups will pave the way to greater college success for our ever-growing number of college-attending students. As we extend our services to more and more students, college mentors will allow College Forward to maintain a more direct connection with our students, thus increasing their chances of persisting and succeeding through college.
If you are a College Forward collegian interested in getting involved with the program, please contact the Persistence team at (512)-452-4800 extension 201 or email us at email@example.com.
The Price of Persistence:
Barriers to Post secondary Success for Low Income and First-Generation Students.
||College Forward is dedicated to serving students to the best of our ability, and we're very proud of their record of success. From our inception in 2003, we have focused on measurable results - and on rigorous evaluation. Now data-rich we can report our results.
Take a look at The Price of Persistence to learn more.