College and Career Transitions

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Octavia Smoot prepares for her senior portrait on May 7 at Scott High School in Madison, W.Va. Octavia is participating in a pilot program that texts high school seniors with reminders about college application deadlines, financial aid, interviews, etc., in an effort to keep them focused on applying and getting into college.
—Mark Webb for Education Week

'R U on Track for College?' Texting a New Strategy

To keep seniors on track for college and to avoid the "summer melt" that leads some astray after graduation, some educators are texting them reminders and information. (May 13, 2014)

Spotlight on College Readiness and Access

Examine the digital divide in college admissions, see how districts instill higher education ambitions with early outreach, and prepare students for the academic and financial demands of college.

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The Senior Slump: Strategies to Keep Students Motivated
In this online chat, our guests provided tips on how to keep students engaged. They range from college-level course offerings to independent study.

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NAEP data reveal the need to better prepare American high school students for college, National Assessment Governing Board Chairman David Driscoll says.
June 24, 2014 - Education Week
First lady Michelle Obama writes about her Reach Higher campaign to inspire students, educators, and communities to focus on making college a reality for all young people.
June 10, 2014 - Education Week
Access to higher education coursework as a high school student helped Karina Madrigal become a first-generation college graduate.
June 10, 2014 - Education Week
Higher education has an essential role to play in encouraging younger students to pursue college options, writes Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux.
June 10, 2014 - Education Week
South Texas College has propelled more than 70,000 high school students toward college and career pathways since 2003, writes Nicolás González.
June 10, 2014 - Education Week
Preparing students for economic independence, whether via college or career, is imperative, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Heath Morrison says.
June 10, 2014 - Education Week
Shirley Franklin writes that she wishes she had focused more on the impact of higher education on low-income students.
June 10, 2014 - Education Week
Five education thought leaders offer their priorities for encouraging college access for all students.
June 10, 2014 - Education Week
With the programs surging in popularity, policymakers and advocates are wrestling with how to pay the costs and promote broader access to college for disadvantaged youths.
June 3, 2014 - Education Week
Hear how the peer-group approach of The Posse Foundation is shaping students’ college transition.
June 2, 2014 - Education Week

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