Using mentors and advisors to increase college access services.

Research has shown that middle school students with college aspirations developed by the eighth grade are more likely to meet the minimum academic standards for college admission. Fort Worth Independent School District has developed a Middle School Success Intervention program that cultivates college and career exploration through classroom presentations, college campus tours, and college readiness activities. Working with higher education institutions, connect students and their parents to opportunities aimed at increasing their college knowledge and exposing them to a variety of college options. One such collaboration is with the University of Texas Arlington, who developed a College 101 program where college student mentors give additional support in FWISD’s middle schools. The College 101 program also provides half day tour campus tours, a two-day summer experience event for rising 8th graders transitioning to high school as well as a comprehensive parent conference that covers topics related to the college and career cruising, application, and admission processes. Session participants will learn how investing in middle schoolers yields a greater return on resource investment.

National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
Perry, Anita
Burrell, Stacy
Grant, Tonni
Amaro-Jimenez, Carla
Doddy, Melondy
Presentation Date: 
Friday, September 23, 2016
Event or Conference: 
National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Annual Conference
Presentation Type: 
Boyer's Domain: 
Presentation Location: 
Columbus, OH
United States