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Nirvana FelixLeo HarringtonTimothy HuynhAlma Zaragoza-Petty

Lean Data approaches to measure social impact

ScholarMatch case study

Building a Balanced College List

Introduction to supporting students in building a college list

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Agenda

1.College List Building Goal2Match and Fit3Financial Affordability & Fit

4 List Building Criteria5 List Building Summary6 DACA & Undocumented

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As a College Coach you play a pivotal role in supporting students to gain exposure and explore new possibilities during all aspects of the college application process.Our goal is that our students develop a balanced college list that incorporates a variety of factors. Ultimately, we want students to apply and attend their best-fit & match school that challenges them to the best of their potential.This is why a balanced list is key!

Goal

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Understanding Match and Fit

Match is the "Head"

Simply put, "Match" refers to the numbers, the quantifiable data that a student will be measured by. When a student knows their numbers they are better prepared during the college application process.

A students academic profile includes their:

GPA (cumulative unweighted and weighted)Test scores (SAT, ACT)Range of high school coursework

As a rule thumb, we recommend reviewing your student's transcript for accuracy.

What is College Match?

Fit is the"Heart"

What is College Fit?

Of equal importance is a students’ personal preference as they are building their list. Students should be able to see themselves at a school to ensure that they are ultimately happy and able to persist at a school that is a good fit for them! Fit factors include:

EnvironmentSizeDiversity & demographicsLocation/WeatherCost/AffordabilityAcademic rigorType of CollegeStudent bodyActivitiesAcademic programsFamily support and engagementSocial, emotional, and academic support programs

Fit is the "Heart"

Understanding Financial Fit

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Financial Fit & Affordability

A notable factor in all of your conversations will be the cost of college.Centering financial fit and affordability from the very beginning is key to students having options come decision time.

Financial Safety Schools

A financial safety school is defined as a school that a student is likely to get accepted AND be able to afford.Exposure and conversation about financial fit allow students to not rule out colleges based on the "sticker price".

Financial Aid Plan

Support students in developing a plan for covering anticipated college costs through merit and need-based aid, loans, scholarships, and/or savings.Students should be having conversations with their families about paying for college.

Financial Aid Tools and Resources

There are many tools and resources available to students during this first phase that help to break down the cost of college.Students should also gain familiarity with financial aid terms early in the process.

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A financial safety school is defined as a school that a student is likely to get accepted AND be able to afford.Exposure and conversation about financial fit allow students to not rule out colleges based on the “sticker price”.

A notable factor in all of your conversations will be the cost of college.Centering financial fit and affordability from the very beginning is key to students having options come decision time.

The cost of college will be a notable factor in all your conversations with your students. Centering financial fit and affordability from the beginning is key, it prepares students and families, for the financial aid process. Students in our program have indicated that having conversations with their Coach about how they will pay for college is very important to them.

A financial safety school is defined as a school that a student is likely to get accepted to AND be able to afford.Exposure and conversation about financial fit allow students to not rule out colleges based on the cost of attendance aka "sticker price".

We recognize that talking about money can be hard for students, families, and Coaches, however, asking students about their financial situations including if they've had conversations with their families about finances is an important part of this process.As a Coach, you will support students in developing a plan for covering anticipated college costs through merit and need-based aid, loans, scholarships, and/or savings so they can be better prepared come decision time.

There are many tools and resources available to students during this first phase that help to break down the cost of college. We've listed financial aid resources and tools in the "College List Building Resources" document as a first step.We recognize that for many students financial aid terminology can be difficult to understand so we encourage students, families, and coaches togain familiarity with financial aid terms early in the process.

Balanced List Building Criteria

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At least 2 safety/more likely schools

At least 4 target/Likely Schools

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At least 1 school in each category: HGR, likely, target, and reach.

Majority of the schools are an academicand social match and fit

Majority of the schools are a financial fit

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Balanced list criteria

At Least 8 schoools

At least 2 target/most likely Schools

At least 2 reach/less likely Schools

At least 4 High Graduation Rate Schools

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Balanced List: Likely, Target, Reach

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Likely cATEGORY:2-3 SCHOOLS

TARGET /MATCH CATEGORY:3-4 SCHOOLS

REACH CATEGORY:2- 3 SCHOOLS

A school is considered a likely if a student falls above the school's average accepted GPA and Test Scores

A school is considered a match if a student falls within the average accepted GPA and Test Scores at these colleges

A school is considered a reach if a student falls below the school's average accepted GPA and Test Scores

List Building: High Graduation Rate Schools

Balance: High Graduation Rate Schools

Schools with graduation rates of 70% or above (also known as CollegePoint Schools) are considered High Graduation Rate Schools.Students should have at least 4 High Graduation Rate Schools on their list.

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Opportunities

They provide opportunities for students to grow, learn, and explore.

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Provide

They ensure students have the support and resources necessary to graduate on time.

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Invest

They invest in student experiences both in and outside of the classroom.

College List Building Drafts

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COLLEGE LIST: DRAFT 210-13 SCHOOLS

COLLEGE LIST: FINAL DRAFTAT LEAST 8 SCHOOLS

List Building: Academic Fit

Students should consider adding colleges that have academic programs and majors that are aligned to their interests and allow the student to explore different options.Academic fit is more than simply picking a major and career path, we recommend students keep an open mind and not pick a college solely based on major.

Balance: Academic Fit

List Building: Social Fit

Students should center the research process on their personal preferences related to campus culture and student life.If students are able to pinpoint a community they will thrive in, chances are they will be more eager to attend that school.

Balance: Social Fit

List Building Criteria Summary

Full Balanced List Criteria

At least 8 SchoolsAt least 2 Safety/More Likely SchoolsAt least 4 Target/Likely SchoolsAt least 2 Reach/Less Likely SchoolsAt least 4 High Graduation Rate SchoolsAt least 1 High Graduation Rate Safety, Target, and Reach SchoolMajority of the schools are an Academic FitMajority of the schools are a Financial FitMajority of the schools are a Social Fit

Below is the full balanced list criteria students should aim for during the list building process:

Special Populations: DACA and Undocumented Students

Supporting Undocumented Students

What resources can I use to support undocumented students?

Our College List Building Resources document has resources you can use to support undocumented students. In the meantime, if you would like to learn about how to be an ally to our undocumented students, click here to learn more.

What should I do if a student discloses their status?

If your student shares their status, please thank and affirm them and inform them that this will remain confidential. If you are working with one of our students in our drop-in center and the student discloses their status, please ask if they want to move to a private space. Protecting their privacy is very important and we want to ensure they feel safe.

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If your student shares their status, please thank and affirm them and inform them that this will remain confidential. If you are working with one of our students in our drop-in center and the student discloses their status, please ask if they want to move to a private space. Protecting their privacy is very important and we want to ensure they feel safe.

Our College List Building Resources document has resources you can use to support undocumented students. In the meantime, if you would like to learn how to be an ally and support undocumented students, clickhere.

This concludes the Building a Balanced College List presentation.Please click here to return to the Coach Training Page. Thank you!