NEW: College Crusade of RI Gets National Award
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
College Crusade was one of three regional programs cited for the CollegeKeys Compact Innovation Awards, which reward "innovation and demonstrated efficacy in increasing the percentage of low-income students who get ready for, get into or get through college successfully." Each winning organization received an award of $5,000 to help expand or sustain its program. Joining College Crusade in this year's honorees were: College Access Program; Bottom Line, MA; and EDGE: Engage-Develop-Guide-Empower; Thomas College, ME.
Helping more students prepare for and pursue college
“These institutions are creating and implementing programs to help more students prepare for and pursue a college education,” said College Board President Gaston Caperton. “Congratulations to this year’s CollegeKeys Compact Innovation Awards winners for leading the charge toward the common goal of a 55 percent graduation rate by 2025, and in giving our students the best possible opportunities to succeed in college and beyond."
The submissions were judged on the following criteria:
- Relevance: Alignment to the principles and priorities outlined in the CollegeKeys Compact.
- Innovation: New, creative and sustainable strategies for advancing the goals of the CollegeKeys Compact.
- Impact: Demonstration of meaningful progress toward stated goals of the initiative.
- Potential: Opportunity for replication and adaptation by other educators, institutions and policymakers.
The CollegeKeys Compact
The CollegeKeys Compact was launched in October 2007 following a two-year review of independent research, policy and practices in academic preparation and planning, admission, financial aid, and retention. A report issued by the College Board found that too many college-qualified low- and moderate-income high school graduates do not enroll in a four-year college program because of a combination of poor preparation, low expectations and financial barriers. The goal of CollegeKeys Compact partners is to see that students from low-income backgrounds are represented in, and graduate from, colleges and universities at the same rate as their more affluent peers.
The CollegeKeys Compact is driven by College Board members’ commitment to the belief that all underserved students have a right to an affordable, accessible and successful college experience. The Compact invites schools, colleges, nonprofit organizations and state education agencies to accept this call to action. The initiative proposes a number of possible activities, which include: creating partnerships to provide more mentors for young people; ensuring the availability of rigorous high school curricula; waiving the fees for college applications for these target students; educating administrators, counselors and teachers to understand the reality of financial aid needs; providing additional tutoring and supplemental instruction, as well as culturally relevant programming; and improving course alignment and acceptance agreements between two- and four-year institutions.
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