Learn More: Post-Secondary Transition Coaching

What is Post-Secondary Transition Coaching?

Post-secondary transition coaching supports students with post-secondary exposure, college search and fit/match, college application creation, financial aid applications, and navigation of post-secondary transitions.

Technical assistance for post-secondary transition coaching at the Hub will be led by National College Attainment Network (NCAN).

Why Implement Post-Secondary Transition Coaching?

Evidence indicates that supporting students through transitions out of high school and into college improves college access and success. Post-secondary transition coaching and college advising more broadly have been demonstrated to increase rates of both college enrollment and persistence.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of academically prepared high school seniors miss the college transition, and many more “under enroll” in institutions where they are likely to drop out before graduation. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, 52% of 2016 high school graduates from high-poverty high schools enrolled in college immediately after high school, a figure 25 percentage points lower than their peers from low-poverty high schools. More than 60% of low-income students attend community colleges and for-profit institutions, which often have low graduation rates, compared to only 21% of high-income students.

When students receive specialized early awareness information, pre-college advising on admissions and financial aid, and mentoring, college entrance and completion rates rise dramatically. Students from low-income schools served by NCAN member organizations are 26% more likely to enroll in postsecondary education directly after high school and 42% more likely to complete a credential or degree than students from low-income high schools nationally. With the right support, low-income students and students of color succeed at similar rates to wealthier, majority-race students.

 

 

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Learn More! Additional Resources

The resources below provide additional information on post-secondary transition coaching.

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Zenia Henderson

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NCAN Report: Member-Served Students’ Enrollment Exceeded National Benchmark National College Attainment Network

Bill DeBaun

Students served by a sample of NCAN member organizations enrolled in postsecondary education at slightly higher rates overall than a comparable national benchmark, which offers a bit of bright news to cap an otherwise difficult academic year.

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NCAN members and other regular readers of this blog are routinely inundated with new research, white papers, policy briefs, and data points.

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Members, partners, and friends of NCAN know that COVID-19 has thrown immense hurdles in the paths of students striving to transition from high school to college.

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This week, NCAN released our 2021 National College Access and Success Benchmarking Report, “Closing the College Graduation Gap.” The report highlights NCAN’s commitment to reporting on the outcomes of the college access and success field. We do this because our members’ work matters for students, families, communities, states, and the nation overall.

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It will take a concerted effort from a lot of partners in communities across the country to keep the class of 2020 on track for a postsecondary pathway. With a new initiative, Tacoma, Washington, offers a model of what that effort can look like elsewhere.

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Key Takeaways from NCAN’s Report on 'Moving the Needle' on Postsecondary Outcomes

Bill DeBaun

Earlier this month, NCAN released “Moving the College Access Needle for the New Majority: Lessons from Leading Communities,” a new report that examines the principles and practices that have led four districts around the U.S. to transform their approach to postsecondary advising.

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Springfield Public Schools Finds Willing Partners for Improving Postsecondary Outcomes

Bill DeBaun

Members, partners, and friends of NCAN know that COVID-19 has thrown immense hurdles in the paths of students striving to transition from high school to college.

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Idaho Models a Statewide Approach to College Attainment

Ainsley Ash

Idaho is strengthening its statewide K-12-to-college pipeline, and other states may want to sit up and pay attention to what’s going on in the Gem State.

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New Study: Bottom Line Provides Huge Boost to Students’ Outcomes

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“Given declining social mobility over time, intensive advising appears to be an effective policy strategy to promote greater economic opportunity for economically-disadvantaged, academically college-ready students … substantial expansion of the [Bottom Line] model could contribute to increased racial equity and mobility in the U.S.” These are the partial conclusions of a new randomized controlled trial, the evidentiary gold standard, on the effectiveness of Bottom Line, an NCAN member.

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Closing College Graduation Gap: 2018 National College Access and Success Benchmarking Report

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Five years ago, NCAN embarked on an effort with our members to examine how college access and
success services affect the postsecondary outcomes of traditionally underserved students.

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How PEF-Chattanooga Uses Data and Partnerships to Improve Student Outcomes

Janai Raphael

In 2018, 20 school districts and nonprofits received grants to begin working to “change the way they do business around postsecondary advising” for students as part of the To & Through Advising Challenge.

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Stephanie Breen

In case you missed it, we had the honor of hosting Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, at last week’s NCAN conference, “Rebuilding for Postsecondary Equity.” 

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CT RISE Offers Successful Approach to Combating Summer Melt

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The Connecticut RISE Network (RISE) takes a collaborative approach to improving student outcomes and closing opportunity gaps. Through a nine-school and eight-district network, RISE connects teachers, school counselors, and administrators to amplify their collective impact by working toward common goals.

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