The Urban Assembly College Access and Success program develops high school college counselors’ capacity to work effectively and efficiently with students to mitigate the barriers and challenges they face during the college, and develops systems and structures to ensure students’ post-secondary completion.
The Urban Assembly College Access and Success program achieves its goal through these sub-programs:
College Access Counselors’ Community: Through consistent meetings, workshops, and access to the UA College Counselor hotline, college counselors share best practices, learn from experts at the UA and in the field, and engage as a community to better understand the critical deadlines and content needed to counsel and support students.
College Counselor Coaching: This program develops and supports new and experienced college counselors through intensive and dynamic coaching so they can, in turn, support their students.
Bridge to College : Since 2009, The Urban Assembly has been improving upon our Bridge to College program to help high school graduates enroll in college. The majority of UA students live in poverty and are the first in their family to apply to college. Many of our students are tasked with getting to college on their own. In response to this need for support, the UA has created a program that is scaling up beyond our network of schools and has potential for impact as a model for urban districts across the nation.
College Success Texting Program: The College Success Texting Program was launched in the fall of 2016. The program supports 1,000 UA high school graduates each year through its strategically delivered text messages, which students receive twice per month for two years. These text messages are tailored to support students irrespective of their chosen postsecondary path - college or otherwise. During the fall semester, text messages focus on increasing alumni engagement and facilitating postsecondary navigation. In the spring semester, text messages focus on sharing useful and applicable resources and facilitating advocacy. Texting is an effective tool to increase college success because it fits well with our students’ preferred and most utilized form of communication