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					            Massachusetts
    College and Career Web Portal


       Sustaining Growth:
A Conference on Student Success
         June 18, 2008
Heidi Guarino, Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education
        Eileen O’Connor, Dept. of Higher Education
               Today’s Presentation
•   How Massachusetts is doing
•   State efforts to increase college readiness
•   How does a web portal work?
•   Think Again campaign
•   Success stories from North Carolina
•   Progress to date
•   Next steps
•   Feedback and discussion
Massachusetts has a lot to be proud of . . .

• Leading the nation in many areas
• Making gains in our schools every year
• Some of the highest college-going rates in the country
 . . . But more work needs to be done

• Achievement gaps start early and persist.
• Too many don’t graduate from high school.
• Too many need remedial help when they get to
college
• Too many who enter college never graduate.
  We are Losing Too Many Along the
       “Educational Pipeline”

For every 10 ninth graders…
  We are Losing Too Many Along the
       “Educational Pipeline”

Only 8 graduate from high school…
  We are Losing Too Many Along the
       “Educational Pipeline”

Only 6 enroll in college…
     We are Losing Too Many Along the
          “Educational Pipeline”

Only 3 or 4 earn a degree
  We are Losing Too Many Along the
       “Educational Pipeline”

In urban areas, the numbers are worse:

                             In 9th grade

                             High school graduates

                             In college

                             College graduates
       Tomorrow’s Jobs Require More Education
By 2010, jobs requiring at least some postsecondary education will
make up more than two thirds of new jobs in the United States.
               60%




               40%                                     36%
                                                                         31%

                                        22%
               20%

                         10%


                0%
                       High school    High school       Some        Bachelor's degree
                        dropout         diploma     postsecondary



     Source: Carnevale, Anthony P. and Donna M. Desrochers, Standards for What? The Economic
     Roots of K–16 Reform, Educational Testing Service, 2003.
        National Governor’s Association Grant


•   In 2005, MA named one of 10 “honor states”
•   NGA/Gates Foundation money
•   Grant objectives
•   $2 million over two years
•   Collaboration between K12 and higher ed
    Existing College and Career Readiness Programs

•   Board of Ed increased state graduation requirement
•   Recommended high school curriculum - MassCore
•   Optional Algebra II exam
•   School-to-College data project
•   Think Again campaign
•   Web portal for career and college planning
              What is a Web Portal?
•   Provides “one-stop shopping”
•   Reliable and convenient source of information
•   Simplifies application process - online
•   Cost savings for high schools and colleges
•   Enhances communication between guidance counselors,
    parents and students
                 How does it work?
•   Middle school – individual student account
•   High school coursework
•   SAT and other test prep
•   Research colleges, potential careers, areas of study
•   Fill out FAFSA, apply for financial aid online
•   Online college applications
•   Electronic HS transcripts
•   Redirector pool
“Think Again” Campaign
Next Step: Turn RSG Website Into MA Portal
CFNC.org: The “gold standard”
      Web Portal Mission Statement

The Massachusetts College and Career Web Portal will
serve as a one-stop shopping site to provide students
with the online tools they need to plan, prepare,
research, apply to and pay for college. The site will
play a key role in the Commonwealth’s efforts around
college and career readiness and success.
All Stakeholders Would Benefit from Web Portal

Students
Parents
Guidance Counselors
Colleges
Workforce Development
                    Efforts to date
Spring 2007: Launched ReadySetGotoCollege.com and
Think Again marketing campaign
Summer 2007: Convened Steering Committee to develop
mission, vision and outcomes for site
Fall/Winter 2007-2008: Drafted business plan
February 2008: Formalized partnership between MEFA,
Department of Education and Board of Higher Education
Spring 2008: Met with potential vendors, convened
focus groups
               Who is MEFA?

Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority

   - Non-profit state agency
   - Serves students and families
   - Oversees UFund, UPlan
   - Issues low-cost education loans
   - Leading provider of college financing
   information
                       Next Steps
June 2008: Apply for federal College Access Challenge
Grant (guarantee of $875,000/year for two years)
Summer 2008: Finalize and post RFP
Fall 2008: Select vendor
Fall-Winter 2008-2009: Bring colleges and school districts
on board, begin to build portal, develop marketing and
promotional plans
Spring 2009 Launch Phase I of web portal
Thoughts? Feedback?
          How You Can Help

For more information, or to help support the
  Massachusetts College and Career Portal,
              please contact:

   Heidi Guarino, hguarino@doe.mass.edu
 Eileen O’Connor, eoconnor@bhe.mass.edu
      Tom Murphy, tmurphy@mefa.org

				
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