Fall 2009 EducationQuest.org Working with partners to help Nebraska students access college. Setting goals to help strengthen education in Nebraska Members of the Nebraska P-16 Executive Committee include University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken, Governor Dave Heineman, EducationQuest President Liz Koop, Commissioner Roger Breed, and Senator Greg Adams. See page 3 for story. INSIDE Exciting times in education Page 2 P-16 working on education goals Page 3 Schools encouraged to apply for grant funds Page 4 Lincoln hosts national KnowHow2GO meetings Page 5 Materials, tools help families plan for college Pages 5 and 6 Meet the EducationQuest Advisory Council Page 7 New video helps students “find the right fit” for college Page 8 Lincoln High School Principal Dr. Mike Wortman works with students in the classroom. M ESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT T Published biannually by Exciting times in the education world… EducationQuest Foundation for education leaders in Nebraska. he Governor’s recent announcement of eight Liz S. Koop new education goals developed by the President and CEO Nebraska P-16 Initiative (see page 3) brings with it Christine Denicola, J.D. several exciting aspects worth noting: Executive Vice President Grants, Outreach Services, Governor Heineman is now chairing the P-16 Scholarships Initiative. His leadership brings a renewed sense of vitality, action and accountability to the P-16 Daphne Hall Vice President effort. He is so committed to improving education College Access and in our state that he is personally overseeing the Planning Programs efforts of the goal committees and is coordinating regular sessions of the executive committee. Cletia Price Secretary, Treasurer Over the past several years, many entities in Nebraska have been doing great and Controller things to improve access to higher education – but this recent effort, led by the Editor Governor, marks the first time we have all been on the same page, working Tricia Dunn toward the same goals. 402.479.6666 While all the goals are vitally important, one will have an especially huge impact EducationQuest Foundation – the development of an effective longitudinal data system. Once in place, Lincoln (headquarters) this system will provide information on the Nebraska educational system from 1300 O Street preschool through post-graduate degree attainment and entry into the workforce. 800.303.3745 As we continue our important work over the years, this information will ensure Omaha that we’re all working with the same data – and that we’re aligning the right Rockbrook Village resources with our strategic goals. 108th & W. Center Road 888.357.6300 My colleague, J.B. Milliken, President of the University of Nebraska, summed it up when Kearney he said, “The most important things our state can do to offer economic opportunity 2706 Second Avenue to individual Nebraskans are to prepare them successfully for college, provide the 800.666.3721 opportunity for them to attend college, and help them graduate on time. The goals of EducationQuest.org the P-16 Initiative are designed to achieve these goals.” KnowHow2GONebraska.org We look forward to working with all of you on these efforts. Liz S. Koop 84.9 President and CEO 76.6 77 Education Improves Numbers represent 50.4 Community Life percentages LESS THAN 35 The data shows that people with college degrees HIGH SCHOOL participate in their communities more by voting in local 22.1 BACHELOR’S and national elections, helping others by volunteering DEGREE OR MORE their time, and spending money at local businesses. REGISTERED DOING WENT TO Source: Postsecondary Education Opportunity, Private Correlates to Educational Attainment, TO VOTE VOLUNTEER MOVIE IN PAST http://www.postsecondary.org WORK 12 MONTHS 2 Nebraska P-16 leaders, committees work on new education goals E ducationQuest President and CEO Liz Koop joined Governor Dave Heineman as education leaders met August 24 to announce eight goals designed by the Nebraska P-16 Initiative to strengthen the educational opportunities Nebraska students receive. Governor Dave Heineman and members of the Nebraska P-16 Executive Committee (Commissioner Roger Breed, Senator The governor is now serving as P-16 chairman. Koop Greg Adams, University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken, is a co-chair along with Sen. Greg Adams, Chairman and EducationQuest President Liz Koop) announced eight new education goals in August. of the Legislature’s Education Committee; Dr. Roger Breed, Commissioner of Education; and J.B. Milliken, President of the University of Nebraska. They are working with other P-16 members to address the “These goals are about preparing our students goals as outlined below: for the 21st Century. Today’s students are Adopt a college and career preparation core 1 curriculum that requires four years of English more likely to be innovators, critical thinkers and three years each of math, science and social and entrepreneurs… A core curriculum is studies in Nebraska school districts by the 2014- 15 school year. Goal leaders: Governor Heineman essential to helping Nebraska students and Senator Adams. compete in a knowledge-based, technology- Eliminate the academic achievement gap 2 between Nebraska’s K-12 Caucasian students driven, global economy.” and its African American, Hispanic and Native –Gov. Dave Heineman American students. Goal leader: Dr. Roger Breed. 3 Develop an effective longitudinal data system which provides information on the Nebraska Improve time to degree completion and increase educational system from preschool through post- 7 graduation rates of Nebraska’s postsecondary graduate degree attainment and entry into the institutions. Goal leader: J.B. Milliken. workforce to help align resources with strategic goals. Goal leader: Dr. Roger Breed. Increase by five percent the number of teacher 8 education graduates in the areas of science, 4 Improve Nebraska’s high school graduation rate technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to 90 percent. Goal leaders: Senator Greg Adams within Nebraska postsecondary institutions. Goal and Governor Heineman. leader: Senator Greg Adams. 5 Improve Nebraska’s college-going rank to the Top 10 tier nationally. Goal leaders: Liz Koop and Koop said that since the goals were announced in J.B. Milliken. August, the committees have started to organize. They are assembling committee members and 6 Provide affordable access for Nebraska students scheduling meetings - all with the goal to provide a to attend Nebraska’s postsecondary institutions. proposed list of action steps to the Governor by first Goal leaders: Liz Koop and J.B. Milliken. quarter next year. 3 High schools encouraged to apply for College Access Grants F EducationQuest College Access Grant rom Alliance to Omaha and Falls City to Santee, 26 Nebraska high schools are using EducationQuest’s College Access Grant funds to develop RECIPIENTS and enhance efforts to help more students make their way to college. In 2010, EducationQuest will select up to 15 additional schools to receive Schools selected in 2006 grant funds. If you know of high schools that may be interested in applying, (will receive funding through the please encourage them to do so. Following is information about the program 2009-2010 academic year) and the application process. • Alliance High School About College Access Grants • Aurora High School EducationQuest developed its College Access Grants program in 2006 to help • Broken Bow High School Nebraska high schools improve their college-going rates. Thirteen schools • Falls City High School were selected as grant recipients in 2006 and another 13 schools were • Gordon-Rushville High School selected in 2008. Today the program is reaching nearly 19% of all Nebraska high school students. • Grand Island Senior High School • Hastings Senior High School Selected schools receive funding for four years and the amount they receive is based on their enrollment. Those with over 1,500 students receive $25,000 • Lincoln North Star High School a year, those between 300 and 1,500 students receive $15,000 a year, and • Madison High School those with less than 300 students receive $5,000 a year. • McCook High School The schools use grant funds to develop or enhance college access programs • Meridian High School (Daykin) and activities such as college visits, financial aid sessions, scholarship • Millard South High School searches, career exploration, ACT and SAT testing, and completion of college • Umonhon Nation High School (Macy) applications. The grant program also promotes involvement from families and the business community to help ensure success. Schools selected in 2008 Application Process (will receive funding through the The College Access Grants application for 2010 will be ready later this fall. 2011-2012 academic year) EducationQuest will send information about the application process to all high • Bancroft-Rosalie Community School school counselors and principals in December. Applications are due June 18, 2010. • Cedar Bluffs High School Applicants must attend College Access • Central City High School Symposium • Columbus High School Schools interested in applying must send a • Crete High School representative to EducationQuest’s College • Garden County High School (Oshkosh) Access Symposium March 18, 2010 in • Lincoln High School Lincoln. During this day-long event, school • Lincoln Northeast High School representatives will learn best practices they can • Omaha Benson High School implement at their schools to help more students access college. Attendees will also learn details • Omaha North Magnet High School about the College Access Grants program and • Omaha South High School how to apply. • Santee Community School For more information about College Access • West Point-Beemer Jr.-Sr. High School Grants, visit the “Resources for High Schools” section at EducationQuest.org. While you’re In all, EducationQuest has committed there, download College Access Nebraska – a $1.36 million in funding to help these publication that highlights successful activities schools increase their college-going coordinated by funded high schools. You rates. In 2010, EducationQuest will select may also request a copy by contacting Eric up to 15 additional schools to receive Drumheller, Director of Grants and Scholarships, College Access Grants. at 402.479.6622 or email@example.com. 4 Lincoln hosts national Resources to help students O KnowHow2GO meetings KnowHow2GO to college ver 80 representatives from education EducationQuest developed the following resources to help entities and community-based organizations reinforce the four steps of the KnowHow2GO campaign to across the country met in Lincoln July 22-23 for Nebraska’s 8th, 9th and 10th graders. The online tools are KnowHow2GO Learning Community meetings held available in the “Partner” section of KnowHow2GONebraska.org at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student Union. and the “High Schools” and “Community Agencies” sections of KnowHow2GO is a national college access campaign EducationQuest.org. To order publications, click on “Order College that promotes four steps 8th-10th graders should Planning Materials.” follow to make college a reality. The campaign is KnowHow2GONebraska Partner sponsored nationally by Lumina Foundation for Playbook (available online) – provides Education, the American Council on Education, and information, tools, resources, and ideas the Ad Council. EducationQuest Foundation has to help 8th - 10th graders make college sponsored the campaign in Nebraska since 2007. a reality. Fourteen states are now running KnowHow2GO Exploring College publication – campaigns. The national sponsors bring campaign this publication guides 8th -10th graders coordinators together twice a year for “learning through the four KnowHow2GO steps. community” meetings during which they share campaign updates, best practices, and training on Exploring College PowerPoint ways to increase the number of students who go to Presentation (available online) – college – especially those who are low-income and this interactive presentation is a first-generation. companion piece to the Exploring College publication. The sponsors wanted to hold the July meetings on a college campus to reinforce what the KnowHow2GO Exploring Careers publication – effort is all about – and UNL agreed to host the this publication guides 8th - 10th event which drew rave reviews from attendees. graders through the 16 Career Clusters and advises students on courses to Attendees from Nebraska included Liz Koop, take and activities to pursue for Daphne Hall, Kristin Lautenbach and Tricia Dunn various careers. from EducationQuest; Marty Mahler and Joe Rowson from the Nebraska P-16 Initiative; and Bart Bartle, KnowHow2GO Activities Cathie Petsch and Marj Willike from the Foundation (available online) – provides for Lincoln Public Schools. easy-to-coordinate activities that cover the four KnowHow2GO steps. Check out the features at KnowHow2GONebraska.org: • KnowHow2GO Guided Tour – walks students through the four steps. • KnowHow2GO University – a virtual university that takes students on a campus tour. • The College Quiz – tests students’ knowledge of college planning. • Find Help Near You – guides students to organizations where they can find adult guidance. • Sign-up for Countdown2College Emails – Students and parents can sign up for timely emails that will keep them on track for college. 5 Materials, tools designed to simplify college planning process E ducationQuest provides free resources that simplify the college planning process for students, parents, schools, community agencies, and others who work with students. Each fall, we distribute thousands of our publications to schools and agencies across the state, and we make our materials available for ordering via the “High Schools” and “Community Agencies” sections at EducationQuest.org. Following is an overview of what we have to offer: College Prep Handbook for High School Students – Available in English and Spanish, this publication provides information about college selection, college funding, Nebraska colleges, and career exploration. College Prep Handbook for Adult Learners - Provides information unique to adult learners about college selection, college funding, Nebraska colleges, and career exploration. This publication is used extensively at Nebraska community agencies. College Planning for Students with Disabilities - Supplements the College Prep Handbook with considerations for students with disabilities. We provide this publication in partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Special Education. Web Tools at EducationQuest.org – the tools on our Web site help families plan for college, select a college, understand financial aid, and complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). We also have sections designed for high school counselors, college representatives, and community agency personnel. Some of our most popular Web tools include: • College Profiles™ – a college search tool with information about schools in Nebraska and across the nation. • ScholarshipQuest™ – a database of over 2,000 local and state scholarships that matches Nebraska students with awards that meet their criteria. • Activities Resume™ – a tool that tracks a student’s extracurricular activities, awards and part-time jobs throughout middle and high school. • College Funding Estimator™ – a calculator that estimates a family’s FAFSA results. • Completing the FAFSA section – has helpful tools that guide families through the FAFSA process. It includes a tutorial that explains each FAFSA question. • Videos and podcasts – these are great tools for students who prefer to “watch” or “hear” college planning information. Videos include “Guide to College Funding,” “The FAFSA Made Easy,” and “Find the Right Fit – Your Guide to College Selection.” Several podcasts are also available. 6 Kaye Bartels-Eiland Joyce Baumert Nancy Bond Jim Bovee Dr. Gustavo Carlo David Cicotello Terri Graham Marty Mahler Dusty Newton Dora Olivares Bill Reno Vaughn Robertson, Jr. Larry Scherer Jere’ Sue Schroer Dolores Simpson-Kirkland Rebecca Valdez Doug Watson Introducing the… EducationQuest Advisory Council This group of statewide education and community representatives advise EducationQuest on programs and services that support its mission of improving access to higher education in Nebraska. They help identify obstacles to higher education; brainstorm and prioritize college-access programs, services and needs; and periodically serve on a scholarship or grant review committee. Kaye Bartels-Eiland, Admissions Representative Dora Olivares, Principal Southeast Community College, Lincoln Gering Junior High School, Gering Joyce Baumert, Principal Bill Reno, Retired Guidance Counselor Schuyler Central High School, Schuyler Alliance High School, Alliance Nancy Bond, Supervisor of School Counseling Vaughn Robertson, Jr., Assistant Director Omaha Public Schools, Omaha Educational Talent Search, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Jim Bovee, Principal Clay Center High School, Clay Center Larry Scherer, Assistant Executive Director of Research and Collective Bargaining, Dr. Gustavo Carlo, Professor of Psychology Nebraska State Education Association, Lincoln University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln Jere’ Sue Schroer, Middle School Counselor David Cicotello, Director Sunrise Middle School, Kearney New Student Enrollment Services, University of Nebraska at Omaha Dolores Simpson-Kirkland, Ph.D., Counselor Lincoln Southwest High School, Lincoln Terri Graham, Director of Student Financial Aid Hastings College, Hastings Rebecca Valdez, Executive Director Latino Center of the Midlands, Omaha Marty Mahler, Ph.D, Executive Director Nebraska P-16 Initiative, Lincoln Doug Watson, Higher Education Consultant, Fremont Dusty Newton, Director of Admissions University of Nebraska at Kearney 7 Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage EducationQuest Foundation PAID 1300 O Street Lincoln, NE Permit #711 Lincoln, NE 68508 Address Service Requested New video helps students “Find the Right Fit” for college T hrough its partnership with Nebraska Educational Television, EducationQuest has developed a new video “Find the Right Fit – Your Guide to College Selection.” The 10-minute video features high school seniors Maya and Mike who are at the mall looking for shoes. While shopping, they discuss their fears about finding the right college – and show how finding a good pair of shoes is similar to finding the right college. The video demonstrates the importance of career exploration, campus visits, and meeting admission deadlines. EducationQuest developed the video with cooperation from Southeast Community College, SouthPointe Pavilions in Lincoln, and Journeys shoe store. Maya and Mike enjoy shoe shopping “Find the Right Fit” is available at EducationQuest.org, while discussing college in EducationQuest’s new video on YouTube and on EducationQuest’s Facebook page. “Find the Right Fit – Your Guide to College Selection.” EducationQuest is on Facebook! In addition to publications and Web tools, EducationQuest is now spreading the word about college planning on Facebook. The EducationQuest page is updated weekly to promote college fairs, financial aid programs, videos and other tools and resources. Check it out at Facebook.com/EducationQuest. Find EducationQuest on Facebook.