Program Impact and Data-Driven Results

 

Erick Sanzon, Cabrillo High School, Long Beach Unified School District

Erick Sanzon, Cabrillo High School, Long Beach Unified School District

The Southern California College Advising Corps seeks to maximize its impact on improving college outcomes for low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students.

As part of the national College Advising Corps, the Southern California College Advising Corps program continually tracks data to assess the performance of the advisers and to contribute to the evaluation of the College Advising Corps programs across the U.S.

In 2014-15, the Southern California College Advising Corps has thus far:

  • Assisted over 2,400 students in submitting over 12,000 applications to four year institutions of Higher Education!
  • Assisted over 3,300 students in obtaining college application waivers, collectively saving them over $108,000 dollars
  • On average, each adviser has assisted 151 students in submitting an application
  • On average, each adviser-assisted student has submitted applications to 5 different institutions—markedly increasing their likelihood of attendance

In 2013-14, the Southern California College Advising Corps:

  • Served over 6,600 high school students
  • Provided direct college advising to over 1,200 students through one-on-one or small group meetings

According to an evaluation of the College Advising Corps program nationally completed by Stanford University, led by Eric Bettinger, Ph.D., high schools that partner with the College Advising Corps see an 8-12 percentage point increase in college-going rates versus control schools in the area. Further, upon introduction of an adviser, College Advising Corps schools see an average increase of $1 million in scholarship support for their college-going students.


For college preparation activities, students served by the College Advising Corps are:

  • 137% more likely to apply to six or more institutions of higher education
  • 62% more likely to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • 198% more likely to attend a financial aid workshop
  • 107% more likely to take an SAT/ACT prep workshop
  • 40% more likely to take the SAT/ACT

Of greatest importance, students served by the College Advising Corps are:

  •   42% more likely to apply to a college/university
  •   67% more likely to be accepted to college
  •   84% more likely to get accepted to a four-year (versus two-year) institution
  •   63% more likely to be accepted to more than one institution