COLLEGE FORWARD’S APPROACH

  • College Forward’s college access program begins to address summer melt while students are second semester seniors. The Transition to College Unit of the High School Senior College Access Curriculum is entirely devoted to providing students with the necessary support and resources to prevent summer melt from occurring. This includes ensuring that students have secured housing, registered for new student orientation, and an introductory understanding of college-level courses and what to expect when selecting their first classes. It also provides resources on stress management, time management, and study skills.
  • College Forward will support RSSI students during the summer months between high school graduation and their first college courses. College Forward will provide support to RSSI students in the completion of the milestones we have identified that directly correspond to summer melt, in addition to scheduling 3 coaching sessions with each student between the end May and early August. College Forward coaches will also follow up on any incomplete milestones.
  • College Forward Coaches will facilitate one Coaching Session per month with recent high school graduates in June, July, and August. One of the Coaching Sessions will include the Senior End of Year Coaching Session that is outlined in College Forward’s curriculum. The additional two coaching sessions will be dictated by the student’s questions, goals, and potential hurdles as outlined in the Senior End Of Year Coaching Session, as well as reviewing what was achieved during New Student Orientation. NSO is when students will register for their first college courses and begin working with an advisor to choose a major.

Milestones Related to Summer Melt
– Receive, Review, and Accept Financial Aid Award
  Due 5/24/19
– Register for or Attend Orientation
  Due 6/28/19
– Secure Housing
  Due 6/14/19
– Register for Classes
  Due 8/15/19

Coaching Sessions
End of Year Coaching Session
  Audience: RSSI graduating seniors
  When: Late May to Early June
  Goals: The primary goal is for the College Forward Coach to introduce themselves and the services they can provide.

Mid-Summer Coaching Session
  Audience: RSSI graduating seniors
  When: Late June to Early July
  Goals: The primary goal of this coaching session is to ensure that the student has registered for or already attended their school’s New Student Orientation.

Late-Summer Coaching Session
  Audience: RSSI graduating seniors
  When: Late July to Early June
  Goals: The primary goal of this coaching session is to ensure that the student has all of their financial aid in order, and a plan to pay for their first semester in college.

Transitioning Students to College Forward’s Program
Implementation of Summer Melt Curriculum
  Audience: RSSI Graduating Seniors
  Facilitators: High school faculty and CEA’s
  When: January through May
  Goals: The goal of this curriculum is to anticipate hurdles that can lead to summer melt, and provide students with the resources they need to overcome them.

College Forward’s Completion Program Orientation
  Audience: Students and their parents
  Facilitators: College Forward will lead the presentations; Counselor’s and CEA’s will provide all logistical support.
  When: Early April
  Details: Ideally this orientation will occur at an already planned event or assembly that will be attended by students and parents.
  Goals: The goal of this event is to introduce College Forward to graduating seniors and their
parents. We also use this time to lay out expectations for participation in College Forward’s College Completion Program, and to review our Completion Agreement and FERPA documents that students must sign.

Send initial mass communications from CoFo to graduating Seniors
  Audience: RSSI Graduating Seniors
  Facilitator: College Forward
  When: Late May
  Goal: The goal of this communication is to begin connecting with graduating seniors directly.

Sign College Forward’s Completion Agreement
  Audience: RSSI Graduating Seniors
  Facilitator: College Forward, high school faculty, CEA’s
  When: April
  Goal: Students must sign this document in order to receive coaching from College Forward.

Sign Student Consent
  Audience: RSSI Graduating Seniors
  Facilitator: College Forward, high school faculty, CEA’s
  When: April
  Goal: Students must sign this document in order to receive coaching from College Forward.

Transition: The Final Handoff
  Audience: RSSI Graduating Seniors
  Facilitator: College Forward, high school faculty, CEA’s
  When: Late May
  Details: High school faculty and/or CEA’s might share a mass email, presentation, or one-on-one conversation with students about participating in College Forward.
  Goal: The goal of this communication is to ensure that graduating seniors connect with a College Forward Coach.

Training for RSSI Participants
Introduction to Summer Melt
  Audience: County Extension Agents
  Facilitator: College Forward
  When: Regional Meeting in late February or Early March
  Goals: The goals of this training are to review the facts and statistics of Summer Melt, and provide CEA’s with a general understanding of the phenomenon.

Overview of Summer Melt Programming
  Audience: Counselors and CEA’s Facilitator: College Forward
  When: Regional Meeting in late February or Early March
  Goals: The goals of this training are to review the services that graduating seniors will receive from College Forward, review the role of CEA’s and counselors, review the documents that students must sign (College Forward Completion Agreement and Student Consent), planning for College Forward’s
Completion Orientation.