Engineer Your Future: Don’t go it Alone, Own it, Create it                                                                                                              The Huffington Post, 1.11.16

College Possible Alumna Fushcia-Ann Hoover describes the challenges she faced throughout her education as a low-income student as well as a woman of color in the field of engineering. Currently a Ph.D student, she attributes much of her success to College Possible and the coaches that supported her along the way. Read more here

 

Turning Grit to Graduation                                                                                                                                                          Medium, 12.01.15

“While a large part of being a College Possible coach is about raising students’ ACT scores and sending off applications, it is also about making each student feel that he or she, as an individual, is worth an education, and is worth 4 years of college,” writes a former College Possible coach. Read more here

 

College Possible connects CPS students with mentors for college prep                                                                                Chicago Tribune, 11.30.15

The Chicago Tribune introduces the launch of College Possible Chicago and our goal to “help hundreds of low-income Chicago Public Schools students earn college degrees”. Read more here

 

When Choosing a College, How Should Students Gauge the Payoff?                                                                                            The Chronicle of Higher Education, 11.18.15

Jim McCorkell weighs in on the importance of students comparing all the details of choosing a career and a college. “Comparing the salaries of workers with and without degrees can provide a corrective to all the rhetoric questioning the value of higher education,” he says. Read more here

 

The Teachers’ Lounge Episode 011: Jim McCorkell                                                                                                                        Youth Frontiers, 11.5.15

Jim McCorkell speaks about student growth as well as character development in schools in addition to “his own educational journey and how it relates to his important work with students today” in the podcast series, The Teachers’ Lounge.          Listen to the podcast here

 

Why Are So Many Students Undermatched?                                                                                                                             Medium, 10.27.15

Students have begun to turn to virtual advisors for guidance through programs like College Possible’s virtual advising program, CollegePoint. This article takes a look at how beneficial it can be to have someone available to talk via phone, text, skype, etc. whenever a student needs help throughout the college search process. Read more here

 

Confusing Financial Aid Letters Leave Students, Parents Adrift                                                                                                    National Public Radio, 5.7.15

NPR reports on the struggles that many students face when decoding what their financial aid letters are really saying, especially for first-generation college hopefuls like Marquell Moorer. “With no parents or friends who had gone to college, and scant support from his high school, Moorer was lucky: He found a coach from an organization called College Possible.” Read more here

 

The American Dream can only be fulfilled if our top students have the opportunity to attend our top colleges          Huffington Post, 12.29.14

Too many high-achieving low-income students are not getting the guidance they need to understand that they too have the ability to attend top universities. Bloomberg Philanthropies “aims to help as many as 65,000 of these students find a school that matches their abilities” through a new initiative that includes partnering with College Board and College Possible as well as other non-profit organizations. Read more here

 

Video: The importance of a good college match                                                                                                                    Chronicle of Higher Education, 6.17.14

The Chronicle of Higher Education features College Possible’s Traci Kirtley, Chief Program Officer, in this video segment about the importance of students finding a college that is the best fit. Research has shown “that when students choose a college that is a good fit financially and culturally, and especially, academically, that they’re going to be much more likely to stay in school and to graduate and earn their degree.” Watch video here

 

How LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook changed college admissions                                                                                      Christian Science Monitor, 1.16.14

While using technology during the college application process can be incredibly beneficial for some, “low-income students sometimes don’t have access to the technology necessary to network, let alone get in, to some colleges”. College Possible Chris Mitchell details the struggles low-income students continue to face during the application process and what College Possible is doing to help. Read more here

 

White House puts spotlight on expanding college opportunities                                                                                                 Education Week, 1.16.14

Education Week reports on the White House College Opportunity Summit and how the work of College Possible, along with other organizations, will help in “reducing inequalities in college advising and test preparation.” Read more here

 

White House makes college for low-income students a priority                                                                                                   NPR, 1.16.14

College Possible’s Jim McCorkell gives his input on the issues that the Obama Administration has highlighted, specifically the issue of “undermatching” students during the college admissions process, student debt, and tuition costs and how it affects low-income students. Read more here