Noble College Access and Persistence Program

Noble College Access and Persistence Program
Institution
Noble Network of Charter Schools
State
Illinois
Academic Level
Community-Based Organization
Issue Area
Access
Key Personnel
Program Focus
College Prep

Overview

The Noble College Access and Success Program facilitates Latino high school students’ transition to college during grades 9 to 12 to encourage college matriculation and college completion. Noble’s College Access and Success Program seeks to maximize the number of Chicago students who matriculate to college and persist through to their degree by making the transition from high school to college seamless for students.

Program Description

Established in 2003, the Noble College Access and Success Program emerged out of the need to support the Noble Network of Charter Schools’ Class of 2003 who graduated from high school and enrolled in college.

The Noble College Access and Success Program offers Noble Network of Charter Schools students in grades 9 to 11 the opportunity to participate in college summer programs and embark on college visits. When students become seniors in high school, they are encouraged to enroll in a year-long College Seminar course led by a team of college counselors. During this course, students apply to college, complete scholarship applications, file for financial aid, and make their college selection. To encourage students to pursue higher education at an institution that is the best fit for them, Noble uses their tool, the College Bot. The College Bot inputs student demographic and academic performance data, including an analysis of graduation rates for underrepresented students at colleges, ensuring that Noble students who identify as Latinx attend a college equipped to meet their needs. With this information, the Bot provides each student a customized list of safety, match, and reach schools.

Outcome

  • Increased college enrollment:  Of Latino program participants from the Class of 2019, 90% enrolled directly into college. On average, 89% of program participants matriculate.
  • Increased college acceptance: Of Latino program participants from the Class of 2019, 95% were admitted to at least one four-year college. On average, participants received more than six college acceptance offers each.

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