Steps2College: Professional Resources to Support Students through the College-Going Process
Panel Speaker - Melissa Caperton, American College Application Campaign
Thursday, April 19 – 11:00 a.m.
Representatives from the American College Application Campaign, the Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success, and ACT will share how they are aligning efforts to support and celebrate seniors year-round. Attendees will learn about the resources available, effective practices of implementing the four campaigns, and opportunities to engage with Steps2College partners and their national efforts.
In March 2017, ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning convened a working group to strengthen partnerships between national efforts representing the four major steps students must successfully navigate during their senior year: American College Application Campaign (college application process), National College Access Network (FAFSA completion), Better Make Room (deciding and committing to a postsecondary plan), and the Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success (transition from secondary to postsecondary education). The goal of the partnership is to support college-going students on the path to success, elevate individual campaigns, and set an example of collaboration for other national, state, and local partners.
Together, the group has developed Steps2College, a national repository of activities and resources to support school counselors, college access professionals, and other educators as they work with senior-year students through the college-going process.
Steps2College focuses on four key milestones in the journey to college:
- September – November: American College Application Campaign. School-day events designed to assist high school seniors as they navigate the college admissions process, ensuring each student submits at least one admissions application.
- October – April: Form Your Future works to help students get money for college, no matter what. Through social media and online toolkits, the campaign shows students their great odds of getting financial aid when they file the FAFSA and supports the professionals who help them do so.
- April – May: College Signing Day. Better Make Room, along with schools, organizations, community leaders, and influencers host College Signing Day, a chance to rally around local students, show them support, and celebrate their choice in making a commitment to higher education.
- June – September: College Transition. Resources are provided to assist students, their families, and the professionals who work with them in identifying and successfully navigating those key transitional activities, supporting students as they journey from secondary to postsecondary education.