Ex-CEO of Microsoft, L.A. Clippers owner donates $20 million to St. Paul nonprofit College Possible
Star Tribune, 9.19.17
“A former Microsoft executive and current NBA owner has awarded $20 million to St. Paul-based College Possible, a national nonprofit that helps low-income students enroll and succeed in college.
“The record-setting gift was announced by the Ballmer Group, founded by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, and will be dispensed over a 10-year period.” Read more.
Why Top Colleges Are Teaming Up to Educate the Next Generation
“Every year, thousands of talented, lower-income students like her don’t even apply to the top colleges and universities they’re qualified to attend…So, how do we solve this opportunity crisis?” Read more.
Colleges Discover the Rural Student
New York Times, 1.31.17
“The message that rural students need more guidance is not lost on college access organizations. Over the last few years, College Possible, College Advising Corps and College Forward have expanded their free counseling into remote areas.” Read more.
The Bureaucratic Obstacles That Can Derail Low-Income College Students
“The obstacles that many independent coaches find are disproportionately in the way of low-income students and those whose own parents never went to college, and who often need the most help navigating the higher-education world. ” Read more.
Meet the Virtual Guidance Counselor
“College Possible is one of many college advocacy groups hoping that technology will jump-start the slow growth of low-income students in higher education. The last couple of years have brought a renaissance in virtual guidance-counseling: Both new services and existing ones are upping their game with mobile, social media, and data analytics. It’s e-counseling 2.0.” Read more.
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.
Turning Grit to Graduation
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Why Are So Many Students Undermatched?
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.
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.
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.
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 the video.
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.
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.
White House Makes College For Low-Income Students A Priority
National Public Radio, 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.
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“My College Possible coaches haven’t just helped me increase my ACT score and apply to colleges; they’ve made me feel confident in myself.”
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“Making it through college, a step that people think is impossible for students with backgrounds like mine, is the most amazing thing.”