Forum for Thought Blog

College Match Matters

06/14/2013 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM ET


Capitol Hill Forum


Washington, DC


According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2009 only 36 percent of youth in the United States ages 18-24 were enrolled in college. Of those that managed to navigate the system and gain access to higher education, only 53 percent attending four-year institutions were able to graduate within six years. While many factors contribute to the issue of postsecondary enrollment and graduation, a major challenge has been the matching of youth to appropriate programs. Oftentimes youth may be the first in their families to apply or enroll in college and are forced to navigate the process with little or no guidance. If students are to enter into and ultimately succeed in postsecondary education, greater support is required to match each individual student with an institution and course of study that meets his or her needs, both academically and financially.

This forum will provide an overview of the research conducted by MDRC on the promising College Match Program in Chicago Public Schools, as well as a panel discussion on the implications for policy, specifically considering opportunities for sustainability and scaling up. Presenters include D. Crystal Byndloss, Senior Associate, MDRC; Michael McPherson, President, Spencer Foundation; Greg Darnieder, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education on the College Access Initiative, US Department of Education; and Mariana Saucedo, College Match Advisor, DeVry Advantage Academy High School and Lincoln Park High School.

Co-Hosted by MDRC



Make Me a Match: Helping low-income and first-generation students make good college choices:

Achievement Trap: How America Is Failing Millions of High-Achieving Students from Lower-Income Families (Jack Kent Cooke Foundation):

From High School to the Future: Potholes on the Road to College (Research Summary):

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