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January 2017

Match and Fit Outcomes and Findings

EDUCATION + MENTORSHIP + LEADERSHIP TRANSFORMATION


Chicago Scholars College Counseling Key Focus Areas Increase the number of college applications a student submits Students who apply to multiple colleges are more likely to receive acceptances and find a college that is a good match and fit, especially students whose applications are diverse and include match, safety, and reach options. Experts recommend a student should submit five to ten applications. Chicago Scholars witnessed the greatest impact on the number of applications submitted by Scholars who, prior to program participation, expressed little to no interest in specific colleges. Eleven percent (11%) of Scholars identified zero to two colleges of interest prior to participation in Chicago Scholars’ College Counseling. Ninety-four percent (94%) of those Scholars applied to four or more colleges and 88% enrolled/matriculated to college on time.

Ensure on-time post-secondary enrollment According to Complete College America’s 2011 research, the longer a student takes to complete college, the more life gets in the way of success. Lack of on-time enrollment can impede college graduation, specifically within six years of high school graduation. Conversely, if students enroll in a post-secondary institution on time after high school graduation, they are more likely to graduate within six-years. Chicago Scholars had the greatest impact with the 14% of Scholars who attended a Chicago Public High School with a college enrollment rate below the 58% CPS average. Through our College Counseling program, 90.2% of those Scholars enrolled on-time in a post-secondary institution.

Elevate college match and fit Low-income students are less likely to enroll in college with a selectivity level that matches their academic qualifications, which is described as undermatching or mismatching. Undermatching has been found to be an issue among students of all levels in Chicago Public Schools with approximately 62% attending a college with a selectivity level below their academic qualifications. When a student attends a college where the selectivity of the college matches their academic profile and fits their needs, they are more likely to thrive, be successful, persist, and graduate - particularly underrepresented minorities. Additionally, more selective colleges have higher graduation rates: Student performance and graduation rates improve with increased institutional selectivity. Thus, students are more likely to graduate college when they attend more selective institutions with higher graduation rates (Byndloss and Reid, 2016). In contrast, researchers have found that CPS students’ graduation rates tend to mirror that of the institution they attend, regardless of the students’ academic profile. College selectivity ratings, graduation rates, and match to students’ academic qualifications all matter for student success. Chicago Scholars’ College Counseling program focused on these important factors and nearly doubled CPS’s match rating with 96% of Scholars matriculating to a match or safety school.


Where do Scholars ultimately enroll? Our research-driven college counseling model has resulted in our Scholars attending colleges that are a better match and fit, are more selective, have higher graduation rates, and are evidence of a broader college search. Compare the schools where Chicago Scholars and CPS students matriculated last year: College or University

Barron’s Selectivity

Graduation Rate

Chicago Scholars Top Ten Schools 1. University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Highly Competitive

84%

2. University of Illinois at Chicago

Competitive

58%

3. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Highly Competitive

91%

4. University of Wisconsin - Madison

Very Competitive

82%

5. Dominican University

Competitive

66%

6. Loyola University

Very Competitive

70%

7. Northwestern University

Most Competitive

93%

7. DePaul University

Very Competitive

68%

7. Denison University

Highly Competitive

86%

10. Washington University in St Louis

Most Competitive

94%

10. University of Southern California

Most Competitive

90%

10. Saint Xavier University

Competitive

54%

10. Northern Illinois University

Competitive

54%

10. Illinois State University

Competitive

71%

Selectivity 80% of Chicago Scholars enrolled in Very Competitive to Most Competitive schools Chicago Scholars 80%

20%

Most/Highly/Very Competitive Competitive/ Less/ Unknown

CPS Students Top Ten Schools* 1. University of Illinois at Chicago

Competitive

58%

2. CCC - Harold Washington

N/A

7%

3. University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Highly Competitive

84%

4. CCC - Wilbur Wright

N/A

11%

5. Northeastern Illinois University

Not Competitive

21%

6. CCC - Malcolm X

N/A

7%

7. CCC - Richard J. Daley

N/A

10%

8. Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

Competitive

48%

9. Northern Illinois University

Competitive

54%

10. Western Illinois University

Competitive

71%

*CPS 2015 District College Enrollment Summary: http://cps.edu/Performance/Documents/Datafiles/ CollegeEnrollment_2015_Citywide.pdf

Chicago Public Schools

25%

75%

Most/Highly/Very Competitive Competitive/ Less/ Unknown


Chicago Scholars attend a greater variety of colleges and universities than Chicago Public Schools students.

Location CPS

Chicago Scholars 23%

41%

77% 59%

In-State

Out-of-State

Degree Type Chicago Scholars 98%

CPS 69%

31%

2%

4-year Institution

2-year Institution

Public or Private CPS

Chicago Scholars

72%

55%

45%

28%

Private Institution

86%

Public Institution

of Chicago Scholars’ Class of 2020 matriculated to an Onsite Partner School

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Chicago Scholars Match and Fit 2017