Leading scholarship and student success organizations join forces to eliminate barriers to degree completion
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (JUL. 11, 2017)
Paying for college is only one of the many obstacles students face in completing postsecondary education. Difficulty adjusting to college life and balancing work, family and other obligations are the primary reasons why nearly half of all college students fail to graduate. That is why Scholarship America, the nation’s largest private education support organization, announced today that it has partnered with InsideTrack, the nation’s leading provider of student coaching solutions, to integrate personalized student success coaching into scholarship programs.
Since it was founded in 1958, Scholarship America has awarded $3.7 billion in financial aid scholarships to more than 2.3 million students. Now, employers, communities, philanthropic organizations and others funding students through Scholarship America can include professional, executive-style coaching with their scholarships to assist students in developing the skills needed to not only complete their studies, but also graduate prepared for meaningful careers.
Coaches support students in developing critical thinking, time management and other important skills through a combination of one-to-one meetings, email and text messaging, as well as access to self-guided content through the organization’s uCoach® web and mobile apps. Empirical research and hundreds of randomized control trials have found InsideTrack’s coaching to be an effective approach to improving student persistence and retention.
“We believe that all students deserve the opportunity to enjoy the transformative benefits of higher education, irrespective of their financial situation,” says Robert Ballard, President and CEO of Scholarship America. “That is why we are committed to eliminating the financial barriers to college access for millions of students nationwide. By partnering with InsideTrack, we’re now also able to ensure that once scholarship recipients start, they can successfully overcome the non-financial barriers that prevent students from completing their degrees.”
InsideTrack, which has worked with more than 1.5 million students and 1,600 programs since its founding in 2001, has partnered with numerous colleges and organizations concerned with expanding access while improving success rates among scholarship recipients. In Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College worked with InsideTrack to improve persistence rates by nearly 33% among its 21st Century Scholars, low-income and first generation students who receive financial aid from the State of Indiana.
“As a nation, we’ve made incredible progress over the last several decades closing access gaps in higher education. Today, more students than ever before finish high school and enter college,” said Pete Wheelan, CEO of InsideTrack. “Unfortunately, completion and career placement remain significant achievement gaps. Our partnership with Scholarship America enables us to help thousands of students take full advantage of their educational opportunities and become well-positioned to lead choice-filled lives.”
The two organizations are already in discussions with several major scholarship funders about the new coaching-enhanced scholarship programs and expect to roll the first ones out in 2017.
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About Scholarship America
Scholarship America works directly with students, parents, colleges, businesses and communities to help students fulfill their college dreams. Since it was founded in 1958, Scholarship America has distributed $3.7 billion to more than 2.3 million students under the guidance of its nonprofit mission “to mobilize America through scholarships and other educational support to make postsecondary success possible for all.” Scholarship America helps students complete their educational goals by partnering with others to design, manage and deliver the best private scholarship and education support programs in the country. Today, there are more than 13,000 unique scholarship programs managed under the Scholarship America umbrella, including a national network of nearly 500 locally-based Dollars for Scholars affiliates serving students in thousands of communities across the country, and providing assistance with college readiness and the financial aid process. Scholarship America plays a national role in further engaging the private sector in programs and policies that advance equity in postsecondary education, helping more students overcome barriers to access, persistence and attainment.
InsideTrack is passionate about student success. Since 2001, we have been dedicated to partnering with colleges and universities to create adaptive coaching solutions that generate measurable results. These solutions combine professional coaching, technology and data analytics to increase enrollment, completion, and career readiness. Our adaptive coaching methodology is based on the latest behavioral science research and knowledge gained from working with more than 1.5 million students and 1,600 programs. In combination with our uCoach® Platform, our approach optimizes student engagement and generates valuable insights on the student experience through predictive modeling, behavioral analysis and multichannel communication. Join us and the leading institutions, foundations and others working to bring the transformative power of education to all individuals. Visit us at www.insidetrack.com and follow us on Twitter @InsideTrack.