The Guidance Center of Westchester's Center for College & Careers program is now part of The Coalition CBO ID Registry, a vetted, national registry of CBOs (community-based organizations) that support and advise students in their college preparations.
The registry was established by the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, a group of 140-plus colleges and universities across the U.S. that is committed to making college a reality for all high school students through its set of free, online college planning tools that helps them learn about, prepare for, and apply to college.
For the first time, a nonprofit CBO that provides support services to students (pre-K through 14), and/or directly advises students in their college search can register for a Coalition CBO ID, or CCID, which is a permanent ID number. Currently, all high schools have a unique ID number, which enables colleges and universities to track students by high school. The CCID will work the same way for CBOs, while also elevating their standing as verified organizations and enabling them to share their programs and services with Coalition member schools.
"We know based on research that not all students have equal access to college. Specifically, students from disadvantaged backgrounds—including lower-income, under-resourced, or first-generation students—are not provided with the tools and resources they need to apply to college," Daniel Bonnet, deputy director for the Center for College & Careers says. Mr. Bonnet goes on to explain that students frequently struggle with applying for financial aid, and often do not receive the financial aid for which they qualify. As a result, some of the most highly qualified students do not attend college, or do not complete their college degrees.
"That’s why we have joined The Coalition which offers students a set of free, online college planning tools, which help them learn about, prepare for, and apply to colleges in addition to providing fee waivers. Not only that, but also they provide informative articles and valuable resources for college preparation. Together we are breaking down barriers and increasing access to college for all students," he concludes.
“CBO's provide critical support and access to information about applying to college for students that may not have that support in their secondary school. The Coalition CBO ID is a powerful tool to connect colleges and CBOs to support students,” said Audrey Smith, Vice President of Enrollment at Smith College and Chair of the Access and Assessment Committee of the Coalition’s Board of Directors.
The registry enables Coalition schools to learn about, reach out to, and connect with students from the Center for College & Careers. And in the near future, students will indicate participation with a registered CBO as part of their application to the more than 140 Coalition colleges and universities.
For more information about the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, including a complete list of members, visit http://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org.
Follow this link for more information on our Center for College & Careers.