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College Awareness Websites

Website Title: Adventures in Education (AIE)
Address: http://www.aie.org/middleschool

Description: Adventures In Education (AIE) is a nonprofit, public benefit program developed to help students plan and complete their journey through higher education. By providing a Web site and other free resources to students, parents, counselors, and educators, AIE encourages individuals to discover and pursue educational opportunities. Established in August 1995, AIE proclaims to be one of the first sites on the Internet dedicated to helping students and families achieve their higher education dreams. It has received many national awards and recognition for its presentation, content, usefulness, and contribution to higher education.

AIE contains many useful features, including:

  • Information on developing career goals, finding the right school, and financing your education
  • Content areas arranged by audience (students and parents of middle school students, high school students, college students, and guidance counselors)
  • AIE Counselors Network, open to guidance counselors by registration, offers information on deadlines, admission requirements, and financial aid resources as well as access to monthly counselor checklists, ideas to implement in counseling, and a Counselor Directory for exchanging ideas and information
  • Comprehensive site index and search capabilities
  • Full content availability in Spanish

Website Title: AVID Online: Advancement via Individual Determination
Address: http://www.avidonline.org

Description: The AVID school reform program is designed to effectively prepare so-called average students for college. The program provides students with access to a range of educational resources focused on college preparation, writing, inquiry, and collaboration. Access program information, news, research, and press releases via the website. Information for parents and education personnel is also available.


Website Title: Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) Home Page
Address: http://www.aiccu.edu

Description: This website provides detailed information about and access to 77 select independent colleges and universities located within California. Students and parents who visit the site can explore an electronic guidebook that will guide them through the process of selecting a college, applying for admission, and researching options for financing a higher education. Find information on college applications, financial aid, college campus virtual tours, and more.


Website Title: California Community Colleges, Chancellor's Office
Address: http://www.cccco.edu

Description: This website provides links to all of the California Community Colleges and features a variety of content, including campus news and services, program and grant information, and policy reports, all of which is generated by the Chancellor's Office. GEAR UP coordinators could bookmark this website to use as a handy tool when planning college tours.


Website Title: California Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)
Address: http://www.castategearup.org

Description: GEAR UP is a federally funded, state-administered program aimed at middle school students from backgrounds and communities that have not historically pursued a college education. The program is designed to stimulate interest in college attendance, awareness of college entrance requirements, and knowledge about available financial aid in students and parents. California GEAR UP provides opportunities, services, and support to both middle school students and the adults who influence them, the goal being to prepare the students for high school and college. This website provides information on program services and locations.


Website Title: California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP)
Address: http://www.csac.ca.gov/

Description: Cal-SOAP provides academic support to low-income, first generation, college-bound elementary, middle, high school, and community college students. Common program services include advising, tutoring, parent outreach, and college awareness workshops. This website features a program overview and locations.


Website Title: CaliforniaColleges.edu
Address: http://www.californiacolleges.edu

Description: The CaliforniaColleges.edu website was developed in collaboration with the California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), California Community Colleges (CCC), Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), and the California Department of Education. The site provides a vast amount of information aimed at both first-year and transfer students interested in researching and applying to college in California. Use the resource to explore different institutions, admission processes, funding sources, career options, and more.


Website Title: College Board
Address: http://www.collegeboard.com

Description: Students, parents, and education professionals alike will benefit from a visit to the official website of the College Board. The site provides a broad range of tools and information that students need when planning for the transition from high school to college, including information about financial aid, test preparation, and choosing a college. Use the site to research all of the College Board's programs, including the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, Advanced Placement Program, and CLEP. Educators can explore major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning.


Website Title: College is Possible
Address: http://www.acenet.edu/AM/Template.cfm?Section=CIP1

Description: As part of a national educational campaign launched by the Coalition of American Colleges and Universities, the College is Possible website offers general college information for parents, students, and educational professionals. This comprehensive site provides information on books, links to other websites, and brochures recommended by admissions and financial aid professionals. A brochure, offered in English and Spanish, is available to site visitors who are interested in learning more about the College is Possible campaign.


Website Title: COSMOS: California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science
Address: http://www.ucop.edu/cosmos

Description: Sponsored by the University of California (UC), this website highlights the components of COSMOS, an advanced four-week residential academic program offered in the summer. Highly motivated and talented students completing the 8-12th grades are invited to three UC campuses to explore advanced science and math topics not traditionally taught during the academic year. Parent and student testimonials, program partners, and specific application information are presented on this site.


Website Title: Council for Opportunity in Education
Address: http://www.coenet.us//ecm/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home

Description: The Council for Opportunity in Education is an advocacy organization for the federally sponsored TRIO Programs. The purpose of the Council is to ensure equal post-secondary educational opportunities for low-income and disabled students by providing relevant, up-to-date financial and legislative information to program participants. Additonally, the site provides information on and links to TRIO-sponsored academic assistance programs, training conferences and workshops, and national news advisories. The site also offers information and links to financial aid and higher education resources as well as the U.S. Department of Education.


Website Title: Getting Ready for College Early
Address: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/GettingReadyCollegeEarly/

Description: The full text of the comprehensive "Getting Ready for College Early" handbook is presented on this website. This highly recommended handbook outlines a four-step college preparation process, and the publication can be downloaded free of charge from the site. An online letter from former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of Education, Richard Riley, is also featured on the site, the contents of which express the importance of early college preparation.


Website Title: Mapping Your Future
Address: http://mappingyourfuture.org/

Description: The Mapping Your Future website, offered in both English and Spanish, is sponsored by a group of guaranty agencies who participate in the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). The primary mission of the website is to counsel students and families about college, career, and financial aid opportunities. Beginning with the middle school community, the site provides grade-specific college and financial planning information to students and their families.


Website Title: Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)
Address: http://www.mesa.ucop.edu

Description: MESA, a University of California program, prepares and encourages students to excel in math, science, engineering, and technology, to attend college and become technology professionals. The official website for this program highlights the multifaceted services provided to pre-college students from elementary through senior high school. It also provides information on MESA's industry partners and Board of Directors as well as national MESA news.


Website Title: National TRIO Clearinghouse
Address: http://www.pellinstitute.org/clearinghouse_opp.html/

Description: The National TRIO Clearinghouse collects and disseminates information, applied program materials, resources, and research related to TRIO programs and TRIO students. The website focuses on issues of educational opportunity and access to higher education for low-income, first-generation participants and students with disabilities. Content highlights include detailed information on all TRIO programs, including Upward Bound, as well as information on the college-going process and links to various college preparation online resources.


Website Title: Occupational Outlook Handbook
Address: http://www.bls.gov/oco/home.htm

Description: Published by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Outlook Handbook website is a nationally recognized source of career information. The site is designed to provide assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Specifically, the site includes descriptions of various occupations, highlighting what tasks workers perform, their working conditions, the training and education needed, the average and expected earnings, and future employment prospects.


Website Title: Pathways to College Network
Address: http://www.pathwaystocollege.net

Description: Launched in 2001, The Pathways to College Network is a national alliance of 38 organizations committed to using research-based knowledge to improve postsecondary education access and success for the nation's many underserved students, including underrepresented minorities, low-income students, those who are the first in their families to go to college, and students with disabilities. Pathways emphasizes connecting policymakers, education leaders and practitioners, and community leaders with research on effective strategies for improving college preparation, enrollment, and degree completion.


Website Title: Preparing Your Child for College
Address: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/Prepare/

Description: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, this online college preparation handbook provides middle school parents with a college preparation planning outline. The handbook consists of seven chapters with topics centered around how to prepare, choose, and finance a college education. Key college-related terms are explained, and exercises and checklists are also offered. The publication can be downloaded free of charge from the site.


Website Title: The Education Trust: University Graduation Rates
Address: http://www.edtrust.org/edtrust, http://www.collegeresults.org

Description: This new Wweb tool created by The Education Trust can be used to compare graduation rates among similar public and private universities. With College Results Online, students, parents, educators, and policymakers can easily discover the percentages of students at individual schools graduation rates. The site is expected to fuel a growing national movement for accountability in higher education, which has led to some calls to link government funding to graduation rates.


Website Title: The Middle Grades: Putting All Students on Track for College (Sharon J. Camblin)
Address: http://www.prel.org/products/pcn_/middle-grades.htm

Description: The focus of this briefing paper is to help middle grades principals and teachers close the opportunity gap for underserved students. The paper provides a) reasons the middle grades are so critical to postsecondary preparation, b) background on the opportunity gap that exists for underserved students, c) examples of effective practices and what works, and d) recommendations for building school capacity to increase student performance for college access.


Website Title: U.S. Department of Education: Think College Early
Address: http://www.ed.gov/students/prep/college/thinkcollege/edlite-index.html

Description: The Think College Early website provides students, parents, and educators with a broad base of information on college and financial aid. The site also features a substantial compilation of answers to frequently asked questions about paying for college as well as website links to resources and information about the college experience. The publication can be downloaded free of charge from the site.


Website Title: University of California, Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP)
Address: http://www.eaop.org

Description: The Early Academic Outreach Program website features detailed information about this University of California-sponsored program. EAOP is a college-preparatory program geared toward helping middle and high school students with demonstrated potential get to college. Student services include an array of academic-enrichment activities and programs that include challenging courses, academic advising, preparation for standardized tests, on-campus residential programs, Saturday Academies, and educational programs for families. The site provides a program overview, descriptions of the various UC campus school-based programs, an online library, a college planning calendar, and a directory of program offices.


Website Title: College Readiness Begins in Middle School: ACT Policy Report 2005
Address: www.act.org/research/policy/index.html

Description: The College Readiness Begins in Middle School Policy Report focuses on the recommendation that students begin planning for college as early as the 6th grade. ACT produces a variety of policy-related publications that cover broad topics of national importance, that describe the implementation of education and workforce solutions, or that focus briefly on a single topic.


Website Title: CollegeED - Creating a College Going Culture Guide
Address: http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/collegeed/collegeEd-create-college-going-culture.pdf

Description: A college-going culture builds the expectation of postsecondary education for all students—not just the best students. It inspires the best in every student, and it supports students in achieving their goals. As you can imagine, the key ingredient in creating a college-going culture is dedicated educators like you. This guide addresses such questions as “How Can You Assess Your School’s Current Culture?” and “What Is a Good Way to Implement a Large –Scale Program?”


Website Title: Critical Conditions for Equity and Diversity in College Access: Informing Policy and Monitoring Results: UC/ACCORD
Address: http://ucaccord.gseis.ucla.edu/publications

Description: This report provides information about the research based framework created for understanding the barriers to equity in achievement and college going and for monitoring California’s progress toward removing those barriers. UC/ACCORD publications help policymakers, researchers, teachers, outreach staff and students benefit from reliable information that furthers their work to increase equitable schooling and access to higher education. The publications page is primarily aimed at conveying the findings of UC/ACCORD researchers to policymakers and practitioners.


Website Title: Create a College Going Culture Resource Guide:  UCLA
Address: http://apep-bestla.gseis.ucla.edu/BEST-CreateCollegeCultResourceGuide.pdf

Description: Prepared as part of the Building Educational Success Through (BEST) Collaboration in Los Angeles County initiative, this report is meant to serve as a resource for regional educators striving to create and/or improve college going cultures in K-12 schools.


Website Title: KnowHow2Go:
Address: http://www.knowhow2go.org/middle.php

Description: Young people in all socio-economic groups have college aspirations. In fact, eight out of 10 expect to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to the U.S. Department of Education. But despite their aspirations, low-income students and those who are the first in their families to pursue higher education are severely underrepresented on college campuses. In order to turn these students' college dreams into action-oriented goals, the American Council on Education, Lumina Foundation for Education and the Ad Council launched the KnowHow2GO campaign in January 2007. This website was developed as a result of the campaign.


Website Title: KnowHow2Go:
Address: http://www.knowhow2go.org/middle.php

Description: Young people in all socio-economic groups have college aspirations. In fact, eight out of 10 expect to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to the U.S. Department of Education. But despite their aspirations, low-income students and those who are the first in their families to pursue higher education are severely underrepresented on college campuses. In order to turn these students' college dreams into action-oriented goals, the American Council on Education, Lumina Foundation for Education and the Ad Council launched the KnowHow2GO campaign in January 2007. This website was developed as a result of the campaign.


Website Title: UC Berkeley College Tools
Address: http://collegetools.berkeley.edu/resources.php?cat_id=84#different

Description: College Tools for Schools tackles the issue of unequal access to California's colleges and universities. California now lags behind most other states in preparing students for postsecondary education. Challenge for California Schools explains why schools should make college an option for all students. Why College? offers ideas for parents and families about how to support children's preparation for college. More Resources provides links to related background and research papers.


Website Title: A College Readiness Brief - Academic Rigor: At the Heart of College Access and College Readiness and Success – Pathways to College online library
Address: http://www.pathwaystocollege.net

Description: The Pathways to College Network commissioned this paper to focus on developing an understanding of the meaning of "academic and social support" in the context of providing students with the support needed to graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college.


Website Title: A College Readiness Brief - Academic Rigor: At the Heart of College Access and College Readiness and Success – Pathways to College online library
Address: http://www.pathwaystocollege.net

Description: The Pathways to College Network commissioned this paper to focus on developing an understanding of the meaning of "academic and social support" in the context of providing students with the support needed to graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college.




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