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College Access & Readiness Resources:
With the many college access and readiness resources available to both students and educators, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to begin. To that end, we have collected a number of excellent college access and readiness resources below.
College is Possible:
This web-site and program from the American Council on Education (ACE) is designed to motivate middle and high school students from underprivileged communities to seek a college education. It provides resources on paying/preparing for college.
This Web site was designed by students, for students and features first-person accounts of students who overcame great challenges -- peer pressure, lack of family support, and financial barriers – in order to attend college. It provides relevant, comprehensive information about why to go, how to go, and how to pay for college or other postsecondary education programs. Young people who may not have considered higher education a viable option will be engaged, informed, and inspired to create their own "roadmap" to college.
The Pathways to College Network is a national alliance of organizations committed to using research-based knowledge to improve postsecondary education access and success for the nation’s underprivileged students. This Web site contains resources on access to college and college readiness.
This website provides some important college for middle and high school students regarding preparing themselves for a university education. This campaign is a multiyear and multimedia effort includes television, radio and outdoor public service advertisements (PSAs) that encourage 8th through 10th graders prepare for college using four simple steps.
College Goal Sunday:
At College Goal Sunday, you can get free, on-site, professional assistance filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, talk to financial aid professionals about financial aid resources and how to apply, and get information regarding statewide student services, admission requirements and more.
First In The Family:
First in the Family is packed with useful resources and heartfelt stories from students who are the first in their families to go to college. First in the Family guides students through the key issues—from cultural conflict to academic challenges—facing first-generation students.
The ACT student site provides information on many aspects of planning for college, including career planning and financial aid. You can also register for the ACT and find materials to prepare for the test.
The College Board:
The College Board offers a variety of tools and resources to help you prepare and plan for college. This site allows for a “College MatchMaker” option to generate a list of colleges that match your preferences. You can then create and manage your list of colleges with “My Organizer”.
Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans:
This Web site guides aspiring students through resources that will help them make informed decisions about the critical choice of going to college.
A Pocket Guide to Choosing a College (available in English or Spanish):
NSSE has revised and updated its pocket guide to exploring colleges. Our new guide, A Pocket Guide to Choosing a College: Are You Asking the right Questions on a college campus visit?, was created as part of an ongoing public awareness campaign to refocus the national conversation about what constitutes quality in the college experience.
Campus Compare is a free, comprehensive online resource for college-bound students searching for the school that is right for them. Campus Compare offers data on a range of topics including academics, campus life, athletics, college trends, financial aid, scholarships and more, for more than 3,000 colleges and universities. Search, compare and connect with schools in one all-inclusive site that features a number of fun and interactive tools.
College Grazing offers free, interactive self-discovery surveys to help you identify your college needs and desires. Based on the premise that self-awareness will lead to better college decisions, College Grazing offers immediate feedback about your college preferences, readiness, characteristics and much more.
Reality Check allows students to explore future career options in a fun and interactive manner. By walking students through the living costs associated with their future aspirations, students are able to get an idea of how much money they will need to earn and the types of careers and education needed to maintain their lifestyle.
Dream It-Do It:
Drive Your Life:
Drive of Your Life is a fun online career exploration game that helps middle and high school students learn more about themselves, higher education and careers. This educational tool lets students answer a series of questions about themselves to learn what careers could interest them and then go on a virtual drive to learn more about each of those careers – all in their own customized car.
Mapping Your Future:
Mapping Your Future is a resource for career, college, financial aid and money management information.
My College Options:
My College Options is a free service that provides students with the opportunity to create a personal online college and career planning profile. Students can match their individual needs, talents, abilities, goals and interests with the offerings of 3,500+ accredited post-secondary institutions across the United States.
Own Your Own Future:
This website provides students an interactive way to explore a number of career and college readiness resources.
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Texas Higher Education Data:
Texas Higher Education Data, www.txhighereddata.org, was created and is maintained by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The links on this page provide access to Texas higher education data and related data sources via reports, statistics, queries, and other interactive tools.
Achieve Texas is designed to help students (and their parents) make wise education choices. It is based on the belief that the curricula of the 21st century should combine rigorous academics with relevant career education. When schools integrate academic and technical education, students can see the “usefulness” of what they are learning. The system also facilitates a seamless transition from secondary to postsecondary opportunities.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board:
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is dedicated to meeting the goals of the state’s higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015.
Texas P-16 Council:
In Texas, the P-16 collaborative began in 1998 as an informal network called the Public Education/Higher Education Coordinating Group. That group was formed by the Commissioners of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), along with the executive director of the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).
Region One Education Service Center - 1900 W. Schunior - Edinburg, Texas 78541 - Phone: (956) 984-6000 Fax: (956) 984-7655