uAspire gauges the impact of our programming from increases in postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and completion. Working primarily with low-income, first-generation college students, uAspire has achieved impressive results toward these goals.
uAspire students are more likely to enroll in college the fall after high school than are a comparable group of students nationally. In fall 2015, 67% of uAspire advisees nationally—and 76% in the Bay Area—enrolled compared to 53% of a demographically comparable group of students nationally.
- uAspire’s advisees are also more likely to re-enroll for a second year of college than are their peers nationally, with 78% and 66% persistence rates respectively. (uAspire’s rate is for Massachusetts students only; data will be available for our first Bay Area cohort—Class of 2015—in spring 2017.)
From January to June of 2014, in our pilot semester of services in the region, uAspire Bay Area served 450 high school juniors and seniors in San Francisco and the East Bay. During the 2015-16 school year, we supported over 3,100 students! Now in the 2016-17 school year, we are empowering over 4,000 California youth to pursue and succeed in an affordable college experience. This year’s number includes:
- 450 11th graders receiving uAspire’s one-on-one college affordability advising via text-messaging and in-person workshops at the local UC campuses through which they attend academic preparation programs
- 1,264 12th graders receiving one-on-one college affordability advising in their high schools
- 1,358 12th graders receiving at least one college affordability workshop
- 1,030 rising college freshmen who received uAspire’s virtual post-secondary advising over the summer after high school graduation