COLLEGE & CAREER PATHWAYS

Developing solutions that will help students stay in school, graduate from high school, and prepare for college and career success.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE AND CAREER PATHWAYS INITIATIVE

Georgia Center for Opportunity’s College and Career Pathways Initiative is working to develop solutions that will help students stay in school, graduate from high school, and prepare for college and career success. From November 2013 to June 2014, Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO) convened monthly meetings of education experts with diverse experience and perspectives to focus on identifying barriers to student success and solutions to remove those barriers. With the guidance of these experts, GCO is publishing reports and advocating for solutions that will help students graduate from high school prepared for the next stage in their lives, whether that is college or the beginning of a career.

WHY COLLEGE AND CAREER PATHWAYS?

Many of Georgia’s youth leave high school ill-prepared for college or employment. More than 1 in 5 young adults in Georgia are not attending school, not working, and have no degree beyond high school. Additionally, nearly 30 percent of students do not graduate from high school on time, placing Georgia 48th in the country. Of those who do attend a four-year college, nearly half do not graduate within six years. Failure to graduate or properly prepare for life after high school significantly lowers one’s future earnings, and high school dropouts are significantly more likely to use social services, be involved in the criminal justice system, and experience family breakdown.

WHY

COLLEGE & CAREER

PATHWAYS

BACKGROUND

More than 1 in 5 young adults in Georgia are not attending school, not working, and have no degree beyond high school.

GEORGIA GRADUATION RATES

OF THOSE WHO ATTEND A FOUR YEAR COLLEGE NEARLY HALF DO NOT GRADUATE IN 6 YEARS

OUR SOLUTIONS

Through our research and work with education experts, we have identified solutions to increase the number of Georgia’s students prepared for college and career success. These recommendations include:

Adopting Intrusive Advising Models

Aggressive advising models promote small-scale personal relationships and robust accountability at the high school and postsecondary level.

Adopting Student-based Budgeting System

Move to a more student-based budgeting system, where funding is tied to the student’s needs and follows the child to the school of his or her choice.

Opening Online Schools

Open online schools developed in one school system to students from any other school system

Allowing Independent Teacher Prep

Create space for one or a group of independent teacher prep organizations.

Adopting Intrusive Advising Models

Aggressive advising models promote small-scale personal relationships and robust accountability at the high school and postsecondary level.

Opening Online Schools

Open online schools developed in one school system to students from any other school system

Adopting Student-based Budgeting System

Move to a more student-based budgeting system, where funding is tied to the student’s needs and follows the child to the school of his or her choice.

Allowing Independent Teacher Prep

Create space for one or a group of independent teacher prep organizations.

COLLEGE & CAREER PATHWAYS REPORT

Fortifying Pathways: Themes to Guide College and Career Readiness in Georgia Published in December 2014, this report serves as an overview of the themes covered by GCO’s College and Career Pathways working group. It discusses the importance for Georgia to move away from big policy as a means of education reform, empower schools to take the reins of innovation and reform, and help students develop healthy habits through strong relational ties in order to see improved student achievement and preparedness.

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