July 22 – Summer Update

Greetings! Although many of you are on summer break, our team is sending you timely updates via this email listserv to keep you informed about changes and current events happening in the postsecondary planning landscape. Please note there will be no required action items on your end. In this update, we are highlighting the release of the Graduate NYC report, the launch of the Future Ready Summer Series for rising seniors and juniors along with other summer enrichment activities for students.

Graduate NYC released an important report on The State of College Readiness and Degree Completion in New York with support from the DOE. The report highlights that “the percentage of college-ready NYC DOE high school graduates climbed to 71% in 2019—an increase of nearly 37 percentage points since 2010—closing in to within 4 percentage points of the NYC DOE’s Equity and Excellence goal of ensuring that three-quarters of its graduates are college ready (pg.11).”The report also notes that although the impact of COVID19 remains to be seen, there are several potential factors that may affect the postsecondary planning landscape long term. To this end, we must continue to inform our students of all their options and ensure that they have the guidance they need to make informed decisions after high school.

In the same vein, last week, we hosted the first webinar of the Future Ready Summer Series for Classes of 2021 and 2022. The session informed students on key factors to consider when creating a postsecondary list and encouraged students to use this Student Workbook to draft their initial list in preparation for the fall application season. Students who missed this session can watch the recording and sign-up to learn about the next session on 07/29. Below are additional resources for students and educators.

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