Support Needed to Reduce ‘Summer Melt’

The Post-Secondary Success CAN has identified a cohort of approximately 200 high school seniors who have applied and been accepted to Front Range Community College, Metropolitan State University of Denver or Colorado State University, but who are at risk of Summer Melt.
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Despite being college eligible and in some cases even enrolled, these students are at risk of not attending in the fall and will instead “melt” away during the summer. The lower a student’s income, the more likely they are to experience summer melt because they lack the necessary resources and support.
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After assessing support available to these students here in our community, it was determined that there is only capacity to support 60 of these students with Intrusive Advising or Summer Bridge Programming. 
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Intrusive Advising, a.k.a., Proactive or High Touch Advising, is a more developed and intensive form of advising that involves deliberate intervention by a Post-Secondary Success Coordinator (PSS Coordinator) to enhance student motivation and support. Both the Mapleton Education Foundation and the Westminster Public Schools Foundation have demonstrated significant results utilizing PSS Coordinators who provide intrusive advising and have data that supports the results. Research indicates student enrollment and retention rates are markedly higher using these intrusive advising techniques.
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Summer Bridge programs are designed to provide students an opportunity to successfully transition from high school to college with structured support.
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“We’re adopting best practice strategies with proven results,” commented Chuck Gross, Convener of ACYI’s Post-Secondary Success CAN and Executive Director of the Adams County Education Consortium . “By providing these interventions to this cohort of students, we are taking significant steps to ensure their success.” 
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“It’s a challenge for us that we do not have enough of these types of services and programs available to students here in Adams County,” said Becky Hoffman, CEO of ACYI. “We should be doubling down on providing these types of support to students as we know they yield results.”
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The Post-Secondary Success CAN is working to make this happen for our identified cohort and is in need of support. Please let us know if:
  • You are aware of any organizations or programs that provide Intrusive Advising Support and/or Summer Bridge Programs who have capacity to support students identified through our CAN cohort.
  • You are aware of any funding to help support more Intrusive Advising Efforts and/or Summer Bridge Programs within school districts that are a part of our CAN.
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Please contact Ashley Edinger at  AshleyEdinger@ACYI.org with information and if you have any questions.
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To learn more about the work of the Post-Secondary Success Collaborative Action Network, CLICK HERE.

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