Post Secondary Success


To increase college persistence and graduation

This Change Network seeks to increase post-secondary degree attainment, but is starting with a focus on improving 1st to 2nd year college persistence. To achieve this, the group has developed targeted action plans to:

  • Develop curricula for a competency-based credential for adults in college advising roles to ensure advisers have the skills they need to effectively coach students through the college application and selection process.
  • Ensure that seminar courses offered in high school to prepare students to enter college are of high quality, have consistent curricula, and are available to all students who wish to take them.
  • Ensure that all incoming college students are connected to comprehensive academic, economic, and socio-emotional resources to support their transition to postsecondary education.

This group is co-convened by the Chicago Collaborative on Undergraduate Success, City Colleges of Chicago, and CPS Office of College and Career Success.


Recent accomplishments of this Change Network

College Access Provider Directory

Created a college access provider directory to encourage partnerships between nonprofit organizations, high schools and colleges and provide more services to Chicago students in need of support. The directory can be found here.

College Advising Credential

Secured Goddard University to provide curriculum and deliver training for college advising credential, identifying eligible participants for the pilot cohort, and identifying additional funding needed for the pilot. The credential has just completed its second year with nearly 200 participants.

Senior Seminar

Developed a framework for a “best in class” senior seminar focused on helping first generation college students succeed in college. The modular course aims to tackle the socioemotional needs of  students looking to transition to two-year or four-year colleges while also helping students navigate the college application and financial aid processes. The seminar will be piloted in several Chicago Public School high schools in the 2016-2017 school year.

In the months ahead, this Change Network will:

  • Determine the key elements of a successful partnership between universities and transition coaching organizations.



For more information or to become involved, please contact Dakota Pawlicki.