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Office of Postsecondary Education
Staff: Gregory Meeropol, Mike Andrews, Chloe Woodward-Magrane, Michael Longaro, Tiffany
DeJesus, Melissa McKnight
Division Overview:
Mayor’s Scholars
SAT Administration and Prep
Dual Enrollment
OSSE Scholars
College Conversations
2014 College Expo
Middle Grades Initiatives
C3N and Counselor Professional Development
College Application Week
Upcoming Programs and Initiatives
Postsecondary Contacts
District of Columbia Tuition Assistance Grant
Since DC-TAG awarded the first student in 2000, the program has
helped 19,664 students enroll in college;
awarded $317.5 million to over 600 institutions; and
celebrated 6,264 students’ college graduation.
DC TAG Award amounts:
Up to $10,000 per year ($5,000 per semester) at public institutions. Maximum of $50, 000. Awards are limited to a
maximum of six years.
Up to $2500 per year ($1250 per semester) at private HBCUs nationwide, and private institutions in the DC metro area.
Lifetime maximum- $12,500 and six years.
Up to $2500 per year ($1250 per semester) at public two year community colleges. Lifetime maximum -$10,000 and four
overall graduation rate is 55.5%;
six year graduation rate is 48.5%
Ward enrollment with the highest DC TAG participation : 4, 5, 7, & 8
Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Fund
• Local version of DC-TAG which provides financial assistance for
students attending local universities
• Need-based grant
• Eligible students from the District of Columbia
• Obtaining their first undergraduate degree
• Up to $10,000 per year (tuition only)
• Can be used with DC-TAG funding
Advancement Via Individual
Determination (AVID)
• College readiness system (K-12 potential)
• Targeting students in the “academic middle”
– Accelerates student learning,
– Uses research based methods of effective instruction,
– Provides meaningful and motivational professional
learning, and
– Acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.
• Currently at Ballou & Woodson HS, and Johnson MS.
– Coming to Cardozo Education Campus and Roosevelt HS
• AVID District Directors
• How to become an AVID school?
SAT Administration and Prep
• Beginning in early 2013, OSSE administers the inschool SAT Day – October (seniors) and February
26, 2014 (juniors)
• As a pilot, OSSE is working closely with DCPS to
assist with in-school SAT Preparation:
Partnership with Bell Curves
Fall 2013 start w/ OSSE Scholars
Targeting 11th graders w/ in-school coursework
Ballou, Coolidge, Roosevelt, Woodson HS
Beginning in 3rd quarter
Dual Enrollment
• OSSE provides financial support (books/fees) for
students enrolled in the city’s Dual Enrollment
– High School/College Internship Program (HISCIP)
offered through DCPS,
– The Early College Program, a partnership between The
George Washington University and School Without
Walls, and
– The CARE Program (College Access and Readiness for
Everyone), sponsored by the UDCCC
– How to create Dual Enrollment partnership
OSSE Scholars
The OSSE Scholars program was created in spring of 2012 as an enrichment opportunity
for high-achieving, low-income District of Columbia high school students.
Program Facts:
• Funded through the Department of Education College Access Challenge Grant.
• Open to high school sophomores and juniors in public high schools and charter schools.
• Students must possess a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate leadership skills.
• All students submit an application, including a transcript, extra-curricular activities, and
a short essay, and complete an interview. OSSE staff conducts all interviews and makes
the final selections.
• Once students have been accepted as OSSE Scholars, they apply directly to university
• OSSE funds all program costs, as well as travel to and from each student’s selected
program as well as escorts students to campus.
• Accepted students and their parents attend at least one informational session prior to
attending their program.
• Benefits: SAT Prep, essay writing and college/career counseling assistance.
OSSE Scholars
Year-by-year comparison
Summer 2012: First year of the program, recruitment done through counselor
Applied: 65
Accepted: 14
Summer 2013: Students applied directly online, instead of being nominated
Applied: 231
Accepted: 56
Attending: 51
Summer 2014
Applied: 355
Accepted: 60
Application opens in early September
College Conversations
• College Conversations invites the top seniors at District public and
charter schools to meet admissions representatives from the
nation’s top schools. Invited students are: Top 2 seniors from each
high school, OSSE Scholars, and select dual enrollment participants.
• Now entering its second year, College Conversations occurs in
October. Students attend panels to learn more about participating
schools as well as small group sessions to discuss admissions.
• Last year’s attending schools included Barnard, Boston University,
Bowdoin, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Davidson, Duke, Emory,
Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Haverford, Howard, Smith,
Stanford, Syracuse, University of Maryland-College Park, University
of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, University of WisconsinMadison, William and Mary.
2014 College Expo
• College & Career Expo
• (Tentative) April 12, 2014 (Howard Theater)
– Targeted to 7th – 11th grade students
– Smart College/Career Choices
• Offering diverse list of 2 & 4 year colleges, career &
certificate programs
– Scholarship Center
– Career Navigator
– “VIP” booths (one-on-one counseling)
Middle Grades Initiatives
• Needs Assessment in Fall 2013: 31 schools serving middle
grades students
• Outcomes: need for greater connection to college and career
exposure, career guidance curriculum, and family engagement
• Spring 2014: Initiatives to support these challenge areas in
target middle schools
• Spring 2014: middle school level professional development for
counselors and other educators
• Increased networking and information sharing among OSSE
and middle schools in the District
The College and Credential Completion Network (C3N)
C3N brings together over 100 local college access programs (CAPs),
government agencies, philanthropic foundations, institutions of higher
learning, community-based organizations (CBOs), corporations, and nonprofits, who strive collectively to improve the District’s level of college and
credential attainment. C3N is a change network of Raise DC.
Our members collaborate on a variety of programs, such as data-sharing
among CAPs, professional development for high school counselors, and
exploring best practices through monthly roundtables.
Among the first of its kind in the nation, the ambitious Data Sharing Initiative
aims to create a comprehensive map of college access program (CAP) services
across the District, thereby allowing C3N to uncover service gaps and overlaps.
Participating organizations receive extensive student-level data from OSSE and
National Student Clearinghouse through this initiative.
C3N and Counselor Professional
Through the College Access Challenge Grant (CACG), OSSE and C3N are providing
comprehensive college and career access, awareness and readiness professional
development for Washington, DC public and public charter high school education
professionals. In order to provide the most helpful resources, best practices and
knowledge to counselors, advisors and other staff, OSSE is working with a wide variety
of organizations to aid in the presentation of training sessions on the following
Smart College Choice
Advising and Retaining Special Populations
Managing the College Application Process
Career Programs
Standardized Testing Preparation
Non-Traditional Standardized Testing
Admissions and Retention Via Comprehensive Financial Aid Support
Understanding and Requesting OSSE Data
College Application Week
College Application Week (CAW) is part of the American College Application Campaign, led by
the American Council on Education. The American College Application Campaign (ACAC) is a
national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing
a college degree or other higher education credential.
The District participated on a pilot basis in 2012 with five public schools and two charter
schools. 2013 was first year that all high schools were invited to participate, with 13
ultimately participating.
The 10 schools for which we have data submitted 2,282 applications for 605 students. That is
3.77 applications per student.
DC College Application Week was November 12-15, 2013. CAW 2014 will be held in
November, with the exact week to be determined this summer.
You will be able to register your school via Eventbrite in Summer 2014. Please contact
Michael Longaro for more information.
Upcoming Programs and Initiatives
• AP Exam and SAT II Process – In addition to managing
the AP Test Fee grant from the Department of
Education, OSSE is working on policies related to AP
exam schedules and fee assistance in order to ensure
all students have equal access to AP classes and exams.
OSSE is also looking into creating formal policies
around SAT II or Subject Exams.
• Adult College Completion Initiative – Encouraging
adults with some college credit to return and complete
two or four-year degree.
• School Counselor Networking – OSSE is exploring ways
to further connect school counselors for sharing of best
practices and leadership development.
Postsecondary Staff Contacts
• For information on DC-TAG or Mayor’s Scholars, contact Terry Albert at
[email protected]
• For information on Adult College Completion Initiative, SAT
Administration, AP Administration, College Conversations, and OSSE
Scholars, contact Melissa McKnight at [email protected]
• For information on AVID, Dual Enrollment or the 2014 College Expo,
contact Mike Andrews at [email protected]
• For information on the OSSE Middle School Initiative, contact Chloe
Woodward-Magrane at [email protected]
• For information on C3N, College Application Week and Counselor
Professional Development, contact Michael Longaro at
[email protected]

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