Some Early Wins from 2015 College Application Week

CAW_I_applied_to.pngMCAN staff has been busy gathering data and wrapping up the final report from our fifth annual College Application Week. The report will be available early January, but we were so excited about some of the data and successes that we’ve seen so far, we wanted to share some highlights now! We couldn’t wait until January to talk about all of the amazing things our high schools have accomplished this year.

To name a few…

  • We have a record number of high schools following through with hosting CAW events and submitting data to us at the conclusion of the week. To date, 94 percent of participating high schools have sent data back to us. This is especially impressive given our record number of participating high schools – 330 this year! We know data can be tricky, so we really appreciate the effort and time schools have taken to get this important data back to us.
  • Every year, we see more and more schools with 100 percent of their graduating seniors applying to college by the conclusion of CAW. This year, 47 high schools accomplished this enormous win.
  • While we believe in the importance of CAW, and the huge impact of providing time and space during the school day to support students through applications – especially students who wouldn’t have otherwise applied – we also think it’s incredibly important for students to apply as soon as they’re ready. This means students should not wait until College Application Week to apply if they are ready beforehand. Right now, our data shows that 30,626 applications were completed prior to CAW.
  • Finally, we love to share the number of applications completed DURING College Application Week! This year, according to our current data, over 46,000 students submitted a college application during CAW.

So far, we’ve gotten great feedback from the week – the overwhelming majority of participating high schools agree or strongly agree that College Application Week helps promote a college-going culture in their building. Students responded positively to the sunglasses, and high schools continue to see the value of the week – especially now that it takes place in October.

Michigan CAW 2015

Despite the positive feedback, we’re already thinking about improvements for next year! We’ve heard loud and clear that schools are looking for more templates and examples of things that are already working well in high schools. This means we’ll be calling on veteran CAW sites to keep sharing their examples with us and with their peers across the state. Based on the success we’ve seen this year, we know schools have wonderful things to share!

Stay on the lookout for our final report, which will be released next month!

Christ Taylor headshot 2013Author: Christi Taylor, director of statewide initiatives
Posted: Dec. 16, 2015

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