Supporting Postsecondary Success: Understanding the College Access and Success Landscape in Boston

Supporting Postsecondary Success: Understanding the College Access and Success Landscape in Boston

While schools and community organizations in Boston provide students with unprecedented levels of support with respect to college access and persistence, improved coordination and sharing of knowledge and resources would increase the effectiveness of those efforts, a report from Success Boston, a public-private partnership that includes the Boston Foundation, the City of Boston, Boston Public Schools, thirty-seven higher education institutions, and local nonprofits, finds. The report, Supporting Postsecondary Success: Understanding the College Access and Success Landscape in Boston (96 pages, PDF), found that 95 percent of the city’s high schools offered lessons, courses, or events focused on college readiness, application, and matriculation. Based on data from a hundred and six programs offered by seventy-five community-based organizations and higher education institutions, the report also found that Latino students were underrepresented in college access programs, while male students were underrepresented in college success programs. The report’s recommendations include developing advanced data systems to track student information and delivery of programs and services; developing structures for collaboration among colleges and universities to strengthen sharing of success interventions; deepening collaboration among funders, with the goal of improving accountability and reducing duplication of effort; and examining where larger multi-service programs or smaller niche systems might be more effective.