Coalition Application – What is it and who should complete it?
Everything evolves, and that means the college application as well. I attended a breakout session on the Coalition application while at the IECA conference back in early May. Beyond my description and thoughts below, I have also added my notes from the breakout session.
The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is more than just an application when you are ready to apply to college, it’s a commitment from about 135 colleges to provide the best college experience for the low-income and the first-generation student, from the college application process up to graduation. With the online website, students can create a “locker” at any time in their high school career to start storing school documents, letters of recommendation and material that may be of use along the way.
Although I am skeptical about the accessibility and likelihood of low income and first-generation students knowing about this accessibility, it’s a positive step for all students to begin thinking about college and all that precedes it during their high school career to build and understand their package and how it can be presented to schools.
While these examples are still new to the world of college applications, I still share it to illustrate that the process may never be what you expect.
Breakout Session Notes:
– 135 university members
– Some members are using the Coalition Application exclusively for their applicants
– In order to be a member, schools have to meet certain eligibility requirements such as 4 and 6 year graduation rates, across demographics, meeting a certain level of meeting financial need
– The member institutions have recognized the transparency about access and affordability
– Non-profit organization
– Partnered with Kahn Academy – Test practice accessibility
– 3 sections: The Locker, Application Portal, Collaboration Space
– Can begin to complete application as early as you like, set up profile
– Locker is a 1 way portal to the application portal where only student can see it unless they decide to share with others
– Colleges cannot view a students locker items unless the student submits it as part of their application
– Locker: written work, multi media projects, activities throughout high school
– Can store letters of recommendation confidentially
– Collaboration Space – Allow a student to share work with a mentor or counselor
– Can upload documents into your locker as early as 9th grade