The Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success (CPRS)

American University’s new Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success (CPRS) will focus on increasing equitable and accessible pathways to postsecondary success for all students. Despite an abundance of research over the past decade on postsecondary opportunities, disparities in college access and degree attainment persist for low-income students and students of color.  Increasing college enrollment rates and closing opportunity gaps, especially among new majority populations, bear direct relation to the availability of well-trained, culturally responsive, and resourced school counselors and college advisors.  However, research pertaining to the training, practice, and structuring of counseling and advising services in schools has been slow to be realized and linked to the postsecondary student pipeline. No center has focused on the critical examination of school counseling and college advising or well-established practices that in many cases, persistently safeguard the uneven distribution of resources, and foster inequitable access to high quality counseling and advising practices in today’s schools.  CPRS is poised to examine existing models of student support such as school counseling and advising for postsecondary opportunities as well as to introduce new frameworks for postsecondary success.  

CPRS Objectives and Goals:

  1. Identify a common set of practitioner competencies needed to effectively guide and support students on their postsecondary path. 
  2. Dissect school and community-based factors that influence and contribute to the current gaps and barriers for postsecondary attainment 
  3. Identify and dismantle school-based systems, policies, and practices that hinder equitable postsecondary opportunities 
  4. Reimagine, reframe, and conduct interdisciplinary research to unpack effective counseling practices that support equitable student postsecondary exploration, and planning 
  5. Publish practitioner, family, and student friendly reports to disseminate knowledge, provide tools and increase exposure to foster replication of evidence based practices 

February 23, 2019 Categories:

Closing the College Opportunity Gap

With an emphasis on closing this gap, a new center at American University will advance knowledge about the support that K-12 students need to improve their access to college and better prepare them for college and careers. The Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success, housed in AU's School of Education, will be at the forefront of helping to discover and implement new ways to best support students as they navigate their postsecondary path.
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June 26, 2018 Author: Categories:

AU Wins Grants for Work to Make Postsecondary Education Accessible to All

The Kresge Foundation, Civic Nation, and Raise DC team up to fund American University’s new Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success (CPRS) to improve student access to college by closing higher education opportunity gaps, particularly for low income students, first-generation students, and students of color.
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Guest Blog: Dr. Laura Owen on School Counselors

CPRS Director, Dr. Laura Owen, wrote as a guest blogger for ACT's Center for Equity and Learning about the important role of school counselors, the barriers they face, and how strategic collaborations can help streamline the college-going process. She lends her expertise in the below questions.
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