Education and Academic Support! / College Readiness and Retention


In 2015 and 2016, the foundation provided support for OneGoal to replicate its program to New York City, in collaboration with the Edwin Gould Foundation and Arbor Brothers, which are together providing a combination of technical assistance, incubation office space, and other capacity-building services. Formally launched as an intensive, in-school college persistence program in 2013, OneGoal now works with 4,000 high-need students in non-selective, low-income partner high schools in Chicago and Houston. OneGoal identifies, trains, and supports high-performing champion teachers to implement a three-year college readiness and success curriculum into classroom-based learning. Program Directors work intensively with underperforming students from 11th grade through the first year of college to not only support students to and through college but to increase their college selectivity tier by at least one level. OneGoal’s program specifically focuses on addressing college under-matching challenges by targeting mid-range achievers, providing comprehensive services geared towards improved GPAs and standardized test scores, and helping students to identify more selective and supportive best-fit colleges.

According to a recent external evaluation conducted by the University of Chicago, OneGoal demonstrated an increase in college enrollment and persistence by 10 to 20 percentage points compared to a control group, with a particularly strong effect in increasing four-year college enrollment and persistence. Through this low-cost and scalable model, which relies on existing resources, OneGoal is able to make district-wide improvements in college success. To date, 87 percent of graduates have enrolled in college and 83 percent are persisting in college or have graduated with a college degree.

In the 2016 to 2017 year, OneGoal is adding 10 new high school partners, serving a total of 965 students. In addition to deepening relationships with high schools in New York City, OneGoal is also focused on identifying local institutions of higher education and establishing official partnerships to create easier pathways for students to gain acceptance to college and support networks for them while they’re there.