One of the primary challenges with increasing college completion rates for underserved students is the lack of communication between our K-12 and higher education systems. The curricular standards required to graduate from high school and those expected of students upon college entry are considerably different. This incongruence is exaggerated by the fact that institutions do not have a mechanism to track individual student progress across educational levels and no one is held accountable for the students who fall between the cracks. Secondary schools are unable to track their students’ postsecondary entry and progress because the data trail usually ends at high school graduation. Consequently, high schools do not have the information they need from their alumni to assess and improve their college readiness programs nor do they have a mechanism to provide their alumni with the support they need to succeed in higher education.
Similarly, most colleges and universities do not have access to real-time student engagement data that allow them to identify and address student challenges early, before those challenges lead to a student’s withdrawal. The impact of this disconnect is that students are unable to navigate the difficult transition between high school and college and, although college eligible, do not have the knowledge, skills or support to cope with the rigors of a postsecondary education.
Beyond 12 addresses the college completion challenge at its root by operating at the intersection of K-12 and higher education, and acting as a data and service bridge between the two systems. By integrating personalized coaching with intelligent technology, Beyond 12’s solutions help high schools and colleges ensure that students succeed in college – and beyond.