Educational Talent Search

InitiativesGoalMeans of AchievingOutcomeMethods of AssessmentResultsResult Use
AccessGrant Objective, Post-Secondary Education Enrollment: 70% (or higher)of participants who have graduated with a regular school diploma during the project year will enroll in an institution of higher education by the fall term immediately following high school graduation. Aligns with Access & Diversity, Strategic Goal #1: Welcome underrepresented students and promote their engagement and sense of belonging at WSU. Advisors at the high schools work one on one with seniors to assist with admissions, financial aid applications, enrollment in the appropriate classes in the fall, intentional referrals to CME and TRIO SSS programs, finishing the financial aid process, and a Kick Start event where Advisors helps students find and pay for their books and location of their classes on campus. Students learn the detailed process of applying for financial aid and going to college. Hard copies of students' fall schedules are used to verify enrollment in a post-secondary institution. Data is tracked for every senior including which students receive financial aid, scholarships, tuition waivers, etc. 64%Goal does not meet grant objective (70%) and allows for (0) prior experience points in the next grant cycle.
LearningGrant Objective, Secondary School Graduation (90% overall, 20% for Rigor). 12th grade program participants will graduate high school during the project year with a regular secondary diploma (90%) and 30% will complete a rigorous secondary school program of study. Aligns with Access & Diversity, Strategic Goal #2: Enhance the existing education pipeline for underrepresented students at WSU. For overall 90%: Assess credits and GPA every quarter. Targeted interventions including referrals to tutoring programs and/or parent contact for any seniors at risk of not graduating. For 20% Rigor Attainment: Students will meet Rigor requirements by meeting 1 of the 4 outlined pathways to attain rigor as defined in the grant (passing 2 or more AP tests, Honors Diploma through Ogden School District, Regents Scholarship course requirements, and/or Rule 34CFR643 as outlined by legislation).Learning outcomes will coincide with academic classes and progress for 12th graders. 8th and 9th graders are provided workshops where students can learn what Rigor is and how to specifically attain it. Graduation and Rigor attainment for 12th graders is documented with official transcripts, and a Rigor outline completed demonstrating how the student met the Rigor requirements/standard. 42%Goal meets grant objective and allows for (3) prior experience points in the next grant cycle.
Diversity1. Maintain or exceed serving over 50% of underrepresented populations in the Ogden School District. 2. Ensure the hiring of our staff reflects the demographics of those we serve in the schools. Aligns with Access & Diversity, Strategic Goal #1: Welcome underrepresented students and promote their engagement and sense of belonging at WSU. By having staff that reflect the demographics we serve, students feel more comfortable and welcome as they make the transition from high school to college student. 1. Demographics are tracked with our program applications and data entry into our database. 2. Efforts made to hire a diverse staff have included word of mouth and advertising. N/ADatabase is used to track demographics of program participants. Percentage of underrepresented staff is tracked based on those we hire to work in the Talent Search program. 78.8% are from underrepresented populations (ethnicity)The majority of participants are from underrepresented populations, and since most of them attend WSU, it adds to the diversity of the institution and the goal of becoming a HSI institution.
LearningGrant Objective, Secondary School Persistence: 90% of non-senior participants served each project year will complete the current academic year and continue in school for the next academic year, at the next grade level. Aligns with Access & Diversity, Strategic Goal #2: Enhance the existing education pipeline for underrepresented students at WSU. Staff (Advisors, Data Specialist) will do consistent grade checks and document quarterly transcripts with a hard copy going into their file. Referrals for tutoring and parent contact will be made when necessary to keep students on track for grade promotion. Learning outcomes will coincide with their academic classes and progress. Learning outcomes are tracked for 8-11th grades to determine increase in learning with college access topics outlined in the grant. Track 8th-11th grade participants who have been served who are promoted to the next grade level. Documentation is put into their files. 100%Goal meets grant objective and allows for (3) prior experience points in the next grant cycle.