Program outcomes

The National College Advising Corps evaluation team, in collaboration with researchers at Stanford University, completes an annual analysis on MCAC program impact using data processed through the National Student Clearinghouse. Compared to a three-year baseline of college-going rates before MCAC began to partner with the school, MCAC has demonstrated that on average, MCAC partner schools see a 3 percentage point increase in their college (2-year and 4-year) enrollment rates just one year after having an adviser and a 4 percentage point increase three years after having an adviser. Additionally, rural MCAC partner schools have seen a 9 percentage point increase in their college enrollment rates just three years after having an adviser.

Program years

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    First year (2008-2009)

    MCAC began in fall 2008 and during its first program year:

    • Nine college advisers serving seven high schools
    • 5,916 students advised, grades 9-12
    • 1,619 students advised one-on-one
    • 4,297 students advised in workshops
    • 10,796 hours spent advising students
    • 984 students who had been advised applied to 139 colleges and universities and enrolled at 73 colleges in 14 states, most in-state
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    Second year (2009-2010)

    • 13 college advisers held a total of 16,962 college-advising sessions
    • College advisement was available to 7,837 high school students
    • 6,058 students advised one-on-one
    • 10,904 students advised in workshops (332 workshops were delivered)
    • 831 students assisted with completion of a college application
    • Assisted students in securing $2,722,559 in scholarship funding
    • 859 students assisted with ACT preparation
    • 1,283 students assisted with FAFSA completion
    • 889 students assisted with scholarship application completion
    • 420 parents/family member interactions during college planning activities
    • 121 financial literacy/financial aid workshops planned and/or delivered
    • Student advisees applied to 218 and were admitted to 162 postsecondary institutions:
      • 37 of those applied to were selective and eight were highly-selective institutions
      • 25 of those granting admission were selective and two were highly-selective institutions
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    Third year (2010-2011)

    • 13 college advisers and advisement was available to 8,524 high school students and thousands of community college transfer students
    • Of the high school students served:
      • 60 Percent were Black
      • 10 Percent were Hispanic/Latino
      • 2 Percent were Asian
      • 1 Percent were Indian
      • 27.8 Percent were White
      • At least 60 percent were first-generation college students
      • 89 Percent in the urban high schools and 69 percent in the overall program were from ethnic minority communities
      • 78 Percent were free-and-reduced-lunch eligible
    • Number of students in partner high schools ranged from 307 to 1,995
    • Average number of students in partner high schools was 609
    • Average case load of seniors per adviser was 156
    • 11,307 students advised one-on-one
    • 12,599 students advised in group settings during college planning
    • 93 previous high school graduate students advised who are currently enrolled in college
    • 1,275 parents/family member interactions
    • 2,034 students participating in 98 campus tours conducted
    • 136 financial literacy/financial aid workshops planned and/or delivered
    • 2,298 students assisted with FAFSA completion
    • 673 students submitted FAFSA in collaboration with the adviser
    • 1,327 students assisted with ACT registration
    • 1,259 students assisted with ACT preparation
    • 2,019 students assisted with college application completion
    • 2,292 students assisted with scholarship application completion
    • Assisted students in securing $5,800,268 (nearly $6M) in scholarships
    • Students applied to 330 and were admitted to 214 postsecondary institutions:
      • 51 of those applied to were selective and 19 were highly-selective institutions
      • 36 of those granting admission were selective and three were highly-selective institutions
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    Fourth year (2011-2012)

    • 24 college advisers and advisement was available to 24,821 high school students, of those 5,185 were seniors
    • MCAC partnered with these 25 high schools statewide:
      Kansas City – Central (KCPS), East (KCPS), Grandview, North Kansas City, Northeast (KCPS), Paseo Academy (KCPS), Ruskin, Southwest (KCPS), Van Horn, Winnetonka
      South Central – Potosi, Salem, St. Clair, St. James, Sullivan
      St. Louis – Bayless, Gateway (SLPS), Hancock, Jennings, McCluer, McCluer
      South - Berkeley, Normandy, Soldan International Studied (SLPS), Riverview Gardens, Ritenour
    • Of the high school students served:
      • 2.2 Percent were Asian
      • 54.6 Percent were Black
      • 7.2 Percent were Hispanic
      • 0.4 Percent were Native American
      • 35.6 Percent were White (a significant number of whom are first-generation immigrants)
      • Near 75 percent were first-generation college students
      • About 70 percent were from underrepresented ethnic minority communities
      • 63 Percent were free-and-reduced-lunch eligible, with some schools in the 90 percentile
    • Number of students in partner high schools ranged from 471 to 1,992
    • Average number of students in partner high schools was 1,034
    • Average case load of seniors per adviser was 216
    • 23,010 students advised one-on-one:
      • 100 with freshmen
      • 387 with sophomores
      • 3,457 with juniors
      • 18,567 with seniors
    • 1,217 college planning workshops with 33,346 students participating
    • 3,407 parents/family members interactions
    • 3,678 students participating in 166 campus tours conducted
    • 8,043 students participating in 522 campus rep visits conducted
    • 1,298 students participating in 20 college fairs
    • Assisted students in securing $5,412,796 in institutional aid
    • Assisted students in securing $1,458,396 in private scholarships
    • Assisted students in securing $16,588,707 total value of renewable aid
    • 2,620 students assisted with FAFSA completion
    • 3,439 students assisted with ACT registration
    • 492 students assisted with one-on-one ACT preparation
    • 3,795 students assisted with college application completion
    • 462 volunteers secured for a total of 1,940 hours of volunteer service
    • Students applied to 385 and were admitted to 214 postsecondary institutions:
      • 1,452 students applied to three to four colleges
      • 570 students applied to five or more colleges
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    Fifth year (2012-2013)

    • 25 college advisers and advisement was available to 24,452 high school students, of those 5,230 were seniors
    • MCAC partnered with these 26 high schools statewide:
      Kansas City – Central (KCPS), Grandview, North Kansas City, Northeast (KCPS), Paseo Academy (KCPS), Raytown South, Ruskin, Southwest (KCPS), Van Horn, Winnetonka
      South Central – Potosi, Salem, St. Clair, St. James, Sullivan
      St. Louis – Bayless, Gateway (SLPS), Hancock, Jennings, McCluer, McCluer
      South - Berkeley, Normandy, Soldan International Studied (SLPS), Riverview Gardens, Ritenour
    • Of the high school students served:
      • 2.6 Percent were Asian
      • 51.5 Percent were Black
      • 9.2 Percent were Hispanic
      • 0.5 Percent were Native American
      • 34.5 Percent were White (a significant number of whom are first-generation immigrants)
      • Near 75 percent were first-generation college students
      • 67 Percent were from underrepresented ethnic minority communities
      • 70 Percent were free-and-reduced-lunch eligible, with some schools in the high-90 percentile
    • Number of students in partner high schools ranged from 471 to 1,828
    • Average number of students in partner high schools was 940
    • Average case load of seniors per adviser was 201
    • 29,590 students advised one-on-one
      • 198 with freshmen
      • 459 with sophomores
      • 4,202 with juniors
      • 24,272 with seniors
      • 459 previous high school graduate students advised who are currently enrolled in college
    • 1,177 college planning workshops with 30,634 students participating
    • 2,921 parents/family members interactions
    • 3,585 students participating in 188 campus tours conducted
    • 9,261 students participating in 2,254 campus rep visits conducted
    • Assisted students in securing $7,174,128 in institutional aid
    • Assisted students in securing $1,278,862 in private aid
    • Assisted students in securing $27,679,849.90 total value of renewable aid
    • 3,486 students assisted with scholarship/institutional aid application
    • 2,861 students assisted with FAFSA completion
    • 4,042 students assisted with ACT registration
    • 450 students assisted with one-on-one ACT preparation
    • 4,276 students assisted with college application completion
    • 496 volunteers secured for a total of 1,777 hours of volunteer service
    • Students applied to 323 and were admitted to 220 postsecondary institutions
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    Sixth year (2013-2014)

    • 25 college advisers and advisement was available to 24,413 high school students, of those 4,655 were seniors
    • MCAC partnered with these 26 high schools statewide:
      Kansas City – Central (KCPS), East (KCPS), North Kansas City, Northeast (KCPS), Paseo Academy (KCPS), Raytown, Raytown South, Ruskin, Southwest (KCPS), Van Horn, Winnetonka
      South Central – Potosi, Salem, St. Clair, St. James, Sullivan
      St. Louis – Bayless, Gateway (SLPS), Hancock, Jennings, McCluer, McCluer South-Berkeley, Normandy, Soldan International Studied (SLPS), Riverview Gardens, Ritenour
    • Of the high school students served:
      • 2.8 Percent were Asian
      • 49.96 Percent were Black
      • 10 Percent were Hispanic
      • 0.36 Percent were Native American
      • 34.8 Percent were White (a significant number of whom are first-generation immigrants)
      • Near 75 percent were first-generation college students
      • 65.2 Percent were from underrepresented ethnic minority communities
      • 71 Percent were free-and-reduced-lunch eligible, with some schools in the high-90 percentile
    • Number of students in partner high schools ranged from 471 to 1,828
    • Average number of students in partner high schools was 940
    • Average case load of seniors per adviser was 201
    • 34,667 students advised one-on-one
      • 139 with freshmen
      • 625 with sophomores
      • 5,048 with juniors
      • 28,208 with seniors
      • 601 previous high school graduate students advised who are currently enrolled in college
    • 1,449 college planning workshops with 30,634 students participating
    • 4,444 parents/family members interactions
    • 3,777 students participating in 188 campus tours conducted
    • 9,643 students participating in 2,593 campus rep visits conducted
    • Assisted students in securing $9,157,204 in institutional aid
    • Assisted students in securing $1,123,415 in private aid
    • Assisted students in securing $32,462,047 total value of renewable aid
    • 4,131 students assisted with scholarship/institutional aid application
    • 4,492 students assisted with FAFSA completion
    • 4,227 students assisted with ACT registration
    • 596 students assisted with one-on-one ACT preparation
    • 5,892 students assisted with college application completion
    • 800 volunteers secured for a total of 2,883 hours of volunteer service
    • Students applied to 401 and were admitted to 227 postsecondary institutions
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    Seventh year (2014-2015)

    • 41 college advisers and advisement was available to 33,991 high school students in 37 partner high schools, 6,836 of whom are seniors
    • MCAC partnered with these 26 high schools statewide:
      Kansas City – African-Centered Prep Academy (KCPS), Center, Central (KCPS), East (KCPS), Fort Osage, North Kansas City, Northeast (KCPS), Paseo Academy (KCPS), Raytown, Raytown South, Ruskin, Southwest (KCPS), Van Horn, Winnetonka
      South Central – Hillcrest (SPS), Kennett, New Madrid County Central, Parkview (SPS), Potosi, Salem, Sikeston, St. Clair, St. James, Sullivan, West Plains
      St. Louis – Bayless, Carnahan (SLPS), Gateway (SLPS), Hancock, Jennings, McCluer, McCluer South-Berkeley, Normandy, Roosevelt (SLPS), Soldan International Studied (SLPS), Riverview Gardens, Ritenour
    • Of the high school students served:
      • 2.5 Percent are Asian
      • 44.1 Percent are Black
      • 8.2 Percent are Hispanic
      • 0.4 Percent are Native American
      • 42.9 Percent are White (a significant number of whom are first-generation immigrants)
      • Near 75 percent are first-generation college students
      • 57.1 Percent are from underrepresented ethnic minority communities
      • 70 Percent are free-and-reduced-lunch eligible, with some schools in the high-90 percentile
    • Number of students in partner high schools ranges from 374 to 1,861
    • Average number of students in partner high schools is 919
    • Average case load of seniors per adviser is 167 seniors
    • 41,939 students advised one-on-one
      • 203 with freshmen
      • 616 with sophomores
      • 5,248 with juniors
      • 34,948 with seniors
      • 924 previous high school graduate students advised who are currently enrolled in college
    • 2,563 college planning workshops with 46,394 students participating
    • 5,300 parents/family members interactions
    • 4,574 students participating in 258 campus tours conducted
    • 8,755 students participating in 763 campus rep visits conducted
    • Assisted students in securing $12,998,410 in institutional aid
    • Assisted students in securing $1,199,956 in private aid
    • Assisted students in securing $38,343,890 total value of renewable aid
    • 7,881 students assisted with scholarship/institutional aid application
    • 6,204 students assisted with FAFSA completion
    • 4,472 assisted with ACT registration
    • 870 students assisted with one-on-one ACT preparation
    • 9,418 students assisted with college application completion
    • 1,034 volunteers secured for a total of 3,943 hours of volunteer service
    • Students applied to 418 and were admitted to 204 postsecondary institutions
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    Eighth year (2015-2016)

    • 40 college advisers and advisement was available to 36,023 high school students in 41 partner high schools, 7,293 of whom are seniors
    • MCAC partnered with these 41 high schools statewide:
      Kansas City – African-Centered Prep Academy (KCPS), Center, Central (KCPS), East (KCPS), Fort Osage, North Kansas City, Northeast (KCPS), Paseo Academy (KCPS), Raytown, Raytown South, Ruskin, Southwest (KCPS), Van Horn, Winnetonka
      South Central – Central (SPS), Hillcrest (SPS), Kennett, New Madrid County Central, Parkview (SPS), Potosi, Salem, Sikeston, St. Clair, St. James, Sullivan, West Plains
      St. Louis – Bayless, Carnahan (SLPS), Central Visual and Performing Arts (SLPS), Cleveland NJROTC (SLPS), Gateway (SLPS), Hancock, Jennings, McCluer, McCluer North, McCluer South-Berkeley, Normandy, Roosevelt (SLPS), Soldan International Studied (SLPS), Riverview Gardens, Ritenour
    • Of the high school students served:
      • 2.6 Percent were Asian
      • 43.9 Percent were Black
      • 7.8 Percent were Hispanic
      • 0.5 Percent were Native American
      • 43 Percent were White (a significant number of whom are first-generation immigrants)
      • Near 75 percent were first-generation college students
      • 57 Percent were from underrepresented ethnic minority communities
      • 70.1 Percent were free-and-reduced-lunch eligible, with some schools in the high-90 percentile
    • Number of students in partner high schools ranged from 374 to 1,888
    • Average number of students in partner high schools was 901
    • Average case load of seniors per adviser was 182 seniors
    • 57,502 individual one-on-one advising sessions were held with students
    • 5,496 seniors were advised two or more times by a MCAC adviser
    • 1,150 seniors were advised one-on-one once
    • 2,949 workshops were planned, facilitated, or presented
    • 65,738 students were in attendance at college planning workshops
    • 6,945 parents were served through workshops, advising, and outreach sessions
    • 286 college tours were taken across the state and region
    • 5,753 students were taken on college tours across the state and region
    • 877 visits were made by campus representatives from post-secondary institutions
    • 11, 538 students visited with campus representatives from colleges across the state
    • 73 college fairs were planned and facilitated
    • 7,597 students were in attendance at college fairs
    • 1,588 students were directly assisted with ACT preparation
    • 11,708 college applications were completed/submitted with the assistance of advisers
    • 5,760 students completed at least one college application with an advisers’ assistance
    • 5,301 students were admitted to at least one college or post-secondary institution
    • 10,490 scholarship applications were assisted
    • $54,116,182 in renewable financial aid to graduating seniors was awarded
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    Ninth year (2016-2017)

    • 40 college advisers and advisement was available to 37,885 high school students in 41 partner high schools, 7,903 of whom are seniors
    • MCAC partnered with these 41high schools statewide:
      Kansas City- Center, Central (KCPS), East (KCPS), Fort Osage, North Kansas City, Northeast (KCPS), Paseo Academy (KCPS), Raytown, Raytown South, Ruskin, Southeast (KCPS), Van Horn, William Chrisman, Winnetonka
      South Central - Central (SPS), Hillcrest (SPS), Kennett, New Madrid County Central, Parkview (SPS), Potosi, Salem, Sikeston, St. Clair, St. James, Sullivan, West Plains
      St. Louis - Bayless, Carnahan (SLPS), Central Visual and Performing Arts (SLPS), Cleveland NJROTC (SLPS), Gateway (SLPS), Hancock, Jennings, McCluer, McCluer North, McCluer South-Berkeley, Normandy, Ritenour, Riverview Gardens, Roosevelt (SLPS), Soldan International Studies (SLPS)
    • Of the high school students served:
      • 2.38 Percent were Asian
      • 45.84 Percent were Black
      • 7.46 Percent were Hispanic
      • 0.36 Percent were Native American
      • 41.72 Percent were White
      • 58.07 Percent were from underrepresented ethnic minority communities
      • 77.57 Percent were free-and-reduced-lunch eligible, with some schools in the high-90 percentile
    • Number of students in partner high schools ranged from 290 to 1,838
    • Average number of students in partner high schools was 940
    • Average case load of seniors per adviser was 193 seniors
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    Tenth year (2017-2018)

    • 42 college advisers made advisement available to 40,436 high school students in 43 partner high schools, with approximately 8,357 seniors
    • MCAC partnered with these 43 high schools statewide:
      Kansas City - Belton, Center, Central (KCPS), East (KCPS), Fort Osage, Harrisonville, North Kansas City, Northeast (KCPS), Paseo Academy (KCPS), Raytown, Raytown South, Ruskin, Southeast (KCPS), Van Horn, William Chrisman, Winnetonka
      South Central - Central (SPS), Hillcrest (SPS), Kennett, New Madrid County Central, Parkview (SPS), Potosi, Salem, Sikeston, St. Clair, St. James, Sullivan, West Plains
      St. Louis - Bayless, Carnahan (SLPS), Central Visual and Performing Arts (SLPS), Cleveland NJROTC (SLPS), Gateway (SLPS), Hancock, Jennings, McCluer, McCluer North, McCluer South-Berkeley, Normandy, Ritenour, Riverview Gardens, Roosevelt (SLPS), Soldan International Studies (SLPS)
    • Of the high school students served:
      • 22.4 Percent were Asian
      • 45.8 Percent were Black
      • 7.5 Percent were Hispanic
      • 0.4 Percent were Native American
      • 41.7 Percent were White
      • 59 Percent were from underrepresented ethnic minority communities
      • 75.8 Percent were free-and-reduced-lunch eligible, with some schools in the high-90 percentile
    • Number of students in partner high schools ranged from 269 to 1,830
    • Average number of students in partner high schools was 940
    • Average case load of seniors per adviser was 199 seniors