Technology And College Access

Over the last decade, it has become apparent that the American economy demands workers earn a postsecondary degree or credential. In a technical world, how have college access tools evolved to prepare students? Read the Kresge Report now.
According to a 2013 report released by the Center for Education and the Workforce, most of the 55 million jobs created over the next six years will require some type of post-secondary education.
Ensuring that American young people are prepared for and succeed in postsecondary education is a priority for leaders in education, philanthropy and government. However, the gaps in preparation seem too great to address with the relatively minimal resources available. Estimates suggest a significant “counseling gap”: fewer than 15% of high-need high school students receive the type of personal guidance that allows them to get on a path to college success.
How do we address the gap between what our economy needs and what is currently possible? And what role can technology play in closing that gap? With funding from the Kresge Foundation, Get Schooled, a national non-profit that engages and inspires young people to succeed in their education, conducted a scan of current digital tools that aim to support high school students from the college preparation and application progress through college completion.