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About OneGoal

OneGoal is a college access and success organization that is working to dramatically increase the percentage of students from low-income communities who complete college.

We recruit high-performing teachers—those already working in high schools in low-income communities—and provide them with the training and support to become OneGoal Program Directors. These Program Directors implement our three-year college success model with a cohort of students (called OneGoal Fellows), beginning with in-school daily classes in their junior and senior years of high school, and continuing with remote support through the first day of their sophomore year of college.

Our vision is that every young person in America will have a real opportunity to earn a college degree—and the life that comes with it.

 

Why do we need OneGoal?

A college degree is critical for personal success and for the prosperity of our communities and our country. Despite millions of dollars and resources invested to eliminate educational inequity over the last few decades, we have yet to move the needle in a significant way:

  • According to the Pell Institute, only 9% of students from the lowest economic quartile graduate from college
  • Students in top-income areas have 77% college completion rate

OneGoal is working to make college graduation a reality for all students:

  • 82% OneGoal high school graduates enrolled in college
  • Of those who enrolled, 78% OneGoal Fellows are persisting or have graduated with a college degree

This is especially significant because we target historically underserved students who are often overlooked by other interventions. Their average GPA is 2.7 and ACT/SAT is 15/876. They are often the first in their family to go to college. We believe every young person is innately capable of completing college and we intend to prove it.

 

Our Approach

At the core of our model is an excellent teacher (Program Director), who works with a cohort of 25-30 Fellows for three years.

In Year One and Year Two, the OneGoal course is taught in a daily, credit-bearing high school class. Program Directors work with OneGoal staff coaches and an extensive data platform to ensure:

  • College readiness: Fellows will increase their GPAs and standardized test scores in order to access more selective and supportive colleges.
  • College enrollment: Fellows will take all the tactical steps to apply to, enroll in, and gain financial aid to attend a match college.
  • College persistence and success: Fellows will develop the non-cognitive skills and academic behaviors and mindsets necessary to persist in college.
    • Forecasting common on-campus challenges and identifying solutions
    • Building networks of support
    • Strengthening their financial literacy especially as it relates to financing college
    • Embodying our five Leadership Principles: Ambition, Integrity, Professionalism, Resilience, and Resourcefulness.

In Year Three, Program Directors provide intensive, remote coaching to ensure that Fellows demonstrate the academic, financial, and social indicators of success in the critical first year of college, while identifying the resources and developing the networks that will support them through to college graduation. OneGoal collaborates with colleges and universities, through formal and informal partnerships, toward success of OneGoal Fellows and their peers.

By the Numbers

By the end of the 2016/17 school year, OneGoal will serve more than 9,300 Fellows in five regions and is on track to expand to a sixth region in fall 2016.

Program Directors continue to support their cohort of Fellows via intensive, remote one-on-one coaching.

Regional Counts

Chicago

  • Began operations: 2007
  • Current # of Schools: 84
  • Current # of Fellows: 5300

Houston

  • Began operations: 2012
  • Current # of Schools: 45
  • Current # of Fellows: 2300

Massachusetts

  • Began operations: 2015
  • Current # of Schools: 15
  • Current # of Fellows: 500

Metro Atlanta

  • Began operations: 2016
  • Current # of Schools: 9
  • Current # of Fellows: 210

New York

  • Began operations: 2014
  • Current # of Schools: 26
  • Current # of Fellows: 960


Numbers above include current partner schools and Fellows as well as those being recruited to begin in the fall of 2017.
2016/17 school year is a building year in Metro-Atlanta. These numbers reflect goals for new school partners and Fellows to begin in the fall of 2017.


External Evaluation

A 2014 evaluation of OneGoal by researchers at the University of Chicago found that OneGoal has a statistically significant impact on students’ life and postsecondary outcomes, increasing college enrollment and persistence rates by 10-20 percent.

“The evidence from OneGoal demonstrates that non-cognitive skills are drivers for important life outcomes, and also that they are malleable to late adolescence. This work reinforces that evidence-based interventions are a solution to the growing skill gap in America and a way to effectively promote opportunity.”

Dr. James Heckman
Nobel Laureate and Director at the University of Chicago’s Center for Economics of Human