Impact + Results

We are delivering on our promise to build a national movement toward more equitable opportunities for students by connecting more students with high-quality postsecondary planning.

More Students On Track to Earning a Degree

OneGoal Fellows enroll in postsecondary institutions at far higher levels than their peers in low-income areas, and even at a slightly higher rate than students from high-income schools.

84%

of OneGoal high school graduates enroll in a postsecondary institution

75%

of those persist one year after high school graduation

“It’s impressive to see that as OneGoal scaled in recent years it sustained its impact. By increasing high school graduation rates, OneGoal is growing the pool of students that can access higher education. They are ultimately helping more students enroll and complete their degrees, which benefits not only the students but entire communities.”

Arne Duncan

Managing Partner, Chicago CRED;
Former U.S. Secretary of Education;
Former Chicago Public Schools CEO

Rigorously Evaluated

UChicago Inclusive Economy Lab conducted a rigorous and independent evaluation of our program’s impact on students’ postsecondary outcomes. The researchers compared OneGoal Fellows in Chicago with students with similar academic profiles and socioeconomic backgrounds, and found evidence that OneGoal has a positive and statistically significant effect on postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and graduation.

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Greater Access to Postsecondary Planning

OneGoal has grown from a small afterschool program serving just 32 students in Chicago to a nationwide movement that has provided our Classroom-Based Model to some 13,500 in six communities in the 2021/22 school year.

13,500
Fellows

113
High Schools

6
Regions

OneGoal also partners with the Illinois School Board of Education and the Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education to deliver our Postsecondary Leadership Series to education leaders across these states.

100+
Leaders

23
Districts

2
States

Long-Term Impact

We focus on increasing postsecondary completion because research continuously shows that a postsecondary education leads to broad, positive social impact.

Higher Wages

The median lifetime income for those with a bachelor’s degree is more than two times that of workers with high school diplomas or GEDs, and around 70% higher for someone with some college but no degree. (source)

Job Security

People who have bachelor’s degrees are 48% less likely to be unemployed over the lifetime of their career, while associate degree holders are 24% less likely to be unemployed than individuals with a high school diploma. (source)

Reduced Public Assistance

Individuals with only a high school diploma are 53% more likely to receive SNAP and housing assistance than those with an Associate Degree. (source)

Health & Wellness

Bachelor’s degree holders are 20% more likely to have employer-provided health insurance. (source)

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