What Beyond 12 offers to schools – high schools as well as colleges – is part technology, part human. Its technology platform captures and analyzes student progress into and through college, which interests both four-year institutions seeking to increase their retention rate and public school districts and charter school organizations that want to ensure they’re preparing students to persist in school and achieve a degree. Beyond 12’s trained college coaches complement – and use– the organization’s technology, providing first and second year college students with hands-on academic, social, emotional and practical support.
The technology platform consists of four software modules. At the core is an analytics engine that integrates data and information about students provided by their high schools, colleges, coaches and by students themselves. For high school customers like Uncommon Schools and San Francisco Unified School District’s Bridge to Success program, Beyond 12 offers an alumni tracking tool that delivers qualitative and quantitative college data that allows them to gauge and improve their college preparation programs, and helps them maintain communication with their alumni. Beyond 12’s Facebook app helps students connect with their peers and coaches and track of their own college goals and progress. Finally, by using predictive modeling, a forthcoming “early detection” system will assess student’s risk of dropping out of college, hopefully flagging areas of concern as early as the second week of school -- before those problems lead to withdrawal – and providing college advisors and counselors (and Beyond 12’s own coaches) with recommended action steps.
Beyond 12’s technology platform and coaching services were piloted in the fall of 2009, under the name CollegeSUCCESS, with nine charter high schools and 450 college freshman. In the 2012-2013 school year, the system is tracking over 19,000 students from 100 partners, including district and charter high schools, college access organizations, and colleges. The organization plans to track and support over 30,000 college students by 2014.
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