Wisconsin Students GO 2 College (WSG2C)
WHAT IS THE AMERICAN COLLEGE APPLICATION CAMPAIGN?
The American College Application Campaign (ACAC) is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credentials. The primary purpose of this effort is to help high school seniors navigate the complex college admissions process and ensure they apply to at least one-postsecondary institution. The effort occurs during the school day, with a focus on students who might not otherwise apply to college.
- Educates policy and decision makers in every state and territory about the importance and value of higher education;
- Works to increase the number of citizens who pursue educational opportunites beyond high school; and
- Supports the creation of a better-prepared work-force.
ACAC provides the following services at no cost to states and territories implementing an ACAC college application effort:
- Technical assistance;
- Specialized training, webinars, and consultation;
- Access to proven practices and resources; and
- Support with evaluation.
To ensure success, state and territories are encouraged to:
- Organize a broad-based statewide steering committiee with K-12 and higher education representatives and access leaders;
- Identify a primary contact person for their state;
- Establish a timeframe for implementation;
- Conduct a pilot project with five or more high schools in the first years;
- Identify a period of time in October or November of each year to sponsor the ACAC event at a school and during the school day;
- Report results; and
- Participate in an annual meeting to exchange proven practices.
EVIDENCE OF ITS IMPACT
States that have put into place multple educational access strategies, includeing ACAC events, have seen increases in low-income students' college participation rates.