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Program summaries : the Colorado Challenge and Own Your Future

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Program summaries : the Colorado Challenge and Own Your Future
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Kutauskas, Brianna
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Program Summaries The Colorado Challenge and Own Your Future HEDS Presentation April 10, 2015

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Colorado Challenge mission I ncrease persistence and on time completion rates for low income, first generation students by providing wraparound services and supplemental advising.

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Our methods Intensive holistic advising Collaborative guidance Data tracking and monitoring

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Results Awarded 80 summer scholarships covering 418 credit hours to help students maintain a 4 year degree plan. College counselors assisted 27 students to successfully complete SAP appeals to stay enrolled and maintain financial aid (93% of those who appealed SAP status).

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Results (continued) The MSU Denver team saw the greatest gain of DSF scholarship renewals of any campus in the state. The persistence rate of Colorado Challenge students from spring to fall was 95%.

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Own Your Future Mission Own Your Future aims to reduce recidivism by helping former offenders develop and successfully implement plans focused on education and employment that will help them avoid reoffending or violating the terms of their release.

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Our Goals Reduce recidivism among program participants Increase the number of participants enrolled in higher education Reduce amount of defaulted student loans Increase access and collaboration with nonprofit organizations and the Department of Corrections

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Methods Monthly meetings with program cohort Referral Services Data tracking with program cohort and website users

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Results Provided outreach to 400 current offenders and over 300 former offenders 320 website accounts created Of the 13 members of the cohort, only 1 returned to incarceration 8 are currently enrolled in higher education 1 successfully completed a certificate that was 100% funded

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Contact Information Sierra E. Fleenor D irector of College A ccess and S uccess, CDHE sierra.fleenor@dhe.state.co.us 303 866 4742 Brianna Kutauskas Project Coordinator, Corrections Outreach, OYF Brianna.kutauskas@cic.state.co.us 303 866 3046 Lauren Sisneros Lead College Counselor The Colorado Challenge lsisn8@msudenver.edu 303 556 6133