College readiness through educational outreach and family engagement
Through strategic K-12 education and community partnerships, ASU's outreach efforts aim to increase college-going rates and ensure that all Arizona students graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and thrive in the 21st century workforce.
students, families and educators
served in FY17
High Impact Programs
Best and brightest
The American Dream Academy was recognized by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education for its innovation and success in engaging parents in their children’s educational journey. In addition, the program was highlighted in an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education as a leading family engagement program.
of students who attend the RECHARGE Conference
believe that college is a possibility for them
Access ASU’s programs and initiatives provide educational resources and support to Arizona families, students and schools. Our outreach initiatives and programs have a strong record of success, providing parents with the knowledge, tools and resources needed to support their students as they prepare to enroll and achieve in college.
Urban Indian Education Work Group
Developed through a partnership between ASU American Indian Initiatives and Access ASU, the Urban Indian Education Work Group brings together school district liaisons, tribal leaders, community-based organizations and university units who work with urban Indian youth to discuss issues and opportunities to increase the pipeline of American Indian students to ASU.
Native American Family Engagement
Access ASU works to build the college-going pipeline of students from underserved communities. In addition to hosting the RECHARGE Conference for Native American youth, we continue to pursue opportunities to expand ASU’s outreach to Native American communities through programs such as Inspire. A free, seven-day residential college readiness program for American Indian students from tribal nations, Inspire is sponsored by a grant from the Tohono O’Odham Nation to ASU’s University College and Office of American Indian Initiatives with support from Access ASU.
American Dream Academy
The American Dream Academy (ADA) is an 8-week program designed to help parents gain the tools, knowledge and skills necessary to help their children achieve their highest academic potential. Parents who participate in the program learn how to be effective advocates and most importantly, partners in their children’s education.
Now entering its 11th year of service to parents, students and schools, the American Dream Academy curriculum was expanded in 2016 to include a new track focused on college preparation for parents of high school students.
American Dream Academy launched an online version of the program – ADA 101 – in early 2017, empowering parents living outside the Greater Phoenix area to access vital college preparation resources and support. A Spanish version of ADA online will launch in the coming year.
students and 37,000+ parents served through 57 school district partners since 2006
2016/17 American Dream Academy parent and student graduates
Future Sun Devil Family Day
Future Sun Devil Family Day engages middle and high school students and families in college preparation workshops and is offered four times per year at three of ASU’s four campus locations. Now in its third year, Future Sun Devil Family Day empowers students and families to gain knowledge and skills to prepare for university admission and success.
students and families served in FY17, a 93% increase
participants in Access ASU
summer programs in FY17
ASU summer enrichment and college readiness programs presented by Access ASU offer elementary and high school students a chance to explore, discover and socialize with other bright students who share their interests and goals while paving the way to a successful college experience.
Barrett Summer Scholars
Barrett Summer Scholars (BSS) is a residential summer program for high-achieving and academically talented youth in grades 8-10. The Barrett Summer Scholars program provides students with the opportunity to experience college firsthand and prepare for enrollment and success at Arizona State University and Barrett, The Honors College. This residential program invites students to live on campus, engage in college-level coursework and participate in a community of peers from across the state.
of BSS participants said the program helped them feel more prepared for college
César Chávez Leadership Institute
The César E. Chávez Leadership Institute (CCLI) is a high-impact leadership institute for Arizona high school sophomores and juniors.
While living on the ASU campus, participants explore higher education, develop leadership skills and discover the value of giving back. Through a week-long summer program, students experience workshops, lectures and activities designed to build communication skills, develop critical thinking and inspire a passion for community service.
of CCLI program alumni were admitted to ASU in fall 2017
students, educators and community-based
organizations connected with Access
ASU programs in FY17
Campus Visits, College Fairs and Presentations
Access ASU offers a range of opportunities for schools and community-based organizations to visit the ASU location of their choice (Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, Tempe and West). Campus visits include a tour, college readiness workshops and a presentation by a SPARKS student panel. Access ASU also supports college fairs and college readiness presentations to help students and families get critical information about preparing and paying for college.
SPARKS is a student-led service organization at ASU promoting access to higher education throughout the community. SPARKS Ambassadors inspire and motivate more than 26,000 K-12 students per year to pursue and succeed in higher education by sharing their personal stories. Beyond serving as role models to Arizona youth, SPARKS members gain access to multiple networking and professional development resources to prepare them for success as students and young professionals.
863 SPARKS members
K-12 students served in FY17, a 23% increase over FY16
parent and educator contacts
students in grades 9-12
Partnering with Schools for Student Success
ASU strategically partners with five school districts in the Phoenix metropolitan area to expand access to higher education..
Access ASU Partner School Districts
• Glendale Union High School District
• Mesa Public Schools
• Phoenix Union High School District
• Tempe Union High School District
• Tolleson Union High School District
Outcomes among students in grades 9-12 within
Access ASU partner school districts
Moving the needle on FAFSA completion
Access ASU and its collaborators (College Depot, United Way, the Be a Leader Foundation and AzCAN) received an initial National College Access Network FAFSA completion grant for $55,000 and an additional $25,00 grant to increase FAFSA completion within the Phoenix Union High School District. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) provides eligible students the opportunity to apply for federal loans, work-study programs, scholarships and grants that don’t need to be repaid.
in grant funds received
to support FAFSA completion
efforts in the Phoenix Union High
low income students
increase in FAFSA completion in the Phoenix Union High School District during the 2016/17 academic year
of the fall 2017 freshman class are students of color
Record Breaking Freshman Class
ASU’s incoming freshman class of 2016 established record breaking marks for academic achievement, diversity and international representation.
average high school GPA
average high school rank
#1 in Latino graduates among
me3® is a free, interactive app created to empower high school students to think about their future
Access ASU is an active participant in the university’s efforts to build awareness and active use of me3 among students, parents and educators. With me3, students can explore careers that fit their interests and passions, and then chart an academic pathway from high school through college to design the future they want.
me3® users reached in August 2017 as a result of strategic outreach and marketing efforts completed in 2016/17
and the prior fiscal year
“If you’re unsure of career options, this assessment will guide you to majors that you may never have known about”
– Sedona M.
"It helped me realize what I really enjoy
doing and that I can make a career out of doing what I love."
- Alex T.