How can we best prepare students to succeed in college? What are the key issues that limit post-secondary opportunity in today’s K-16 environment? What role does college readiness counseling and support of college-going identity play in preparing students for successful post-secondary pathways?

College-Going Identity and Student Success begins with an introduction to the field of college and career readiness — providing an overview of current practices, conversation, and data about readiness and attainment — and exposing gaps. Senior Lecturer Savitz-Romer then focuses the conversation on identity development, particularly future-oriented identity. Participants will learn about the process of identity development and its connection to college readiness and success, exploring the gap between students’ aspirations and expectations. Finally, participants will explore strategies to foster a college-going, future-oriented identity. Savitz-Romer will introduce existing programs and suggest steps educators throughout the K-16 pipeline can take to support students.

The program is a mix of self-paced learning, group discussion, and job-embedded application that will help educators and school leaders develop and support students’ identities to promote college readiness and success. Participants will learn tools and tips from the online lessons that they can weave directly into practice in their classrooms or schools.

By completing the program, you will be able to:

  • Understand the landscape of research about barriers to college readiness and success
  • Understand the role of future-oriented identity in supporting college aspirations and achievement
  • Apply theories of identity development to identify strategies that support students getting to and through higher education

The online instruction, discussions, and job-embedded practice should take five to seven hours over the duration of the program. Participants who complete all individual assessments and contribute to group discussions will receive a certificate indicating completion of five clock hours of instruction.

Meet The Faculty

Mandy Savitz-Romer

Mandy Savitz-Romer

Senior Lecturer on Education; Faculty Director, Prevention Science and Practice

Mandy Savitz-Romer's professional experience has allowed her to link research to practice in the field of school counseling, specifically as it relates to college access and readiness for first-generation college students. Before joining the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she was the associate director of the Boston Higher Education Partnership, where she led research, policy, and programmatic initiatives focused on promoting college access, readiness, and support for Boston Public School students. Savits-Romer previously taught courses in school counseling and postsecondary planning at Boston University. As a former urban school counselor, Savitz-Romer is particularly interested in how schools and community organizations structure counseling support systems and college planning efforts to reach all students. She is the co-author of Ready, Willing, and Able: A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success (Harvard Education Press 2012). Savitz-Romer is the director of HGSE's master's program in Prevention Science and Practice (PSP). Her research interests include college access and readiness for first-generation college students; early college planning and awareness; school counselor development; K-16 policies and reform; and school-university partnerships.

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