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Needs Assessment

My needs assessment is based on data I collected for a TRiO EOC grant I helped write this spring.

The chart below indicates the level of educational attainment by young adults. As we can see, less than 50% of students, excluding counties with large colleges, even attempted college and less than 10% of students have graduated college in the largely rural section or Central/Southern Tier NY.

During my life time I have lived, taught elementary and high schools students in Ithaca, Lansing and Moravia and worked as a program director Cornell University, all of which fall within the areas indicated on the chart. I believe this gives me a unique perspective as to why there is such a low level of educational attainment in the region, it is especially low when you consider that there are over 10 colleges in the area include community colleges, public universities and private universities.

(I apologize for the format of the chart, it looks good when I put it into the wiki but it doesn't work when I press save, I think this is still readable)

From my experience, I have come to believe that students from low-income rural areas attend and succeed at college at such a low rate because of these reasons:

  1. They don't understand what steps need to be taken in HS to prepare for college.
  2. They don't know how apply to college.
  3. No one has reaffirmed the student so that the student feels as though college is an option for them.
  4. The students believes that college is too expensive.
  5. The student doesn't know what kinds of majors and extra-curricular activities are available college, so attending college is of no interest to them.
  6. They don't know many people who went to college and they have a negative stereotype of what a college attendee is; possibly considering them "stuck-up" "arrogant" or "not-like-me."
  7. If they do choose a college, they select on there is close to home, because it is the only one that they know and it really is not a good fit for their personality or their career interests.

Educational Attainment by County in Central and Southern Tier New York, by students aged 18-24

  • 21.0% Less than High School Graduation
  • 31.9% High School Grad / Equivalency
  • 40.8% Some College or Associates degree
  • 6.3% BA Degree or higher
  • 15.7% Less than High School Graduation
  • 33.4% High School Grad / Equivalency
  • 43.9% Some College or Associates degree
  • 7.0% BA Degree or higher
  • 9.2% Less than High School Graduation
  • 21.0% High School Grad / Equivalency
  • 63.2% Some College or Associates degree
  • 6.5% BA Degree or higher
  • 30.0% Less than High School Graduation
  • 34.4% High School Grad / Equivalency
  • 29.1% Some College or Associates degree
  • 6.4% BA Degree or higher
  • 22.0% Less than High School Graduation
  • 34.4% High School Grad / Equivalency
  • 31.6% Some College or Associates degree
  • 11.9% BA Degree or higher
  • 22.3% Less than High School Graduation
  • 37.0% High School Grad / Equivalency
  • 33.3% Some College or Associates degree
  • 7.3% BA Degree or higher
  • 17.6% Less than High School Graduation
  • 36.0% High School Grad / Equivalency
  • 37.5% Some College or Associates degree
  • 9.0% BA Degree or higher

Task Analysis

Course Purpose:

The purpose for this mini-course is to help teachers become aware of what they can do to promote college and make it seem more accessible to their students.

Learning Outcomes

Teachers will be able to:

  1. Identify the need of their students and whether a program like this is appropriate.
  2. Identify the reasons their students are not attending college.
  3. Find and Utilize the resources available to help create a program.
  4. Understand the steps and procedure necessary for creating a program that will inspire young students to attend college.


ETAP 623 Fall 2011 Homepage


Course Homepage

Needs Assessment for College Aspirations Course

Outcomes, Objectives and Sequencing of Unit

Unit 1: Building Relationships to ensure that the program will be supported.

Unit 2: Program Development

Unit 3: Evaluation and Progress