Our Approach

PK-16
College persistence and completion is strengthened and mobilized through PK-16 best practices. Our approach to education is focused on academic and character building that will prepare students for the road to and through college.
College Match & Access
Where a student goes to college matters a lot. Experts recommend students apply to a diverse portfolio of schools (tailored to students’ individual academic and social profiles) to increase both their choices and chance of college success. UFCS’ approach is to equip and empower our students with the tools and knowledge they need to make the best choices and navigate through any college bound barriers.
Persistence
UFCS coalition members engage in ongoing, systematic monitoring of alumni to prioritize, strategize, and track growth, progress, and trends. UFCS's goal is to ensure that alumni successfully matriculate to college, remain enrolled, and stay on track to graduate. We aim to provide our alumni with the tools, knowledge, and support system needed to successfully navigate college.
Career
UFCS will not only focus on support for students as they matriculate and persist through college, but also as they work towards their ultimate goal: to have meaningful careers and choice-filled lives. We know that low-income students are especially impacted in the alignment of their academic pursuits with their future career plans. That is why UFCS is developing a college success model that connects PK-12 to higher education and career, which we refer to as a Career Success Model.
Advocacy
UFCS members represent ground-level perspectives that will serve as a strong narrative when promoting legislative change. Coalition districts are also working internally to reflect an alumni support system that is strategically aligned with UFCS. Never before have charter schools, traditional ISDs, and community based organizations worked so closely to ensure students are graduating from college. Over time, UFCS believes these partnerships will change the college experience for students, offer unique opportunities to learn about how to better support first-generation college students, and influence colleges and universities to improve their practice in order to compete for talented and diverse students who have proven what they can achieve.
Data and Innovation
UFCS has advanced the data analysis capabilities of coalition members and engaged in secondary, higher education, and policy stakeholders in exploring efforts to support and track students beyond high school and through college. UFCS uses data and innovation to guide our work every step of the way.