COLLECTIVE IMPACT PAVING THE WAY TO DREAMING BIG OUR APPROACH EDUCATION BUILDING CAPACITY THROUGH INNOVATION WHO WE SERVE PERSISTENCE GETTING STUDENTS TO & THROUGH COLLEGE GET INVOLVED

UNITED FOR COLLEGE SUCCESS

WHO WE ARE

United for College Success (UFCS) builds on the ideology that secondary education institutions should be accountable for the success of their students beyond high school. As a direct result of UFCS efforts, bold actions have led to the development of proven and replicable support programs and a large-scale alumni tracking system. UFCS uses research and real-time data as a critical piece of this vision to enable data-driven insights, elicit solution-driven conversations, and improve student experience through college.

OUR DATA

In 2020, based on 11 Texas districts out of 400, we tracked over 100,000 students. The data we collected is as follows.

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Matriculation

Total matriculation rates for all 2012-2020 graduating cohorts is 79%.

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Persistence

Year 1 to year 2 persistence rate for 2012-2020 cohorts is 78%.

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Completion

As of 2020, 49% of the 2012 cohort graduated college (6 year completion).

COLLEGE COMPLETION

UFCS/GRADify’s approach to college completion is highly systemic. We recognize that closing the gap between college enrollment and college completion begins with a PK-16 pipeline framework.

The road to college persistence and completion begins in Pre-Kindergarten and ends when an individual earns a degree or credential that leads to a choice-filled life.

GETTING OUR STUDENTS TO & THROUGH COLLEGE

OUR Team

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Yvonne Eype
Executive Director

Yvonne Eype is a result-driven Education Director experienced in developing and advancing college and career policies and practices. Under her leadership, UFCS/GRADify has onboarded and developed strong statewide teams of 25+ and increased staff performance by 20%. She is also the Director of Special Projects for GRADegy Go, an education innovation company working with the community to provide solutions technology for the hardest to bridge challenges. Prior to her current roles, she served at Lamar Consolidated High School as Assistant Principal, Program Director, and Teacher.

 

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Jay Sobhani
CTO

Jay is a creativity and innovation focused technology leader, with years of experience managing and driving UFCS/GRADify ‘s Technology vision. He has helped UFCS/GRADify grow it coalition size while helping UFCS/GRADify transition. UFCS/GRADify have pivoted from just a think tank of best practices into developing technologies to implements those practices at scale. He spearheads a growing development team in bringing the GRADegy app into the hands of students and institution leadership. Prior to UFCS he was a teacher, department chair,  technology implementation/training specialist and a district curriculum writer.

 

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Evelyn Escobedo
Partnership Manager

Evelyn Escobedo currently serves as a Partnership Manager and brings to the organization significant experience in business- to-business leaderships, with a concentration in development, marketing, and client relations. Evelyn started her journey 13 years ago as a HR Executive at Youth About Business. This experience ignited her passion to work with high school students to promote access and success in higher education. She’s been involved with several education nonprofit organizations, including AmeriCorps, City Year, College Summit, and BCFS as an advocate, teacher and mentor.

United for college success coalition

OUR MEMBERS

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EDUCATION

…is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– NELSON MANDELA

Working together + Working stronger

OUR PARTNERS

Our community of support

OUR board members

Jennifer_Lynn_Dean
Jennifer Lynn Dean
President & Founder of Dean’s Professional Services
Evelyn_Escobedo
Evelyn Escobedo
Partnership Manager UFCS/GRADify
Tonya_Naylor2
Tonya Naylor
Director of RT Employment Solutions
Maggie_Jean_Board
Maggie Jean
CEO of MJ’s Coaching and Business Solutions
Yvonne_Eype
Yvonne Eype
Founder/CEO
Akili_Atkinson
Akili Atkinson
Founder/CEO of the purpose consulting firm Akili’s Corner.
Dr_Robin_Nealy
Dr. Robin Nealy
College Professor
Jenifer_Morataya
Jenifer Morataya
Retention & Completion Specialist at KIPP Houston
Kevin_Miller
Kevin Miller
Project Manager at Encompass Renovations & Development
Geny_Moreno
Dr. Geny Moreno
Assistant Dean for Nursing Retention University of St. Thomas
John_Augillard
John Augillard III
Professional Family Life Coach