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Equitable Access for All

Providing students and their supporting network access to the tools and information they need in order to properly guide their post-secondary education aspirations, YourPlanForTheFuture supports more Massachusetts students as they make the Commonwealth's vision of a college-going culture a reality.

A key element of Governor Deval Patrick's Readiness Agenda, a component of the Department of Higher Ed's Vision Project, and a Massachusetts College Access Challenge Grant initiative, YourPlanForTheFuture leads the nation in the delivery of equitable access to post-secondary opportunities and workforce preparedness — regardless of a student's geography or socio-economic circumstance.

Closing the Achievement Gap

Whether a student from an urban, rural, or suburban community is trying to navigate the college enrollment process or vocational, technical, or agricultural training has prepared a student to directly enter the workforce, YourPlanForTheFuture makes post-secondary requirements easy to understand for the Commonwealth's diverse student populations — particularly first-generation, minority, and low-income students and students from regions with the lowest college-going rates..

At a time when just 30% of high school graduates enrolling in a four-year degree program will actually complete their degree by their mid-20s*, YourPlanForTheFuture provides stakeholders with meaningful tools to increase persistence rates and decrease the need for remediation by providing students with a keen understanding of the transition points from high school to college, as well as those during the first two years of post-secondary studies.

*Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century, Harvard Graduate School of Education, February 2011

Continued Adoption

YourPlanForTheFuture has already been adopted by more than 71 high schools, representing more than 37,000 students from all corners of the Commonwealth. Additionally, GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) counselors and College Access Challenge Grant grantees utilize YourPlanForTheFuture with their students.

What They're Saying

"Our country has to compete with everybody around the world. It's a crime really not to support students so that they can achieve, because their success is everybody's well-being. It's something that is highly desirable from every perspective."

Christos Zahopoulos
Director of Northeastern's Center for STEM Education.

"Providing our students with tools to take ownership of, and lead their college and career planning process, YPFF is a key readiness strategy in helping meet our city’s college completion goals for BPS graduates."

MARSHA INNISS-MITCHELL
Director Of College Readiness Initiatives, Boston Public Schools

Just the Facts

  • The FY 2015 budget proposes $204.9 M in increased education funding designed to make progress in closing achievement gaps and expand education access at all levels, from birth through higher education.
    Summary of Fiscal Year 2015 Budget; www.mass.gov
  • By 2020, at least 90 percent of Massachusetts students will graduate high school ready for college, without having to take any remedial courses.
    Ready for 21st Century Success: The New Promise of Public Education, The Patrick Administration Education Action Agenda
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