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Common App Starting New Effort to Reach Low-Income Students

December 17, 2020

A new initiative launched by the Common App, College Advising Corps and AdmitHub will provide free admissions guidance and coaching to half a million aspiring college students across the United States. The program, an expansion of a partnership launched this spring in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, is bringing sophisticated technology and personalized mentorship to low-income and first-generation students and their families.

The initiative will provide students with the AI chat bot that has been used with great success at Georgia State University. First launched as a pilot this summer, Common App and College Advising Corps’ chat bot sent more than 23 million messages to 173,000 college applicants, providing real-time guidance and reminders throughout the admissions process, as well as access to one-on-one coaching through the College Advising Corps. More than 65 percent of student participants engaged with the chat bot during the pilot phase.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Capital One Foundation, UBS and ECMC Foundation are supporting the effort.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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