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college application week

Coordinator Questions

Coordinators have been calling and emailing with great questions in the last few days. I suspect that others who haven't contacted us have similar questions, so for everyone's sake, here are some of those questions/answers. And don't forget to also review the questions/answers on the coordinator training post.


Sharing Ideas: tuition equity for undocumented students

Many schools and organizations participating in Oregon College Application Week work with students who are undocumented. You may or may not know which of your students are undocumented, and it is important that you are prepared to support all of your students, regardless of their immigration status. Therefore, we're offering the following information and sharing how some schools are planning to serve this population of students during their CAW event.


Sharing Ideas: application follow-up

Completing the application form is a critical part of applying to college, but it's not the only thing a student needs to do. In most cases, they'll need to submit supplemental credentials as well: transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores. We've provided a one-page sheet we call "I Applied ... Now What?" that offers students a list of next steps, including a reminder to get those supplemental materials sent off to colleges as soon as possible.


Sharing Ideas: promoting your event

Here's an excellent reminder that comes in the form of a tip from David Douglas High School (Portland):

If you've got an existing and upcoming activity in which all of your seniors will participate, use it to promote your CAW event. This year, DDHS is holding their schoolwide PSAT a couple of weeks before CAW. While the 9th-11th graders are in testing, the seniors will be gathered for an event when other senior-only activities (i.e. Josten's will be there) are taking place. They'll be talking up CAW and making sure students know what they need to do to prepare.


Sharing Ideas: fun stuff from Tennessee

As you know, Oregon College Application Week is part of the American College Application Campaign, an initiative that has grown so dramatically all 50 states are participating this year! The national network of state coordinators is a collaborative group, and we all keep an eye on the innovative and fun ideas that are happening around the country so we can share them with you. Tennessee High School in Bristol, TN, is in the midst of their CAW event (they do theirs quite a bit earlier than we do!), and I'm excited about a few of their ideas. Check these out!


Sharing Ideas: spirit week

Straight from Lincoln City's Taft 7-12 comes the idea to build a spirit week around your CAW event. Possible costume themes include

  • Profession Day
  • College Spirit day
  • College Mascot Day

Bonus! Student leaders can plan this event for you.

Double bonus! It's not just for seniors, so this is a GREAT way to build excitement and awareness among your younger students.


Coordinator Training Questions Answered

Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in one of the coordinator training webinars this week. For those who weren't able to join us, you can do so here or from a link on the Coordinator Resource page. As promised, I took note of all the questions that were asked during those sessions, and I present you with a compilation of those questions and the best answers we've got, arranged by topic. Please don't hesitate to continue to ask questions!


Sharing Ideas: parent volunteers

We think having parents volunteer is a great idea! In fact, we know sites have encouraged parents to participate since our pilot year in 2012. This year, Lincoln High School in Portland offered another way to get parents involved: ask one or two to be co-coordinators for your event!

Please share your ideas for planning & implementing CAW. We'll post your tips & tricks on the blog. You can find all the shared ideas by clickling on the green "Ideas that Work" icon to the right.


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