Introduce Your First-Gen, Lower-Income Students to Top Colleges with The TalentED Project

August 26, 2016

By The TalentED Project 

The TalentED Project is a new, free digital platform that connects college access and admissions professionals to match first-generation, lower-income college-goers with top institutions that are a good fit for them. On TalentED, professionals help students create dynamic, personalized profiles and storyboards that show off their unique strengths and talents. These online profiles help increase students' visibility with admissions recruiters as they apply to colleges now and throughout the fall.

NCAN members know that the college search process for these students can be overwhelming, and for those who do attend college, a disproportionate number select an institution that doesn't match their academic ability and ultimately face challenges in persisting and graduating. At the same time, most colleges want to enroll these high-potential students, but struggle to identify them during recruitment efforts.

“The TalentED Project really understands the need for lower-income and first-generation college students to have access. The first two students we interacted with have been invited to our premier scholarship weekend to compete for full-tuition and full-ride scholarships,” said Gregory Chery, former assistant dean of admissions at Centre College in Kentucky. “The TalentED Project is breaking down barriers, removing obstacles and providing unprecedented opportunities.”

The TalentED Project recently launched nationwide with more than 120 admissions recruiters from 77 colleges and universities including Centre, Davidson, Rollins, Swarthmore, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and Vassar. More than 130 college access organizations working in 68 cities across 24 states – such as Bottom Line in Boston, College Possible in Chicago, and The Opportunity Network in New York – are already creating profiles, making connections and inviting students to participate. 

“At The Opportunity Network, we place an importance on building and leveraging a network, and make it a point to connect our Fellows with admissions officers,” said Emmanuel Moses, senior manager of college guidance at The Opportunity Network. “The TalentED Project helps us to formalize these connections and allows for greater possibilities, not only for OppNet Fellows, but for the young men and women across the country.”

Take advantage of The TalentED Project early and register now to: 

  • Help students create unique personal profiles and storyboards. Admissions recruiters are waiting to connect with your high-potential students. Invite them today!
  • Connect with admissions recruiters before they finalize their fall schedules. Use TalentED to stay up-to-date on recruitment trips and open houses. Invite admission recruiters to meet your students – virtually or in-person.  
  • Elevate the national profile of your school or organization. Use TalentED's national platform to expand your network and highlight your school's or organization's programs and services. The more information you include on your profile, the more likely recruiters are to reach out and make connections.

Built in partnership by UBS, the Tennessee College Access and Success Network, and Discovery Education, TalentED was designed in consultation with over 150 admissions officials and college access professionals.

Come meet the TalentED team this September at the 2016 NCAN National Conference! Representatives will facilitate two sessions:

  • Realizing Potential: Connecting Underrepresented Students with Good-Fit Colleges; and
  • Metrics that Matter: Distinguishing Colleges that Serve Underrepresented Students Well.

See you in Detroit!

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