DIVISION OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT/SPONSORED PROGRAMS

Educational Talent Search

The purpose of the program is to identify qualified individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and encourage them to complete secondary school and enroll in a program of postsecondary education.  The program encourages persons who have not completed secondary or postsecondary programs to enter or reenter and complete these programs.  Talent Search (TS) projects provide connections to high quality academic tutoring services, connections to education or counseling services designed to improve the financial aid literacy  and financial planning for postsecondary education for students and their parents, and provides activities and services specially designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youth, students in foster care or are aging out of foster care, or other disconnected students.  The goal of TS is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete secondary school and enroll in a postsecondary institution.

The Educational Talent Search program objectives are to:

    a) Identify, enroll, and serve 500 participants in grades nine through twelve at target schools, with two/thirds (2/3) of the participants served being low-income and potential first generation college students.

    b)  Secondary school persistence: 93% of non-senior participants served each project year will complete the current academic year and continue in school for the next academic year, at the next grade level.

    c)  Secondary School Graduation (regular secondary school diploma): 90% of seniors served during the project year will graduate during the project year with a regular secondary school diploma within the standard number of years.

    d)  Secondary School Graduation (rigorous secondary school program of study: 28% of the seniors served during the project year will complete a rigorous secondary school program of study and will graduate during the project year with a regular secondary school diploma within the standard number of years.

    e)  Postsecondary Education Enrollment: 85% of participants, who have graduated with a regular secondary school diploma, during the project year, will enroll in an institution of higher education by fall term immediately following high school graduation or will have received notification, by fall term immediately following high school, from an institution of higher education, of acceptance but deferred enrollment until the next academic term (e.g. spring term).

    f)  Postsecondary Attainment: 78% of participants served during the project year, who enrolled in an institution of higher education, by the fall term immediately following high school graduation or by the next academic term (e.g. spring term) as a result of acceptance but deferred enrollment, will complete a program of postsecondary education within six years.

Director—Mr. Joseph McKee, (662) 621-4828

Funding source:  U.S. Department of Education
Funding period:  September 1, 2011 – August 31, 2015