AzCAN is your source for training, data, connections to partners and various other resources to support the College Access Standards. The links below can be used as reference materials before and while completing the assessment, as well as during discussion(s). In addition, we have provided a library of links including best practices, sample activities and related reading to support each of the standards.
STANDARD 1: Students build awareness and build aspirations about postsecondary options, including college and careers.
Info and Data: Extracurricular Activities and Student Achievement: Everyone Gains
Info and Data: Students from Low-Income Families Have High College Aspirations
Info and Data: Arizona Commerce Authority: Industries
Model: Barriers to College Attainment: Lessons from Chicago
Sample Activity: My Road Trip to College, Career, and Life – K-12 Readiness Checklist
Sample Activity: Create Your Next – College and Career Planning Guide
STANDARD 2: Students recognize the roles of social, emotional and cultural factors that affect their postsecondary planning and transition.
Info and Data: Social Indicators Predicting Postsecondary Success
Info and Data: Ready, Willing, and Able: A Development Approach to College Access and Success, Mandy Savitz-Romer and Suzanne M. Bouffard, 2012.
Model: Why Do Most Black and Latino Students Go to Two-Year Colleges?
Sample Activity: 12-Item Grit Scale
Sample Activity: The Five Steps to Resisting Peer Pressure
Sample Activity: Exploring Emigration: Cultural Identity
STANDARD 3: Students build a rigorous academic foundation and develop academic behaviors essential to preparing for postsecondary pathways.
Info and Data: Arizona High School Graduation Requirements
Sample Activity: Arizona Career and Educational Guide
Sample Activity: Goal Setting Templates
Sample Activity: Teaching Leadership
STANDARD 4: Students develop a comprehensive support system that contributes to their academic success.
Info and Data: Karen Mapp’s Framework for Family and Community Engagement
Sample Activity: Networking: HOW TO
Sample Activity: 150 Conversation Starters for Family Discussions
STANDARD 5: Students acquire the college knowledge and skills necessary to successfully transition into postsecondary education pathways.
Info and Data: Difference Between High School and College
Sample Activity: SAT Practice Questions
Sample Activity: College Navigator
Sample Activity: Filling Out College Applications
Sample Activity: SAT, ACT and Other Tests
STANDARD 6: Students understand the fundamentals of financial literacy and financial planning for postsecondary education.
Info and Data: Financial Literacy Test & Survey Center
Sample Activity: Arizona Community Foundation
Sample Activity: College Depot – Scholarships
Sample Activity: Regional College Access Center – Finding Scholarships
Sample Activity: Northern Arizona College Resource Center – Financial Aid
Sample Activity: Federal Student Aid
Sample Activity: Net Price Calculator
STANDARD 7: Students enroll, persist and successfully complete a postsecondary education program of study.
Sample Activity: How Do I Get an Internship?
Sample Activity: How to Graduate from College on Time