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STRIVE FOR COLLEGE KNOWLEDGE

Virtual College Exploration Week

April 20-23, 2020

Four full days of virtual presentations for juniors to explore college opportunities

Free of charge for students and colleges

Virtually Connect with Students

Association partners will promote to their members and students nationwide

Virtually Share Your Expertise

Speak to students about important college search topics

Virtually Highlight Your Institution

Join together with peers to feature your schools

Sponsored by StriveScan in partnership with these national organizations:

NJACAC College Fairs New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling
PACAC Pennsylvania college fairs
IACAC College Fairs Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling
MOACAC College Fairs Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling
RMACAC College Fairs Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling
MACAC MN-ACAC Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling
KYACAC Kentucky Association for College Admission Counseling
WACAC Wisconsin Association for College Admission Counseliong
PNACAC College Fairs Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling
Montana College Fairs MPSEOC
WACAC College Fairs Western Association for College Admission Counseling
NEACAC New England Association for College Admission Counseling
Southern Nevada College Week
GPACAC Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling
NYSACAC New York State Association for College Admission Counseling
HACAC Hawaii Association for College Admission Counseling
SACAC Southern Association for College Admission Counseling

Leading with Purpose

StriveScan’s mission is to seamlessly connect students and colleges. In the past several weeks, we’ve encountered an unprecedented situation upending traditional recruitment travel and in-person connections. The StriveScan team jumped into action and began to rethink how we could fulfill our mission and deliver a valuable experience to students and colleges virtually. We collaborated with our association partners to design this first-of-its-kind online series of information sessions and panel presentations that would allow colleges to reach students nationwide.

The Strive for College Knowledge program will allow juniors and their families to hear from a multitude of different universities and obtain valuable postsecondary information. For admission representatives, the program provides the opportunity to share their expertise while showcasing their institutions to prospective students.

StriveScan is donating our services to deliver on our commitment to the colleges and students we serve. In these extraordinary times, StriveScan is grateful to provide a platform at no cost to increase access.

We invite you to join us!

Student Registration

The session schedule will be published on Monday, April 6. At that time, students will be able to select which session they would like to participate in and register to attend.

Sessions will take place Monday, April 20 through Thursday, April 23, between the hours of 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM Central Daylight Time (7:00 AM-7:00 PM Pacific, 10:00 AM-10:00 PM Eastern).

Sign up to be notified when the session schedule and student registration is available:

College Registration

Proposals are now closed.

Due to an incredible outpouring of support and participation from institutions, we have completely filled our schedule and have a full wait list as well.

We hope to provide additional opportunities in the future.

Sign up to be notified if additional virtual college exploration opportunities become available in the future:

FAQs

Colleges

Is there a cost for colleges to participate?

No. There is no cost for either students or colleges to participate.

StriveScan is donating our services to deliver on our commitment to the colleges and students we serve. In these extraordinary times, StriveScan is grateful to provide a platform at no cost to increase access.

What are the requirements to submit a session proposal?

Sessions must be panel presentations
Given the finite number of session timeslots available and to provide the best experience and exposure for students, all sessions will be panel presentations.

Minimum of Three Unique Institutions
Each college must partner with two or more other colleges
(minimum of three unique institutions total) to form a panel presentation and submit a proposal.

Presentation Topics
We are broadly considering two different types of presentation topics:

General college knowledge:
Colleges may present on general informational topics that may be of interest to the target audience of juniors/underclassmen and their families. For example: Paying for College, Essay Writing, the Value of a Liberal Arts Education, Video Game Design Programs, or LGBTQ Student Issues. Be creative! Colleges are encouraged to present on topics of access and equity.

Colleges with a shared affinity, characteristic, or geography:
Groups of colleges may present on their institutions that share some commonality. For example: the BIG10 colleges, HBCUs, Public Colleges in the Northwest, Liberal Arts Colleges in the Midwest.

What is the program's schedule?

Strive for College Knowledge, the Virtual College Exploration Week will take place Monday, April 20 through Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

To accommodate a wide variety of e-learning schedules nationwide, Strive for College Knowledge includes a range of times throughout the entire day, on multiple days.

Session start times run from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Central Daylight Time, daily. (As early as 7:00 AM-6:00 PM Pacific, to as late as 10:00 AM-9:00 PM Eastern.)

When you submit a session proposal, you may request a preferred timeslot.

The final schedule of sessions will be published by Monday, April 6.

How long is each session?

All sessions begin at the top of each hour and are 45 minutes long.

We recommend approximately 30 minutes be allocated for prepared materials with 15 minutes for questions and answers.

When is the registration deadline?

Registration will close on Friday, April 3 or when all timeslots are filled, whichever occurs first. We expect all timeslots to fill quickly, so do not delay.

Proposal will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

What organizations are eligible to present?

All panelists must be represent regionally accredited, postsecondary, degree-granting institutions. Vendors, CBOs, military recruiters, ROTC officers, and other organizations cannot be accommodated.

Can one institution present on multiple panels?

Yes, while institutions are allowed to present on multiple panels,  the frequency of their representation and the proposals’ subject matters will be considered during review. Students are interested in hearing from a variety of sources and we encourage different voices from your office to be represented.

Will colleges receive student contact information?

Yes! Participating colleges will securely receive prospective student information several different ways:

Student registration:
At the conclusion of the week of programs, colleges will receive the contact information of each student who registered for their program.

Webinar polling:
Presenters will have the opportunity to conduct polls during the session to see if students are interested in learning more about their particular school or program.

Student follow up:
At the conclusion of the week of programs, StriveScan will send a follow up communication to students allowing them to opt-in and share their information with any college that participated in the program, even if the student didn’t attend that particular session.

Student information will be securely transmitted to the participating colleges.

Student data fields may vary from standard StriveScan fair data as a result of this different medium.

Will the presenters need video or slides?

Each presenter will be required to be on video using their own webcam and may also share their screen to present Powerpoint slides, webpages, or photos.

Panelists may turn on and off their webcams and mute/unmute their audio while other representatives are speaking.

Will students be able to ask questions?

Yes! Students and families will have the opportunity to use the interactive chat to ask questions of the presenters.

Students and families will not have the ability to share their video or audio.

How will the StriveScan team assist?

A member of the StriveScan team (Dan, Zak, or Jenn) will be on each session to help assist with technical issues and moderate any questions from the audience.

Students

Is there a cost for students to participate?

No. There is no cost for either students or colleges to participate.

StriveScan is donating our services to deliver on our commitment to the colleges and students we serve. In these extraordinary times, StriveScan is grateful to provide a platform at no cost to increase access.

Who is the intended audience?

The intended audience of Strive for College Knowledge is high school juniors, underclassmen, and their families.

This program is not designed to replace admitted student events.

We have partnered with associations from around the United States to communicate the program to their secondary school counselor members, along with coordinators of StriveScan college fairs around the country, who will promote the program to their students.

How many students are expected to participate?

Through our partnership with more than a dozen associations across the country, we will be working together to promote this opportunity to secondary school counselors and their students nationwide.

We encourage colleges to also promote this opportunity to their databases of prospective students as well.

We have the technical capacity to scale up to 10,000 participants per session.

How will the schedule accommodate students who are e-learning?

To accommodate a wide variety of e-learning schedules nationwide, Strive for College Knowledge includes a range of times throughout the entire day, on multiple days.

Session start times run from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Central Daylight Time, each day. (As early as 7:00 AM-6:00 PM Pacific, to as late as 10:00 AM-9:00 PM Eastern.)

The final schedule of sessions will be published on Monday, April 6.

Can students participate in more than one session?

Yes! Students will be encouraged to register and attend multiple sessions on a variety of topics to gain exposure to a range of different colleges and universities.

Do students need to register?

Yes. Once the session schedule is finalized and published, students will be be required to register for each session they wish to attend.

Their registration information will be shared with colleges on the panel.

What technology does a student need to participate?

We will be utilizing Zoom Webinars to host the virtual sessions.

Students may join from any desktop, laptop, Chromebook, tablet, or phone. They do not need a Zoom account.

While broadband wi-fi is recommended, students may participate without wi-fi over their phone’s mobile connection, too.

In response to the current crisis, many telecom providers have agreed not to terminate service to customers due to an inability to pay, opened their wi-fi hotspots to the public, and suspended data limits. More info on the FCC’s Keep Americans Connected Pledge

Program Partners

Who is sponsoring Strive for College Knowledge?

StriveScan is sponsoring this program and donating our services to deliver on our commitment to the colleges and students we serve.

StriveScan is partnering with more than a dozen NACAC Affiliates and other college admission associations from around the country to support and promote the program. We are grateful for their assistance and commitment. See the list of partners

How are partner organizations supporting this program?

Every one of our partner organizations will be sharing information about the Strive for College Knowledge Virtual College Exploration Week program with both their college and secondary school members.

Communications will initially focus on college participation until the schedule is set, then the organization will promote the opportunity to secondary school counselors in order to share with their students.

Leaders from each organization stepped up and rapidly responded to provide their support for this program. We sincerely thank each and every one of them!

How can my organization join the partnership?

Please encourage your college members to submit session proposals and your students to register for sessions once the schedule is posted.

If you would like more details, contact us at [email protected].

Questions?

Contact us [email protected]

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