The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is a new collective of US colleges and universities that has formed to create a new college admissions application portal–similar to the Common Application–known as the Coalition Application.
In this three-part post about the Coalition and Coalition App, we will reveal:
- Part I: Who the Coalition is and why they united to provide a new avenue to apply to college
- Part II: What the Coalition App is and the reception of its implementation and purpose
- Part III: Whether you should use the Coalition App
Who is the Coalition?
The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is a group of over 90 US colleges and universities united with the goal to make admission to college more accessible and more affordable for everyone. With membership comprised of most of the top liberal arts colleges and research institutions in the country (including all Ivy League schools), the Coalition is an impressive collective of influential players in higher education. The group has basic requirements for membership in order to facilitate a student-first and student-friendly college application process focusing on access and affordability by “providing students with the best possible college experience, beginning with the college application process.”
According to www.coalitionapp.org:
“Members of the Coalition include a diverse group of public universities that have affordable tuition along with need-based financial aid for in-state residents, and private colleges and universities that provide sufficient financial aid to meet the full, demonstrated financial need of every domestic student they admit. Coalition schools graduate at least 70 percent of their students within six years, with many having much higher graduation rates. The Coalition has signed up over 90 institutions so far, and more partners continue to join.
The Coalition has developed tools and processes to help address many of the barriers that prevent students from attending college or successfully earning a degree.”
Why did the Coalition unite to create a new avenue to apply to college?
The Coalition was formed “to improve the college application process for all students as they search for and apply to their perfect college. The [application] platform provides a single, centralized toolkit for students to organize, build, and refine their applications to numerous institutions.”
The institutions within the Coalition are very concerned with how the college application process has worked over the years, favoring those with sufficient guidance, counseling, and technological resources and also those with greater financial means. The Coalition bases its stance on the college admissions process through several sets of research regarding student access, affordability, and success:
“A growing amount of research has shown that students from disadvantaged backgrounds often do not participate effectively in the college application process, struggle with applying for financial aid, and often are not awarded the financial aid for which they qualify. As a result, even some of the most highly qualified students do not attend college, or do not complete their degrees. The Coalition is developing a platform of tools to help reduce these barriers and create more equitable access to college for students from all backgrounds.”
As you read this, the Coalition is encouraging more institutions to join their ranks in order to right the wrongs they perceive in the college admissions process. It is important to note, too, that some top schools in the country have chosen not to be a part of the Coalition. These schools don’t necessarily disagree with the Coalition’s concerns, but they don’t believe that a new “common” application will solve those problems.
To learn about the new Coalition Application, continue to Part II of this three-part post on the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. . .