Integrating a Developmental Approach to College Access

College access initiatives should focus on adolescent development so that students develop a sense of active agency as they explore postsecondary options. 

In Tool Set B, the Network for College Success highlights two sources that can help Counselors and other educators as they integrate a developmental approach to college access: Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Development Framework by the UChicago Consortium and Ready, Willing, and Able by Savitz-Romer and Bouffard. The UChicago Consortium research offers a developmental framework to consider students’ needs from preschool to young adulthood. Ready, Willing, and Able posits how adolescents move toward their postsecondary destinations and how educators can help support them through college readiness activities. 

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The full Integrating a Developmental Approach to College Access Tool Set is available for download. The download includes the four tools in this Tool Set.

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Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework

This research report offers wide-ranging evidence on what young people need to develop from preschool to young adulthood in order to succeed in college and career as well as have healthy relationships, be engaged citizens, and make wise choices.

The summary of the report is included in this Toolkit. For the entire report, click here >


Building Behaviors, Beliefs, and Identity in College Counseling

A UChicago Consortium research presentation that brings together two strands of related research: 1) postsecondary access and attainment, and 2) adolescent development.


Ready, Willing, and Able Educational Leadership Article

In Ready, Willing, and Able, Savitz-Romer and Bouffard call for a new approach to postsecondary work: one that emphasizes the key developmental tasks and processes of adolescence and integrates them into existing college-access practices in meaningful ways.


Exploring Identity Statuses

This activity explores the four statuses of College-Going Identity as discussed in Ready, Willing, and Able by Savitz-Romer and Bouffard.