The To&Through Project’s postsecondary success resources provide educators, high school students, and families with a set of tools to learn and spark conversations about what matters most for postsecondary success. Designed to engage a wide variety of audiences, the resources include college-focused issue briefs, presentations, posters, and more. Explore these resources below.

NCS Postsecondary Toolkit

The Network for College Success Postsecondary Success Toolkit

The Network for College Success's Postsecondary Success Toolkit is a collection of protocols, reports, resources, and artifacts that can help schools better support students to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college. The toolkit can provide your school or district with valuable information on how to develop postsecondary teams that are focused on research, data, and successful practices.

Postsecondary Success Issue Briefs

Postsecondary Success Issue Briefs

Research from the UChicago Consortium shows that GPA is a better predictor of college success than test scores. Yet, regardless of their academic qualifications, students’ likelihood of graduating from a given college mirrors a college’s overall graduation rate. The issue briefs below summarize these and other key UChicago Consortium research findings on what matters most for postsecondary success. They can be printed as flyers, or the text within the briefs can be incorporated into newsletters.

College Guiding Lesson Plans

College Guiding Lesson Plans

This counselor-created series of lesson plans is designed to foster student reflection and discussion on college hopes, fears, and goals. The lesson plans cover a range of topics — from motivations to attend college to the transition to college and challenges students may encounter in college. They also feature videos of current college students reflecting on their journeys to and through college and offering first-hand advice on how to prepare for life after high school.

College Choice Presentation

College Choice Presentation

This PowerPoint presentation breaks down and illustrates key UChicago Consortium research findings on college choice. The presentation includes detailed talking points and can be shared with teachers, counselors, and other school staff members or partners to foster shared knowledge of the factors that matter most for students’ postsecondary success. Designed with a wide variety of audiences in mind, the presentation is also a useful tool for students and their families.

Posters for College-Bound Students

Posters for College-Bound Students

This set of “Did You Know?" posters are designed to draw students' attention to what matters most for their postsecondary success, based on decades of UChicago Consortium research. They can be printed and displayed in schools, after-school program facilities, and other spaces in which students are engaged in learning and pursuing their postsecondary goals. They can also be used as handouts or flyers.

Data Insights on Postsecondary Success

Data Insights on Postsecondary Success

The To&Through Project data insights on postsecondary success are visualizations of the UChicago Consortium’s most important research discoveries about what fosters postsecondary success. Designed to be easily understood by students and other key audiences, the data insights may be used in presentations, printed as flyers, or included in emails. Learn more about key levers for improving college graduation below.

    Myths and Facts about Postsecondary Success

    Myths and Facts about Postsecondary Success

    The path to and through high school and college is riddled with misguided notions and outdated assumptions about what students should know, do, and focus on in order to maximize their chances for success. Fortunately, more than a decade’s worth of research and data from the UChicago Consortium has helped solidify the facts and dispel myths about what it takes to make it to and through college. Explore our postsecondary-focused myths and facts below.

    Social Media Toolkit - Postsecondary Success Edition

    Social Media Toolkit: Postsecondary Success Edition

    This social media toolkit consists of sample Facebook posts and tweets that illuminate important insights on what matters most for students' college journeys. The language in this toolkit can also be used for other social media platforms, such as Instagram and Snapchat. Each post includes a link to student and parent/guardian resources designed to illuminate what matters most for students' postsecondary success.