KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) announced today that it will partner with Lycoming College in an effort to increase college completion rates for underserved KIPP students nationwide.
"I am delighted that Lycoming College has become part of the KIPP Through College community," said Kent Trachte, Ph.D., president of Lycoming College. "KIPP does extraordinary work providing students from undeserved communities with a first-rate college preparatory education. Through this relationship, Lycoming will recruit, educate and launch the careers of the most talented students in the country."
The partnership comes on the heels of a visit in spring 2013 to Lycoming College by 140 high school students and school staff from KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy in Philadelphia. Through the partnership, Lycoming seeks to recruit and enroll 15 qualified KIPP alumni total for the first two years of the partnership. Lycoming will provide support to enrolled KIPP alumni throughout their time on campus and also create a pre-college summer experience for KIPP high school students to expose them to the rigor and expectations of college and help them prepare for the challenges ahead.
Students from the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) are given a tour of Lycoming College’s campus.
"We are excited to partner with Lycoming College," said Marc Mannella, CEO of KIPP Philadelphia Schools (KPS). "Our high school KIPPsters had a fantastic visit to Lycoming and came away energized about their future college careers. This partnership will open doors of opportunity and support KIPP alumni at Lycoming."
Led by Mannella, KPS consists of four public schools enrolling 1,500 students in Philadelphia, 97 percent of whom are African American or Hispanic; 86 percent of students qualify for the federal free and reduced-price meals program. Approximately 80 percent of students at KPS leave 8th grade proficient or advanced in math and 76 percent leave proficient or advanced in reading.
KIPP Philadelphia is part of a national network of 141 KIPP public charter schools. A released this year by independent research firm Mathematica showed that KIPP middle schools nationwide are producing positive, significant and substantial achievement gains for students in all grades and four subjects-math, reading, science and social studies. Mathematica researchers found that KIPP achieved these academic gains with students that entered middle school with lower achievement scores than their peers in neighboring district schools.
According to 2010 U.S. Census data, 31 percent of Americans aged 25-29 have earned a college degree. For students in the bottom economic quartile, only 11 percent complete college by their mid-20s. As of fall 2012, 40 percent of KIPP students have earned a four-year college degree after finishing eighth grade at a KIPP middle school 10 or more years ago. KIPP's college completion rate is above the national average for all students and four times the rate for students from low-income families nationwide. KIPP's goal is to reach a college completion rate that is comparable to that of the nation's highest-income students.
Lycoming joins a growing list of KIPP college partners, including Brown University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Rutgers University-Camden, the University of Pennsylvania and Spelman College. A complete list of KIPP's college partners can be found at .