Deloitte United States: College Summit
Building a college-going culture in the United States
Deloitte United States is passionate about making college attendance the norm. Not only is it a social imperative, it is essential to developing the diverse labor pool that will keep America competitive.
Since 2006, Deloitte United States has worked with College Summit, a national nonprofit whose mission is to increase college enrollment rates in low-income communities. Deloitte United States’s contributions to College Summit include pro bono work, cash, skilled volunteerism, board leadership, and specialized counsel as needs arise to meet the shared goal of building a college-going culture.
When Deloitte United States began working with College Summit both parties knew that school leaders were working incredibly hard to help students. Yet, their efforts were often based on guesswork: schools didn’t know what was driving students to enroll in college or what was preventing them from doing so. The end results were largely unknown too; school administrators didn’t know what happened to students after they graduated high school. The one thing they did know was that without more information, their impact would always be limited.
From this starting point, Deloitte United States and College Summit embarked on a deeply integrated relationship that has resulted in the development of one of the most comprehensive data reporting systems available for tracking and measuring college enrollment that has put thousands of students in need on a path toward success. This system, developed by Deloitte United States on a pro bono basis, has helped College Summit increase its own productivity by as much as 87 percent. College Summit now spends less time generating reports and more time positively impacting the lives of thousands more students.
The impact of Deloitte United States’s support:
- 300 percent increase in the number of schools that receive college enrollment rate information and can act on it with students
- 18 percent increase in college enrollment for College Summit participants
Deloitte United States’s work with College Summit has been recognized and celebrated by the business community. The United States Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) has named Deloitte United States and College Summit winners of the 2010 Corporate Citizenship Partnership Award, among the nation’s highest honors for businesses and charitable organizations working together to address important social issues. The collaboration between Deloitte United States and College Summit is an example of how the business community can use its core strengths to help nonprofit organizations achieve long-term social impact.
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“College Summit is a great program that gave me the opportunity to explore a college campus at a time when I didn’t think college was a possibility. The program helped me develop a great college essay and simplified the college application process. College Summit also provided the support I needed to get through the college admission process. I have volunteered as an alumni leader and college counselor at various College Summit workshops as my way of giving back to such a great program.”
– Eldon Harmon, senior consultant, Deloitte & Touche LLP (US)