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Deloitte’s Work With College Summit

Building a college-going culture in America

Deloitte is passionate about making college attendance the norm in America. Not only is it a social imperative, it is essential to developing the diverse labor pool that will keep our country competitive.

Since 2007, Deloitte has worked with College Summit, a national nonprofit whose mission is to increase college enrollment rates in low-income communities. Deloitte’s contributions to College Summit include pro bono work, cash, skilled volunteerism, board leadership and specialized counsel as needs arise, to meet our shared goal of building a college-going culture.

When Deloitte 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 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 -- putting thousands of students in need on a path toward success. This system, developed by Deloitte 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’s support:

  • 300 percent increase in the number of schools that receive college enrollment rate information and can act on it with students
  • 20 percent increase in college enrollment for College Summit participants

Our collaboration 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 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. Our collaboration is an example of how the business community can use its core strengths to help nonprofit organizations achieve long-term social impact.

“Deloitte’s commitment to our organization and what we are trying to achieve has been outstanding. Deloitte’s problem-solving expertise and volunteer passion are already helping College Summit advance to the next level.”

- J. B. Schramm
Founder of College Summit

Making a difference … differently

Related links

  • Initiative announced by College Summit at White House
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  • College Summit
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  • Making a difference … differently
    Watch how our collaboration with College Summit is changing lives.

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