College-Going Culture


College-Going Culture refers to the environment, attitudes, and practices in schools and communities that encourage students and families to obtain the information, tools, and perspective to enhance access to and success in post-secondary education. CCASN has conducted workshops that help educators promote a college-going culture in their schools:

  • Advancing a college-going culture in high school
  • Improving student access to courses meeting college entrance standards
  • How to conduct a transcript evaluation analysis
  • How SLCs and Career Academies can advance college going

CCASN offers training and workshops to teachers, schools and districts. To learn more about our workshops, please go to our Contact page pand enter your question or request.

In today’s economy it is important for all students to have the option of attending some type of postsecondary education.  CCASN recommends UC Berkeley’s Center for Educational Partnership’s College-Going Culture website. It provides resources to help high schools transition to college.

From Profile of the California Partnership Academies, 2009-2010; Career Academies Support Network, 2011.

The content on this website includes the 9 elements of college-going culture:

  • College Talk
  • Clear Expectations
  • Information and Resources
  • Comprehensive Counseling Model
  • Testing and Curriculum
  • Faculty Involvement
  • Family Involvement
  • College Partnerships
  • Articulation


As early as elementary school, students begin to learn about options for their futures and the education required for certain careers, with a specific focus starting in middle school. Schools convey the expectation that all students can prepare for the opportunity to attend and be successful in post-secondary education. Schools, families, and communities all reinforce the same message of high expectations for a student’s future.