NJ'S COLLEGE ACCESS CHALLENGE
“ TOOLS FOR COLLEGE ACCESS”
Aim High Academy Grant Program
As part of the federally funded College Access Challenge Grant, for the last three years the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education has provided high-achieving high school students with exposure to college through a summer intensive experience. These precollege programs, titled Aim High Academy (AHA), have provided an array of education enrichment activities for high-achieving, low-income and/or 1st generation students with the primary goal to better prepare students and motivate them to attend college. The AHA programs are campus-based, residential, and offered for at least three consecutive weeks during the summer.
The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education is planning to fund one more round of the AHA programs in the summer of 2014. The hosting institutions will be announced on the website in January 2014
The colleges and universities that have hosted an AHA program have designed and developed their own curriculum based on their different institutional characteristics which emphasize problem solving, leadership training, and team interaction. The programs have been structured around a specific discipline or disciplines (e.g., math) and have provided students with exposure to higher level learning, such as the ability to participate in research and to interact with faculty outside the classroom. Each program is unique, but the common goals of focusing on secondary school graduation and increasing college admissions and retention have been pursued all.