Phoenix/Los Angeles (PRWEB) November 19, 2013
College Prep Mastery, Inc., the only full service online college planning system and WebWise Tutors, LLC, a premier provider of online tutoring services, are pleased to announce a strategic partnership aimed at offering a comprehensive pathway for students to prepare for and succeed in college.
Sharing a common belief that all students should have equal access to the resources, skills and mentorship that will allow them the best opportunity for success at the college level, the two independent companies have partnered to provide all the academic tutoring and career guidance today’s student will need to create the future they desire.
Statistically speaking, the demand for a collaborative and all-inclusive approach to improving college access has never been more critical. According to new Census Bureau numbers, a total of 10.3 million people were enrolled in four-year colleges in 2012, and nearly 6 million were enrolled in two-year colleges.
Unfortunately, the high cost of college, along with a lack of academic preparedness, is causing American students to drop out at alarming rates. According to a new study from Harvard University, only 56% of the students who enter America’s colleges and universities graduate within six years, while only 29% of students who enter two-year programs complete their degrees within three years.
One factor in the higher dropout rates, according to the Harvard study, is the rising cost of a college education. The cost of college has nearly sextupled since 1985, and the total amount of student loan debt held by Americans surpassed $1 trillion in 2011. Another factor in the dropout rate is that students aren’t prepared to face the academic challenges. According to Complete College America—a Washington-based nonprofit aimed at increasing college completion—4 in 10 high school graduates are required to take remedial courses when they start college. Researchers say that remedial numbers have increased from nearly one-third of incoming college freshmen in 2001, to about 40% currently. Furthermore, the ACT indicates only about a third of high school students are college-ready, yet around two-thirds of them are college-bound every year.
The need to academically prepare students for the workload they will eventually face when they reach college is equaled only by the need to prepare students and their parents to face the economic realities of choosing the right college. More than ever, students and parents need to simultaneously know how to finance education, choose the right school, and master the academic skills that will allow them to succeed. WebWise Tutors and College Prep Mastery have united to meet that challenge.
“It’s our responsibility to not only help get students into college, but to make sure they have the skills and the tools to stay in college,” said Christopher Spohn, CEO of WebWise Tutors. “Our mission is to continuously offer students the academic support that will help them gain acceptance into the college of their choice, and to foster the confidence they need to succeed once they arrive. But, clearly, this is not enough. Students also need the practical knowledge to finance and choose the school that matches their interests and education. Through our strategic partnership with College Prep Mastery, we will now be able to offer both the academic skills and the guidance needed to provide a comprehensive pathway for student success.”
“Our mission is to help schools and parents prepare their students for college and help parents navigate the available resources to put their child in the right school for them at the best price for the parents, said Chip Wittrock, Co-Founder of College Prep Mastery. “We see the implementation of our program, on a large scale, changing the collegiate system with the majority of students graduating in four years with little or no debt. We help students go to college prepared to succeed with the focus and tools it takes for them to graduate in 4 years and go into a career that resonates with their passions, interests, values, abilities and education."
About College Prep Mastery
College Prep Mastery is a full service online college planning system that was established to help families plan for, prepare for, and pay the least amount out of pocket expenses for college. Founded by Chip and Renee Wittrock, their services give opportunities for families to reduce the amount of student loan debt incurred before it happens, by doing pre-FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) planning and comparing their chosen colleges side by side to show the actual cost for that individual family to send their child to college. For more information, visit http://www.collegeprepmastery.com
About WebWise Tutors
WebWise Tutors offers a full array of online tutoring services to elementary, special education, middle school and high school students, as well as postsecondary, international, military and adult learners. Using the Blackboard Collaborate Platform, audio, video, and fully credentialed teachers, WebWise Tutors provides 24/7, easytoaccess tutoring that offers high quality curriculum aligned to common core standards. WebWise Tutors works collaboratively with students, families, teachers and other professionals to promote success through an instructional model that supports individualized learning. For more information, visit http://www.webwisetutors.com
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