SWAG to College is no exception. The organization must continue to check its progress and success with students in order to keep improving and growing. The vision of SWAG to College is to pair up mentees in high school with mentors in college that come from similar backgrounds in order to help guide the younger mentees through the college application process. It is the goal that more high school students, with the help of SWAG, will be able to successfully go through the college application process and eventually attend a university that is a good fit for them. In evaluating SWAG to College, it is important to consider quantitative data, like GPA and college acceptances, as well as qualitative data that consider the type of experiences SWAG students have in the program. For example, because one of SWAG’s main goals is preparedness for the college application process and success in the college admissions process itself, it is necessary to gather data on not only the types of colleges SWAG seniors are applying to and entering, but also how they feel SWAG has prepared them for the next phase in their educational careers. SWAG could also learn a lot about how to improve its program from surveying the mentors involved; they are essentially the workers on the ground that could shed light on problems that those not directly connected to the mentees may not be aware of. Moreover, asking the students about what they feel they should be receiving from SWAG will help the organization change in order to better suit their students’ needs.
It is no question that continuing to evaluate and assess the success of a nonprofit organization is not only beneficial, but also crucial for its improvement. Conducting evaluations can help an organization understand its strengths and weaknesses, helping it adjust its programs to better serve their communities and carry out their missions. For SWAG, evaluating its impact will not only bring light to its current successes, but will also help the organization more effectively serve its students for college admissions cycles to come.
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