Today we continued carrying out the “Immersion” step of the design process. As a team we shared and discussed research and information collected from both secondary and primary sources. Ken, Advait, and Erin had already reached out to primary sources and are in the process of scheduling interviews with some of these contacts. From this research we collected information regarding subspaces:
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Finances pose a significant barrier to college attendance and this can even affect students who have been accepted to college and end up choosing not to go between the spring of senior year and their first semester.
[if !supportLists]· [endif]While there is a strong correlation between parental education and children attending college, there are many confounding factors (ie. parents without a college degree are more likely to be in a lower income bracket which is another quality that correlates with low offspring college attendance rate).
We then made a list of questions to ask in future interviews and then continued contacting community partners, which include college advisors, college-prep programs outside of school, and programs for first-generation college students.
Our next step is to finish conducting these interviews synthesize what we learn from them so that we can begin ideating.