Youth and young adults spend time in foster care are among the most underrepresented groups of students on college campuses nationwide with college completion rates ranging from 4-6%. Dr. Doris M. Houston and Dr. Christopher Gjesfjeld are collaborating with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to implement an on-line survey, which examines the social, emotional, and academic factors most predictive of success in college among students receiving DCFS services. Additional FAYS activities include
FAYS Part II is a qualitative interview research project that implements face-to-face interviews with Illinois College students receiving DCFS services. The project encourages students to have a voice about the factors that contribute to their academic, social, and emotional well-being.