OnTrack

Improving the odds for college completion.

What is OnTrack?

On Track gives students visibility into their GPAs and provides them with tools to keep up with classes. At both the class and assignment level, students can track actual grades and explore what-if scenarios, helping them keep their GPAs at the levels required to receive financial aid and avoid academic probation.

News

Margo Wright has been accepted to 4.0 Schools Launch fellowship to continue her work with OnTrack!

Why it matters:

Experience-based advice from family and friends is critical for students to navigate the web of rules surrounding financial aid, university bills, and GPAs. This guidance is absent for low-income, first-generation students, and a misstep can leave them locked out of their education with nothing but debt.

Who it helps:

  • The first-generation college student whose family is rooting for her to earn their first degree.
  • The working student who gives up on college because it seems impossible to get off of academic probation.
  • The financial aid recipient who misses the withdrawal deadline and gets stuck with a bill he can’t pay.

The potential impact:

American graduation rates are far from impressive. The national average is 52%, but for first-generation, low-income students, the figure drops to 11%. By giving students a capability to keep up, OnTrack is good for students and schools.

The team behind OnTrack

Margo Wright

Fellow

With degrees from both Harvard and Stanford and 20 years of leadership in the retail, technology and nonprofit sectors, Margo applies broad business expertise to the problems of college attrition. Most recently, she worked as a Senior Manager at the Harlem Children's Zone before starting her own social enterprise.

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Margo Wright

Margo Wright

Fellow

Ariana Koblitz

Designer

Ariana is a product experience designer with a knack for storytelling. She honed her craft working on consumer and consulting projects in Beijing, Berlin, and the US, and spent time in Cambodia developing products for the rural poor. Design is also a hobby, although her after hours work involves metal, wood, paper and glue.

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Ariana Koblitz

Ariana Koblitz

Designer

Monica Parra

Designer

Monica is a product designer who has worked for multiple editorial companies including Thomson Reuters, Spin, and Newsweek, where she kicked off the online magazine The Daily Beast. More recently, she has pivoted to work with startups, focusing primarily on interface design.

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Monica Parra

Monica Parra

Designer

Scott Tuddenham

Developer

Scott’s skill for developing software and models has led him to build a number of financial technology projects. He singularly built a successful trading company in commodities and currency futures by designing and developing models and coding algorithms that profitably trade the markets.

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Scott Tuddenham

Scott Tuddenham

Developer

Costas Vlahakis

Developer

Costas has a broad range of application architecture and web development expertise. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California, and has worked on both the back-end and front-end of software development. His latest interest is leveraging this expertise to produce cutting-edge mobile applications.

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Costas Vlahakis

Costas Vlahakis

Developer