College Access & What's Really Working?

College Access & What's Really Working?

Emily Cole
on Sep 24, 2012

There are countless cities and states working hard to improve college access such as San Antonio, TX and Michigan. This is your chance to be transparent and to talk about collaborations and college access in your city.

Participants (2)

What do you think?

Anonymous
on 2017-07-25T18:36:25+00:00
Login or Register to contribute to this conversation

Recent Activity

Mary Gwen Wheeler
on Sep 27, 2012
"Louisville has a very volunteer-driven access network dubbed LouCAN, a network of providers who..."
Emily Cole
on Sep 24, 2012
"What's working in your city to improve college access? What's the future of college access in the..."

Emily Cole

Emily Cole - 2017-07-25T18:36:25+00:00 - "There are countless cities and states working hard to improve college access such as San Antonio,..."

Continue Reading

Mary Gwen Wheeler
on Sep 27, 2012 - 4:34 pm

Louisville has a very volunteer-driven access network dubbed LouCAN, a network of providers who find it useful to come together once a month to share what's going on and discuss best practices.  From that group, 55,000 Degrees, our public-private partnership to increase college atttainment, gets info to post about events and activities on our calendar, and gets ideas for collaborative action.  For instance, we are working to promote College Application Week in November, and all our public and parochial high schools have committed to work on college applications that week, with a goal of 80% of all seniors applying to at least one college.  This year 55K is seeking support from community organizations by issuing an ITP -- Invitation to Participate. The ITP is a trademarked process that Alignment Nashville created to engage partners in a formal way aligned to common outcomes.

 
Emily Cole
on Sep 24, 2012 - 9:49 am

What's working in your city to improve college access? What's the future of college access in the next 5-10 years in your city? 

Eyra Perez, Executive Director of the San Antonio Education Partnership describes there work in San Antonio by saying, "There are a lot of pockets of excellent work taking place. What we have purposely done is build connections between all that work, bring it all together into working toward one vision and one mission for the city, and break it into silos." That sounds easy, right? The reality is that it was hard work to bring multiple constitutencies together, and now San Antonio is doing really incredible work! They aren't the only city doing exemplary work, and so it's your chance to show off.

How does college access work in your city? How is it evolving? Have you done an honest inventory of everything that's happening in your city and looked at the best practices right in your backyard? (If so, we want to hear about it and so do your peers in cities across the country.)

Have you formed a local college access network? Michigan has 48 LCAN's throughout the state and despite the hard work they are moving college access forward. Have you formed a network in your city or throughout your state? How did you start and how do you keep it moving onward and upward?

Share what's working. Keep the conversation going. Learn from one another.