Broadening Our Reach to Expand our Impact

Members of WICHE's College Access Regional (CAR) Network gathered in Bismarck on June 3 and 4 for discussions that included strategies for serving rural and underrepresented students, postsecondary pathways for disconnected youth, collaborative data sharing, and research on reducing "summer melt."

The agenda for the meeting is available here.

Presentations:

Reaching Rural and Underserved Areas: North Dakota

Speaker: Laura Fiedler, scholarship and grant coordinator director, Bank of North Dakota

Collecting Data on College Access Programs: Lessons from GEAR UP

Speaker: Weiya Liang, director of college access and support, Washington Student Achievement Council

Handouts: GEAR UP Student and Parent/Family Definitions: Guidelines for GEAR UP Program Services

Additional Common Definitions: GEAR UP Student Definition

Creating and Submitting GEAR UP CCREC Individual Service Record Files

Reaching Rural and Underserved Areas: Alaska

Speakers: Rebekah Matrosova, director of outreach and early awareness, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education

Greg Monrad, Alaska college and career advising corps program manager, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education

Effectively Engaging the Business Community in the College Access and Completion Agenda

Speakers: David Farnsworth, manager of North Dakota power generation and engineering, Great River Energy
Handout: Examples of Business/Government Partnerships

Yvonn Weigel, RESP Succeed 2020 project director, Roughrider Education Services Provider

Reaching Rural and Underserved Areas: Idaho

Speaker: Jessica Piper, CACG program director, Idaho Board of Education

Reaching Rural and Underserved Areas: Utah

Speaker: Melissa Miller Kincart, assistant commissioner, outreach and access, Utah System of Higher Education

Freezing the Summer Melt: Evidence-based, Cost-Effective Strategies to Increase College Enrollment and Persistence Among Underrepresented StudentsStarting Strong: First Year Success

Speaker: Lindsay Page, research assistant professor of education, University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Handout: The not-so-lazy days of summer: Experimental interventions to increase college entry among low-income high school graduates

Summer Nudging: Can Personalized Text Messages and Peer Mentor Outreach Increase College Going Among Low-Income High School Graduates?

Reengaging Disconnected Youth: An Important (Yet Sometimes Forgotten) Piece of the Puzzle

Speaker: Jennifer Brown Lerner, deputy director, American Youth Policy Forum