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Slide 2 Co-Sponsored by the WV Department of Education and the WV Higher Education Policy Commission Charleston, WV August 2-3, 2011 Slide 3 West Virginia Access Center for Higher Education (WVACHE) Sarita A. Rhonemus, Ph.D. Bluefield State College WVACHE Executive Director AHE Network Coordinator/Consultant Educational Opportunity Center Director Interim Director Office of Scholarly Research and Sponsored Programs Slide 4 What Brings You Here Today? Slide 5 What You Will Learn Today Overview and Brief History of WVACHE Establishment and Expansion of Appalachian Higher Education Network Barriers to Postsecondary Education The Model Program Ideas that Work Comments from WVACHE Grantees Resources to Promote Postsecondary Awareness Recommended Reading Slide 6 The purpose of the West Virginia Access Center for Higher Education (WVACHE) is to encourage and assist high-school students to continue their education by enrolling in postsecondary education. Overview of WVACHE Slide 7 Aligned with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to increase access to postsecondary education for West Virginia students, WVACHE is based on a successful model developed for Appalachian Ohio. The WVACHE has pursued its mission by providing two-year Access Project grants to Public high schools in West Virginia on a competitive basis. These Access Projects implement activities that encourage students to consider college (whether a two- or four-year degree program), explore careers, and find financial aid to help them pursue higher education. Overview of WVACHE Slide 8 Overview of WVACHE, cont. The WVACHE focuses on future higher-education access efforts based on a significant study called Appalachian Access and Success Significant disparities between the proportion of the population who sees the need for, and aspires to, higher education versus the number actually participating Initial and subsequent studies can be found at www.oache.org www.oache.org Slide 9 Overview of WVACHE, cont. Founded in 1998 with assistance from the Appalachian Regional Commission as the first replication of the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education Model Program A program of Bluefield State College Incorporated in 2000 and earned 501 (c)(3) status as a non-profit Slide 10 Appalachian Higher Education Network Service Area Slide 11 West Virginia Educational Needs Index Source: www.educationalneedsindex.com Slide 12 Why Dont They Go? You already know the answers. Slide 13 Barriers Keeping Our Students from Pursuing Post- Secondary Education Why Dont They Go? Lack of information; want to go but dont know how to go Lack of role models due to low educational attainment in the family No knowledge of financial aid and the process Education not a priority Lack an understanding of the importance of an education and how it connects to quality of life Fear of the unknown/failure Need immediate gratification Unable to set long term goals and think strategically about the future Perceived high cost of college Thinking not smart enough Low self esteem Lack of encouragement Unexpected pregnancy Drug and alcohol addiction Slide 14 Making it real Slide 15 The Suitcase Story Slide 16 CAVE Dwellers C C olleagues A A gainst V V irtually E E verything Slide 17 Student Success What are those things that would make any student jump for joy at school? Slide 18 Improving Student Success for All What should schools be doing? Establish a plan Work with all students to Explore career interests Inform about postsecondary education Build self-esteem and self-confidence Slide 19 WVACHE Suitcase Campus visits Parental involvement College and career fairs Motivational speeches by college students Teacher/staff visits to schools/industry Business alliances and partnerships Mentoring relationships Slide 20 WVACHE Suitcase Guest speakers from community Assigned essays that inform students of college costs, programs, and economic advantages Displays in common area of school with names of students who have applied to college Social media activities that connect students to higher education Teacher diplomas displayed outside of classroom door College sweatshirt day Slide 21 Other Ideas that Work Career Exposition Junior Pennant Designs Senior Campus Visit Graduate Day ACT Preparation Course Financial Aid Evening Event Senior Recognition College Goal Sunday College Application Week CFWV.com Slide 22 Seriously think about what it would take to become a community working together to solve a community problem Slide 23 Engaging All Leaders Slide 24 Hollowing Out the Middle Slide 25 Failure is NOT an Option Slide 26 The Influence of Teachers Slide 27 Additional Reading The Collective Leadership Storybook: Weaving Strong Communities. Karma Ruder, Lead Editor The Other Wes Moore, Wes Moore, Author Slide 28 Take Away Focus should be on Building confidence and self-esteem for all students, not just a select few Helping students and parents explore college opportunities and career possibilities Demystifying the college experience Slide 29 Bulletin Board Ideas Slide 30 Slide 31 Slide 32 Slide 33 Slide 34 Slide 35 Slide 36 Slide 37 Circle, Square, Triangle A question going around in my head? Something that squares with my beliefs and my work? Three important points to remember. Used with permission from the Center for Evidence-Based Education, 609-952-2205 Slide 38 Resources College Foundation of West Virginia and College Goal Sunday WV College Foundation of West Virginia and College Goal Sunday WV www.cfwv.com Vocational Information Center Site Map Vocational Information Center Site Map http://www.khake.com/page35.html College Toolkit College Toolkit www.www.collegetoolkit.com Know How to Go Know How to Go http://www.knowhow2go.org College Navigator College Navigator http://www.nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ Slide 39 Questions and Answers

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