Developing your committee
Identify the higher education institution (s), non-profit organization (s), and possible funders that would be interested in forming a partnership to advance college completion and contribute to talent development for the community.
Think about colleges interested in improving their performance metrics, non-profits that have education and employment as one of their areas of interest, and potential corporations that also name higher education and employment as part of their social/ corporate responsibility interests.
Identify Best Practices:
Read and learn about topics such as the talent gap, college completion barriers for low-income students, hunger, and homelessness in college. Ensure you have some knowledge about these issues and what is being done to address them. We recommend visiting: The Hope Center, Helios Education Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and National College Access Network
Once you have identified your stakeholders, define your roles. Collectively, identify the tasks and contributions of each organization.
Define Criteria and Goals:
Define what criteria students need to qualify for funding (income, Pell Grant eligibility, grades, definition of emergency/ unexpected events, bills/things you would cover on their behalf). Define what you will measure as program success (re-enrollment, fall to fall retention, semester completion, graduation).
Form a Data Sharing Agreement/ Memorandum Of Understanding:
Develop an understanding of what will be provided by each organization (employees, funding, work-space) and what data will be exchanged/ accessed.