Developing your committee

Finding Stakeholders:

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

Define Roles:

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.

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