CACG Network Meeting #6

A New Economic Landscape: The Future of Access and Success

The sixth meeting of WICHE's College Access Challenge Grant Network took place in Salt Lake City, Utah June 8-9, 2011. CACG project leaders from Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming met to discuss their college access work in the context of continued economic uncertainty. Participants shared new developments and strategies for evaluating peer mentoring efforts, discussed ongoing challenges and strategies for success in developing college-going cultures among low-income students, and heard about new efforts to share data across state lines. While the future of the College Access Challenge Grant program may be uncertain due to ongoing federal budget debates, project directors are continuing to emphasize development of sustainable programs to help low-income students enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

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Speaker: Gail Kaufman, director, University of California, Berkeley Center for Educational Partnerships

Speaker: Lora Jorgensen, director of outreach and early awareness, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education

  • Session: What’s Coming Next: The Federal Update

Speaker: Greg Darnieder, senior advisor to the secretary on the college access initiative, US Department of Education (via teleconference)

Speaker: Brian Prescott, director of policy research, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Speaker: Dennis Jones, president, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems

Speaker: Sharmila Basu Conger, senior policy analyst, State Higher Education Executive Officers