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Keeping Them in College<br />Chris Klefeker,<br />Foster Care Liaison;<br />Harrison Thompson,<br />Student<br />Miami Uni...
Sobering Statistics<br />67% of foster care alumni who enter college drop out before graduation<br />Less than 2% of forme...
Factors that Undermine College Retention<br />Lack of college readiness<br />Lack of family support<br />Lack knowledge of...
Facilitating Campus Support<br />To ensure student success, it is necessary to provide financial, academic, and emotional/...
Zero Budget Model<br />All three campuses of Miami University, along with the new VOA site, have named  Ohio Reach Liaison...
Why Campus Liaisons??<br />Why are Campus Liaisons a vital part of the Ohio Reach initiative to increase the number of fos...
Campus Liaison Qualifications<br />Familiarity with the needs of foster youth<br />Willingness and ability to advocate for...
Campus Liaison Responsibilities<br />Post Ohio Reach Symbol in your office and add your Foster Care Liaison title to your ...
Campus Connections<br />	Supporting success for foster care youth in higher education requires working collaboratively wit...
Keys to Campus Survival<br />Housing during breaks<br />Transportation<br />Support systems<br />
Identifying College Students from Foster Care<br />FAFSA data base queries (question #53)<br />Work w/ your area independe...
Higher Ed and Child Welfareas Partners<br />Identify potential and current students<br />Raise awareness of community reso...
College Retention<br />Better preparation - CW<br />Connections on campus<br />Choosing a college closer to home<br />OCOG...
Evaluating Success<br />Grades and GPA<br />Courses taken<br />On-Campus activities<br />Transfers and reasons for doing s...
Open Discussion<br />
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  1. 1. Keeping Them in College<br />Chris Klefeker,<br />Foster Care Liaison;<br />Harrison Thompson,<br />Student<br />Miami University-Hamilton<br />
  2. 2. Sobering Statistics<br />67% of foster care alumni who enter college drop out before graduation<br />Less than 2% of former foster youth complete a bachelor's degree, compared with 24% of the general population<br />
  3. 3. Factors that Undermine College Retention<br />Lack of college readiness<br />Lack of family support<br />Lack knowledge of available resources<br />Family issues (e.g. single parent, trying to support <br /> bio-parent or siblings)<br />Housing challenges (e.g. holidays, summer break)<br />
  4. 4. Facilitating Campus Support<br />To ensure student success, it is necessary to provide financial, academic, and emotional/social support.<br />A full-time designated point person is vital for the success of foster youth at the university.<br />Whether or not the university is able to provide a comprehensive scholarship for students aging out of foster care, financial advising is essential.<br />*Research Brief: Building a Campus Support Network For Students Emerging from Foster Care, Education Advisory Board, Washington DC, June 10, 2009<br />
  5. 5. Zero Budget Model<br />All three campuses of Miami University, along with the new VOA site, have named Ohio Reach Liaisons.<br />Each liaison is linked with a different student support office: advising, learning assistance, transition/retention.<br />The state does not provide financial assistance.<br />
  6. 6. Why Campus Liaisons??<br />Why are Campus Liaisons a vital part of the Ohio Reach initiative to increase the number of foster care youth who enroll in higher education?<br />Because “youth from care need a caring trusted staff person who has primary responsibility to identify them and consistently provide guidance in navigating higher education.”<br />*Appendix B: Supporting Success: Improving Higher Education Outcomes for Youth from Foster Care, which 2010 Ohio Reach Summit participants will receive in hard-copy form.<br />
  7. 7. Campus Liaison Qualifications<br />Familiarity with the needs of foster youth<br />Willingness and ability to advocate for support throughout the university community<br />Knowledge of available resources available within the university and ability to network effectively<br />Listening skills and availability to interact with students<br />*Research Brief: Building a Campus Support Network For Students Emerging from Foster Care, Education Advisory Board, Washington DC, June 10, 2009<br />
  8. 8. Campus Liaison Responsibilities<br />Post Ohio Reach Symbol in your office and add your Foster Care Liaison title to your business cards<br />Work with child welfare partners to recruit foster youth to apply to the program and identify college students with foster care backgrounds<br />Provide support and assisting students on a day-to-day basis<br />Train campus staff about issues challenging foster youth on campus and over school breaks and vacations.<br />*Research Brief: Building a Campus Support Network For Students Emerging from Foster Care, Education Advisory Board, Washington DC, June 10, 2009<br />
  9. 9. Campus Connections<br /> Supporting success for foster care youth in higher education requires working collaboratively within the university structure:<br />Registrar<br />Financial Aid<br />Housing <br />Academic Advising<br />Counseling Center<br />Learning Center<br />*Research Brief: Building a Campus Support Network For Students Emerging from Foster Care, Education Advisory Board, Washington DC, June 10, 2009<br />
  10. 10. Keys to Campus Survival<br />Housing during breaks<br />Transportation<br />Support systems<br />
  11. 11. Identifying College Students from Foster Care<br />FAFSA data base queries (question #53)<br />Work w/ your area independent living, child welfare/social workers, and agencies<br />Brochures, posters, media spots<br />Websites – both college, social services, and youth <br />http://www.regionals.muohio.edu/fostercare/<br />Foster care status question on applications & “sign in” forms <br />Outreach to area high school counselors<br />Use of Ohio Reach Symbol in your office and your Foster Care Liaison title on your business cards<br />Word of mouth – student/youth networks <br />
  12. 12. Higher Ed and Child Welfareas Partners<br />Identify potential and current students<br />Raise awareness of community resources for ALL students (i.e. housing, medical, food, transportation, child care, etc.)<br />Forge relationships with people who have a history with your student and are familiar with his or her situation<br />
  13. 13. College Retention<br />Better preparation - CW<br />Connections on campus<br />Choosing a college closer to home<br />OCOG and Pell Grant<br />Peer Support Networks – CW & H.Ed<br />College Liaison – H.E.<br />Paired with a mentor in the community - CW<br />Connections amongst schools for smooth transfers or relocations<br />
  14. 14. Evaluating Success<br />Grades and GPA<br />Courses taken<br />On-Campus activities<br />Transfers and reasons for doing so<br />If dropped out, reasons for doing so<br />Graduation<br />Current status, whereabouts, activities – ideally at certain time intervals (e.g., 1,3, & 5 years)<br />
  15. 15. Open Discussion<br />
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