David Johnston,  Connecticut Postsecondary Education Committee  Chris Klefeker,  Academic Adviser and Retention Specialist...
Higher Ed and Child Welfare as Partners <ul><li>Identify potential and current students </li></ul><ul><li>Raise awareness ...
First Steps <ul><li>Planning committee, representing relevant campus functions, creates a  pilot. </li></ul><ul><li>Design...
Open the Door to Their Future <ul><li>College visits  </li></ul><ul><li>FAFSA </li></ul><ul><li>ETV funds </li></ul><ul><l...
College Recruitment <ul><li>Hold ILP classes on a college campus </li></ul><ul><li>Send your foster care liaison to high s...
College Retention <ul><li>Better preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Connections on campus </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing a college ...
Keys to Campus Survival <ul><li>Housing during breaks </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Support systems <...
What About Evaluation? <ul><li>Grades and GPA </li></ul><ul><li>Courses taken </li></ul><ul><li>On-Campus activities </li>...
Six Elements for  Program Development: <ul><li>Designated leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Internal and external champions </l...
Identifying College Students from Foster Care <ul><li>FAFSA data base queries (question #53) </li></ul><ul><li>Work w/ you...
Collaborative Student Support: ETV Colleges Emancipation/ ILP
Existing Models:  Funded and Zero Budget
Funded Models <ul><li>Guardian Scholars - BSU </li></ul><ul><li>Seita Scholars - WMU </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. John Seita = fo...
Zero Budget Models <ul><li>Miami University </li></ul><ul><li>All three regional campuses along with the new VOA site have...
Zero Budget Models Continued <ul><li>Miami University </li></ul><ul><li>On the MU campuses the liaisons will work with an ...
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  • Supporting Student Success

    1. 1. David Johnston, Connecticut Postsecondary Education Committee Chris Klefeker, Academic Adviser and Retention Specialist, Foster Care Liaison; Miami University Hamilton Alisha Hawkins , Coordinator Guardian Scholars Program; Ball State University Eileen McCaffrey , Executive Director; Orphan Foundation of America Columbus State Community College, May 12, 2009 How We Can Help Students Succeed
    2. 2. Higher Ed and Child Welfare as Partners <ul><li>Identify potential and current students </li></ul><ul><li>Raise awareness of community resources for ALL students (i.e. housing, medical, food, transportation, child care, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Forge relationships with people who have a history with your student and are familiar with his or her situation </li></ul>
    3. 3. First Steps <ul><li>Planning committee, representing relevant campus functions, creates a pilot. </li></ul><ul><li>Designate a “champion” on campus; a &quot;single point of contact for foster youth,” </li></ul><ul><li>Create a “peer support group”, voluntarily attended, of foster youth on-campus – identified via ODJFS, foster parents, and quiet outreach on campus. </li></ul><ul><li>Train campus staff about issues challenging foster youth on campus and over school breaks and vacations. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Open the Door to Their Future <ul><li>College visits </li></ul><ul><li>FAFSA </li></ul><ul><li>ETV funds </li></ul><ul><li>GEAR UP: Gaining early awareness for undergraduate programs </li></ul><ul><li>TRIO: First-generation college students </li></ul><ul><li>AVID : Advancement via individual determination </li></ul>
    5. 5. College Recruitment <ul><li>Hold ILP classes on a college campus </li></ul><ul><li>Send your foster care liaison to high school visits, or to group homes or transition housing </li></ul><ul><li>Create posters and signs with Ohio Reach logo </li></ul><ul><li>Hold advising appointments with the emancipation coordinator and the prospective or new student </li></ul>
    6. 6. College Retention <ul><li>Better preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Connections on campus </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing a college closer to home </li></ul><ul><li>OCOG and Pell Grant </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Support Networks </li></ul><ul><li>College Liaison </li></ul><ul><li>Paired with a mentor in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Connections amongst schools for smooth transfers or relocations </li></ul>
    7. 7. Keys to Campus Survival <ul><li>Housing during breaks </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Support systems </li></ul>
    8. 8. What About Evaluation? <ul><li>Grades and GPA </li></ul><ul><li>Courses taken </li></ul><ul><li>On-Campus activities </li></ul><ul><li>Transfers and reasons for doing so </li></ul><ul><li>If dropped out, reasons for doing so </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation </li></ul><ul><li>Current status, whereabouts, activities – ideally at certain time intervals (e.g., 1,3, & 5 years) </li></ul>
    9. 9. Six Elements for Program Development: <ul><li>Designated leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Internal and external champions </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborations with community agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Data-driven decision making </li></ul><ul><li>Staff/peer support and professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability planning </li></ul>
    10. 10. Identifying College Students from Foster Care <ul><li>FAFSA data base queries (question #53) </li></ul><ul><li>Work w/ your area independent living, child welfare/social workers, and agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Brochures, posters, media spots </li></ul><ul><li>Websites – both college, social services, and youth </li></ul><ul><li>Foster care status question on applications & “sign in” forms </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach to area high school counselors </li></ul><ul><li>Use of Ohio Reach Symbol in your office and your Foster Care Liaison title on your business cards </li></ul><ul><li>Word of mouth – student/youth networks </li></ul>
    11. 11. Collaborative Student Support: ETV Colleges Emancipation/ ILP
    12. 12. Existing Models: Funded and Zero Budget
    13. 13. Funded Models <ul><li>Guardian Scholars - BSU </li></ul><ul><li>Seita Scholars - WMU </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. John Seita = foster care alum </li></ul><ul><li>2007 statewide conference initiated </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarship covers tuition and FA covers most other expenses (*51 students) </li></ul><ul><li>Campus Coaches </li></ul><ul><li>Career plans; life skills </li></ul><ul><li>Students on Planning Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Initiated by Lumina Foundation approaching BSU </li></ul><ul><li>Four campuses; three community colleges and one residential campus (*25-30 students) </li></ul><ul><li>Life skills, tutoring, care packages, social programming </li></ul><ul><li>Student Board </li></ul>
    14. 14. Zero Budget Models <ul><li>Miami University </li></ul><ul><li>All three regional campuses along with the new VOA site have named liaisons. </li></ul><ul><li>The state does not provide additional assistance. </li></ul><ul><li>Each liaison is linked with a different student support office: advising, learning assistance, transition/retention </li></ul><ul><li>CA FYSI Schools </li></ul><ul><li>110 CA community colleges participating </li></ul><ul><li>The state does not provide additional financial assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Each campus has an appointed liaison, whom is typically associated with the Financial Aid Office or EOP </li></ul>
    15. 15. Zero Budget Models Continued <ul><li>Miami University </li></ul><ul><li>On the MU campuses the liaisons will work with an average of 1-4 FCA per year, in addition to recruitment and advocacy efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive Financial Aid package (based on a “O” EFC) </li></ul><ul><li>Advising point of contact (*on three campuses) with their liaison </li></ul><ul><li>CA FYSI Schools </li></ul><ul><li>During 2007-2008 the smallest number of FCA seen by a campus was 1 student. The largest number seen was 495 students </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive Financial Aid package and assistance with filling out forms </li></ul><ul><li>Varying student supports i.e. counseling & advising </li></ul>
    16. 16. Open Discussion

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