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Gallery of Good Practices

GoGP1 - CollegePoint Virtual College Advising
Tuesday, 10.11.16 - 5:15pm-6:15pm

Description: CollegePoint, a Bloomberg Philanthropies and America Achieves initiative, is a collaboration among leading college access and success organizations to address the college undermatching issue for high-achieving, low- and moderate-income students. CollegePoint’s goal is to increase the number of these students enrolling in top-performing colleges from 1/3 of 75,000 students today to more than 1/2 by 2020, using a near-peer virtual advising model. Advisors use technology to connect with students individually and virtually to provide college application and financial aid support and help students identify and apply for scholarships. This year, CollegePoint works with over 12,000 students. Participants will hear about CollegePoint’s impact, challenges, and cross-organizational learnings about serving this demographic of students. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions about and share experiences with virtual or remote advising.

Takeaways:  Participants will 1. learn about how virtual advising is driving positive results, and discuss how it can supplement in-school counseling and provide additional support to a broad spectrum of students and 2. learn more about how virtual college advising is being used to address the college undermatching issue for high-achieving, low- and moderate-income students. The audience will hear about best practices, challenges, and the initial impact of virtual advising in particular.

Brett Kimmel, America Achieves College Access and Success

GoGP2 - Do We Really Want To Be In The Scholarship Business? - The Community Foundation View
Tuesday, 10.11.16 - 5:15pm-6:15pm

Description: An overview of smaller, medium-sized community foundation's attitude toward scholarships. They take so much time. They have so many moving parts. They are not cost-effective. Selection of scholarship management software or online services is difficult and confusing. Why bother?

Takeaways:  Participants will learn 1. why scholarships are a valuable part of community foundations' work, 2. how they can be effective PR for foundations, and 3. how they can be used to build new relationships.

Track: Scholarship Program Basics

Rob McMaster, Lincoln Community Foundation

GoGP3 - Rethinking the Scholarship Office Model: What is the right fit?
Tuesday, 10.11.16 - 5:15pm-6:15pm

Description: This presentation focuses on the success of an alternative model where the scholarship process is handled outside of financial aid or the foundation office. Housed within the Office of Enrollment Management, Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University created the University Scholarship Office (2008) to maximize the recruitment power of institutional scholarships. The efforts between the Office of Admissions, specifically, and the University Scholarship office has opened up many doors for recruitment and allows students to know all scholarship offers at the same time as their admittance to the university. The University Scholarship office has worked alongside the University Honors office to recruit high achieving, talented students. We believe in high-end recruiting through the admissions process.

Takeaways:  The purpose of this presentation is to expose conference attendees to a unique and successful organizational model.

Kelly Pierce, Indiana State University
Sarah Wurtz, Indiana State University

GoGP4 - The $500 Fix: What We Learned after Offering Emergency Grants for Three Years
Tuesday, 10.11.16 - 5:15pm-6:15pm

Description: Sometimes students need large-scale interventions. Other times only a small boost. In 2012, Great Lakes funded our first emergency grant program. We hoped to find out one thing: would making small grants to students facing unforeseen financial emergencies reduce the number of students who drop out? We answered that question, and learned a lot more! We learned a lot from our first three year grant and incorporated the lessons learned into our current grant. For more information on the best practices we learned, visit https://community.mygreatlakes.org/mglstatic/community/forms/EG_Emergency_Grant_Closing_Report_2012-15_0216.pdf

Takeaways:  Participants will learn 1. why emergency grants are needed, 2. how emergency grants can help students in more than one way, and 3. what makes a successful emergency grant program.

Benjamin Dobner, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

GoGP5 - Using Experiential Education Models for Retention of Underrepresented Students
Tuesday, 10.11.16 - 5:15pm-6:15pm

Description: This session is designed to explore student mentoring programs and internships from The American Indian College Fund and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) that engage underserved student populations from a variety of rural higher education experiences. Such experiential education models are a result of current statistics stating that American Indians and Alaska Natives over the age of 25 have the lowest Bachelor’s degree attainment level in the nation (American Community Survey, 2013). The American Indian College Fund, in partnership with TCUs across the country, seek to reverse this trend by bolstering student persistence through targeted mentoring and internship opportunities that consider the needs and challenges these communities face. This session will explore student persistence through an experiential education framework within traditional and non-traditional mentorship and internship programs.

Takeaways:  1. Understanding differences in traditional and non-traditional mentoring practices.  2. Discussing how program design further impact student persistence in internship programs.  3. Engaging in the discourse of student persistence within a given experiential education program.

Track: Advanced


Stevie Lee, American Indian College Fund

GoGP6 - Snapp Your App
Tuesday, 10.11.16 - 5:15pm-6:15pm

Description: ScholarSnapp (www.scholarsnapp.org) helps students complete more scholarship and college applications in less time. Most applications ask for the same information that has to be entered over and over again. ScholarSnapp can autocomplete most fields on an application, and saves hours of time. As a provider, what are the benefits to you? It's free. Saves your applicants time. Helps applicants who do not receive your scholarship reuse their application data to apply for other scholarships.  Puts students in control of reusing their own data. This year, a centralized application website has been added to the ScholarSnapp functionality that allows students to manage their application data in a single place. Please join us to learn more about how ScholarSnapp works.  More than half a million students have opted in to ScholarSnapp…have you?

Takeaways:  The new real-time data transfer of Scholar Snapp.    That adoption has finally taken off with more than half a million students opting in.    That it is as easy as ever to adopt technically.

Kevin Byrne, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Mike Baur, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Thank you to the following organizations for their generous support!

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