Cross-sector partnerships are essential to helping students prepare for college.
In an effort to support these collaborations among key sectors--education, business, policy, and nonprofit and community organizations--the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) has developed a tactical guidebook to explain how some communities use cross-sector partnerships effectively to create greater academic alignment and increase college-readiness for underserved students.
The guidebook includes interviews with community leaders about their partnership engagement practices and results, as well as templates, tools and additional resources to implement the following 7 strategies along The Pathway to College:
- Develop students' aspirations for college
- Offer high-quality college-readiness curriculum to all students
- Deliver academic and social supports outside of the classroom
- Increase financial awareness and readiness for college
- Guide students through the college admissions process
- Create on-ramps to get students back on the college-going track
- Ease the transition to college for graduating high school students and adults
Use this guidebook to learn more about how different communities navigate The Pathway to College for their most underserved students and how you could potentially adopt these practices and tools in your own communities!
For more information about the tactical guidebook, contact: Julie Ajinkya, Ph.D, director of applied research, 202-861-8245, firstname.lastname@example.org
With support from Lumina Foundation, the tactical guidebook was produced for the Community Partnership for Attainment.