Advancing Racial Equity in Higher Education Institute

What if the outcomes in higher education were no longer predictable by race or socio-economic status? Over two days in November, 80 administrators and more than 50 students from over a dozen colleges and universities will come together in St. Louis to delve into data, examine strategies and plan for greater equity in higher education. Facilitating the two-day Advancing Racial …

Professional Development Institute: Advising Students to Navigate High-Demand Career Pathways

Friday, November 22 8 AM to 2 PM – Workshop, including breakfast and lunch Location: University of Missouri St. Louis PDI is free to attend but pre-registration is required. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER About This Workshop This year St. Louis Graduates and EducationPlus will hold two Professional Development Institute workshops on connecting students to career pathways. The November 22 workshop …

Reviving Summer Bridge: UCM Revisits a Promising Practice in Promoting Equity

As Missouri heat and humidity swells, the stress that often accompanies college life also begins to rise as Central Summer Academy students at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) head into midterm…just 14 days after class began. It’s the afternoon. Students are clustered around tables with tutors and peer mentors. By now, the routine is fully established: Breakfast is followed …

Professional Development Institute: Financial Aid Advising for Student Success

Thank you to all who joined St. Louis Graduates, EducationPlus, MASFAP and counselor colleagues as we discussed effective ways to support students to make informed financial decisions in postsecondary planning. The workshop took place on September 13, 2019. Materials from the workshop: PDI Financial Aid 2019 Agenda Sample award ltr packet PDI Sept 13 Financial Aid PDI PPT FAFSAApp20-21 Now …

More African American UMSL students on track to graduate

Academic supports stemming from UMSL’s participation in the St. Louis Talent Hub has more students on pace to complete their degrees on time. As the St. Louis region grapples with its need for a diverse, skilled workforce, changes on college campuses are showing signs of progress. First-year students at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) earned the highest grade point …

Supporting Student Success through Flexible Financial Aid Strategies

How colleges and universities are using emergency grants, completion grants, debt forgiveness and other flexible financial aid strategies to increase retention and completion for low-income students, first-generation students and students of color. We had a terrific discussion on August 7th at the University of Missouri-Columbia on how to strengthen financial aid so it better supports low-income students, first-generation students and …

Building Cultural Competency to Strengthen Postsecondary Advising

This workshop took place on Friday, February 22nd at Deaconess Center for Child Well-being Workshop materials: Agenda Essential Elements of Restorative Circles General Circle Format What’s Important to Me  You Don’t Know My Story t-shirts Tools and resources: Racial Equity Tools Social Justice Toolbox Cultural Competency Specialist Materials – American School Counselor Association The Lens of Systemic Oppression – National Equity Project The Six …

Advising Students to Navigate High-demand Career Pathways

This workshop took place on Friday, January 25th at Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 36. Workshop Materials: Agenda MO SCORES Blueprint4Careers catalog PowerPoint slides – Nataly Garzon and Andi Harpring Blueprint4Careers credentialing programs spreadsheet (to use until site goes live in spring) STL Youth Jobs youth application for summer jobs 2019 St. Louis Internship Program (SLIP) PowerPoint slides – Shanise Johnson SLIP flyer STLCC …

Ensuring a Good Financial Fit: The Critical Role of Financial Aid Advising

This workshop took place on September 21, 2018. Thanks to all who participated! Co-presented with the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel (MASFAP) Agenda: Click here to download the agenda. Workshop Materials: Slide deck including slides from all presenters Financial aid resources from Amber Mitchell of Jennings High School

Match & Fit: Advising Students for Postsecondary Success

Friday, November 9 8 AM to 1 PM Location: St. Louis Community College Corporate College, 3221 McKelvey Road, Bridgeton, MO Materials from the Workshop: Agenda Setting the Context: What the Data Tell Us – Alan Byrd PPT Considering All Components of Fit – Academic, Financial, Social/Emotional, Cultural – Trent Ball PPT Online Resources and Tools handout Additional Suggested Reading: Intervening …