'Building Community Partnerships in Support of a Postsecondary Completion Agenda'

'Building Community Partnerships in Support of a Postsecondary Completion Agenda'

If they are to succeed, placed-based initiatives designed to help low-income youth enroll in and graduate from college not only must engage a diverse group of community stakeholders broadly but also deeply, a report from the finds. The report, (31 pages, PDF), found that while creating new programs to help low-income youth succeed in college and beyond is important, larger system and structural barriers also need to be addressed. The report evaluated the Community Partnerships initiative, a $20 million effort funded by the , and found, among other things, that "lead" partners needed to help other partners balance "what's in it for them" with the needs of the broader effort; that partners who shared proprietary institutional data were better positioned to use data to set and monitor strategy; that policy and practice changes occurring in more than one institution simultaneously resulted in some of the most significant and sustainable changes; and that more flexible and adaptable partnerships are needed in order to achieve comprehensive community change.