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Investing In Brilliance: Empowering Students From Low-Income Backgrounds


Thursday, February 11, 2021
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CST



Register for this free webinar to hear strategies for supporting students from low-income backgrounds from five campus leaders and near-peer coaches from College Possible Catalyze.


Deciding how to structure student support is a vital infrastructure decision, especially for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Our webcast explores five campuses’ commitment to supporting first-gen students and students from low-income backgrounds to greater success, focusing on near-peer success coaches as one particular lever. We’ll cover how these institutions launched innovative partnerships with a national non-profit to strategically close equity gaps in retention and graduation rates for students from low-income backgrounds.

Austin Peay State University, California State University – Stanislaus, Luther College, Saint Cloud State University, and the University of Cincinnati are innovative campuses across the country to partner with the national nonprofit, College Possible. Through this partnership, these institutions have launched full-time near peer success coaches on their campus.

This session focuses on the structural student support questions created when launching near-peer coaching on campus with AmeriCorps members serving as coaches. Specifically, we’ll review the decision making process for each campus to determine student-eligibility to be awarded a near-peer coach, how they have adapted the program model to fit their unique campus needs, and how they have utilized the CRM system, Salesforce, to track student interaction and engagement. In addition to examples shared from these campus partners, College Possible will share high level information about key programmatic and structural decisions necessary for launching success coaches.


College Possible is a nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by empowering students from low-income backgrounds to become college graduates. Through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support, students receive the tools and resources they need to earn admission to college and graduate. Since its founding in Saint Paul in 2000, 99% of College Possible students have been admitted to college. Overall, they are three times more likely to earn a college degree than their low-income peers.

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