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Catalyze welcomes three new partners

Luther College Bell At Sunrise

We are thrilled to announce that the University of Cincinnati–College of Arts and Sciences, Coe College and Luther College have teamed up with College Possible as Catalyze partners beginning fall 2018. As partners, each institution will integrate College Possible’s proven near-peer coaching model into their existing student support infrastructure. Using the Catalyze curriculum, on-campus coaches at these three institutions will guide and support nearly 750 students from low-income backgrounds as they navigate the path to graduation.

“We’re excited about working with College Possible and see significant alignment between our values,” said Gina Hausknecht, associate dean of Student Academics at Coe College.

“Catalyze feels like the perfect fit for Coe at this time given our focus on creating vibrant, flexible networks of support for each student. We are eager to learn from College Possible’s coaching model and to integrate it with our existing structures.”

While College Possible has been making college admission and success possible for low-income students for nearly 18 years, the Catalyze partnership is the organization’s newest initiative to impact student persistence and success. The model is unique in the way it helps institutions build capacity to serve their own students by providing the support and tools for them to hire, train and manage their own near-peer coaches.

The University of Cincinnati–College of Arts and Sciences plans to capitalize on this model.

“We chose College Possible because we share the same passion for helping every student succeed,” said Lisa Holstrom, senior assistant dean of the University of Cincinnati–College of Arts and Sciences. “Research shows that near-peer coaching is effective to support students to the graduation stage. Our existing staff are very caring, but with over 7,000 undergraduate students, we can’t wrap our arms around all of them. College Possible’s model blends the research and the care and extends our reach!”

Catalyze programming currently supports nearly 1,000 students on four partner campuses—Augsburg University, St. Cloud State University, the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. We are excited to continue growing this initiative alongside both our current and newest partners.


Photos courtesy of Luther College, Coe College and the University of Cincinnati


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