Two regional academic institutions have recently teamed up with College Possible to help increase students’ college access and success. Doane University, a private college in Crete, Nebraska, and Wayne State College, a public college in Wayne, Nebraska, are partnering with College Possible, joining the likes of Nebraska Wesleyan and University of Nebraska Omaha.
A partnership gives students exposure to schools they may not have been familiar with previously.
“Doane and Wayne State are two colleges that have a lot to offer students. We see these partnerships as opportunities for our students to learn more about college, explore a campus that may be a great fit, ones they might not otherwise know very much about, and realize it’s a very good benefit,” said College Possible Omaha Program Director Katie Cunningham.
When a four-year institution partners, they are making a commitment to help College Possible students. Schools host a college visit that allows students to experience life on campus, help find financial aid packages for students to make admission to that institution affordable and aim to increase the diversity and inclusion in postsecondary education.
There are three levels of college partnerships – Collaborate, Bridge and Explore – that vary depending on level of commitment.
“When we partner with a bridge institution, we do see an increased number of students that apply and that end up on that campus in the fall,” Cunningham said.
Doane University is a private liberal arts college with more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate enrolled students. The Doane Tigers are in the NAIA in sports and is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. For more about Doane University, go to doane.edu.
Wayne State College is a public liberal arts college in the Nebraska State College System with more than 3,500 undergraduate enrolled students. It offers more than 100 programs of study. The Wayne State Wildcats are NCAA Division II sports and is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. For more about Wayne State College, go to wsc.edu.