Building an Ecosystem: Strengthening Connections and Networks among Diverse Institutions
The sixth and final panel session of the institute examined the questions (6.1) What’s possible for effective partnerships with communities and schools to address issues of undermatching? (6.2) What’s possible to broaden who is included in “higher education?” and (6.3) What’s possible now that wasn’t before in terms of institutional partnerships? Looking at the paradigmatic changes over the past year in education, the three panels explored what could be leveraged to forge and deepen relationships across the education ecosystem to advance our goals of diversity, equity, and justice.
6.1 What’s possible for effective partnerships with communities and schools to address issues of undermatching?
This panel asks us to take into consideration the broader context that schooling and higher education are steeped in. Out-of-school factors like access to resources, college advising, and other environmental factors have a large influence on undermatching. Addressing these factors could improve an individual’s chances of success without feeling like they are reliant on luck, as said by panelist Jerome Smalls.
- Children Cabinet Network (new window)
- By All Means Initiative (new window)
- Smalls, J. (2018). Small Talk: One Youth. Seven Stories. Countless Lessons (new window). New Degree press.
- The Pivotal Network (new window) and TPN’s design groups (new window)
6.2 What’s possible to broaden who is included in “higher education?”
The application process comes under a microscope in this panel, as diversity officer LeNaya Hezel focuses on building community, and Marc Howard discusses his research contributions in the area of incarceration and educational opportunity.
- Frederick Douglass Project for Justice (new window)
- Karlgaard, R. (2019). Late bloomers: The power of patience in a world obsessed with early achievement (new window). Currency.
- Video from Marc Howard
6.3 What’s possible now that wasn’t before in terms of institutional partnerships?
The pandemic forced institutions to adapt; while these adjustments were imperfect in many ways, they also meant that new attitudes and capabilities were developed. Many people came around to the potential of remote learning; furthermore, many educators have a deeper understanding of their role not only as facilitators of knowledge but also as community builders. In this panel, educators representing a variety of different levels of higher education discuss these developments and what they mean for the future of equity in higher ed.
- Alexandra Slack Slides
- Ariel Murphy slides
- Transfer Students at a Glance (College Excellence Program, The Aspen Institute)
- Community College FAQ’s (Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University)
- College Excellence Program (The Aspen Institute)
- Community College Transfer, (College Excellence Program, The Aspen Institute)
- Tackling Transfer (College Excellence Program, The Aspen Institute)
- Transfer Playbook and Tools for College (College Excellence Program, The Aspen Institute)
- The National Eduation Equity Lab
- Transfer Research and Tools (College Excellence Program, The Aspen Institute)
- Tackling Transfer Implementation Guide: A Guide to Convening Community Colleges and Universities to Improve Transfer Student Outcomes (The Aspen Institute)