Higher Education

First-generation college students face more barriers than money

October 16, 2017 Published by

The Washington Post article “First-Generation College Students Are Not Succeeding in College, and Money Isn’t the Problem” highlights some of the reasons first-generation students struggle, in spite of their many strengths and extraordinary determination. One such hurdle is the mismatch between under-resourced college students’ skills and experiences and those required…

Podcast: PACK2PACK home goods program for under-resourced college students

September 29, 2017 Published by

Today I want to share an economic sustainability program that one of the undergraduate students at NC State created last year. She received grant funding for that program, and it is directly related to providing resources for under-resourced college students. Hopefully it is a program that can be duplicated with…

What barriers? Student supports are strong at Lower Columbia College

August 23, 2017 Published by

As we serve a diverse student population, the barriers these students encounter are just as diverse. Great effort goes into easing the transition to becoming a successful college student both on our part and, mostly, on the students’. Some of the more prevalent barriers are childcare, transportation, housing, food insecurity,…

Podcast: Motivation can be enhanced!

July 21, 2017 Published by

I jokingly tell people that I began studying the topic of motivation about eight years ago, and I’m writing a book on the topic, and I will finish it as soon as I’m motivated! Of course the reality is that as I began studying the topic of motivation, I thought…

Podcast: Partnerships that matter in higher education

June 16, 2017 Published by

We are all here for the same reason. Universities are trying to prepare people for life, for community life, for school life, for whatever area that they’re going into, and we know that K–12 schools are preparing children as well. We realized that at the university level, because there’s so…

Call for nominations: Honoring Bridges Community Award

June 8, 2017 Published by

The second annual Honoring Bridges Community Award committee is taking nominations! The selected site will be announced at the 2017 Addressing the Challenges of Poverty Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The selected community will receive $1,000 in free products from aha! Process and will be featured on the aha! Process website and…

Why should my community have aha! Process certified trainers?

March 6, 2017 Published by

As communities begin to gain a deeper understanding of the Bridges model, I am often asked why they would have people become certified in any or all of the sectors. My answer is that having certified trainers is a way to throw open the doors in your community to share the…

Noise about Betsy DeVos: What does it mean?

February 9, 2017 Published by

There’s lots of noise right now about Betsy DeVos, the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. What does it mean? First of all, for the last 16 years of federal policy the focus was on curriculum, instruction, teacher evaluation, assessment, and school accountability. There was almost no discussion…

Call for presenters: Addressing the Challenges of Poverty 2017

December 22, 2016 Published by

Are you ready to submit your proposal to present at Addressing the Challenges of Poverty? aha! Process is now accepting proposals for presentations for the 2017 conference scheduled for September 24–26 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark in Missouri. You can also take advantage of early bird pricing by…