Supporting Investigations Graduates

Develop a robust structure for supporting graduates of Investigations into Economic Class in America in your college and community.

Evaluations and outcome studies indicate that investigators who have completed the processes described in Investigations are changing their mindsets and significantly increasing resources.

How is the college prepared to support students after they complete the Investigations course?

As you are planning your course, consider how departments and services on campus—or partnerships with the community—can provide ongoing support. Possibilities include peer support, support for Investigations graduates to become engaged in campus and community projects, academic strategies incorporating Investigations, and support for graduates from people in middle class and wealth.

Engaging the Campus and/or Community

The term “College Achievement Alliance” refers to the concept of the campus and community working together to wrap under-resourced students in a web of support.

Ideally, faculty and staff on campus, as well as professionals, volunteers, and citizens in the community, share a common understanding about poverty and its causes with students who have participated in Investigations.

  • Faculty and staff receive training through the Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students workshop.
  • They use the strategies and techniques they learn to work more effectively with under-resourced students.
  • With the help of Investigations graduates, the teams of faculty, staff, and administrators identify and address organizational barriers that hinder under-resourced students.
  • Community members receive training through the Bridges Out of Poverty workshop.
  • The community establishes a Bridges Steering Committee, which includes faculty and staff representatives from the college as well as graduates of the Investigations program.
  • The steering committee provides leadership and coordination to community-wide efforts to identify and remove barriers in transportation, employment, finance, housing, childcare and other areas that prevent people in poverty from transitioning out.
  • Campus and community together form a rapid response team that can provide immediate assistance to students  in resolving  emergencies that might otherwise derail their college attendance.

In short, both campus and community take responsibility for helping under-resourced students succeed in the college, on the job, and in life, and they view under-resourced students as the experts about their own lives and the resources they need to improve them.

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