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Appalachian Higher Education Initiative Planning Workshop

July 2012

July 24–25, 2012
Appalachian Regional Commission
1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, D.C.

The Appalachian Higher Education (AHE) Initiative is a collection of state-based centers and a network of mentors providing technical assistance, training, and support to help increase the college-going rates at high schools in their designated service areas. "College-going", as defined by the AHE Initiative, refers to a student's participation in any postsecondary education or military service by the fall following graduation from high school. Since FY 1999, AHE centers have been working in nine Appalachian states.

The Appalachian Regional Commission held a planning workshop July 24–25, 2012, to review the initiative's activities, assess its impact to date, and provide recommendations for the future. The workshop addressed three key questions:

  1. Should the AHE centers continue operating as an ARC initiative?
  2. If the AHE centers are to continue, should the AHE network be maintained?
  3. If the AHE centers and/or network are to be maintained, what level of support from ARC should be provided?
Workshop summary (PDF: 810 KB)


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

3:00 p.m.  Welcome and introductions
  • Context of the AHE Initiative
  • Context and purposes of the AHE Initiative planning workshop
3:30 p.m.  Discussion
6:00 p.m. Adjourn for the day / dinner on your own

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Continental breakfast available

8:00 a.m.  Review: Where are we?
  • Continue discussion
  • Develop recommendations for ARC
Noon  Working lunch
  • Summary and wrap-up discussion
  • Discussion of next steps
1:00 p.m.  Adjourn