|AHE Network Impact Report, 20112016
In early 2018, ARC and the Institute for Educational Leadership released a report on the Appalachian Higher Education Network's impact on postsecondary education attainment in Appalachian states between 2011 and 2016. The report offers data and qualitative insights on the AHE Network program and services, as well as strategic recommendations for future efforts.
Opening Doors, Changing Futures (PDF: 6 MB)
|Appalachian Teaching Project
On December 1 and 2, 2017, students and faculty representing 13 Appalachian colleges and universities participated in the 17th annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) conference in Washington, D.C. The ATP gives college students the opportunity to engage in research projects that address endemic challenges facing Appalachian communities and to present the results of their research to an audience of their peers, ARC staff and administrators, and other invited guests. Research projects for 2017 reflected key themes in ARC's strategic investment plan, including natural and cultural asset development, downtown revitalization, education, local food, and health.
Education and training are driving forces behind Appalachia's economic growth, preparing students and workers to compete successfully in the world economy. ARC education and training activities focus on a range of issues including workforce skills, early childhood education, dropout prevention, and improved college attendance.
In 1998, ARC began developing what is now the Appalachian Higher Education (AHE) Network, a group of state-based centers whose mission is to work with high schools to increase the college-going rate in Appalachia. The AHE Network currently consists of centers located in 10 Appalachian states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
AHE Network centers provide grants of approximately $2,000–$10,000 to high schools in their service areas via a competitive process. The schools then implement low-cost, high-impact activities and services to encourage participation in postsecondary education, such as college campus and worksite visits, financial aid training, occupational interest surveys, and assistance with college selection and application processes. Recently the AHE Network centers began developing strategies to track college completion rates for the students they serve.
The centers are supported by a technical assistance, training, and support team that helps them implement their activities and has formed a peer learning network to foster both staff professional development and institutional development and sustainability.
Two ARC–Oak Ridge National Laboratory programs were held in summer 2017: A high school math-science-technology institute, which is a two-week program for students and teachers; and a middle school science academy, which is a one-week program just for students. Learn more about the programs