ERIC Number: ED360029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Alliance for Excellence: A Partnership between Black Churches & Area Colleges for the Advancement of Minorities in Higher Education.
Alliance for Excellence, Blacksburg, VA.
In an effort to increase opportunities for minorities in higher education in the face of rising costs and decreasing funding, the Alliance for Excellence (AFE) was formed in 1986 in Roanoke, Virginia as a partnership between black churches and community colleges. The partnership seeks to combine the local resources of the colleges with the community-based leadership of black congregations to increase the enrollment of black students at area community colleges to reflect the percentage of the black population in each college area. Moreover, AFE focuses on increasing retention, graduation, and transfer rates of black students. Programs begin with motivational seminars for young children and their families to promote a positive idea of college education. Other AFE efforts include an annual "Black Issues in Focus" program, essay contests for young people on the value of a college education, programs to recognize student achievement at college and past contributions of community members, speakers on special issues in minority education, scholarships, textbook subsidies, minority employment and business fairs, and black church history classes. Between 1984 and 1991, total black student enrollment in the AFE program area increased by 57.7% and black enrollment relative to the general student population increased by 20.8%. Nationally, these figures were 4.1% and -4.8% respectively for the same period. Includes lists of AFE board members and project coordinators and brief descriptions of efforts at Danville Community College and Virginia Western Community College. (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Black Achievement, Black Leadership, Black Students, Church Programs, Church Role, Community Colleges, Cooperative Programs, Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Equal Education, Minority Groups, Program Descriptions, School Community Relationship, School Holding Power, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellence, Blacksburg, VA.