ERIC Number: ED416282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Start with the Faculty. The Newark Faculty Alliance for Education and Systemic Educational Reform.
McGrath, Dennis; Van Buskirk, William
The Faculty Alliance for Education in Newark (New Jersey) is a network of faculty from local universities, a community college, and two high schools, all in the city of Newark, dedicated to improving the opportunities for at-risk youth to achieve a college education and an improved quality of life. It is an initiative of the Newark Educational Partnership, one of 16 collaboratives participating in the Ford Foundation's Urban Partnership Program. The Alliance began with transfer activities in which faculty teams removed barriers and developed agreements that significantly increased the rate of student transfers from Essex Community College to Rutgers University-Newark and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The second stage expanded interinstitutional relationships by drawing in two local high schools, and the third stage, which is beginning to take shape, includes a closer collaboration with the Newark School District to promote the systemic improvement of high school feeder schools. This study, which involved interviews with 28 Faculty Alliance members, describes how the success of the transfer initiative provided the groundwork for the bridges between high school and college faculty and then how the expanding involvement of the schools broadened the collective vision of student needs. The new expanded mission for reform throughout the entire educational system, from kindergarten through college makes broad collaboration possible. New partners are attracted because of the enduring faculty teams. Broad strengths of the Alliance are recognized as: (1) long term funding; (2) mission as the organizing vehicle; (3) connections to the students; (4) knowledge about the institutions involved; (5) development as a learning organization, and (6) the creation of faculty teams. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Urban Partnerships, New York, NY.