In a subsequent panel on high-impact college visits, admissions directors from Paul Smith's College and Skidmore College stressed the importance of exposing students to a variety of colleges, both urban and rural, and encouraging them to compare and contrast different schools to determine the best fit for their individual needs and interests.
For Ticonderoga Central School District, a longstanding alliance with Middlebury College, and a corps of college student mentors, has had a similar impact, broadening horizons and instilling dreams of college for young people whose life experiences, like those of students in Crown Point and Willsboro, are limited by family income and rural isolation.
Exposure to college and interactions with college students also were among the key strategies promoted by a panel of college representatives led by Steve Light, an associate dean at State University of New York (SUNY) Plattsburgh. Further, Light and his colleagues stressed academic preparation, finances, and career goals as critical factors influencing college access, as well as college retention and graduation rates.
"We are committed to becoming America's preeminent organization at creating and strengthening school-college partnerships that help under-served students get to and through college. This workshop is just one of the many events CFES sponsors to promote and sustain a high level of networking and collaboration among our partners," said Dalton. "The resource sharing, the camaraderie, the specific activities that evolve mean more opportunities for CFES students. And that means the pathway to college gets wider and easier for them to follow."