Impact


College Access Partnerships is made up of multiple data-driven grant program initiatives that are evaluated annually to assess progress toward goals, objectives, and performance indicators. Research-based strategies are used to improve outcomes in all the districts we serve.

Publications

Recent Publications from College Access Partnerships

Campus Visits as Predictors of Postsecondary Enrollment in Low-Income, Rural Schools
Corinne Smith, Dr. Ross Gosky, Dr. Jui-Teng Li

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between visits to college campuses by middle school and high school students and postsecondary enrollment rates, where campus visits are classified as both formal college visits and also informal campus visits. Specifically, Traditional Campus Visits and Educational Campus Field Trips are categorized as two distinct service types sponsored by the GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant program in 11 rural, western North Carolina school districts.

Micro-Credentials and Faculty Professional Development: Stories from the Field
Tyrel Winebarger

The authors of parts one and two of this opinion piece explore their work with MCs as a form of meeting PD requirements and offer advice to potential adopters on the utility of MCs for community college faculty.

North Carolina schools are anything but ‘low-performing’
Dr. Rachel Nelson

Our observations have allowed us to see first-hand that North Carolina educators and students are anything but “low-performing.” Having visited over 30 schools across 12 districts, our team witnessed much more than a dedication to provide North Carolina students with a “sound basic education.” The care and concern North Carolina’s educators have for their students was evident in every school we visited.

Family Engagement Starter Kit for All
Rebeca Figueroa & Katie Hill

Created in collaboration with NCCEP’s Family Engagement Advisory Committee, Family Engagement Starter Kit for All  provides helpful information to improve your family engagement efforts.

2024 Presentations

Presentations by College Access Partnerships staff

Exploring Teachers’ Initial Perceptions of Self-Directed Learning within a Teacher-Directed Professional Learning Program
Exploring Teachers’ Initial Perceptions of Self-Directed Learning within a Teacher-Directed Professional Learning Program
Erin West, Holly Weaver, Sherry Thomas-Paddie, Heather Childress-Custer
International Society for Self-Directed Learning (ISSDL) Symposium

To better understand teachers’ perceptions of the teacher-directed professional learning framework, the ETL Team surveyed teachers at the end of the goal-creation process. These findings were included in the presentation at the ISSDL Symposium.

Discussion Lab: Role of AI in Education
Discussion Lab: Role of AI in Education
Doug Thompson
National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP ) National GEAR UP Academy 2024

This session will include a walkthrough of AI functionalities and their impact on education, college access, and professional work. Discuss the benefits and challenges of AI in education, with a focus on STEM fields, and gain insights on using AI to enhance learning and teaching.

Discussion Lab: Engaging Whole Families
Discussion Lab: Engaging Whole Families
Yolanda Adams
National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP ) National GEAR UP Academy 2024

When you think about family engagement, who comes to mind? Who are the family members you envision?  In this conversation, we’ll explore ways to change our preconceptions about what a family is in our unique communities. As we redefine our vision of families and family engagement, we’ll revisit how we can serve whole families to support student success. Join us to share and learn from one another about how we can engage whole families.

Campus Visits As Predictors of Postsecondary Enrollment
Campus Visits As Predictors of Postsecondary Enrollment
Corinne Smith, Dr. Jui-Teng Li, Dr. Ross Gosky
National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP ) National GEAR UP Academy 2024

In this class, experienced GEAR UP researchers and evaluators will share research studies conducted in the GEAR UP community. 

Welcome to App State, GEAR UP, and Boone
Welcome to App State, GEAR UP, and Boone
Yolanda Adams
Dia Applachanes and Black Student Preview Day

As a Latina Leader in Watauga County, I'm honored to speak at the annual Dia Appalachians and Black Student Preview Day at Appalachian State University. I will be discussing the beauty of our cultures and heritages and how our roots can bring us boundless opportunities through App State, GEAR UP, and the community at large.

Prior Presentations

Past presentations by College Access Partnerships staff

CAC Summit 2023
College Advising Corps

Geneva Watson
Against the Odds: My Journey to College

Assemble NC
College Advising Corps

Gloria Medina
Tools to Get You Started

National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) National Conference
GEAR UP

Wes Calbreath, Mary Cothren, Jody Freeman
Mitigating the Impact of Trauma on the Postsecondary Process

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
GEAR UP

Doug Thompson, Dr. Jui-Teng Li, Corinne Smith, Dr. James Beeler
Rural Teachers' Job Satisfaction, Teaching Efficacy and Stress Predicted by School Climate and Social-Emotional Learning

NCSCA
GEAR UP

Wes Calbreath
Peer Mediation in Middle Schools

National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) Capacity Building Workshop
GEAR UP

Rebeca Figueroa (Co-presenters: Katie Hill and Cristal Sanchez)
Resource Round-Up: Family Engagement Starter Kit for All

National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) Annual Conference
GEAR UP

Jessica Stockham
Achieving STEM: An In House Model to STEM Implementation 

NC adviser professional learning session
College Advising Corps

Shyheim Stafford
Family Engagement

NCARE (North Carolina Association of Research in Education)
Empowering Teacher Learning

Katherine Chesnutt, Rachel Nelson, Tyler Tobin, Kameron Barlow, Janet Johnson
Providing Space: Using Video for Reflective Practice and Coaching

NC-CAC Adviser Webinar
College Advising Corps

Madison Armstrong
‘Promising Practices: Junior Engagement, Decision Day, and More! - Award Letter Review

CAC National Training - Promising Practices: GRACE Tactics
College Advising Corps

Allison Montgomery
Using Excel to Achieve Data-Driven Advising

National Forum to Advance Rural Education
GEAR UP, Rural Teacher Leader Network (RTLN) in partnership with the Forum and Leading Edge Learning

Meg Turner with Ashley Kazouh, Theresa Gibson and Nancy Mangum
Empowering Teacher Leaders to Support Rural Schools

Assemble NC
College Advising Corps

Geneva Watson 
Advising Students with Lower Academics and Social Readiness

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
GEAR UP

Dr. Jui-Teng Li, Corinne Smith, Dr. James Beeler
The Impact of GEAR UP Program and Services on Rural Students’ Postsecondary Enrollment

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Empowering Teacher Learning

Katherine Chesnutt, Janet Johnson, Holly Weaver, Tyler Tobin
Exploring the Relationship between Teacher Instruction and Teachers’ Perceptions of Themselves as Self-Directed Learners

Society of Research Administrators International (SRAi)
GEAR UP

Amanda Whittington
The Trifecta of Grants Management: Utilizing Pre-Award, Post-Award, and the Project to Create an Effective and Successful Grant

National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) Annual Conference
GEAR UP

Amanda Whittington
Exploration Lab: Navigating the GEAR UP Match and Q&A with ED

Education Innovation & Research Webinar
Empowering Teacher Learning

Dr. James Beeler, Katherine Chesnutt
Promoting Teacher Autonomy, Practice and Knowledge:  Lessons Learned from Teacher-Directed Professional Learning Programs

North Carolina Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges
Empowering Teacher Learning

Tyrel Winebarger
Measuring Student Engagement in Statistics

AppCAC Adviser Training
Upward Bound

Aaron Gersonde
College Search: Making Informed Decisions

2022 Emerging Issues forum - Educational Attainment
College Access Partnerships

Dr. James Beeler
Strengthening K-12 Supports to Close Attainment Gaps

NCSCA State Conference
GEAR UP

Wes Calbreath
Making MTSS Work for Secondary School Counselors

Academic Innovation Conference
Empowering Teacher Learning

Katherine Chesnutt, Janet Johnson, Holly Weaver, Tyler Tobin
Empowering Teacher Learning Project

National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) National Conference
GEAR UP

Doug Thompson, Rachel Nave-Lewis
Designing Family Engagement

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Empowering Teacher Learning

Katherine Chesnutt, Janet Johnson, Holly Weaver, Tyler Tobin
Teachers’ Perceptions of Self-Efficacy and Teachers’ Perceptions of Themselves as Self-Directed Learners: An Exploratory Study

National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) Capacity Building Workshop
GEAR UP

Doug Thompson
STEM Toolbox

Appalachian State University Math Department Colloquium Series
Empowering Teacher Learning

Tyrel Winebarger
Empowering Teacher Learning

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
GEAR UP

Corinne Smith, Dr. Jui-Teng Li, Dr. James Beeler
The Impact of Appalachian GEAR UP ACT Learning Services on Students’ ACT Performance

North Carolina Association of Middle Level Educators (NCMLE)
Empowering Teacher Learning

Rachel Nelson, Katherine Chesnutt, Tyler Tobin, Kameron Barlow, Janet Johnson
Empowering Teacher Learning

College Advising Corps National Training
College Advising Corps

Phoebe Thompson
Promising Practices: GRACE Tactics

National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) Capacity Building Workshop
GEAR UP

Corinne Smith
Enhancing "E"valuation: Moving from Emerging to Established to Evolved

College Advising Corps Virtual Assembly 2022
College Advising Corps

Phoebe Thompson
The Price is Right: Reviewing Financial Aid Award Letters with Students & Families

Mattie McManus, adviser Freedom High School

It's Okay to Change Your Mind

1000 patient care hours. That was all that stood between me and my goal of becoming a physician assistant. I had just graduated from Appalachian State...

Katherine Minton, adviser Alexander Central High School

“I don’t know…”

I stayed pretty consistent with my answer whenever I was asked what I wanted to do with my life, “I don’t know” with an uneasy laugh. I’d stay...

Gabby Galvan, adviser North Henderson High School

Because We Have a Purpose

Growing up in a multicultural household provided me with a unique perspective, seamlessly transitioning between two worlds until my introduction to el...