Go Alliance Services
Consulting, Research and Technical Support
SREB staff provide state agency officials with expertise in education policy, program design and college access marketing. Go Alliance can deliver state-specific research and recommendations to policymakers to identify areas of overlap, contradiction, gaps, loopholes or barriers to college access.
For example, in 2010, as part of a National Governors Association grant, West Virginia contracted with Go Alliance for a comprehensive, statewide audit of policies and programs that affect high school graduation rates. The results were used in state legislation to reduce dropout rates.
Go Alliance members participate in collaborative, multistate programs that follow best practices and diffuse costs, allowing states to accomplish together what they might not be able to do individually. Go Alliance staff facilitate resource-sharing between member states, which can result in significant financial savings.
For example, 13 states use Go Alliance’s successful professional development program, the College Counseling Training Initiative. It trains counselors, teachers and mentors to advise students who would be the first in their families to go to college and to create a college-going culture in their schools.
Go Alliance provides professional development to college access program staff at its annual meeting and in a workshop series with national experts in access, social marketing and communications. Meetings are often hands-on learning on topics requested by members.
Professional Learning Network
Go Alliance helps states replicate programs that have proven effective in other states. It connects college access professionals from state to state to share best practices and discuss issues relevant to their work.
For example, Go Alliance helped states throughout the SREB region replicate North Carolina’s successful College Application Week program for one-on-one assistance to students completing applications to postsecondary education.