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					 State and Committee
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      ASPIRE
January Board Meeting


    January 2010
                         Report Index
                         State Reports
Colorado                                                  2
Montana                                                   4
North Dakota                                              7
South Dakota                                             10
Utah                                                     13
Wyoming                                                  14

                    Committee Reports
Achievers and Awards                                      16
Archives                                 NO Report Submitted
By-laws and Operating Guidelines                          18
Conference 2009                                           19
Corporate Development                                     22
Development                              NO Report Submitted
Elections                                                 25
Finance                                                   27
Financial Aid                                             28
Governmental Relations                                    30
International Access                                  N/A 33
LDI                                                       34
Membership                                                35
Multi-Ethnic Advocacy (inactive)
Personnel (inactive)
Professional Standards                                    38
Publications                                              39
State Initiative                                          41
Strategic Plan                           No Report Submitted
TRiO Alumni (inactive)
TRiO Day                                                N/A
Website                                                  43




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                       Colorado Chapter of ASPIRE Report
                                      Colorado
President:         Derek Grubb
Past President     L. Martinez
President Elect    Rafael Rodriguez



Date: 1/22/10

I.     Colorado State Meeting and TRIO Day is set for February 26, 2010 and will
       be held at the Colorado Community College System Office Conference
       Center in Aurora, Colorado. The Committee has invited Dr. Nate Easley
       (Denver Scholarship Foundation) and Representative Michael Merrifield
       (Colorado House Education Committee Chair) to speak at the conference.
       This year will also heavily focus on the inclusion of alumni in outreach
       activities. The state will host up to 10 alumni to attend this year’s event.

       The committee launched its first use of the CVENT platform and registration
       has gone very smoothly so far. We look forward to expanding the use of the
       platform in the future.

II.    Data gathering for the regional and Colorado Fact Book has begun. The
       committee hopes to have a state fact book with real professional design and
       printing this year.

III.   Planning for the 2010 Adult and Post-Secondary Education Conference has
       begun and is tentatively planned for early June. The committee will
       hopefully announce final dates, locations, and call for programs at the State
       Meeting in February.

IV.    On January 13, 2010, the Colorado State Initiatives group met via
       conference call. The Race to the Top effort was successful in promoting
       TRIO programs among state leaders, but no TRIO or other pre-collegiate
       program specific language was included in the actual grant proposal. The
       group was told this was because writers felt its inclusion would not
       specifically increase the value of the application (i.e. no points).

       The group discussed potential invitees for the Colorado state Meeting and
       suggested Representative Merrifield and Alex Sanchez.               While

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     Representative Merrifield was already invited, Alex Sanchez is being
     worked into the schedule. Alex is a TRIO alumni and now works in Senator
     Michael Bennett’s office.

     Finally, the group discussed initiating the Colorado State Initiatives plan for
     2010 by organizing the opening meeting. Because COE had not concluded
     on grant funding decisions, it was decided the group would move forward
     based on the state share of those funds and reconsider the plan once COE
     made final decisions. The opening meeting is planned for February 5th at the
     Denver Scholarship Foundation Office in Denver. This meeting will
     hopefully include representatives from Colorado ASPIRE, SHEEO, Senator
     Bennett’s office (Alex Sanchez), College in Colorado, Denver Scholarship
     Foundation, and Colorado College Invest.

V.   The last board meeting was held on January 8th and the next meeting is
     scheduled for the first week in February.




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               The Montana Chapter of ASPIRE
                                   Quarterly Report
                                   January 25, 2010

Board Members:
Michael McLean, President
VACANT, President Elect
Russ Lamson, Secretary/Treasurer

State News:
   Former Governmental Relations co-chair, Dan Benge, continues to correspond with Senator
    Tester’s Educational Aide, Alpha, in regards to another avenue for Mr. Tester to support a
    $50M increase for TRIO.
   Montana’s leadership has been working with Ms. Heather Valentine of COE about getting a
    template Opinion Editorial that would educate the public in matters of Pell grant funding
    coupled with support services.
   At the end of COE’s development year (June 30, 2009) we had 15 institutional memberships
    and subscription packages, and $1,250 in personal donations.
   Montana Aspire President Holly Burnett accepted a job in Italy. President Elect Mike
    McLean took over presidential duties on December 4, 2009.

Sate Activities/Accomplishments related to ASPIRE’s Strategic
Plan:
Strategic Goal #1: Advocate for programs and activities that ensure the
continued existence of TRIO and other educational opportunity programs,
such as GEAR-UP.
Activities/Accomplishments:
    Montana coordinated efforts with COE throughout October, November and December
       In hopes of gaining support for an increase for TRIO in the Senate appropriation bill for
       Education. Sen. Jon Tester had indicated interest in introducing an amendment to this
       effect. In the end, however, in mid-December the House/Senate conference committee
       On Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education agreed on a bill containing
       appropriation levels for the FY 10 budget including a $5 million increase for TRIO (less
       than 1%). Under congressional rules the bill could not be amended.

       Work has begun on the FY 11 Budget And Appropriation bills, which will be the focus of
        COE’s Policy Seminar, March 21-23, 2010.
       The Montana TRIO Policy Advisory Committee held a conference call on January 14, to
        discuss a MT Trio position paper on the impact of changes in Montana’s system of 2 year
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Strategic Goal #2: Strengthen the financial position of ASPIRE.
Activities/Accomplishments:
    As of September 30, there are nine TRIO Participants, two Emeritus, three Associate, and
       81 Professional Memberships.
    As of September 30, the ASPIRE development numbers are as follows: ? project
       memberships, and $? in personal donations.
    At the end of COE’s development year (June 30, 2009) we had 15 institutional
       memberships and subscription packages, and $1,250 in personal donations.
    As of September 15 the COE development numbers are as follows: 10 institutional
       memberships including subscription packages, and $0 in personal donations.


Strategic Goal #3: Provide professional development opportunities for the
members of ASPIRE.
Activities/Accomplishments:
    Montana Chapter of ASPIRE conference will be held April 20-21, 2010 in Polson.
           o Financial aid conference session will be offered at the conference.
           o Emerging leaders institute will be offered at the conference.
    Upcoming COE trainings have been e-mailed to membership as they come.
    Ray Carlisle, TRIO SSS Director from UM, has been e-mailing SSS updates to interested
       Montana members.



Strategic Goal #4: Continue to strengthen governmental relations work at the
national, regional, state and local levels.
Activities/Accomplishments:
    The TRIO Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC) continues to produce white papers in
       regards to state initiatives. The last white paper written was in regards to “Making
       Opportunity Affordable” an initiative influencing drastic changes in Montana’s two year
       education system.
    State policy seminar was held at conference February 4.
    Communication with national legislative aids, and state legislature on educational issues
       regarding low-income, first generation, and people with disabilities.

Strategic Goal #5: Further develop and utilize communication capabilities and
networking opportunities.

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Activities/Accomplishments:
    Invitation to other college access players in Montana to Montana Chapter of ASPIRE
       conference.
    Continue to pass along ASPIRE, COE, local, state, and federal alerts to members.
    Continue to attend American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Board of Regents,
       Montana and National College Access meetings, and GEAR UP conferences.
    Public awareness of TRIO through the use of radio, television, newspaper, blogging, and
       other multimedia sources is continually on the rise.


Strategic Goal #6: Assist program participants and alumni to advocate for
TRiO.
Activities/Accomplishments:
    Inclusion of local TRIO participants in Montana Chapter of ASPIRE conference.
    Hosting TRIO alumni association meeting pre-conference.
    Posting educational opportunities for participants and alumni to participate in advocating
       for TRIO at the local, state and national levels.
    Utilizing TRIO alumni within local projects is a continual focus.
    Educating and activating participants and parents for public relations and other advocacy
       needs continues to increase and be a priority.


Strategic Goal #7: Strengthen relationship with ASPIRE.
Activities/Accomplishments:
    Continue to encourage grantees to participate in ASPIRE membership by giving project
       discounts to those with ASPIRE professional memberships.
    Continue to encourage grantees to participate in ASPIRE membership by giving pre-
       conference and institute registration free to those with ASPIRE project memberships.
    Continue to submit articles to ASPIRATIONS regarding Montana TRIO project
       happenings.




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              North Dakota Chapter of ASPIRE
                                           Quarterly Report
                                                 January 25, 2010


President:        Derek Sporbert

Board             Lori Larson                         Treasurer
Members:          Theresa Leiphon                     Secretary


State News:
(Instructions: Examples include new initiatives, ongoing activities and meetings, changes in membership,
partnerships, fundraising, and professional development.)
      ND ASPIRE continues to develop our state website, www.ndaspire.org as a result of the COE State
          Initiative Grant
      ND ASPIRE President, Elaine Metcalfe, and Cheryl Kingsbury are working with COE to develop support
          from outgoing Sen. Dorgan in the current Senate jobs bill
      Elaine Metcalfe, Cheryl Kingsbury, and Mary Fredricks continue to educate Gov. Hoven (and Senate
          candidate) in regards to TRIO needs within the state
      ND ASPIRE met our COE “10 for 10” campaign goal, one of three states to do so
      ND ASPIRE President met with NDUS Vice Chancellor regarding the university system partnering with
          and supporting TRIO pre-college programs in the state
      ND State factbook is now available online
      ND ASPIRE members work on request form for NDUS funding support
      Directors in ND are working to gather information for the regional fact book
      Mary Fredricks, State Initiative Chair, continues to spearhead legislative efforts in the state of North
          Dakota

State Activities/Accomplishments related to ASPIRE’s Strategic Plan:
(Instructions: Please report on the activities/accomplishments of the state chapter since the last report.)

Strategic Goal # 1: Advocate for programs and activities that ensure the continued existence of
TRiO and other educational opportunity programs, such as GEAR-UP.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    ND ASPIRE members continue to work with our state Congressmen to support increases
       to TRIO funding levels
    The State Initiative Committee continues to develop a legislative action center to alert
       TRIO personnel around the state when there are bills being considered that affect our
       students. This action center is available through the ND ASPIRE website.
    Key personnel are working with COE and Senator Dorgan’s office to build support for
       TRIO staff funding in the current Senate jobs bill.
    All ND ASPIRE SSS programs submitted grant applications for this round of grant
       funding

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Strategic Goal # 2: Strengthen the financial position of ASPIRE.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    ND ASPIRE members responded well to the “10 for 10” membership fundraiser. ND
       ASPIRE is one of the few states who met our goal by the original deadline
    ND ASPIRE continues to develop our 2009-10 Fair Share programs, as well as
       Institutional Membership drives
    Member institutions are working with the State Initiative program to build support from
       host institutions for supporting TRIO programs though sponsorship of activities and cost
       sharing
   
Strategic Goal # 3: Provide professional development opportunities to the members of ASPIRE.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    ND ASPIRE is currently developing the 2010 Co-state meeting in Bismarck April 18-20th
    Several ND ASPIRE members presented at the 2009 Regional Conference in Spearfish


Strategic Goal # 4: Continue to strengthen governmental relations work at the national, regional,
state, and local levels.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    State Initiative Committee continues to advocate, and work with state legislators to
       develop legislation and opportunities for TRIO eligible students in the state
    ND ASPIRE President is a sitting member on the advisory board and steering committee
       for the ND College Access Network
    NDUS and ND-CAN has agreed to entertain the possibility of financially supporting ND
       ASPIRE pre-college programs. ND ASPIRE continues to develop this relationship
    Worked with national legislative offices to ensure proper support for TRIO


Strategic Goal # 5: Further develop and utilize communication capabilities and networking
opportunities.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    TRIO programs in the state continue to strengthen our relationship with the North Dakota
       University System. This includes working with NDUS, to gather information regarding
       first generation students on the standard college application form.
    ND ASPIRE members continue to work with the College Access Challenge Grant
       program within the state
    State Initiative committee members are working with state legislators to access TRIO
       eligibility information on college applications, so that we may better serve our target
       population. Progress has been made in regards to NDUS seeing the importance of
       gathering and providing this information to ND ASPIRE
    University of Mary will award each SSS student a $100 book grant this year


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        LRSC SSS and the Community College Foundation continues to support a Special Needs
         Support Fund to respond to emergencies and unexpected costs that may occur that might
         prevent a SSS student from continuing their education



Strategic Goal # 6: Assist program participants and alumni to advocate for TRIO.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    UND TRIO offices will hold a alumni reunion in Grand Forks, ND in May 2010.
    UND will be bringing former EOC student, Karla Hammer, to Policy Seminar to
       participate in discussions with legislators
    ND ASPIRE developed a ND state fact book for use when advocating for our students
    UND TRIO programs developed a fact book, including alumni stories and notes

Strategic Goal # 7: Strengthen relationships with state associations.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    TRIO personnel are working with Adult Education Programs, to partner and develop
       services for participants
    The ND State Initiative Committee continues to work to guide legislators on issues
       affecting TRIO students


Committee Activities related to COE Board Initiatives:
(Instructions: Please report on activities related to initiatives that the COE Chair or Board have highlighted for the
year. Examples include Get 3 for TRIO and incorporating a service component into TRIO Day activities.)




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                  South Dakota Chapter of ASPIRE
                                        State Report
                                       January 20, 2010

President:                    Cody McMichael

Board Members:                Susan Hupp, Past President
                              Tina Hartley, President Elect
                              Carol Gritts, Secretary/Treasurer


Date:                         January 20, 2010

State News:

    Tina Hartley, President-elect of South Dakota Chapter of ASPIRE, will be collecting
     information for the ASPIRE Regional Fact Book and SD TRIO Fact Book.
    Cody McMichael, President of South Dakota Chapter of ASPIRE, submitted an
     application for the COE State Initiative Grant for funding the SD TRIO Fact Book and
     SD ASPIRE website.
    The South Dakota ASPIRE spring conference will be a co-state conference with North
     Dakota. It will be in Bismarck, ND on April 18-21.
    TRIO Day events are planned across the state for February 27. Marion Blue Arm (USD)
     will be promoting TRIO Day to all state programs. She will also coordinate a report of
     activities to be included in the ASPIRATIONS newsletter.
    TRIO staff from across the state will be volunteering time and expertise for the College
     Goal Sunday on February 21, 2010.
    Cody McMichael, President of South Dakota Chapter of ASPIRE, will be attending
     COE’s Policy Seminar March 21 – 23 to ensure South Dakota TRIO program’s voice is
     heard by law makers in our nation’s capitol.

State Activities/Accomplishments related to ASPIRE’s Strategic Plan:
Strategic Goal # 1: Advocate for programs and activities that ensure the continued existence of
TRiO and other educational opportunity programs, such as GEAR-UP.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    The South Dakota ASPIRE spring conference will be a co-state conference with North
       Dakota. It will be in Bismarck, ND on April 18-21.
    Cody McMichael, President of South Dakota Chapter of ASPIRE, will be attending
       COE’s Policy Seminar March 21 – 23 to ensure South Dakota TRIO programs voice is
       heard by law makers in our nation’s capitol.
    TRIO Day events are planned across the state for February 27. Marion Blue Arm (USD)
       will be promoting TRIO Day to all state programs. She will also coordinate a report of
       activities to be included in the ASPIRATIONS newsletter.
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      TRIO staff from across the state will be volunteering time and expertise for the College
       Goal Sunday on February 21, 2010.


Strategic Goal # 2: Strengthen the financial position of ASPIRE.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    South Dakota ASPIRE provided the main funding source of ASPIRE by providing an
       excellent regional conference in Spearfish, SD in October 2009.
    South Dakota finished the membership year with 53 members, 48 of which were
       professional members.


Strategic Goal # 3: Provide professional development opportunities to the members of
ASPIRE.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    The South Dakota ASPIRE spring conference will be a co-state conference with North
       Dakota. It will be in Bismarck, ND on April 18-21.
    Volunteering opportunities were accepted by several members across the state in
       conjunction with the ASPIRE 2009 regional conference.
    Professional development opportunities have been assigned to South Dakota ASPIRE
       members who volunteered their services and expertise to assure that the 2009 regional
       conference is an excellent professional development opportunity for ASPIRE members.


Strategic Goal # 4: Continue to strengthen governmental relations work at the national,
regional, state, and local levels.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    Cody McMichael, President of South Dakota Chapter of ASPIRE, will be attending
       COE’s Policy Seminar March 21 – 23 to ensure South Dakota TRIO programs voice is
       heard by law makers in our nation’s capitol.
    Messages and action alerts from COE are forwarded to TRIO employees in South
       Dakota.
    Cody McMichael, President of South Dakota Chapter of ASPIRE, has participated in
       conference calls organized by COE which provided information on governmental
       relations.

Strategic Goal # 5: Further develop and utilize communication capabilities and networking
opportunities.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    COE action alerts were forwarded to membership as requested, with updated information
       appropriate to South Dakota as appropriate.
    A South Dakota ASPIRE email contact list was maintained by the state president and
       past-president.
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      Conference registration materials, agenda, and membership materials were sent to all
       TRIO staff in South Dakota in preparation for the spring conference.
      Both program specific as well as all TRIO program networking opportunities will be
       provided at the South Dakota ASPIRE state conference in Bismarck, ND on April 18-21.


Strategic Goal # 6: Assist program participants and alumni to advocate for TRIO.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    A variety of workshop topics will be presented as part of the co-state conference in
       Bismarck, North Dakota.
    TRIO program specific idea exchange time will be provided during the state conference.


Strategic Goal # 7: Strengthen relationships with state associations.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    Correspondence went out to all TRIO staff in South Dakota promoting the spring
       conference.
    The South Dakota ASPIRE spring conference will be a co-state conference with North
       Dakota. This will allow programs from each state to share information and strengthen
       relationships. It will be in Bismarck, ND on April 18-21.




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                           Utah Chapter of ASPIRE
                                January 2010
Yvette Rosenberg, President
Diane Gardner, Past President
Lindsay Beddes, President Elect
Claudia Olsen, Treasurer
Vacant, Secretary

I.     Secretary Vacancy – Chelsea Martino of CEU-Price SSS has resigned her post as Utah Secretary. A
       notice will go out to the membership soliciting nominations or volunteers for the position.

II.    Presidential Travel line item – Currently the budget does not include a line item for President’s
       travel. Funds from the Policy Seminar Travel line will be used generally to cover expenses for the
       State President’s travel.

III.   Policy Seminar – Both President and President Elect will be attending Policy Seminar in D.C. An e-
       mail will go out seeking names of others from Utah who will be attending Policy so that
       appointments with Members can be planned accordingly.

IV. TRIO Day – Because Salt Lake Community College has opted not to have a luncheon as they have
    the past several years, other programs in the state are considering a day at the capitol with their
    TRIO participants.

V.     State Conference in Ogden – April 7th to 9th at the Marriott in Ogden. Weber State University TRIO
       staff will host the conference.

VI. ASPIRE Regional Conference 2011 in Salt Lake City – The conference chair has resigned due to
    family issues. A call will go out to the Utah membership seeking a person, or people, to spearhead
    this effort for the state. Final contract approval is pending.




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                           Wyoming State Report
                                  Quarterly Report
                                       January 22, 2010


President:      Lori Brown-Wirth, UB/MSIP – Univ. of Wyoming

Board           Teffany Fegler (EOC – UW), Past President
Members:        Sandra Straley (SSS - UW), President Elect
                Susan Stoddard (McNair – UW), Secretary
                Elaine Haberland (NWCC), Interim Treasurer

State News:

The executive board met via conference call on January 15, 2010. The executive board will meet
again via conference call on February 5th to follow up on issues and in preparation for the
Wyoming State spring conference.

The Wyoming ASPIRE members are actively preparing for the Regional ASPIRE Conference
which will be held in Wyoming in October, 2010.

State Activities/Accomplishments related to ASPIRE’s Strategic Plan:

Strategic Goal # 1: Provide professional development opportunities to the members of ASPIRE.

Many Wyoming TRiO professionals and members of Wyoming ASPIRE attended the Regional
Conference in South Dakota in October 2009 to participate in the professional development
opportunities there.

The Wyoming State ASPIRE Spring Conference will be held April 22, and 23, 2010 in Casper,
Wyoming. Professional development opportunities include presentations by Regional ASPIRE
president, Ryan Ross; UW McNair Scholars staff; Governmental updates from COE
International Access Committee co-chair and UW SEO Associate Director Michael Wade; and
others pending.

The Regional ASPIRE Conference will be held in Cheyenne, Wyoming in October, 2010. Co-
chairs for the conference, University of Wyoming TRiO Professionals Brandi Roesener
(UB/MSIP) and Ginny Ruckman (EOC) are working with committee members and lining up
professional development opportunities, presentations and activities. Wyoming ASPIRE expects
this to be a very rewarding conference for all involved.



Strategic Goal # 2: Continue to strengthen governmental relations work at the national, regional,
state, and local levels.


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Strategic Goal #3: Further develop and utilize communication capabilities and networking
opportunities.

Wyoming ASPIRE members continue to work on the distribution of the Wyoming ASPIRE
comprehensive brochures that were created with help from the COE grant for state initiatives last
year.




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            Achievers and Awards Committee
                               Quarterly Report
                                    January 20, 2010


Chair:       Juli Larson

Committee    To Be Appointed by
Members:     State Presidents




Committee Activities/Accomplishments related to ASPIRE’s Strategic Plan:


Strategic Goal # 6: Assist program participants and alumni to advocate for TRIO.
Activities/Accomplishments:
    Presented membership awards at annual conference in Spearfish
    Moderated TRiO Achievers Luncheon at annual conference in Spearfish
    Mailed awards to recipients not in attendance at annual conference
    Confirm appointments to committee with State Presidents by February 28, 2010
    Will update length of membership records when current membership list is received
       (usually in March)
    Nomination form for Art Quinn Award sent to ASPIRE President January 22, 2010
    Nomination forms for all awards (including TRiO Achievers) to be sent out by
       March 15, 2009
    Memo to State Presidents asking them to identify retirees to be sent out by March 15,
       2009




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                     Archives Committee
                           Quarterly Report
                                9/25/09
Chair:      Michael Wade

Committee   N.A.
Members:


Committee News:

No Report this quarter
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 By-laws & Operating Guidelines Committee
                                        Quarterly Report
                                                   1-13-2010


Chair:           Dan Benge, Ph.D.

Committee        N.A.
Members:


Committee News:
(Instructions: Examples include new initiatives, ongoing activities and meetings, changes in membership,
partnerships, fundraising, and professional development.)

I reviewed the most recent version of the ASPIRE Operating. To my knowledge this is the most
current and up-to-date document. Michael Wade made corrections to both documents during his
tenure. However, as the year progresses, I will regularly review the Operating Guidelines and
make any changes approved by the ASPIRE Board and/or necessary to reflect current regional
procedures and policies.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel Benge, Ph.D.
ASPIRE Past-President




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                                      Conference 2009 Committee
                                      Conference Summary Report
                                           January 20, 2010

      Chair: Cody McMichael, South Dakota

      Committee News:

            The following information is a summary of evaluations from the 2009 ASPIRE Regional
             Conference. The conference was held in Spearfish, SD at the Spearfish Holiday Inn and
             Convention Center, October 3-7, 2009.



                         ASPIRE 2009 Conference Evaluation – Spearfish, SD
                                 Conference Evaluation Results


                                   Number of evaluation respondents:
                                                51

                                   Average years of services in ASPIRE:
                                         7.32

                                  Overall rating of conference agenda/activities (scale 1 low to 4
                           high): 3.55
                                    (Average of all conference items)
                                  Overall rating of conference sessions (scale 1 low to 5 high):
                                         4.49
                              (Average = overall average rating on session summary)



                    Description of evaluation respondents by the following:

         States                             Programs                                   Positions
# of evaluators                   # of evaluators                              # of evaluators
Colorado                 8        EOC                                 1        Directors            11
Montana                  12       McNair                              0        Assist. Directors    2
N Dakota                 10       SSS                                 23       Coordinators         12
S Dakota                 3        TS                                  11       Counselor/Advisors   11
Utah                     10       UB/UBMS                             6        Instructors          1
Wyoming                  4        VUB                                 1        Admin. Assistants    5
Not listed               1        Multiple                            4        Tech Support         0
                                  Not listed                          2        None Listed          6
                                                                               Other                0



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         Conference Evaluation Summary by Activity/Session

                            Activity /Session
                    (scale 4 = excellent to 1 = poor)
                                                           Total score
Registration Process                                    3.65
Conference Check in                                     3.77
Keynote speaker: Matt Lewis (chalk drawer)              3.35
Plenary I: ASPIRE Business and State Meetings           3.29
Plenary II: COE Update – Dr. Arnold Mitchem             3.71
Plenary III: ASPIRE Business Meeting II / Awards        3.52
Plenary IV: DOE Update - Linda Byrd Johnson             3.75
Overall Quality of Concurrent Workshops                 3.48
Overall Variety of Concurrent Workshops                 3.33
Silent Auction (fundraising efforts)                    3.56
Raffle Items (fundraising efforts)                      3.58
TRiO Achiever’s Luncheon                                 3.67
Overall: banquets/awards/receptions/socials              3.63
Excursions/Activities/Entertainment                      3.94
Close of conference                                     3.52
Accommodations /Meals                                   3.10
Networking with other TRIO Programs                      3.50




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                                     TRIO                                                           Program
Session Number                       Years          Presentation   Activities   Ideas    Handouts      Aids   Session Content
Concurrent Session 1
1) Tutor Training: A Program &
Other Strategies for Success                 5.70           4.55        4.85      4.65       4.65      4.55               4.55
2) Financial Aid Made Fun                    4.54           4.37        4.52      4.47       4.46      4.43               4.50
3) Native Americans and College
Success                                      8.21           4.48        3.92      4.52       3.67      4.28               4.64
4) Narrative of Hope and
Resilience Lens of Strengths                 6.52           4.53        4.21      4.50       4.27      4.44               4.43
5) BLUMEN                                    8.06           4.78        4.25      4.44       4.14      4.50               4.78
6) TS/EOC APR                                7.02           5.00        4.92      4.85       4.92      4.92               5.00

Concurrent Session 2
1) Credit Tutorial                           3.50           4.20        3.33      4.00       4.40      3.75               4.40
2) Gladiators, Twins, and
Matadors, Oh My!                             6.34           4.72        4.84      4.80       4.88      4.72               4.64
3) Building a Strengths Based
Campus                                       4.89           4.87        4.77      4.84       4.81      4.88   4.89
4) Student Access                            8.55           4.45        3.50      4.27       4.30      4.13               4.45
5) TRIO and State College Access
and Retention Policies and
Programs: A Critical Partnership             7.39           4.75        4.50      4.87       4.58      4.92               4.75
6) CHOICES: Increasing Your
Options                                      4.53           4.64        4.77      4.68       4.32      4.55               4.73

Concurrent Session 3
1) Is the Council Relevant to TRIO
Professionals?                            13.0              4.62        4.54      4.54        n/a      4.54               4.77
2) Upward Bound APR                   No Evals
3) omg I wanna stop bein a tech
noob but idk now 2                           5.48           4.80        4.35      4.85       4.83      4.70               4.89
4) Attaining the Gates Millennium
Scholarship Dream                            4.21           4.92        4.82      5.00       4.83      5.00               5.00
5) Engaging TRiO Alumni at the
Local and Regional Level                     9.29           4.42        4.42      4.33       4.50      4.45               4.42
6) Culturally-Relevant,
Academically-Rigorous Services in
one ETS Program.                             3.06           2.95        2.63      3.16       3.16      3.16               3.16
Pre-Conference Workshops
1) ADHD                                   6.23              4.60        4.47      4.47       4.40      4.50               4.47
2) CAS Standards                      No Evals
3) Roundtable : SSS proposal
requirements                                 9.54           4.92        4.86      4.92       4.73      4.67               4.92

Overall Average Rating                       6.63           4.56        4.34      4.53       4.44      4.48               4.60




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                                                 COE DEVELOPMENT REPORT
Chair:
Carol Gritts
Upward Bound
1200 University Street Unit 9516
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD 57799-9516
Telephone:       605-642-6120
Fax:             605-642-6282
Email: CarolGritts@BHSU.edu



                                           Fiscal Year July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010

                                                             COLORADO

                                                    Institutional Memberships
                                                 PAST DUE
                  VERBAL CONFIRMATION FROM COE OF PAYMENT - SHOULD APPEAR ON NEXT REPORT
                                     INSTITUTION WITH NO TRIO PROGRAM
                                  ELIGIBLE FOR "BEAT THE CLOCK" DISCOUNT

Adams State College                                                               PAID
              Student Support Services (Brian Rauscher)
              Upward Bound (Angelica Gallegos)

AIMS Community College                                                            PAID
              Student Support Services (Therese Lask)

Arapahoe Community College                                                        PAID
              Talent Search (Tammy Ward)

Colorado Mountain College                                                         PAID
              Student Support Services (Laurie Marano)
              Upward Bound (Debi Martinez)

Colorado State University                                                         PAID
              Educational Opportunity Center (Oscar Felix)
              McNair (Valerie Gallegos)
              Student Support Services (Andrea Reeve)
              Talent Search (Oscar Felix)
              Upward Bound (Oscar Felix)
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Colorado State University – Pueblo                               Past Due December 31, 2009
             Educational Opportunity Center (Michael Manos)      Mike indicated they were paying
             Student Support Services (Brenda Trujillo Aranda)
             Upward Bound (Mike Medina)
             Veterans Upward Bound (Conrad Waggener)
             (VUB at Pikes Peak Community College is
             under VUB at Colorado State University – Pueblo)


Community College of Denver                                      PAID
             Educational Opportunity Center (Ryan Ross)
             Student Support Services (Rafael Rodriguez)
             Talent Search (Matthew Griswold)
Fort Lewis College                                               PAID
             Student Support Services (Jennifer Wagnon)
             Talent Search (Marianne Gurule Hardy)
             Upward Bound (Brian Francis)

Greeley Dream Team                                               PAID
             Talent Search (Charlotte Jimenez)

Lamar Community College                                          Non-Member
             Student Support Services (Kett Winsor)

Mesa State College                                               Due March 31, 2010

Metropolitan State College                                       PAID
             Student Support Services (Pat Trotman)
             Upward Bound (Paulette McIntosh)
             Veterans Upward Bound (Leroy Chavez)

Northeastern Junior College                                      Due May 31, 2010
             Student Support Services (Donelle Hogarth)

Pikes Peak Community College                                     Non-Member
             Student Support Services (Diane Taste)

Pueblo Community College                                         PAID
             Student Support Services (Jamie Manzanares)
             Upward Bound (Cindy Ayala)


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Trinidad State Junior College                              PAID
             Student Support Services (Derek Grubb)
             Upward Bound (Debra Krumm)
             Upward Bound Math/Science (Judy MacLaren)

University of Colorado/Boulder                             Past Due August 31, 2009
             McNair (Ramona Beal)                          Valerie indicated they were paying
             Student Support Services (Valerie Embry)
             Upward Bound (Dave Sanders)

University of Colorado/Denver                              PAID
             Student Support Services (Teresa DeHerrera)
             Upward Bound (Leticia Ky-Estrada)

University of Northern Colorado                            PAID
             McNair (Sarah Chase)
             Student Support Services (Jana Schwartz)
             Upward Bound (Eric Rennaker)




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                               Elections Committee
                                  Quarterly Report
                                               January 24, 2010


Chair:           Elaine Metcalfe

Committee: Elections Committee
Members:

Committee News:
(Instructions: Examples include new initiatives, ongoing activities and meetings, changes in membership,
partnerships, fundraising, and professional development.)
Members are currently being solicited for the committee. A continuing goal for the
committee is maintaining and expanding a network of Aspire administrators who might be
willing to implement new ways of locally presenting information regarding Aspire service
and leadership duties as well as increasing their support for their own or their staff
involvement in Aspire. Once again this year, a letter will be sent out to TRIO
administrators to garner input regarding Aspire leadership development and elections
processes and results will be synthesized and given to the Aspire Board for review. Other
plans for the committee include the April mailing to Aspire members, of information about
duties involved in Aspire offices which will be open for election (President Elect and
Secretary); then the July mailing of materials to solicit nominations for Aspire office and
appropriate follow up upon receiving nominations (as detailed in the Election Committee
Description in the Aspire Operating Guidelines).

Committee Activities/Accomplishments related to ASPIRE’s Strategic Plan:
(Instructions: Please report on the activities/accomplishments of the committee since the last report. A matrix
showing the goals that apply to each committee can be found at the end of the Strategic Plan. You need not report on
the other goals and should delete them from the report.)

Strategic Goal # 5: Further develop and utilize communication capabilities and networking
opportunities.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    Currently the committee chair is networking by telephone and email with regional
       personnel to identify members for the committee (timeline to have members
       confirmed is by February 10th), so that the committee goals of building a greater
       support network to solicit leadership nominations and participation in service to
       Aspire are met.
    Plan in place to contact TRIO administrators for input regarding Aspire leadership
       development and nomination/elections processes, then summarize responses and
       present to the Aspire Board (including State Presidents) by the end of March 2010.


Strategic Goal # 7: Strengthen relationships with state associations.

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Activities/Accomplishments:
    Plan in place to communicate to Aspire Board, including the State Presidents, input
       from    TRIO      administrators   regarding     leadership development       and
       nominations/elections processes, so the State Presidents can facilitate
       communication within their own state about these topics.

Committee Activities related to COE Board Initiatives:
(Instructions: Please report on activities related to initiatives that the COE Chair or Board have highlighted for the
year. Examples include Get # for TRIO and incorporating a service component into TRIO Day activities.)




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                                 Finance Committee
                                         Quarterly Report
                                                    9/30/2009


Chair:             John Shafer, Treasurer

Committee          Dan Benge, President                   Carol Gritts, Development Chair
Members:           Ryan Ross, Pres.-Elect                 RuthAnne Shope, MT President
                   Michael Wade, Past Pres.


Committee News:
(Instructions: Examples include new initiatives, ongoing activities and meetings, changes in membership,
partnerships, fundraising, and professional development.)

Committee Activities/Accomplishments related to ASPIRE’s Strategic Plan:
(Instructions: Please report on the activities/accomplishments of the committee since the last report. A matrix
showing the goals that apply to each committee can be found at the end of the Strategic Plan. You need not report on
the other goals and should delete them from the report.)

Strategic Goal # 2: Strengthen the financial position of ASPIRE.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    2008 formal audit contracted for and completed
    Completed quarterly state financial reports
    Completed quarterly Region financial report
    Completed financial duties/obligations accurately and timely

Strategic Goal # 5: Further develop and utilize communication capabilities and networking
opportunities.

Activities/Accomplishments:

        Communicated with various state presidents/treasurers to resolve financial questions


Strategic Goal # 7: Strengthen relationships with state associations.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    Provided accurate quarterly reports to each state
    Processed state invoices promptly
    Aided state presidents and treasurers with financial/budget questions and problems




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                       Financial Aid Committee
                                   Quarterly Report
                                        January 20, 2010


Chair:          Cody McMichael, South Dakota



Committee News:
Committee Chair, Cody McMichael, is researching financial aid news relevant to Trio Program
staff and students. Updates will be provided at the ASPIRE membership at the regional
conference in Cheyenne, Wyoming in October and on the website as needed.


Committee Activities/Accomplishments related to ASPIRE’s Strategic Plan:

Strategic Goal # 3:
       Provide professional development opportunities for the members of ASPIRE.

         Activities/Accomplishments:
        The Financial Aid Committee chair will ensure that one concurrent session will be
         included on the agenda at the regional conference in Cheyenne, WY.
        The financial aid committee chair continues to work with state associations to facilitate
         financial aid training and updates at state meetings.


Strategic Goal # 4:
       Continue to strengthen governmental relations work at the national, regional, state, and
       local levels.

         Activities/Accomplishments:
        Provided information in the form of an ASPIRATIONS newsletter article related to the
         new financial aid changes in the economic stimulus bill passed by congress.

Strategic Goal # 5:
       Increase existing and create new communication capabilities and networking
       opportunities for TRIO professionals.

         Activities/Accomplishments:
        Publish a FAFSA and Financial Aid Update article for the next issue of ASPIRATIONS
         and ASPIRE web page.
        A financial aid update will be given at the ASPIRE conference in Cheyenne, WY. The
         update will be presented with printed materials that TRIO professionals can use with

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      Important announcements will be sent to state presidents for dissemination to state
       members.


Strategic Goal # 6:
       Provide educational/training opportunities for ASPIRE program participants.

       Activities/Accomplishments:
      Research and develop an educational program for ASPIRE program participants that
       emphasizes the financial aid needs of program participants.
          o Future educational programs will be incorporated into state and regional ASPIRE
              conferences. The FA committee chair is developing a five-part program that can
              be presented as one-hour concurrent sessions at each conference.




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                        Government Relations
                                  Quarterly Report
                                            1/21/10


Chair:        Rachel Martinez

Committee     Lori Brown-Wirth-WY
Members:      Derek Grubb-CO
              Mike McLean-MT
              Cody McMichael-SD
              Derek Sporbert-ND
              Yvette Rosenberg-UT


Committee News:
Most recent conversations with COE indicate that these issues are forefront:
       Policy Seminar to take place March 21-23, 2010
             o Issues at stake will be increased funding, increasing national college going
                  rates with focus on Pell grant funding and adult students, HR 3221.
       Additional conference calls on state issues are being held by COE. Please see
          COE website for a list of state calls and dates. Regular conference calls open to
          everyone are on Thursdays at 2:00 EST.
       Congress is working to finalize legislation, most of focus on healthcare reform.
          Education bills impacting TRIO will follow, including education budget
          reconciliation. HR 3221 Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act or SAFRA is
          expected to include language affecting TRIO but currently has none so please
          reach out to your legislators on the House Education and Labor Committee
          (Polis, Bishop) and Senate HELP Committee (Enzi, Bennet, Hatch).


Committee Activities/Accomplishments related to ASPIRE’s Strategic Plan:

Strategic Goal # 1: Advocate for programs and activities that ensure the continued existence of
TRiO and other educational opportunity programs, such as GEAR-UP.
Activities/Accomplishments:
    State Presidents can encourage attendance of members and alumni at Policy
       Seminar. 28 visits will need to be made by ASPIRE Region.
    States can provide training and leadership in policy preparation and training at
       state and regional conferences.
    State Presidents will advocate for increased funding for TRIO and for an increase to
       college access and retention services at the state and federal level.


Strategic Goal # 3: Provide professional development opportunities to the members of ASPIRE.

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Activities/Accomplishments:
    State Presidents encourage leadership training through recruitment of state and
       regional leaders.
    Policy Seminar (state presidents can prepare attendees on issues pertinent to Policy
       including appropriations and bill implementation)


Strategic Goal # 4: Continue to strengthen governmental relations work at the national, regional,
state, and local levels.

Activities/Accomplishments:
        State presidents in ASPIRE take on a strong role in promoting government
           relations work that strengthens our association. All states plan to have state
           meetings focusing on local government relations work (please defer to state
           reports).
        Government relations work is at the core of our state leadership and state
           initiative work. TRIO Day will capture many opportunities in the region for
           building TRIO support statewide on the state level. National TRIO Day is Feb
           27, 2010.
        State presidents are encouraged to utilize COE’s government relations section
           which includes weekly updates, alerts and information on appropriations and
           reauthorization efforts and pass this information on to their membership.


Strategic Goal # 5: Further develop and utilize communication capabilities and networking
opportunities.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    All state presidents have a comprehensive system to transfer alerts and relay
       information to their membership and supporters of TRIO.
    All state presidents are encouraged to attend Policy Seminar to take the lead in
       advocacy efforts with their senators and representatives regarding pertinent TRIO
       issues such as increased funding for TRIO and effects of current education
       legislation or lack thereof.
    All state presidents are attending state meetings, regional and national conferences
       to obtain and convey GR information.
    State Presidents and others can utilize COE weekly government relations calls and
       TRIO list serve as a means of receiving and communicating important government
       relations matters.


Strategic Goal # 6: Assist program participants and alumni to advocate for TRIO.

Activities/Accomplishments:
State Presidents:
    Continue to invite alumni to Policy Seminar.
    Have alumni write letters to congress for support of TRIO.

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      Nominate TRIO alumni to be state, regional and national TRIO achievers.
      Encourage new leaders and develop leadership potential of all TRIO professionals
       at state, regional or national levels.
      Encourage TRIO day activities at state level to include alumni


Strategic Goal # 7: Strengthen relationships with state associations.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    COLORADO
www.pellinstitute.org/pdf/Postsecondary_Report_final.pdf
       Highlights
           o Institutional conditions that affect college success: Tinto’s theory of school leaving: that
             most students that leave college are not failing academically, so there must be other
             explanations for why some students stay in college and others leave.
          o The use of TRIO to help increase and improve college access and success.
          o Highlights the positive relationship between award of various forms of aid – grants,
             loans, scholarships – and college entrance and persistence.
      NORTH DAKOTA (From COE)
         o As of Jan 11, “another piece of legislation that may be considered is the jobs
           stimulus" bill. The House passed the Jobs for Main Street Act just prior to the
           holiday recess. Recent reports indicate that the Senate will introduce an entirely
           different bill that is not based upon the action in the House, but rather funding
           recommendations by Members of the Senate. The two primary leads on this
           legislation are Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois and Senator Byron Dorgon of
           North Dakota. If you reside in either of these states, we strongly encourage you to
           reach out to their offices and let them know how additional funding to provide
           jobs for TRIO professionals would not only quickly meet the needs of local
           constituents of concern, but also enhance the services provided to the low-income,
           first-generation students who participate in TRIO programs.”
      WYOMING
         o We will be monitoring Senator Enzi’s (Republican Ranking member) connection
           to new Chairman Tom Harkin of the Senate Committee on Health Education,
           Labor and Pensions. Also on this committee are Michael Bennet (CO) and Orrin
           Hatch (UT).




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                 International Access Committee
                                        Quarterly Report
                                                     9/25/09


Chair:           Michael Wade

Committee        N.A.
Members:


Committee News:
(Instructions: Examples include new initiatives, ongoing activities and meetings, changes in membership,
partnerships, fundraising, and professional development.)




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                     Leadership Development
                                  Quarterly Report
                         ASPIRE Leadership Development Institute


Chairs:       Oscar Felix, Andrea Reeve

Committee
Members:      Kathy Felker

Committee Report:
The 2009 ASPIRE Leadership Development Institute will feature Dr. Stefani Hicswa, President
of Miles College in Montana and Past President of ASPIRE, Inc.

Two additional special presenters are:
Angelica Vialpando, Council for Opportunity in Education
Dave Megquier, University of Maine and Past Chair, Council for Opportunity in Education

Current number of registrants: 17 Emerging Leaders and 6 Seasoned Staff. Board members, you
are invited to drop by at any point during the LDI!

The agenda will include the following topics:

History of TRIO- Kathy Felker
Capacity Building for a Strong State Association- Angelica Vialpando
Influencing State Education Policy- Andrea Reeve, Oscar Felix
Advocacy- Kathy
Policy Seminar- Angelica
Congressional Visit Role Plays- Andrea, Oscar
Leadership in TRIO and Beyond- Stefani Hicswa
Interactive Leadership Development Session- Stefani
ASPIRE Leadership Survey- Where Do We Go From Here? – Oscar
How to Get Involved in ASPIRE- Stefani, Oscar
Structure of ASPIRE- Andrea
Governmental Relations 101- Angelica, Dave Megquier
Thinking Outside the Box- Andrea
Parliamentary Procedure- Kathy
CAS Standards- Andrea
Discovering Your Leadership Style- Stefani, Oscar

The LDI will re-introduce leadership work plans so that participants leave the LDI with a well-
articulated plan for involvement on their campus, community, and/or their state chapter or
regional association.


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                      Membership Committee
                                    Year End Report
Chair:          Dawn Eckhardt (ND)

Committee CO – LaVonne Martinez
Members: MT – Mica Slaven-Lamothe
          SD – Yolie Kernes
          UT – Diane Gardner
          WY – Lori Brown-Wirth

Committee News:
(Instructions: Examples include new initiatives, ongoing activities and meetings, changes in membership,
partnerships, fundraising, and professional development.)

        An employee directory for the ASPIRE region has been completed and is
         currently available on the ASPIRE website. The Membership Committee
         believes this directory will prove to be a beneficial tool to increasing personal
         membership numbers in the future.
         Membership for 2008-09 ended with 349.
        Membership totals were down from 2007-08 by 42 members.
        The 2008-2009 membership year was the first year for the new categories of
         Emeritus and Friends & Alumni. Four people took advantage of these
         categories; three Emeritus and one under Friends & Alumni.

Committee Activities/Accomplishments related to ASPIRE’s Strategic
Plan:
(Instructions: Please report on the activities/accomplishments of the committee since the last report. A
matrix showing the goals that apply to each committee can be found at the end of the Strategic Plan. You
need not report on the other goals and should delete them from the report.)

Strategic Goal # 1: Advocate for programs and activities that ensure the continued
existence of TRiO and other educational opportunity programs, such as GEAR-UP.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    All states in the ASPIRE region had a representative identified for the
       membership committee. All committee members were contacted regarding their
       participation within this committee.
    Updated membership lists for each state were distributed to committee members
       as well as the ASPIRE Board prior to regional board meetings and as requested
       by individual state representatives. These lists were used in preparation for
       fundraising and membership drive efforts.
    An employee directory of TRIO and GEAR UP employees in the ASPIRE region
       has been developed and is currently available as a downloadable Excel file on
       the ASPIRE website.


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Strategic Goal # 2: Strengthen the financial position of ASPIRE.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    All applications for ASPIRE membership submitted for the 2008-2009
       membership year have been processed. Cash and check payments for all
       membership applications have been deposited, and notification of
       deposits sent to the ASPIRE treasurer. Credit card payments for
       membership were forwarded to the ASPIRE treasurer for processing.
    Membership to ASPIRE continues to be recommended throughout the ASPIRE
       region.
    Invoices were sent to specific individuals that attended the 2008 regional
       conference under the member rate but did not have their membership paid at the
       conclusion of the conference. All but one was successfully obtained.
    One individual membership was cancelled as a result of a payment cancellation.
    The 2008-2009 ASPIRE membership year ended with a total of 349 members.
       This is down from end of the 2007-2008 membership year by 42 members.

Strategic Goal # 3: Provide professional development opportunities to the members of
ASPIRE.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    Regional membership provided members the opportunity to attend both regional
       and state meetings at discounted rates.


Strategic Goal # 4: Continue to strengthen governmental relations work at the national,
regional, state, and local levels.

Activities/Accomplishments:


Strategic Goal # 5:     Further develop and utilize communication capabilities and
networking opportunities.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    All members of ASPIRE are entered into the ASPIRE listserv which provides for
       direct communication.

Strategic Goal # 6: Assist program participants and alumni to advocate for TRIO.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    There were 20 TRIO Participant members of ASPIRE. Their inclusion in the
       ASPIRE listserv provides them with information about the regional success and
       issues.



Strategic Goal # 7: Strengthen relationships with state associations.
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Activities/Accomplishments:
    Applications for new and continuing members of ASPIRE submitted for the
       membership year of 2008-2009 have been processed. In doing so, membership
       to state associations have increased as well.

As of September 23, 2009, the number of ASPIRE members for 2008-2009 is 349. The membership
categories break down as follows:



                    2008 – 2009 Membership Statistics by State
State           TRIO        GEAR      Professional   Associate   Emeritus   Friends &   TRIO
                Programs    UP and    Members        Members     Members    Alumni      Participants
                            Other
                            EOPs
Colorado           42          3          67             9           0             0         0
Montana            27          0          81             3           2             0         9
North Dakota       18          0          38             3           1             0         0
South Dakota       14          0          35             3           0             0        11
Utah               26          6          60             2           0             0         0
Wyoming             9          2          21             1           0             0         0
Out of Region                              0             2           0             1         0




            Data sources:

           Number of Programs: COE 2008 Directory of TRIO and GEAR UP Programs.
           Number of Members: Membership applications processed for 2008-2009.




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                             Professional Standards
                                            Annual Report
                                              September 30, 2009


Chair:           Andrea Reeve

Committee
Members:


Committee News:
        New Initiatives: In November 2008 a revised set of CAS TRIO/EOP Standards were approved by the
         Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). These revised standards are
         included in the 2009 CAS Book of Professional Standards, published in August 2009. For both COE and
         ASPIRE, dissemination of information about the Standards is through presentations at the COE Annual
         Conference (September 2009) and the ASPIRE Conference (pre-conference session).
        CAS has now developed a plan for functional area professional associations to add a link on their
         association websites to the latest versions of the functional area standards & guidelines at the CAS Website.
         I will work with the ASPIRE (and COE and other TRIO regional associations) during 2009 to add this link
         to websites.
        New Initiative: add CAS toolkit resources to ASPIRE website.
        Goal for remainder of 2009 and for 2010: Identify one state liaison for the Professional Standards
         Committee, who will be responsible for providing CAS information to State Membership and for providing
         CAS professional development at state meetings.
        Goal: encourage networking, and peer support and technical assistance for using the CAS assessment
         process.
        Use ASPIRE membership to pilot a survey about CAS TRIO Standards motivation to use, use, and needs
         for technical assistance.

Committee Activities/Accomplishments related to ASPIRE’s Strategic Plan:

Strategic Goal # 1: Advocate for programs and activities that ensure the continued existence of TRiO and
other educational opportunity programs, such as GEAR-UP.

Activities/Accomplishments:
     CAS Standards provide a vehicle for TRIO programs to increase visibility on campuses and in affiliated
         organizations. Use of the assessment process adds to accountability measures of program effectiveness.

Strategic Goal # 3: Provide professional development opportunities to the members of ASPIRE.
Activities/Accomplishments:
     Workshops at annual conference provide a professional development opportunity.




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                           Publications Committee
                                         Quarterly Report
                                                 Date 9/29/09

Chair: Russ Lamson

Committee Members:

Committee News:
(Instructions: Examples include new initiatives, ongoing activities and meetings, changes in membership,
partnerships, fundraising, and professional development.)

Aspirations distribution schedule:

January – April (distributed on or before the last day in May)
May – August (distributed on or before the last day in September)
September – December (distributed on or before last day in January)


Committee Activities/Accomplishments related to ASPIRE’s Strategic Plan:
(Instructions: Please report on the activities/accomplishments of the committee since the last report. A matrix
showing the goals that apply to each committee can be found at the end of the Strategic Plan. You need not report on
the other goals and should delete them from the report.)

Strategic Goal # 1: Advocate for programs and activities that ensure the continued existence of
TRiO and other educational opportunity programs, such as GEAR-UP.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    Produced a newsletter three times a year with informative articles on TRIO Programs
       from the six states across the region.
    Once posted to the website the newsletter provides a visual and written record of the
       activities of each state that can be used to promote TRIO and other programs to the
       general public and legislators.


Strategic Goal # 2: Strengthen the financial position of ASPIRE.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    Provided a newsletter three times a year with specific articles on fiduciary responsibilities
       of the membership including ASPIRE and COE fair share goals and avenues for
       contributions
    Idea for discussion: Publish ASPIRE budget and expenditure information in at
       least one issue during the fiscal year. (This idea was put for in the last report. Unaware
       if any discussion has taken place. Seems like a good idea to me. Not sure who could or
       should provide the information)


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Strategic Goal # 3: Provide professional development opportunities to the members of ASPIRE.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    The newsletters contained information on upcoming training opportunities and a calendar
       of events.


Strategic Goal # 4: Continue to strengthen governmental relations work at the national, regional,
state, and local levels.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    The newsletters provided articles on governmental relations and state initiatives
    The calendar of important dates and upcoming events notified membership of important
       state and national legislative actions and how to get involved.


Strategic Goal # 5: Further develop and utilize communication capabilities and networking
opportunities.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    The Aspirations Newsletter is the one formal communications vehicle within the ASPIRE
       membership. Through articles and pictures it informs membership of the goings-on in
       each state.
    With the newsletter in an on-line format communication is efficient and direct.


Strategic Goal # 6: Assist program participants and alumni to advocate for TRIO.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    The newsletter provides information on up-coming education and training opportunities
       for membership
    Through well written and informative articles, along with colorful pictures, chronicling
       the success of TRIO Programs, the newsletter aims to inspire current and past participants
       of TRIO to stay involved and make contributions monetary and otherwise.



Strategic Goal # 7: Strengthen relationships with state associations.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    The quarterly newsletters provided information on each state association’s work toward
       incorporation as well as information on the state meetings and trainings provided to date.


Committee Activities related to COE Board Initiatives:
(Instructions: Please report on activities related to initiatives that the COE Chair or Board have highlighted for the
year. Examples include Get # for TRIO and incorporating a service component into TRIO Day activities.)


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                               State Initiative Committee
                                    Sept 2009 Report
Chair:                            Ray Carlisle
Committee Members:                2008-09 State Presidents

Date:                             01/28/2010

Committee News: Four of six ASPIRE states have completed activities partially funded by
State Initiative grants from COE:

North Dakota (to design website);
Montana (to help pay cost of 2009 MT TRIO Fact Book);
South Dakota (to design a website and state fact book)
Colorado (for a leadership summit with SHEEO and state TRIO personnel)

                                    State Initiative and TRIO’s Future
                          Ray Carlisle, Chair, ASPIRE State Initiative Committee
                                              January 28, 2010


I        Development of TRIO’s political strategy from our beginning to present

        1965 – 77 (12 years): competitive funding, every project fended for itself, almost no collaboration
         among programs. TRIO programs were funded by regional offices of U.S. Dep’t of Health,
         Education and Welfare, not directly by Washington, D.C.). Goal was simply to get funded and
         stay funded.

        1977 – 2003 (26 years): 10 regional associations created with a headquarters office in Washington,
         D.C. (NCEOA, now COE). Focus was on banding together as TRIO regional associations to lobby
         U.S. Congress for TRIO funding and to influence TRIO program policies by participating in the
         Reauthorization process. Note: U.S. Department of Education began operation in 1980, after
         which all individualTRIO programs were funded by a single office in Washington, D.C. instead
         of by regional offices. This contributed toward a national, cohesive sense of identity for TRIO.

        2003 – present (7 years): Increasing awareness that TRIO state associations need to take on much
         stronger role in order to influence educational policy that affects our students, and to form
         partnerships & alliances with others. This development will also take time, just the
         regional/national model took 26 years to fully develop. It will NOT replace our need to maintain
         regional associations, or our lobbying effort with congress.

II       Why do states matter to TRIO? What’s at stake?

        Who establishes most educational policy that affects TRIO students? OPI, BOR
        Who provides funding for K-12 and postsecondary education? Legislature, governor, local school
         boards
        What can state TRIO associations bring to TRIO’s political strategy? We are significant players
         (MT = $9.2 million in funding, 9,500 students). As state TRIO associations, we can create the
         statewide data our political leaders can use to describe the impact of TRIO in our states.
         Politicians need statewide data because only state residents can vote for them.

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III    Planning YOUR state’s State Initiative strategy: each TRIO state is unique. The same model
wouldn’t work in all states. Find your state’s unique opportunities.

IV      Another TRIO frontier: corporate and foundation support. There are fewer foundations in the
ASPIRE region than some areas of the country, but we’ve had some success. Caveat: let your boss know
of any fundraising activity. Don’t compete w/your institution’s fundraising activities.

VI       Some common goals

        A Fact Book for every state, updated annually
        Work with governor’s office and/or state legislature: from a minimum of courtesy/information
         letters to a maximum of sponsoring state policy seminar
        Work with state education agencies minimum courtesy letters & fact book, maximum policy
         briefings, attend meetings, form coalition

V        What will TRIO look like in 10 – 20 years?

Link to COE’s State Initiative web page:
http://www.coenet.us/ecm/AM/Template.cfm?Section=The_State_Initiative
Strategic Goal # 1:

         Advocate for programs and activities that ensure the continued existence of TRIO and other
         educational opportunity programs, such as GEAR UP.




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                                     Web Committee
                                         Quarterly Report
                                               January 20, 2010


Chair:           Barb Waters

Committee        Barb Waters
Members:         Tammy Gordon


Committee News:
(Instructions: Examples include new initiatives, ongoing activities and meetings, changes in membership,
partnerships, fundraising, and professional development.)
The website continues to updated on a regular basis. Items recently added include the
President’s 2009 Winter Report, updated Project Membership and Personal Donation
forms, and biographies of many of the current ASPIRE board members.

Committee Activities/Accomplishments related to ASPIRE’s Strategic Plan:
(Instructions: Please report on the activities/accomplishments of the committee since the last report. A matrix
showing the goals that apply to each committee can be found at the end of the Strategic Plan. You need not report on
the other goals and should delete them from the report.)

Strategic Goal # 1: Advocate for programs and activities that ensure the continued existence of
TRiO and other educational opportunity programs, such as GEAR-UP.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    The website aims to improve the communication and dissemination of information
       to regional membership by providing centralized access to existing state websites
       and regional communications.
    The front page of the website incorporates an area where issues that require
       immediate attention can be prominently displayed. This area has been used to
       highlight publication of new materials such as the ASPIRATIONS newsletter and to
       alert ASPIRE membership to current issues of concern.


Strategic Goal # 2: Strengthen the financial position of ASPIRE.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    The website contains a section where information about the upcoming regional
       conference is available to any site visitor, including those who are not currently
       associated with the region.


Strategic Goal # 4: Continue to strengthen governmental relations work at the national, regional,
state, and local levels.

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Activities/Accomplishments:
    The front page of the website allows current issues of interest to the ASPIRE
       membership to be prominently displayed.
    The site allows policy makers to download the ASPIRATIONS newsletter at their
       convenience. The publication of a new newsletter is displayed on the front page the
       website. Past issues of the newsletter are also available on the site.

Strategic Goal # 5: Further develop and utilize communication capabilities and networking
opportunities.

Activities/Accomplishments:
    The website improves the ability for regional leadership to be able to quickly and
       efficiently disseminate information to the regional membership. The design of the
       new site intends to allow membership to locate required information as easily as
       possible. The front page also provides an area where items of especial interest can
       be prominently displayed.
    The website is frequently updated as new information becomes available.




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