The Alliance Partnership unites students, families, high school personnel, and the Colorado State University community in a common goal: to envision education beyond high school and send a greater number of Colorado students to college. By working together, we can elevate the expectation of students and their families regarding the importance, access and attainability of higher education.
Our goal is work together with your community to raise the expectation that all students can pursue an education beyond high school. We listen to the needs of each community and respond by providing the necessary tools and resources to students, families, and schools.
The Alliance partnership was created in September 2006 under the guidance of Mary Ontiveros, who is now the Vice President for Diversity. 10 Alliance Partner High Schools were identified based on a number of factors including:
- the percentage of students eligible for the free or reduced lunch program
- racial and ethnic makeup of the student population
- number of students who represent the first generation in their family to attend college
- schools that represented diverse geographic regions of the state
The first Alliance high school graduates enrolled at Colorado State University in fall 2007. Since then, our partner high schools have identified their needs and CSU has responded with programs and resources. Out of this partnership have emerged the Alliance Partnership Award, Alliance College Access Events, Family Visit Days, Summer Programs and more. The Partnership continues to evolve as more Alliance high school students embrace the vision of pursuing their education beyond high school.