North Dakota ASPIRE’s mission is to “increase the educational and success opportunities for low-income and first-generation college students through professional development and legislative advocacy”. In order to achieve this mission, four strategic goals have been established.

Goal 1: Provide professional development opportunities for ASPIRE members to be recognized leaders in college access and success areas.
Objective: Annually provide at least two professional development opportunities for TRIO Professionals in North Dakota, including leadership skills and topics on college access and success.
TimelineTaskResponsible Party
Fall meeting 2016·       Develop and disseminate a needs assessment to ASPIRE members. Tabulate results to determine training needs and preferences of ASPIRE Members attending state conferences.Professional Development Committee
Spring Meeting 2017·        Identify 2 models of training for professional development:Professional Development Committee
·        Annually develop targeted learning opportunities for each program area (5) while addressing the needs of the seasoned professionals and professionals new to ND ASPIRE.
Spring 2017·        Annually coordinate logistics of professional development for the state meetings. Professional Development Committee / State Leadership/Membership
Goal 2: Strengthen ASPIRES economic and organizational sustainability.
Objective: Annually maintain fiscal stability for the North Dakota Chapter of ASPIRE.
TimelineTaskResponsible Party
Fall 2016·        Develop clear expectations for Emerging Leaders Institute to include: registration process, faculty, enrollment and member responsibilities. State Leadership
·        Initiate a committee structure for the completion of tasks in the Strategic Plan.
State Leadership
Annually·        Maintain membership level of 80% of eligible TRIO professionals in North Dakota.Membership Committee
·        Membership Committee reports status at state meeting.
Spring/Fall meetings·        Provide ‘financial’ resources for State President to attend ASPIRE board meeting and policy seminar.Membership Committee
As neededState Leadership
Annually·        Coordinate logistics of professional development activities for the state meetings Professional Development Committee
·        Provide educational/training opportunities for ND ASPIRE program participants inclusive of students, Trio members and Professionals.Professional Development Committee
·        Partnerships developed with other state associations for development initiatives training and networking. State Leadership
·        Strive for 90% of programs to purchase project memberships.
·        Actively encourage student memberships with the state.Membership Committee
·        Quarterly communicate benefits, needs and opportunities of ASPIRE membership to Trio Alumni, Professionals and students.
·        Train membership and leadership to best advocate for students and programs through policy preparation and training, regional/state
·        Increase personal and business partnerships by 10% biannuallyProfessional Development
Quarterly·        Keep website updated, State Fact Book on annual basis/ more use of social media Committee/
State Initiative/ Leadership
State Leadership
Goal 3: Strengthen Alumni Network
Objective: Establish an alumni association for North Dakota TRIO Alumni within three years.
TimelineTaskResponsible Party
Fall ASPIRE Regional Conference 2016·        Annually work with alumni to create a North Dakota TRIO Alumni Association. State Leadership/Membership
Fall 2016·        Annually recognize a ND State Trio Achiever. Alumni Committee
Spring 2017·        Explore pro/con of utilizing social media (such as Facebook and Twitter) to promote programs to current students, alumni, and other TRIO organizations. Report findings at state meeting.
Alumni Committee
·        Regular updates for website, Fact Book, Facebook.
Two time per yearAlum/State/Membership
·        Annually Offer Alumni opportunities to become a member of ASPIRE.
Alumni Committee
Goal 4: Expand the availability and enhance the quality of college access and support through rigorous advocacy.
Objective: To promote and sustain opportunities for alumni and Trio Members for TRIO through legislative advocacy and supportive initiatives.
TimelineTaskResponsible Party
Annually·        Will provide at least 2 opportunities per year for students and alumni to gain a better understanding of Trio.State Leadership
·        Financially support students and alumni to attend and advocate for TRIO as part of Policy Seminar, annually /by Trio Directors
·        Lead the membership in legislative advocacy efforts through communication and professional development. State Leadership
Annually·        Engage students and alumni in legislative initiatives and other advocacy opportunities.
·        Increase communication with the membership on issues related to activities that ensure continued existence (website, state conferences, and email)State Initiative Committee
Annually·        Facilitate communication and awareness of current issues (legislation, regulations, DOE) More visibility and commitment from campuses.
·        Contact with legislators.
AnnuallyState Initiative Committee
Membership Committee
Quarterly
State Initiative Committee
QuarterlyState Initiative Committee

State Leadership:

  • Annually coordinate logistics of professional development for the state meetings.
  • Develop clear expectations for Emerging Leaders Institute to include but not limited to: registration process, faculty, enrollment and member responsibilities.
  • Initiate a committee structure for the completion of tasks in the Strategic Plan.
  • Provide ‘financial’ resources for state president to attend ASPIRE board meeting and policy seminar.
  • Increase personal and business partnerships by 10% biannually.
  • Partnerships developed with other state associations for development initiatives training and networking.
  • Keep website updated, state Fact book on annual basis/ more use of social media.
  • Work with alumni to create a North Dakota TRIO Alumni Association.
  • Will provide students and alumni with opportunities to gain a better understanding of Trio.
  • Financially support students and alumni to attend and advocate for TRIO as part of Policy Seminar, annually /by Trio Directors
  • Regular updates for website, Fact Book, Facebook.

 

 

 

State Initiative:

 

  • Increase personal and business partnerships by 10% biannually.
  • Lead the membership in legislative advocacy efforts through communication and professional development. (With Professional Development Committee; Train membership and leadership to best advocate for students and programs through (policy preparation and training, regional/state)
  • Engage students and alumni in legislative initiatives and other advocacy opportunities.
  • Facilitate communication and awareness of current issues (legislation, regulations, DOE) More visibility and commitment from campuses.
  • Contact with legislators.

 

 Professional Development Committee:

  • Develop and disseminate a needs assessment to ASPIRE members. Tabulate results to determine training needs and preferences of ASPIRE Members attending state conferences.
  • Identify 2 models of training for professional development.
  • Annually develop targeted learning opportunities for each program area (5) while addressing the needs of the seasoned professionals and professionals new to ND ASPIRE.
  • Coordinate logistics of professional development activities for the state meetings.
  • Provide educational/training opportunities for ND ASPIRE program participants inclusive of students, Trio members and Professionals.
  • Train membership and leadership to best advocate for students and programs through (policy preparation and training, regional/state.

 

Alumni Committee:

  • Annually recognize a ND State Trio Achiever.
  • Explore pro/con of utilizing social media (such as Facebook and Twitter) to promote programs to current students, alumni, and other TRIO organizations.
  • Regular updates for website, Fact Book, Facebook.
  • Offer Alumni opportunities to become a member of ASPIRE.

Membership Committee:

  • Annually coordinate logistics of professional development for the state meetings.
  • Maintain membership level of 80% of eligible TRIO professionals in North Dakota. Membership Committee reports status at state meetings 2xp/year.
  • Strive for 90% of Trio programs to purchase project memberships
  • Annually encourage student memberships with the state ASPIRE organization.
  • Annually work with alumni to create a North Dakota TRIO Alumni Association.
  • On a Quarterly basis communicate benefits, needs and opportunities of ASPIRE membership.
  • Increase communication with the membership on issues related to activities that ensure continued existence (website, state conferences, and email).

 

Development Committee:

Annually work to gain more funding for North Dakota ASPIRE.

 

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