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.

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.