President Nemerowicz's Outreach to Access/Success Organizations and Foundations

Throughout the past year President Nemerowicz led Pine Manor College to unprecedented levels of involvement with access/success organizations and exposure to funding organizations. Having already received national recognition as the creator and host of the Summit Yes We Must: Collaboration to Achieve President Obama's 2020 Goal and as the founder of the Yes We Must Coalition, PMC's president is being seen as one of the country's leading spokespersons on college access/success issues.

On September 16, 2010, President Nemerowicz was one of thirty-one leaders of post-secondary institutions brought together in Washington, DC by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a discussion entitled "Helping Students Beat the Odds." The Gates Foundation identified Pine Manor College as an institution taking substantial steps to help traditionally underrepresented students succeed in their efforts to obtain degrees. The Gates Foundation also recognized the Yes We Must Coalition for its dynamic efforts to address issues related to access/success.

Earlier that same week President Nemerowicz and Barry Ward represented Pine Manor College as one of three college's invited to participate in the Department of Education sponsored and Helmsley Trust hosted "Pipelines into Partnerships" project. Under the guidance of Martha Kanter, Undersecretary of Education, and Greg Darnieder, Special Assistant and Advisor to Secretary Duncan on College Access, the agenda was formed to center the discussion on how access/success organizations - such as College Summit, AVID Center, KIPP, and the Cristo Rey Network - could identify a cohort of students from each of their organizations and send them to the participating colleges.

Several components of the discussion made this effort distinctive. In addition to selecting the students, the access/success organizations would accept the students on behalf of the colleges. The foundations, such as Helmsley Trust, Altman Foundations, Carnegie Corp. Of NY, and the Ford Foundation, would establish a pool of funds that address the containment of the level of student loan debt. And, short and long-term tracking of students would take place in an ongoing fashion.

Scaling up this project to national levels is an important objective to the Department of Education. Contributing to this end, PMC has been asked to host the Nation College Access Network's (NCAN) regional meeting in March/April, 2011 in addition to hosting a second summit in March entitled Yes We Must: Crossing the Next Bridge.

It is also important to note that Pine Manor College's commitment to access/success was recognized in the Washington Monthly 2010 "College Rankings: What Can Colleges Do for the Country" as one of twenty nationally recognized colleges/universities who serve student populations of 50% or above PELL recipients. Clearly, the PMC community of students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and friends of the College deserve to be proud of our mission and how it impacts the current generation of women of promise and our country in many positive ways.