At the Eighth Annual Vision Coalition Conference on Education, six dedicated action groups (corresponding to the Six Core Areas found in Student Success 2025) worked together to develop a list of priorities for the next six to 18 months.

The Postsecondary Success action group was led by Ernest J. Dianastasis, managing director for CAI; Mark Holodick, superintendent of the Brandywine School District; Michael Cohen, president of Achieve; Clifton Hayes, principal of Delcastle Technical High School; Samantha Hohn, a student at Hodgson Vocational Technical High School; and Lisa Stoner-Torbert, education associate for career and technical education at the Delaware Department of Education.


The action group discussed the recommendations of Student Success 2025, identified progress underway, developed and discussed action steps for successful implementation, and identified work that can be done in the next six to 18 months to make the recommendations a reality.


Here are the six to 18-month Recommended Action Steps for the Postsecondary Success action group:

  • Provide access to wrap-around services that already exist
  • Get all nonprofits together for collaboration/expansion
  • Improve advisement (college and career) beginning in middle schools
  • Clarify information for guidance counselors to ensure proper matching of students and colleges to minimize student debt
  • Invite businesses into schools to see programs (and place students in internships)
  • Combine K-12 and higher education priorities
Post Secondary Success Landscape-2025 Chart
Attendees used this diagram to describe and brainstorm the current landscape, where they hoped the system would be in 2025, and what it would take to get there.

For a full recap of the conference, click here. Check out all the photos and collaborative work from the Postsecondary Success action group on our Facebook gallery.

To find a few ways to get involved in this particular issue, click here.