While the growth of artificial intelligence and machine learning make higher education more important than ever, it has the potential to create roadblocks to low-income students seeking a college degree.
That's the thesis of Dr. Alice Anne Bailey, an applied social psychologist and director of the Go Alliance, a national program of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB.) Dr. Bailey is the keynote speaker at the Upstate Regional Counselor/CDF and Administrator's Forum at Anderson University. The event is Friday, March 16, beginning at 8 a.m. at the G. Ross Anderson, Jr. Student Center.
Her presentation, which precedes breakout sessions among educators from across Upstate South Carolina, will provide an overview of focus-group research of low-income students and what they do and do not know about how to apply for college, how to pay for higher education and barriers to success in and outside the classroom. Breakout discussions about how educators can address these issues are on the agenda.
Dr. Bailey provides guidance to governors, state legislators and state agency leaders on effective policies to increase the number of students who enroll in higher education. In 2008, she created the Go Alliance Academy training program, which helps school counselors, teachers and administrators better prepare students for higher education and careers.
The forum is being held as a result of ongoing dialogue with guidance counselors in Anderson County school districts and to better serve their professional development needs and, in turn their students.