Convene, Cooperate, and Collaborate: How Six Colleges and Universities Came Together to Address Issues of College Access for Urban Youth

This is an excerpt from chapter 9 of the 2015-2016 series "Innovative Concepts to Achieve Campus Transformation" published by Aramark Higher Education. To read more, visit

This fall, the College Access Center of Delaware County, Pennsylvania will celebrate its seventh year of serving local high school students and their families. It is estimated that more than 4,000 students have visited the center over those seven years and taken advantage of the many services provided through the collaborative efforts of six institutions of higher learning. 

The students and families served by the center come from school districts across Delaware County, which is in the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area, with a population of approximately 500,000. While it exists to serve all of Delaware County, the primary focus of the center is to provide counseling and college advice to students from the Chester Upland School District, one of the state’s poorest performing districts. Although there are other college access centers in urban areas across the United States, what makes this one unique is the collaboration between six diverse colleges and universities who collectively decided to address the issue of providing greater access to college for children from underserved and disadvantaged populations...

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