In June 2009, a Community School Partnerships Initiative (CSPI) Committee comprised of teachers, principals, and central office administrators in partner schools, faculty and staff at UNC Asheville, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (AB Tech) and the Western Regional Education Service Alliance (WRESA) concluded an eight-month study to address Chancellor Anne Ponder’s vision to develop an Office for Community and School Partnerships (OCSP).
Spawned by analysis of a final report replete with extensive research data and survey results, The Committee unanimously endorsed the formation of such an office to serve as the focal point for campus-wide community and school outreach. OCSP serves as UNC Asheville’s primary clearinghouse for promoting new and existing campus programs-initiatives targeted to meet the needs of K-12 county and city schools within WNC as well as other community organizations.
To be the front-runner in the development and sustainability of mutually enriching and effective community-school outreach efforts in the Western North Carolina (WNC) region. We will vigorously explore and pursue collaborations to promote UNC Asheville as the higher education destination of choice for the local region. While enjoying national prominence as a leading liberal arts university, UNC Asheville remains actively committed to the cultural richness, diversity, pride, and economic vitality of its local and regional communities, forever engrained as an educational pillar in WNC.
We promote and expand educational opportunities and access to UNC Asheville to all segments of the local and regional community, particularly those communities and counties that have been traditionally underserved. We are committed to offering partner-specific services, programs and initiatives that are sensitive and relevant to the needs of the communities and schools in WNC. To accomplish this work, OCSP will build upon and establish collaborative relationships with UNC Asheville faculty, staff, students, regional educators, community leaders, as well as the private and public sector. We will showcase the most up-to-date and comprehensive information about university-wide efforts to reach local educators, pre-college students and community partners.