The SouthCoast Education Compact (the Compact) is an education partnership between business leaders, area School Superintendents, the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Dartmouth and Bristol Community College to collectively address the level of educational attainment in the South Coast region.
2012 College Planning Guide
The SouthCoast Education Compact developed this guide to be a useful tool that brings together in one place a variety of resources on the college admissions and financial aid process. Students can review important information on continuing their education that is easy to read and helps to outline the steps that need to be taken to prepare for college and a career.
This year's guide contains features on the myths and misconceptions of financial aid, the potential risks posed by social networking decisions on college admissions, and alternative routes to college. Download your copy. (PDF; 2.7 MB; requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
History, Goals and Achievements
Founded in 1997, the Compact serves 12 cities and towns with a total population of 345,610. The communities involved in the Compact include Fall River, New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Rochester, Somerset, Swansea, Wareham, Marion, Mattapoisett and Westport.
The Compact serves as a catalyst to facilitate increased involvement by the region's Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), area businesses, and the education community in programs and activities that build successful education partnerships with area public schools across school district lines. Many of these SouthCoast communities are under-served cities and towns that struggle with the challenges that effect many cities across the country. These challenges include high unemployment rates, steep high school dropout rates, a weak tax base, a high number of single parent families, a largely unskilled workforce, high rates of child poverty, and declining industries.