2020 NCAN Spring Institute: Leveraging Technology for Postsecondary Success
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When: Thursday, April 23, 2020
11:00 AM to 1:30 PM EDT
Where: Virtual
United States
Contact: (202) 347-4848

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UPDATE: With the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to reassure you that the health and safety of everyone in the NCAN community remains a top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, we are leveraging technology to offer Spring Institute as a virtual professional development experience. "Leveraging Technology for Postsecondary Success" has been redesigned and all components of the event will occur virtually. Our goal is to demonstrate caution and ensure that we are contributing to safe learning environments.  

Join us on Thursday, April 23 from 11:00-1:30 PM EDT for the keynote address and the panel of practitioners. A date and time for the interactive data working session by Vela Institute will be made available soon. As we finalize details, we will update this website.

Participants will learn about effective strategies and tools for scaling student programs and improving postsecondary outcomes. Topics of discussion will include:

  • The organizational journey toward scaling programs.
  • The efficacy of a variety of tech tools and products.
  • Efforts to increase FAFSA completion rates and reduce summer melt.
  • Leveraging National Student Clearinghouse data and Tableau to illuminate postsecondary enrollment data.

Spring Institutes are ideal for professionals working in the college access and completion space in the nonprofit sector, high school and district settings, higher ed, or any other line of direct service that provides students with opportunities and pathways toward a postsecondary plan.



11:00 - 11:15 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • Kim Cook, Executive Director, National College Attainment Network
11:15 - 12:15 PM
Keynote: The Role of Technology in Students' Postsecondary Success
  • John Branam, Executive Director, Get Schooled
 12:15 - 1:30 PM
Panel: Scaling Student Services with Technology

  • Dr. Nathaniel Easley, Board President, National College Attainment Network (Moderator)
  • Katie Carroll, Assistant Director of Orientation & Recruiting, University of Wyoming
  • Joe O'Brien, Counselor, Sheboygan Area School District
  • Oscar Sweeten-Lopez, President, GradSnapp
   Closing Remarks
  • Jamese Carrell, Member Services Associate, National College Attainment Network

Spring Institute includes an interactive data working session facilitated by the Vela Institute. We are offering the working session on separate days and times to allow for maximum attention. Date and time options will be made available soon.

Working Session: Leveraging National Student Clearinghouse Data & Tableau

Data and evaluation specialists from the Vela Institute will lead an interactive session focused on understanding how student data from the National Student Clearinghouse(NSC) can inform program decision-making, support student advising and how one school district is using Tableau to create data visualization dashboards to visualize NSC data and increase stakeholder buy-in. They will also discuss how to leverage the data and dashboards to lead collaborative and engaging conversations with various stakeholders to increase college going culture.


Registration for a Spring Institute is free for NCAN members, $50 for nonmembers. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy: We have updated our cancellation and refund policy due to the changes. Please contact Tong Lee, database administrator, at leet@ncan.org no later Monday, April 20, 2020 to cancel your registration and receive a full refund. Refunds will not be granted after the deadline and for no-shows.