NCAN’s 2020 Spring Institutes: Leveraging Technology for Postsecondary Success

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NCAN’s 2020 Spring Institutes: Leveraging Technology for Postsecondary Success

NCAN invites college access and success professionals to engage in one of three daylong regional Spring Institutes focused on Leveraging Technology for Postsecondary Success. This year’s topic will encourage attendees to think deeply about the use of technology to help scale programs and ultimately improve postsecondary attainment outcomes for all students.

Attendees will engage with a range of NCAN members and partners about effective strategies 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.

NCAN’s 2020 Spring Institutes offer engaging learning opportunities as we advance the conversation about the real need to scale programs and improve attainment outcomes of all students.

Join us in one of three* cities this spring:

Los Angeles, CA 
Wednesday, March 18 (California Community Foundation)


New York, NY

Wednesday, March 25 (Carnegie Corporation of NYC)


Denver, CO

Thursday, April 23 (Venue location TBA)



*Topics are the same across all three sites, though speakers will vary by location.


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. 

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

Below is a preliminary agenda. A final agenda, with speaker and location details for each city, is forthcoming. Breakfast and lunch are included in the day’s events and will provide an opportunity to network with presenters and fellow colleagues.


8:30 - 9:00 AM Breakfast & Registration 

9:00 - 9:30 AM Welcome & Morning Remarks

9:30 - 10:30 AM Keynote: The Role of Technology in Students’ Postsecondary Success (Speaker will vary by location)

Hear from a leading tech professional about the value of supplementing access to postsecondary pathways and degree completion through innovation and technology - and how to avoid any potential pitfalls. 

10:30 - 10:45 AM         Morning Break

10:45 - 12:00 PM         Panel: Scaling Student Services with Technology (Panelists will vary by location)

Panelists will share about how they are scaling the number of students served through virtual advising/college success coaching models; text messaging platforms that are effective for scaling outreach efforts and services; and the role of artificial intelligence in strengthening persistence and completion outcomes. 

12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 PM Working Session: Leveraging National Student Clearinghouse Data & Tableau (Vela Institute will facilitate at all three locations)

Data and evaluation specialists from the Vela Institute will lead an interactive session focused on manipulating student data from the National Student Clearinghouse detail report files and using Tableau to create data visualization dashboards. They will also discuss how to leverage the data and dashboards to lead collaborative and engaging conversations with various stakeholders.

2:30 - 3:00 PM Closing Remarks