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The course descriptions for the following modules are available:

  • Admissions Advising
  • Finding the Right College Fit
  • Career Advising
  • Developing Engagement
  • Financial Aid Advising
  • Post-Traditional Students 
  • Using Data to Strengthen Student Outcomes
  • Increasing Persistence & Completion Rates
  • Developing Cultural Competence
  • Advocating for Students 

 

 

Admissions Advising 

The ACT Test

This course provides an overview of the ACT test, test section components, scoring, and the registration process along with an introduction to the ACT Aspire, a standards-based system of assessments to monitor progress toward college and career readiness from grade 3 through early high school.  In addition, there is information regarding resources available to students and school counselors for ACT test preparation and benefits of taking this standardized entrance exam for students, educators, principles, boards of education, and state education departments. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members and non-members

Content provided by: ACT, Inc.

Updated: August 2020

 

The SAT Suite of Assessments

This course provides an overview of the current SAT, test components, the registration process and fee waiver availability.  In addition, there is information regarding resources available to students and school counselors.  The course also contains information about the upcoming redesigned SAT and the Khan Academy customized test prep that is available.  Also included is the basic information related to the PSAT and SAT Subject Tests. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members and non-members

Content provided by: The College Board

Updated: August 2020

 

Test Prep Strategies and Resources

College admissions testing can be a powerful tool, or a difficult barrier for students to overcome.  Working in the college access field, it’s easy to see the value in coaching students through the process, but how do we prepare them in a meaningful way?  Through this course, we’ll take a look at mindsets, strategies, and resources to help instructors better prepare their students to take the ACT and SAT.

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $59 for non-members

Content provided by: College Now Greater Cleveland

Updated: August 2020

 

Admissions Advising for First-Generation College-Goers 

The college admissions process can be an intimidating project for any family, but especially for first-generation families. It is a higher stakes game now, with more competition for spaces at prestigious schools and some astronomical price tags. This course will provide parents and caring adults with the practical guidance and resources they can use with their children and students.  It is never too early to start to understand and plan for the route to postsecondary education! A review of the Common App is also included.

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $79 for non-members

Content provided by: College Now Greater Cleveland / Common App   

Updated: August 2020

 

College Fit & Match

College Fit and Match have significant financial and academic implications for students - among others. Ensuring that students apply and enroll in their best fit and match college increases the likelihood of postsecondary attainment. This course will help you clarify the difference between fit and match and understand the implications of undermatching. This course will also help you prepare to analyze your application and enrollment data to evaluate match. Interactive activities will test your match knowledge and help you identify the best tool to improve your students’ fit and match.

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $99 for non-members

Content provided by: OneGoal & UnlockED

Added: February 2020

 

Technology in Advising  

This unit will help you understand why technology and online resources should be part of your advising strategy. It will cover how technology can enhance the effectiveness of your mission-driven work, and make you, your team, and organization more efficient.  

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $59 for non-members

Content provided by: College Greenlight 

Added: August 2020

 

 Career Advising

Career Advising

We view career advising as a pathway. This unit will guide advisors through a five step career development path. The five steps are self-discovery; career exploration; preparation; plan into action; and continued success in jobs or internships. This unit provides examples of resources to be shared with your students, including conversations surrounding code switching, writing thank you emails, and a resume template.  

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $59 for non-members

Content provided by: GenesysWorks and Students Rising Above

Added: August 2020

Engaging Others 

Family Engagement

Students are more likely to succeed academically when their families are involved in their education. Featuring evidence-based research and practices, the Family Engagement course will help you engage, communicate with, empower, and learn from families in meaningful and effective ways. The framework and tools in this course will help you envision and plan for authentic family engagement.

Cost:  Free for NCAN members | $59 for non-members

Content provided by: Families in Schools

Updated:  February 2020

Financial Aid Advising 

Federal Financial Aid Programs 

This course provides the learner with the opportunity to understand several terms associated with financial aid and federal aid programs. Concepts such as cost of attendance, expected family contribution, financial need, etc. are introduced. The content also includes detailed descriptions of the federal grant, loan and work-study programs. This course is designed to be a quick introduction to the basic knowledge associated with federal financial aid. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members and non-members

Content provided by: U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid

Updated: August 2020

 

Financial Aid 101 

This course provides the learner with a more in depth look at financial aid, student eligibility requirements, the financial aid application process and finding scholarship resources. The FAFSA Completion Tool is featured along with resources that further detail the application process. The two federal courses combined provide a fundamental understanding of the federal application process and aid programs available.

Cost: Free for NCAN members and non-members

Content provided byU.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid

Updated: August 2020

  

Interpreting Award Letters and Understanding Affordability

Assessing and comparing award letters can be tricky business, especially when carefully considering student loan debt burden! However, carefully evaluating offers is critical for students! In this course, you will review what steps need to be taken to receive a financial aid offer, learn how to carefully assess and interpret award letters, including how to discuss student debt, and advise students on options if the unmet need is significant.

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $59 for non-members

Content provided byScholarship Foundation of St. Louis

Updated: August 2020

 

FAFSA Completion 101 

This course contains information for the 2021-2022 FAFSA. FAFSA completion can be confusing for the student and sometimes for the people helping them complete it too! This unit dives deep on best practices, tips, and tricks for FAFSA completion, highlighting common misperceptions and roadblocks to assure accurate and on time completion. This is not your typical FAFSA 101 page by page - it will test your knowledge, build your confidence, and in turn - support your students!

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $119 for non-members

Content provided by: uAspire

Updated: September 2020

 

FAFSA Completion 201 

This course contains information for the 2021-2022 FAFSA. When thinking about financial aid and setting up our students to better afford college, the big headline is typically "File your FAFSA!" What many aren't aware of, is that submitting a FAFSA is just the first step in securing financial aid. Student Aid Report. Verification. IRS-DRT. FAFSA Corrections. Within this online learning module, you will learn about each one of the steps from FAFSA submission to completion and be prepared to help your students secure an on-time, accurate, and hopefully generous financial aid award letter.

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $119 for non-members

Content provided by: uAspire

Updated: April 2020

 

Post-Traditional Students

Working With & For Undocumented Students

In this course, you will participate in an interactive experience to learn how to best work with & for undocumented students in higher education. Participants will gain and review immigration and education policy such as DACA, understand the national and state contexts that impact undocumented students’ experiences, and brainstorm ways to create educational environments that are welcoming and liberating to all students, regardless of immigration status. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $59 for non-members 

Content provided by: Scholarships A-Z

Updated: August 2020

 

Advising Youth Experiencing Homelessness

This course provides an overview on how to assist McKinney-Vento eligible students that transition from high school to postsecondary education programs. Best practices are shared for high school and college advisors working with homeless youth to eliminate barriers experienced when homeless youth access postsecondary education programs.

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $59 for non-members 

Content provided byNational Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

Updated: August 2020 

 

Students from Foster Care

Through this unit, you will have the opportunity to become familiar with how foster care experiences can affect students' emotional and cognitive development, as well as their academic outcomes as they pursue college degrees and other credentials after high school. This training provides evidence-based guidance, as well as tools and resources from leading national organizations, for individuals working with students transitioning from high school to college. The aim of this professional development activity is to provide a basic primer on ways that campus and community-based professionals can help students from foster care succeed as they strive for success in postsecondary settings and beyond. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $59 for non-members

Content provided by: Becky Pengelley, Florida foster youth expert and Steve Rios, Rios Research and Evaluation. 

Updated: August 2020

 

Opportunity Youth  

In this course, you will come to understand the definition and characteristics associated with Opportunity Youth. You will be provided a list of barriers they face as well as strategies and best practices to serve these students on the path to and through college. Reach student stories will be shared as examples of ways to serve and see the impact that access program can have. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $59 for non-members

Content provided by: On Point for College

Updated: August 2020

 

Adult Learners

Americans increasingly recognize that college is a good way to improve long-term economic outcomes and most communities have college access programs. At the same time, there is also a growing understanding that there are still not enough college graduates or students in the K-12 pipeline to fill the need for educated workers in the coming decades. As a result, many colleges and universities recognize the value of providing programs for adults who have not yet earned a college credential. This course will introduce you to the strengths and needs of adults who have earned some college credit and are now seeking to return to college.  

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $79 for non-members 

Content provided by: CAELThe Graduate Network and  College Now Greater Cleveland

Updated: August 2020

 

Using Data to Strengthen Student Outcomes

Metrics for College Access & Success

In this course, you will learn more about the basics of data, some principles of working with it, and NCAN’s Common Measures. Through an exploration of the different access and success metrics included in the Common Measures, you will gain a better understanding of what data points to track and why. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $79 for non-members

Content provided by: National College Attainment Network

Updated: August 2020

 

Analyzing Data

What do you do with all that newly harvested data? How do you take those piles of raw data and make sense of them? In this course, we break down the strategies you can use to analyze data and what your data can teach your organization. Both quantitative and qualitative data are discussed, as well as the difference between clean data and accurate data. Intended audiences for this module include: access and success advisors, program managers, data managers new to their position, and any other staff who work with data but aren’t quite sure how to transform it. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $39 for non-members

Content provided by: Idealware

Updated: August 2020

 

Defining Your Metrics

The most useful metrics are tied to an organization’s mission, are straightforward to collect and track, and can be practically analyzed. In this course, you’ll learn about how to put metrics together into a useful, practical plan for what you should actually measure, as well as how you can analyze your data to create those metrics. We’ll look at two case studies, customized to the college access community to understand what other small-to-medium-sized organizations are actually measuring and how it connects with their mission. This webinar features NCAN members CollegeSpring and Higher Edge CT discussing the metrics they collect and who they attach them to their program goals. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $39 for non-members

Content provided by: Idealware

Updated: August 2020

 

Increasing Persistence & Completion Rates

College Success 101

College Success is swiftly becoming the next step in expanding college access programs. This course is designed to give helpful strategies on how to sustain these programs. It will introduce terminology, share national statistics, offer helpful tips, and provide examples that can be modeled by other organizations. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $59 for non-members

Content provided by: Access College FoundationCollege Now Greater Cleveland and   Collegiate Directions, Inc.

Updated: August 2020

 

College Success 102 

This course will help programs understand strategies that will keep their students in college and on track to a credential. This unit is designed for all advisors and program managers working with college students. It is intended as a supplement to the NCAN E-Learning Module "College Success 101," and expands upon the concepts introduced there, specifically around maximizing student engagement via text messaging and social media, developing Near-Peer Mentoring programming, and an exploration of the theoretical basis of college success work. This course shares specific models for programming/best practices, which are adaptable based on your organizational needs.

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $59 for non-members 

Content provided by: 10,000 Degrees

Available: August 2020

 

Developing Cultural Competence

Note: NCAN recommends college access advisors complete the first course and supervisors complete the second course.

5 Skills for Multiculturally Competent Advisors

Students benefit from advisors who are effective cultural allies and create safe and welcoming spaces for all. This course includes a wealth of resources and activities to help advisers â€“ and any adult working with students â€“ continue their journey to increased multicultural competence. Aspiring allies will come away with a better understanding of their own social identities and ways to create inclusive multicultural communities for the students they serve.

Intended Audience: College advisors 

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $79 for non-members

Content provided by: Ginlin Woo, cultural competency expert

Updated: February 2020

 

Coaching Multiculturally Competent Advisors  

Supervisors are valuable role models and coaches to advisers as they grow in their cultural awareness. This course provides practical strategies for those in a management or supervision role to implement with team members in direct service or student-facing roles. Supervisors will be able to supplement their supervision and coaching skills to help themselves, their colleagues, and students respect and effectively engage with people of all cultures and backgrounds.

Intended Audience: Program supervisors 

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $99 for non-members

Content provided by: Ginlin Woo, cultural competency expert

Updated: February 2020

 

Advocating for Students 

Note: This unit is targeted to those who do advocacy work for their organizations or wish to learn basic guidelines for advocacy.

Advocacy for College Access and Success

The Advocacy for College Access and Success course helps nonprofits understand how they can advocate, and even lobby, for government action that can help increase college access and success for students. The goal of this course is to learn what nonprofits can legally do, and the best strategies for achieving those goals. Topics covered include the difference between advocacy and lobbying, how to be an effective advocate, and how to prepare for a meeting with an elected official. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members | $59 for non-members

Content provided by: National College Attainment Network

Updated: August 2020