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Data, Research & Evaluation
Thursday, May 28, 2020
New Study Shows Strong Evidence of Benefits of 4-Year Institutions »
Many NCAN members put a premium on enrollment in and graduation from a four-year postsecondary institution because of the...
Monday, May 11, 2020
Report Roundup: 5 Findings, 5 Sentences. Yes, Really. »
There are only a few constants in life: death, taxes, and the continuous production of education research. It’s time for a...
Monday, May 4, 2020
Tips and Tricks for Taking the Next Step to Data Maturity »
By Bill DeBaun, Director of Data and Evaluation, NCAN, and Nathan Porteshawver, Product Manager, CoPilot Over the past...
Monday, April 27, 2020
Report Roundup: College Graduates, Black Student Debt, Hispanic-Serving Institutions All Increasing »
It’s easy for education policy research to feel like a Baskin-Robbins: overwhelming and offering every flavor imaginable....
Monday, April 6, 2020
Understanding Differences in Borrowing by Race: How Data Can Inform Practice »
By guest bloggers Sandy Baum, Nonresident Senior Fellow, and Kelia Washington, Research Analyst, The Urban Institute T...
Monday, March 23, 2020
Pivoting to Virtual Advising? Consider the Evidence and These Approaches »
Making connections with students and families, earning their trust, and guiding them through unfamiliar processes is at th...
Monday, March 9, 2020
Evaluators Identify Promising Practices From the 2018-19 FAFSA Completion Challenge »
ASA Research recently released their evaluation of NCAN's 2018-19 FAFSA Completion Challenge. The report, “ Staking Their...
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Researchers Examine Hispanic Students’ Academic Undermatch, Suggest Best Practices »
Last fall, a team of graduate school researchers from the George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Pol...
Friday, January 31, 2020
Study: More Students Enrolled in Certificate and Associate Programs than Bachelor’s »
By Janai Raphael, Graduate Assistant for Research & Data Analysis Earning a short-term credential, such as a certifica...
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Report: How Race-Conscious Policies Can Fix Racism in Higher Education »
What if the pathway to racial justice in this country could start through our higher education system? A new report r...
Friday, January 10, 2020
Impact Survey Project Compares Members’ Outcomes, Costs »
There are a wide variety of college access and success programs, but the professionals working at them often wonder how th...
Monday, December 16, 2019
Black Borrowers' Student Loan Default Rates Remain High, Despite Income-Driven Repayment »
By Janai Raphael, Graduate Assistant for Research & Data Analysis The Center American Progress (CAP), a progressiv...
Monday, December 9, 2019
Report Roundup: IPEDS, College Admissions Data, Growth Mindset, and Even a Cartoon »
NCAN members are well aware that staying up-to-date on all of the latest reports, briefs, white papers, and more can be a...
Monday, December 2, 2019
New Report Analyzes College Students’ Return on Investment »
By Janai Raphael, Graduate Assistant for Research and Data Analysis As college costs (and, coincidentally, student loa...
Friday, November 22, 2019
College Scorecard Update: ED Releases Program-/Major-Level Data on Earnings »
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that it would expand and enhance its College Scoreca...
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Digging Deeper Into Using the Impact Genome Project® »
In August and September, more than 40 NCAN members participated in the Impact Survey Project, a collaboration between NCAN...
Monday, November 11, 2019
Trends Reports Examine Student Aid, College Pricing »
There are a handful of eagerly-awaited annual publications in the college access field that merit members’ attention. The...
Friday, November 8, 2019
3 Takeaways From the Latest Report on Disparities in Job Attainment and Earnings »
By Zenia Henderson, Director of Member & Partner Engagement In a recent data analysis from the Georgetown University C...
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
How School Districts Can Harness Data to Combat Summer Melt »
By guest blogger Dr. Jeremy Raff, Coordinator of College and Career Services at School District of Lancaster, an NCAN memb...
Monday, November 4, 2019
Study: Personalized, Data-driven, Text-Based Interventions Improve Student Outcomes »
By Janai Raphael, Graduate Assistance for Research and Data Analysis Within recent years, text message interventions...
Monday, November 4, 2019
Report: 36 Million Americans Have Some College, No Degree »
Brace yourself for a big number: At least 36 million Americans have some postsecondary education but no degree or certific...
Friday, October 25, 2019
New Report Maps Financial Aid Offer Confusion »
“You probably had more transparency about your breakfast cereal than your students had with their award letter,” NCAN Exec...
Monday, October 14, 2019
Research Roundup: Low- and Very-Low-Income Students, College Placement Tests, and Grant Aid »
By Janai Raphael, Graduate Assistance for Research and Data Analysis It can be hard to keep up with all of the latest...
Monday, October 14, 2019
New NSC Report Provides Critical Benchmarks for NCAN Members »
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s reports are invaluable for the college access and success field, and...
Monday, September 23, 2019
NCAN 2019 Conference Roundup: Using Data to Improve Outcomes and Scale Capacity »
"Our commitment to equity is our insistence on excellence," Steve ColĂłn, CEO of NCAN member Bottom Line and vice president...
Monday, September 9, 2019
Report Roundup: Racial Discrepancies in Institutional Funding, Nonfederal Aid »
By Janai Raphael, Graduate Assistant for Research and Data Analysis NCAN members know that most of our students face a...
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
NSC Announces New Functionality for StudentTracker for High Schools »
Earlier this summer, the National Student Clearinghouse announced a new slate of K-12 services coming in fall 2019 and e...
Thursday, August 29, 2019
New Research Finds No Effect of Nudging at National, Statewide Scale »
A blockbuster recent study considered the question of whether “nudging” interventions scale to the state and national leve...
Friday, August 16, 2019
Get to Know the Top 10 Pieces of College Access and Success Research »
NCAN members and other regular readers of this blog are routinely inundated with new research, white papers, policy briefs...
Monday, August 12, 2019
New NCAN Brief Examines Members’ Data Practices »
Which data are NCAN member programs collecting? How do programs use those data? With whom do programs share the data t...
Monday, August 5, 2019
Report Roundup: Does Nudging Work or Doesn’t It? Are Fewer Loans Worse for Students? »
It can be hard to keep up with all of the latest reports. Acknowledging that, here are summaries of three recent interesti...
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Use the Impact Genome Project to Explore College Access Research »
Later this month, more than 50 NCAN members will participate in an important project to help them (and the field) better u...
Monday, July 22, 2019
Report Roundup: Increasing College Completion Rates, SAT-Only Admissions, Enrollment Shifts »
It can be hard to keep up with all of the latest reports. Acknowledging that, here are summaries of three recent interesti...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Critical New Research Shows Positive Pell Impacts »
You’d be hard pressed to find bigger supporters of the Pell Grant than NCAN. The program helps to make college possible fo...
Friday, June 28, 2019
New Brief Provides Race x Gender Benchmarks, Comparisons of Member-Served Students »
NCAN member-served students were more likely than a national sample to enroll in a four-year public institution and less l...

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