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Collaboration & Partnerships
Friday, September 10, 2021
Springfield Public Schools Finds Willing Partners for Improving Postsecondary Outcomes »
Reading time: 5 min. Members, partners, and friends of NCAN know that COVID-19 has thrown immense hurdles in the...
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Invest Forward is the Playbook for Expanding Postsecondary Pathways with Stimulus Dollars »
Reading time: 4 min. Anyone paying attention to NCAN’s blog in recent months knows we think that the Elementary...
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
How NCAN Members Can Leverage ARP Funds to Support Districts, Schools, and Students »
Reading time: 2-3 min. A recent NCAN webinar explored how NCAN members can, and should, approach K-12 districts...
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Summer is the Time for K-12 and Higher Ed to Be Friends »
Reading time: 4 min. There are few more poignant moments than when students cross the stage and receive their hig...
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
K-12 and CBOs Should Use Federal Funding to Spur Partnerships, Help Students »
Reading time: 6 min. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress appropriated more than $190 billion in aid to...

College Access & Success
Monday, October 11, 2021
Reimagining Postsecondary Efforts in Baltimore City Public Schools »
Reading time: 4 min. In case you missed it, we had the honor of hosting Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises, CEO of Bal...
Monday, September 6, 2021
Hear From the Author of the Senior College Seminar Curriculum that High Schools Need »
Reading time: 7 min. It’s easy to get resource fatigue when, on a near-weekly basis, NCAN is bringing you the lat...
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
New NCAN Brief: What Text Steps Taught K-12 About Summer Melt »
Reading time: 3 min. Most college access programs are familiar with both the concept of summer melt and how to co...
Thursday, August 19, 2021
CA Next Maximizes Partnerships, Student Connections to Keep K-12 to Postsecondary Pipeline Flowing »
Reading time: 8 min. By Frederick Johnson IV, Senior Director of CA Next, and Kelly Mae Ross, NCAN Communications Man...
Friday, August 6, 2021
Roadtrip Nation Offers 'Possible Dreams, Possible Paths' for Students »
Reading time: 2 min. Roadtrip Nation , they of the iconic green RV crisscrossing the nation while dispensing col...

Data, Research, & Evaluation
Monday, November 8, 2021
New Research on AVID, Upward Bound, & Postsecondary Advising Offers Useful Insights »
Reading time: 3 min. As a trusted resource about what works in education, the Institute of Education Science’s W...
Monday, November 1, 2021
New NSC Report: Enrollment Tumbles Again; Associate Enrollment Down 14+% During Pandemic »
Reading time: 3 min. Last week, the National Student Clearing House Research Center (NSCRC) released an updated r...
Monday, August 9, 2021
Want to Sign Up for NSC’s StudentTracker for High Schools? Here’s How! »
Reading time: 2-3 min. Anyone casually familiar with our data prerogatives here at the National College Attainmen...
Friday, July 23, 2021
Members’ Measures Matter: Beyond 12 »
Reading time: 5-6 min. This week, NCAN released our 2021 National College Access and Success Benchmarking Report...
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Members’ Measures Matter: Achieve Atlanta »
Reading time: 2 min. This week, NCAN released our 2021 National College Access and Success Benchmarking Report,...

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Anti-Racism, Access, and Opportunity: 4 Research Findings Practitioners Should Consider »
Reading time: 3 min. Anti-Blackness permeates P-20 education systems through policies and practices that perpetua...
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
How Did NCAN Staff Engage and Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in 2020-21? »
Reading time: 8 min. By Elizabeth Morgan, Director of External Relations, and Kim Cook, CEO As part of NCAN...
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Creating Equity in Community Foundation Scholarship Programs »
Reading time: 2 min. (Photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for EDUimages ) Community foundations...
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Striving for Equity: 10,000 Degrees’ Decades-Long Journey from Meritocracy to Equity »
Reading time: 5 min. By Kim Mazzuca, President & CEO, 10,000 Degrees In 1999, 10,000 Degrees made a very...
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Striving for Equity: Cultural Humility and Awareness in the College Attainment Field »
Reading time: 7-8 min. By Jahshua Smith, Program Supervisor, Metro Detroit Region, MCAN, and Autumn Kearney, Str...

Federal Policy & Advocacy
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
#Thankful4Pell #DoublePell: NCAN Members & Partners Advocate for a Stronger Pell Grant »
Reading time: 3 min. By Raymond AlQaisi, Policy and Advocacy Manager, and Kelly Mae Ross, Communications Manager...
Monday, November 8, 2021
New NCAN and NASFAA Report: FAFSA Verification Solutions From the Field »
Reading time: 5 min. It’s FAFSA season again for high school seniors, others aspiring to postsecondary education,...
Friday, October 29, 2021
White House Releases New Framework for Social Spending Package, Includes $40 Billion for Higher Ed »
Reading time: 3 min. Update Nov. 19, 2021 : The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act...
Monday, October 18, 2021
Department of Education Temporarily Eases Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility »
Reading time: 2-3 min. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced significant, yet te...
Thursday, September 9, 2021
House Proposes $500 Bump to Pell, College Completion Grants, Free CC in Budget Reconciliation Bill »
Reading time: 7 min. Today, the House Committee on Education and Labor is discussing its proposal to dramati...

Financial Aid
Monday, November 22, 2021
Class of 2022 FAFSA Cycle is Chaotic, Trending Upward in Fits and Spurts »
Reading time: 3-4 min. For the last 20 months, the narrative around high school seniors’ FAFSA completion trends has...
Friday, November 19, 2021
Consejos para llenar el formulario FAFSA 2022-23 »
Traducido por Karen Lopez Si usted ayuda a estudiantes y familias con el formulario Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Feder...
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
College Affordability Fast Facts: Tuition Is Not Enough »
Reading time: 5 min. There is tremendous ongoing political, policy, and media attention around whether and how Co...
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Tips for Filing the 2022-23 FAFSA »
Reading time: 5 min. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the key to unlocking fina...
Monday, October 18, 2021
NCAN’s FAFSA Tracker Returns for 5th Year Hoping for a Trendline Turnaround »
Reading time: 4 min. Oct. 1 is a major milestone on every college access professional’s calendar because it’s opening...

Member News
Monday, November 1, 2021
New Study: Bottom Line Provides Huge Boost to Students’ Outcomes »
Reading time: 3 min. “Given declining social mobility over time, intensive advising appears to be an effective po...
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Rural Communities and AmeriCorps – A Match Made in Heaven? »
Reading time: 3 min. AmeriCorps members gathered at the Annual Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards in 2016 to cel...
Monday, March 8, 2021
Partners for Education: Why We Created a College Access and Success Summit for All Rural Communities »
Reading time: 4 min. Conversation between rural college access professionals has been and remains core to the R...
Friday, November 6, 2020
CollegeBound Foundation Staff, Students, and Volunteers Adapt to the Pandemic »
By Cassie Motz, Executive Director, CollegeBound Foundation Almost eight months into the pandemic, our Baltimore Cit...
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
NCAN Alumni Spotlight: Anupam Ghosh, CollegeTracks »
The college access and success field is old enough that classes of students we’ve supported have graduated and are now c...

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