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2018 Major Topics

The major topics up for discussion at NCAN’s 2018 National Conference include: 

  • Connecting College and Career Successcareer readiness; career guidance and exploration; aligning program efforts and advising to meet emerging labor market needs; nurturing, attracting, and retaining talent; and developing or strengthening cross-sector partnerships that help connect college and career success.
  • Data Into Practice: practical applications of research; program evaluation; using data and technology to enhance program effectiveness; benchmarking; logic models; measuring outcomes.
  • Equity and Opportunity: developing or strengthening cross-sector partnerships that address equity and opportunity; ensuring equity for specific populations including low-income and first-generation students, young men and women of color, foster or homeless youth, rural students, and undocumented/DACA students.
  • Financial Aid and Literacy: FAFSA completion; financial aid advising; scholarship management; financial literacy; helping students and families use consumer information to make decisions about college and career options; asset-building for college costs; developing or strengthening cross-sector partnerships that address issues and increase knowledge of financial aid and literacy.
  • Management and Leadership: needs of “C-suite” staff such as resource development; financial management and budgeting; back-end organizational effectiveness and efficiency; board development; branding/communications; leadership, management and supervisory skills; developing a succession plan; sustainability; staffing; strategic planning; developing or strengthening cross-sector partnerships with and among community stakeholders at the leadership level.
  • Policy and Advocacy: policy change and implementation at the federal, state, local, or institutional levels; advocacy training; implementing successful advocacy campaigns; crafting local, state or institutional policies to increase access and success; developing or strengthening cross-sector partnerships for the purposes of advocacy and policy change.
  • Postsecondary Access and Readiness: early awareness; academic preparedness; mentoring or tutoring; family engagement; engaging and working with nontraditional students; non-cognitive skills; effective communication with students and families; college readiness; developing or strengthening cross-sector partnerships to facilitate postsecondary access and readiness.
  • Student Success in Postsecondary Educationpersistence and retention; scaling program services; increasing graduation rates; enrollment management; non-cognitive skills and college success; using data and technology to enhance program effectiveness; developing or strengthening cross-sector partnerships to facilitate success in postsecondary education.