NCAN 2012 National Conference

Changing the Odds: College Success for All

What happens in Vegas shouldn’t stay in Vegas! Not with the exciting learning opportunities NCAN is planning for our 17th National Conference, Changing the Odds: College Success for All. Come on down to the historic Flamingo Hotel as college access/success professionals and policy-makers network with colleagues, share best practices, and learn more about important issues in college access and success! Join us for professional development and networking that will help you serve more students, improve the quality and diversity of services you provide, and increase college-going and graduation rates in your community. Sessions will address critical topics such as college access/success, networks and partnerships, equity, policy, financial aid and more!

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Conference Workshop Sessions

We are excited to be able to offer nearly different 50 workshop sessions this year. Please see the link below for a list of workship sessions.


2012 Annual NCAN Conference

The 2012 NCAN Annual Conference will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Flamingo hotel from September 17 - 19, 2012. More information regarding the Annual Conference will be available soon. Mark your calendars!

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is now closed. Thank you for your interest!


2011 Annual Conference

For more information, including virtual conference downloads and presentations, visit the Past Conferences page.


Conference Registration

Online registration for the 2012 National Conference is now open! Registration fees are as follows: Member Rate: $575 through August 16, $675 starting on August 17 Non-Member Rate: $675 through August 16, $775 starting on August 17 Want to enjoy the member rate? Visit our Membership page to find out how to join NCAN! Cancellations and refunds are available through August 27 and will incur a $100 processing charge. All cancellations must be received in writing by August 27. All refunds will be made after the conference. No refunds will be available after August 27. To register, please click below.


2012 Plenary Speakers

NCAN is pleased to announce the following plenary speakers will join us at this year's conference:

Kati Haycock, President, The Education Trust

Sandy Baum, Consultant, the College Board

Adam and Jaye Fenderson, Directors, First Generation: Every First Has a Story

Dan Klaich, Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education

Click below for more information on these speakers.


Rosh Hashanah Information

NCAN regrets that, due to our scheduling error, the 2012 national conference conflicts with Rosh Hashanah. If you are interested in investigating the availability of services in Las Vegas, please consult this listing of local synagogues. We also offer a day-rate registration if you are able to attend part but not all of the conference. Please contact Brenda Finkel,, for more information. Future NCAN national conferences will not coincide with the holiday.


Conference Scholarship Opportunities

NCAN Would like to thank, The Common Application and USA Funds for generously underwriting 32 registration scholarships for members to attend this year's NCAN national conference. The scholarships are specifically to enable college access and retention advisors and leaders of small organizations to participate in conference training and share their own successful strategies to raise college-going and graduation rates for students historically underrepresented in higher education. The scholarship covers conference registration only – each scholarship winner must cover all of his/her own travel and hotel expenses. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously attended an NCAN national conference. Click below to view the winners!


Hotel Reservations

The NCAN 17th National Conference will take place at the Flamingo Hotel, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109. We have reserved a block of rooms at the extraordinary rate of $109 plus tax per night (single or double occupancy). To get the discounted room rate, reservations must be made by August 16, 2012. To make your reservation, click here or call 1-800-CAESARS (223-7277) and reference our group code “SFNCA2.” Reservations must be secured by a valid major credit card or other deposit satisfactory to the hotel. Deposits are refundable if the hotel receives notice of cancellation no later than 72 hours before the scheduled arrival date. Las Vegas is serviced by McCarran International Airport, located just minutes from the conference hotel.


Conference Sponsors

Special thanks to our lead conference sponsors.

USA Funds

College Board

Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp.

Kresge Foundation

The Travelers Companies, Inc.

For a full sponsor listing, please see our sponsor page.


Scholarship Application

Information about applying for a scholarship.


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2012 Regional Meetings

NCAN hosts a variety of events throughout the year including our annual conference, leadership briefing, and regional meetings. NCAN is pleased to announce that dates and locations have been set for NCAN’s 2012 regional meetings – please mark your calendars and plan to join us!