Webinar Archives

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January 28, 2019

TheDream.US Scholarship Programs- Changing Lives

TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and success program for DREAMers. Undocumented students do not have access to Pell Grants, federal education loans, or the federal work-study program. For this reason, TheDream.US and its partners provide scholarships to highly-motivated DREAMers to help them pay for their college education. The presenters, Elena Salorio, senior program manager, and Gaby Pacheco, program director, advocacy, development and communications, will share information about TheDream.US scholarship opportunities and guidance on how to assist students with the scholarship application process.

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January 24, 2019 

Building Children's Savings Accounts (CSAs) to Enhance Your College Access and Success Efforts

Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) have become a popular tool in many states, cities, and K-12 schools to build savings and expectations for college success. Research shows that low-and-moderate income children with college savings of $500 or less are three times more likely to go to college and four times more likely to graduate from college. Presented by Prosperity Now, Commonwealth, and Inversant, this webinar will examine the CSA movement and the impact of CSAs on students’ academic outcomes. The presenters will also provide examples of how CSA programs can be integrated with K-12 schools and college access efforts.

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January 24, 2019

Relational Energetics: Hidden Drivers of Working Relationships and Team Performance 

This high-impact webinar led by Doug Pedersen, CEO of Careers In Nonprofits, gives participants an understa nding of how we all affect one another beyond our verbal and written interactions—physiologically, emotionally, and energetically. Attend and learn how you can leverage Relational Energetics to create highly effective working relationships and dramatically improve team dynamics.

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December 18, 2018

Equity, How Many of Us Have It?: Unpacking Inclusion for Us and Our Students

As the journey to liberation continues, it is easy to forget an important step: equity. This webinar will be led by Ashley Gaddy, director of intercultural and inclusion student services at Coastal Carolina University. Ashley will discuss and define equity and inclusion. She will also provide tangible ways for NCAN members to incorporate equitable practices into their day-to-day work. Additionally, there will be a discussion of support services for students once they have entered and stepped foot on a college campus. Diversity and equity become achievable goals when we are all continuously involved in working toward liberation for all.

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December 6, 2018

Form Your Future 2.0: Resources to help you boost FAFSA completion

NCAN has launched a revamped Form Your Future website to support schools and nonprofit organizations that help students and families with FAFSA completion. Join us for an overview of the key resources offered via the Form Your Future site, including the #FormYourFuture FAFSA Tracker, an updated "How to Fill Out the FAFSA" guide, and much more.

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November 16, 2018

A New Congress is Coming 

The midterm elections are just around the corner, and you might soon have to develop relationships with new members of Congress who represent your students and a new landscape to consider more broadly. Join NCAN, guest speaker Jason Boxt from PSB Research, and the Penn Hill Group to learn some best practices for this upcoming time of transition.

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November 15, 2018

How the Community Foundation of Wabash Promises Scholarships

Join this webinar to learn how the Community Foundation of Wabash County is shaping and advancing the educational attainment of its students through the innovative Early Award Scholarship and college savings program. Launched in 2016, this program awards scholarships to students in 4th through 8th grade who demonstrate academic achievements and complete going-college activities. To date, this program has impacted 1,103 students and has awarded over $180,000 in scholarships into students’ college savings accounts. Patty Grant, executive director at Community Foundation of Wabash County, will share the “nuts and bolts” of this program, its incentives structure and partnerships, and share insight on how NCAN members can start this work on their own. 

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November 16, 2018

Engaging Parents and Families in FAFSA Completion

One of the frequently cited challenges to increasing FAFSA completion is effectively engaging parents/families in the process. What are some effective strategies for working with parents to increase their knowledge about financial aid, the role of the FAFSA, and how to complete it? How can we effectively communicate with families and empower them with the information they need to help their students through the FAFSA process? Join us for this webinar led by practitioners from Chicago GEAR UP; they'll share strategies for engaging families that have worked well for increasing FAFSA completion in their community.

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November 5, 2018

Findings from Round 5 of NCAN's Benchmarking Project

NCAN released the fifth round of its annual Closing the Graduation Gap: National College and Success Benchmarking Report on October 29. Bill DeBaun, NCAN's Director of Data and Evaluation discusses important highlights from this report and discusses the next phase of work for the project.

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October 24, 2018

The CSS Profile 101 introduces you to the institutional aid application used by over 400 colleges, universities, and scholarship programs, and highlights the what, why, how, and when of the application. The most common mistakes are highlighted to help you as you help your students complete the CSS Profile. Come learn about an important part of the financial aid application process that can open the door to institutional aid at many colleges. 

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October 4, 2018

Policy Strategies for Increasing FAFSA Completion in Low-Income Areas

To mark the beginning of the 2019-20 FAFSA cycle, NCAN published its annual report examining the relationship between school district poverty and FAFSA completion rates. In many states, higher child poverty levels are associated with lower FAFSA completion.

In this webinar, the report's author, former NCAN Graduate Fellow Danielle Lowry, discusses her research findings and highlights the nine states that bucked this trend for the 2018 high school senior class. Webinar viewers will also hear from the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance, an NCAN member, about the new rule implemented by Louisiana that led the state to a 25.9 percent increase in FAFSA completions from last year.

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October 2, 2018

Strengthening the Pipeline Through Community Partnerships: Engaging Urban Schools & Communities 

The University of Michigan (UM) has developed a new initiative aimed at increasing access and success for low-income students in urban communities. The Engaging Urban Schools and Communities Initiative recognizes that academic, financial, and socio-emotional support are all critical for the retention and persistence of low-income students, especially at four-year public institutions. In this pilot program, UM seeks to build strategic partnerships with key stakeholders locally and nationally within the college access community. UM will also highlight the ways low-income students are already supported by university through transition-to-college programming, one-on-one mentoring, and summer bridge programs.

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August 29, 2018

Managing and Implementing FAFSA Completion Kick Off Events

October 1 is right around the corner which means the 2019-2020 FAFSA is about to open. We know many of you will host kick off events for students, parents, and other partners to raise awareness and encourage FAFSA completion but how can make sure they are as effective as possible? During this webinar you’ll hear from three communities that have had a great deal of success hosting school wide kick-off events, events for parents and families, and events that involved local elected officials and the media. The presenters, all of whom represent cities that participated in the 2016-17 FAFSA Completion Challenge, will share their strategies, success and challenges to help you start the FAFSA season in the best way possible – with excitement, awareness, and community engagement.

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August 23, 2018

New Year, Same Roadblocks: Tackling Common Student Challenges for College & Career Success

In this webinar, led by Vanessa Barbic, Director of Strategy Students Rising Above, will discuss common student roadblocks regarding career exploration and college fit will be discussed. Advising tips and techniques will be recommended to tackle these student challenges and online tools and resources will be shared.  

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July 25, 2018 

Using Edquity for College Financial Matching, Planning, Management, and More

With longitudinal student outcomes, affordability, and college financial insecurity becoming only larger concerns for low-income students, the financial implications of college persistence must become a larger point of focus in access and success conversations. Edquity is a new technology platform that supports students around college financial matching, planning, FAFSA completion, financial aid award evaluation and interpretation, and college financial management. Edquity supports students and their counselors as a one-stop shop through each and every financial decision on the road to college graduation to ensure students are able to realize a positive return on their postsecondary investment. Edquity's founder David Helene will walk through Edquity's technology to highlight how the platform works, the vision for its future development, how this new resource is specifically focused on NCAN members' student population, and how NCAN members and other college access and success stakeholders can access the platform.

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July 17, 2018 

Analyzing NSC Data with the Foyost College Enrollment Visualizer

With the Foyost College Enrollment Visualizer, you can quickly convert endless rows of Student Tracker data into beautiful, intuitive, easy-to-read visual displays. What used to take weeks is now ready in minutes. Developed by NCAN member Degrees of Change, Foyost allows programs to upload their Student Tracker detail files and have them processed into student- and program-level visualizations that allow for rapid analysis. Recent updates to the visualizer help programs filter by custom fields and enrollment statuses. NCAN has teamed with Degrees of Change to offer a discount to NCAN members who are first-time users. First-time FoYoSt users will receive an 18-month subscription for $500. This represents a savings of $250 compared to the usual 12-month subscription! Join the Degrees of Change team as they demo the visualizer, walk through how they use it in their own analyses, and take questions on how to put National Student Clearinghouse data to more effective use for program improvement.

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June 27, 2018 

High Impact Practices and Low-Income Student Success

The Yes We Must Coalition strives to increase degree attainment of low-income students by promoting the work of small, independent, not-for-profit colleges and universities where undergraduate enrollment is 50% or more Pell-eligible and others committed to this purpose. Their recent publication “High Impact Practices and Low-Income Student Success: What Works?” is a valuable resource for college success programs seeking practices and policies that support the success of low income students that are based on evidence-based literature. The publication is split into two categories of practices: shaping the college experience and overarching student supports. On this webinar, Yes We Must will walk through what the literature says about how to better serve students on college campuses. NCAN members can learn from these practices and also encourage their postsecondary partners to adopt them.

Presenters: Nia Chester, PhD, Program Manager, Yes We Must Coalition; Ann Landis, PhD, Program Manager, Yes We Must Coalition; Gloria Nemerowicz, PhD, Founder and President, Yes We Must Coalition

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June 20, 2018 

Creating a Homegrown SAT/ACT Prep Program at Your School

A question many educators face is: can we do anything to prepare our students for the SAT and ACT? The tests are critical to college admissions, yet students often find that test prep comes at too high of a cost. The result: fewer opportunities for students to increase their score and demonstrate their true potential to colleges and universities. Join CollegeSpring and New York City Business of Sports School (NYC BOSS) as they outline a model with which schools can create and run their own inclusive SAT and ACT program. Drawing from experience with over 20,000 students and dozens of schools and community organizations, it offers suggestions on how to get started, tips for curriculum development and lesson planning, budgeting advice, and ways to empower teachers to get involved.

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June 14, 2018 

Family Involvement: Research and Strategies for Access and Success Programs

We all know the value of engaging parents and families in the education of their children – especially around the postsecondary selection, admissions and financial aid processes. However family engagement at the secondary school level can be a challenge. Students often feel that they no longer need their parents help, educators and college access/success professionals don’t have effective engagement strategies, and on top of that, parents/families often feel uncomfortable and unwelcome at school. This webinar provides a foundation for parent engagement research, effective engagement strategies, tools for increasing effective communication and parent participation, and an understanding of the link between education and home – especially at this critical time when students are considering their postsecondary options. 

This webinar is presented by Carolina Hernandez-Malone of Families in Schools, a California-based organization that specializes in training organizations to effectively engage families. Ms. Hernandez-Malone will also share information on a free training opportunity, Transitions to College. This two-day training is aimed supporting parents/families of low-income and immigrant high school students through the transition from high school to college. To learn more, click the following link.

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June 11, 2018 

Shutting Low-Income Students Out of Public Four-Year Higher Education

College affordability is a perennial topic around kitchen tables, in the media, and for stakeholders with interest in seeing more students access and complete a postsecondary education. Low- and middle-income students and families wring their hands over the tuition bill that will come due before even setting foot on campus, as they worry about whether they can afford this investment in their futures. The National College Access Network’s new analysis shows that, unfortunately, that worry is justified far too often, at least when considering four-year public institutions. The white paper considers the affordability of four-year public institutions for an average Pell Grant recipient who receives the average amount of grant aid, takes out the average amount of federal loans, and collects reasonable work wages to contribute to their education. An astounding 75 percent of residential four-year institutions – including 90 percent of flagship institutions – failed our affordability test. The average Pell Grant recipient in our model would be able to afford just 139 of 551 residential four-year public institutions across the United States. During this webinar, we walk through the white paper's findings, dive into questions of postsecondary affordability, and take questions from the audience on NCAN's affordability agenda.

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June 5, 2018 

Connecting Latino Students to Scholarships 

Financial need should never limit a student’s aspirations! To that end, the College Board has made the PSAT-Related Assessments a platform for delivering opportunity. The College Board maintains several partnerships with national scholarship providers to improve college access for underrepresented students. In this session, the College Board, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and TheDream.US will outline the structure of their data-informed collaboration, and how it has affected scholarship outreach to, and increased opportunities for Latino students. Gain insight into challenges facing Latino students, including DREAMers, and ways to address these issues. Learn what these scholarship providers look for in a successful scholarship candidate and the role you can play to help connect Latino students to the opportunities available to them.

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April 19, 2018

From Logic Models to Impact Reporting: The Importance of Backward Design in Program Planning

Most NCAN members are familiar with the concept of developing an organizational or programmatic logic model or theory of change. These documents examine the inputs, actions, outputs, and outcomes that drive impact. In this webinar, Joaquina Scott Kankam, Program Specialist at Prairie View A&M University, will reverse the logic model and consider what happens if programs start with their desired outcomes and work backward. For individuals and organizations not currently working from a logic model, this webinar will be a great introduction to the concept. If your organization does not already have a logic model, it really should! Those familiar with logic models will find a new lens through which to view the tool. The webinar will be interactive, so come prepared to be thoughtful and to sketch out a logic model for your program or organization!

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March 28, 2018

Text Me Back: Using Text Message Advising to Improve Student Outcomes

Join this webinar to learn how you can help your students freeze Summer Melt! For the third year running, NCAN will offer members the opportunity to participate in a Summer Melt texting campaign, a member benefit that helps students make a smooth transition from high school to college. 

The webinar will offer an overview of how Signal Vine, a two-way, data-driven, and personalized text messaging platform, can be used as an advising tool to improve outcomes in college access and success. Signal Vine will present on texting research, how this strategy has impacted advising efforts, and how your organization can implement this tool. NCAN will present on how you can sign up for this member benefit. The session will include a demo of the platform and time for Q&A. 

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March 19, 2018 

Celebrating College Signing Day 2018

Reach Higher is celebrating College Signing Day 2018. This is Reach Higher's fifth year recognizing the hard work of students who continue their education past high school, whether at a two-year school, four-year university, through an industry-recognized credential, or in the military. During this webinar, Reach Higher and Better Make Room will share the new College Signing Day toolkit and answer questions to help educators and communities host a memorable celebration with students of all ages. 

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March 8, 2018 

Making Wise Decisions Toolkit: Choosing the Right Data System

In a world where data have become increasingly important for tracking program activities and measuring program outcomes, having a system in place to manage all that data is critical. Unfortunately, identifying the “right” data system is tricky for many small- and medium-sized organizations, including many in the college access and success field. Public Profit and B3 Consults have developed a step-by-step guide to identifying the right data system. From understanding why you need a system to preparing your organization for the process to selecting and to implementing the system, their thoughtful toolkit helps programs identify their needs and avoid common pitfalls. In this webinar, they’ll walk attendees through their toolkit and answer questions and concerns around the process of obtaining a system that can be a true data solution. Visit these resources:

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February 28, 2018

When nonprofit organizations and schools provide specialized early awareness information, pre-college advising on admissions and financial aid, and mentoring, college entrance and completion rates rise dramatically. Enter NCAN's e-learning training platform Fundamentals for College Access & Success Providers. Free for NCAN members, this online training helps individuals gain the knowledge they need to provide students with college access and success advising. This webinar will review the available unit topics, explain how to earn badges in content areas, and provide an overview of using the e-learning platform.

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February 22, 2018 

The Kresge FAFSA Completion Challenge: How Cities Increased FAFSA Completion by High School Seniors

In 2016-17, NCAN and The Kresge Foundation challenged 22 U.S. cities to raise FAFSA completion rates by at least 5 percent for the high school graduating class of 2017 over the completion rates for the class of 2015. Overall, the cities met this goal, and ten of the cities increased FAFSA completion by more than 6 percentage points. Join this webinar, during which Patricia Steele and Wendy Erisman, the evaluators of The Kresge FAFSA Completion Challenge project, will share insights and findings from their research. Attendees will learn about the strategies used by the successful cities to increase FAFSA completion by high school seniors and the many lessons local project leaders learned in doing this work.

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February 20, 2018

Answering the Call: Creating a Winning Conference Proposal

Want the scoop on how to craft a stand-out proposal for the 2018 NCAN National Conference? Join us for a webinar conducted by NCAN staff where you'll learn what we want -- and what we don't -- in a conference proposal. After a brief presentation, webinar attendees will be able to get their questions answered.

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February 8, 2018

Meet the #FormYourFuture FAFSA Tracker

NCAN recently released the #FormYourFuture FAFSA Tracker, a series of interactive dashboards that monitor FAFSA completions nationwide. This tool will help practitioners and policymakers track the progress of the nation, states, cities, and schools toward every high school senior completing a FAFSA. Updated weekly, the different dashboards show states’ week-to-week rankings as a way to spur some friendly competition for the benefit of students! Each year, students leave billions of dollars of financial aid on the table by failing to file a FAFSA, and completing a FAFSA is correlated with enrolling in postsecondary education after high school. Join NCAN as we demo the #FormYourFuture FAFSA Tracker, discuss its methodology, and answer questions about its use!

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January 25, 2018

NCAN's Benchmarking Project: What We've Learned

NCAN's Benchmarking Project just concluded data collection for its fifth round. Across the first four years of the project, NCAN, working with members, has produced a number of important insights about the college access and success field's outcomes. These insights demonstrate the impact of NCAN members and the effectiveness of providing low-income, first-generation students with the services that they need. Join Bill DeBaun, NCAN's Director of Data and Evaluation, as he shares key findings from the most recent Benchmarking Report and other analyses from the nearly half-million student database the project has produced.

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January 17, 2018

Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: Data and Pre-Post Analyses to Examine Professional Development Effectiveness

For professional development to be effective, it must first engage educators and elicit changes in their daily practice. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a college readiness system that provides training and resources to educators as a necessary condition for supporting student success, recently examined the effectiveness of its professional development using simple data analysis techniques. In a “choose your own adventure” style, attendees will embark on a data analysis adventure to create a plan of action for use with their own professional development data.

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December 6, 2017

Getting Your Students To and Through: How to Start and Enhance Your Success Programming

The evidence is clear – helping your students complete a postsecondary program is just as important as helping them gain access. But how do you get started? And if you’re already providing success services, how can you expand your reach to serve your students more effectively? During this webinar, attendees will hear from experts in the field on the following topics: 

· Getting started: moving your organization from providing access services to providing access AND success services 
· How it’s done: implementing effective retention/completion/success strategies 
· Engaging higher ed: creating partnerships with postsecondary institutions 
· Using data: tracking outcomes and using data for service improvement 

Whether you are already providing success services to your students or are thinking about how to do so, you’ll want to participate on this webinar that will include presenters from ACCESS College Foundation, Student Connections, College Possible, and Bottom Line. This webinar is made possible by a grant from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. Interested in starting or growing your success programming? Apply for a Postsecondary Success, Retention and Completion grant from NCAN. 

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November 29, 2017

Using Frank FAFSA to Help Students Complete the FAFSA and Pay for College

Join this webinar to learn about Frank FAFSA, a FREE online tool that helps students file their FAFSA forms within 4 minutes! A proud NCAN member, Frank’s mission is to make quality education affordable to all, and since March it has helped over 150,000 families access over $3.75 billion of aid. During this webinar, attendees will learn more about Frank’s mission as well as the Frank FAFSA tool, which is available in English and Spanish, and has features such as the ability for students to snap  pictures of their tax returns to save time. Learn how Frank uses simple language to guide students and families through the FAFSA for an easy and streamlined process and offers support via calls, texts, emails and chat for students and parents. Part of Frank’s goal is to support college access professionals by streamlining their work and introducing innovative technologies in the field, allowing them to focus on what they love and do best. This interactive webinar is aimed at college access professionals and will include opportunities for live Q&A at the end of the demonstration. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn how you can start using this free tool with your students today!

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November 28, 2017

2018-2019 Changes to the CSS Profile

The 2018-19 CSS Profile launched October 1 as an updated application providing an improved experience for the applicant. This webinar will walk you through the CSS Profile to introduce you to the new version of the application. The major changes will be explained, which include skip logic, easier-to-read questions, enhanced help, and the new application requirements for families where the parents are not together and the student’s college requires that both households provide information.

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November 14, 2017

NCAN Member Grant Opportunity: Establishing or Expanding Success Services for Students

Join this webinar to learn how members can apply for up to $45,000 over two years to establish or significantly expand college success services for students by at least 15 to 20 percent during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. Up to 12 grants will be made targeting place-based and smaller college access and success programs with budgets between approximately $750,000 to $2 million. This opportunity is made possible through a grant to NCAN from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. 

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November 8, 2017

The TalentED Project: Connecting First-Generation Students to Postsecondary Success

Interested in helping your students find the right college fit for them? Having difficulty making relationships with admissions recruiters? Learn more about The TalentED Project, a free digital platform that connects first-generation college-goers with colleges and universities where they're more likely to succeed. TalentED builds relationships between college admissions and access professionals like you to strengthen the recruitment pipeline of these underrepresented students.

Join the network of more than 260 community-based organizations and high schools making connections with 100 colleges and universities nationwide to help thousands of first-generation, lower-income college-goers get recruited by good-fit colleges. Built by UBS, the Tennessee College Access and Success Network and Discovery Education, The TalentED Project will continue to provide free resources to help you help your students. Check out our resource library of materials and you can also share our animated video to start the conversation with your students about the importance of finding a good-fit college and invite them to create a TalentED profile.

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November 1, 2017

Career Success Spotlight: iMentor

iMentor, an NCAN member, currently operates a college access and success program in New York City, Chicago, and the Bay Area that “harnesses the power of long-term, personal relationships to help students succeed.” Their mentors are volunteers recruited to pair with high school student for at least three years. IMentor matches every student in its partner schools with a college-educated mentor that helps to deliver a “best-in-class college curriculum.” Ultimately, iMentor-served students are 25 percent more likely to go to college than their peers in similar schools. This webinar, part of NCAN’s Career Success Spotlight series on connecting college and career success, will focus on using volunteers to help advise and/or provide career readiness services to students. Representatives from iMentor will discuss the recruitment of mentors and volunteers, expectations for mentors and mentees, the logistics of managing mentors and businesses, and the relative replicability of the different components of their work in this space.

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October 26, 2017

Higher Education Institutions' Motivation to Partner with College Access Organizations

Join Dr. Cat McManus for an overview of her recent mixed-methods research exploring partnerships between higher education institutions and college access nonprofits. How common are these relationships and how do institutions understand them and use them to achieve particular goals, including and in addition to improving college access for diverse students? What motivates institutions to engage in and sustain relationships? As more and more college access and success organizations seek out higher education institutions as partners in fulfilling their critical missions, what factors are most likely to make those partnerships fruitful for all parties, especially students?

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October 25, 2017

Career Success Spotlight: Supporting Adult Learners to and through College

We know that college completion has lasting impacts on economic returns for the individual and community, improves the educational attainment of future generations, and gives students a sense of personal fulfillment. Anyone who advises first time and returning adult college students has to understand their needs and challenges and be equipped to support them on the path to and through college. 

The Graduate! Network coordinates a network community-based consortia of providers and institutions. 

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October 19, 2017

Dabbling in the Data: a Toolkit for Building Organizational Data Literacy

Data helps college access and success organizations to target services and tell their stories, but analysis can be intimidating and frustrating. Dabbling in the Data provides 15 interactive activities that organizations can use internally or with partners. In this skill-building webinar, participants will learn how to use the activities to help teams make meaning of data, yielding actionable insights and powerful stories. Attendees will reflect on how they can use these activities in their own programs.

Dabbling in the Data will be valuable for a range of NCAN member programs from those starting out and building a data culture to those who have experience and are refining their data literacy. Dabbling in the Data also includes exercises for those looking for ways to onboard new staff and help them to buy in to using data.

Dabbling in the Data is a resource from Public Profit. Public Profit is a research and evaluation consultancy based in Oakland, CA. They help mission-driven organizations to learn from their data and improve their practice.


  • Corey Newhouse, Founder and Principal, Public Profit

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October 4, 2017

Career Success Spotlight: College Track and Genesys Works

This webinar focused on measuring and reporting career outcomes of students served by college access and success programs. Earlier this year, College Track released their first “Findings on Outcomes After College” report, which aims to measure the program’s impact on students’ social mobility. College Track is increasingly integrating career success programming into their robust suite of college access and success services. They will discuss the changes to program practice necessary to make this happen and the decision-making behind selecting their career outcomes.

College Track's work in tracking their student's social mobility has many similarities with a student survey developed by Genesys Works. Genesys Works, which has been featured numerous times through NCAN’s efforts on connecting college and career success, is a leader in the field of providing students with meaningful professional opportunities that contribute to their academic and professional attainment. They will discuss their own efforts around investing and reporting alumni outcomes.

Pre-reading: College Track’s Findings on Outcomes After College; Genesys Works’ 2016 Alumni Survey


  • Cristel de Rouvray, Entrepreneur in Residence, College Track
  • Jeannie Johnson, Vice President-Programs, College Track
  • Bernie Tretta, Measurement and Evaluation Lead, Genesys Works
  • Dr. Nidhi Mehrotra, President, Educational Evaluation and Research

This webinar is generously supported by Strada Education Network. For more on NCAN’s work on connecting college and career success, visit www.collegeaccess.org/career  

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September 21, 2017

ScholarMatcher: Building a Balanced College List in 7 Clicks

Meet the ScholarMatcher: a free tool built for low-income students to build a balanced college list in just a few clicks. Based on rigorous data analysis, ScholarMatcher only features schools with excellent outcomes for low-income students. It scores schools in four areas: financial aid, academic strength, student support services, and post-graduate success. These scores result in a GPA for each postsecondary institution, which students can use to effortlessly discover schools where they are most likely to thrive. ScholarMatcher was developed by NCAN member ScholarMatch, and this demo will explore how programs can incorporate this tool to benefit students and discuss additions to the platform that would be beneficial to counselors. 

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September 20, 2017

Scaling Your Scholarship and College Success Programs

Learn about East Bay College Fund’s journey from “living room” organization to lead agency for the citywide Oakland Promise, which was launched in January of 2016 in partnership with Oakland Unified School District and the Oakland Mayor’s Office. Presenters will explain in depth their core scaling practices including strategic partnerships, expanded technology, integrated service partnerships with colleges, and the cascading leadership models that utilize upperclassmen and mentor leaders to work with small groups and maintain personal relationships. 

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September 6, 2017

Using beyond.uptake's Student Union to Tackle Undermatching

With many software options in the college match process for your students, how do you know which is the right one for first generation applicants? beyond.uptake, the philanthropic arm of the predictive analytics company Uptake, will present about how to use machine learning to solve this problem. Through Student Union, we've built a way to conglomerate data sets from public sources and become a data-sharing storehouse for those organizations working directly with first generation students. Through historical data sets and a product that neither promotes lead generation of universities, nor keeps graduation rates by demographic information quiet, we will share how data science can lead to greater insights and the best outcomes for our students. 

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August 9, 2017

Connecting College and Career Spotlight: W+P=X: Helping Students Solve the Equation

Marc Andreessen used to say that software is eating the world. Now, automation is going to eat the world." - Mark Cuban. 

Our labor market is increasingly reliant on technology, automation, innovation, and obtaining a postsecondary degree. So how should college and career advisors motivate and inspire their students? How can we prepare youth to be the next innovators? How can we work with low-income, first-generation youth – those who often encounter significant barriers to postsecondary  access but have a deep desire to impact their world -- and prepare them to be leaders in the labor market of tomorrow?  During this interactive webinar, learn about how Marcus Foster Education Initiative is employing advising strategies that are systems-focused and connect youth to resources, people/ideas and power. They are testing a new approach to college and career advising: W+P=X. Learn how this initiative links tech, youth empowerment, and systems change to fuel college and career success.

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July 19, 2017

Using College Measures Data for Career Success

College and career success are intertwined, but to most effectively combine them students and families need good data on labor markets and outcomes. Dr. Mark Schneider, vice president and institute fellow at the American Institutes for Research and president of College Measures and Cameron Smither, research associate at the American Institutes for Research discuss College Measures, which “works with state governments to help identify higher education credentials with high return on investment [and] focuses on the hot jobs that present the best opportunities for students to launch exciting careers and on the hot skills that students need to get those jobs.” Dr. Schneider was a presenter at NCAN’s Connecting College and Career Success Spring Training series, and his work was recently featured in Connecting College and Career Success: Lessons on Advising, Data, and Partnerships, a white paper documenting that series. He dives into the concepts of return on investment, hot jobs, and hot skills. Mr. Smither demos the College Measures website. This webinar is generously supported by Strada Education Network

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July 18, 2017

Better Make Room: Up Next Mobile Messaging Campaign 
Designed to reach students where they are, Up Next is a groundbreaking mobile messaging campaign that was launched in Fall of 2016 by Michelle Obama’s Better Make Room initiative. The text messaging campaign provides youth across the country with on the spot information, encouragement, and access to the assistance they need to make important college, financial aid, and loan repayment decisions right from their mobile phones. 

Developed and implemented by the University of Virginia Professor Ben Castleman, the texting tool was built on a strong foundation of rigorously-evaluated, large-scale text messaging campaigns in education and public policy. Through its incorporation of new media and one-on-one advising support, Up Next is revolutionizing how mobile technology can improve college completion outcomes for low-income and minority students. In an effort to expand the reach and impact of the program, Better Make Room is seeking to partner with high schools, colleges, community organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies interested in bringing Up Next directly to their students. Through this partnership Better Make Room will take applications from those interested collaborating and will customize its messaging content for partners to pioneer partner-specific contexts, programs, and priorities. 

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July 12, 2017

Connecting College and Career Success: Roadtrip Nation and Career Exploration
This webinar will provide an online demonstration of Roadtrip Nation which is a project-based curriculum that exposes students to different career possibilities as they navigate an interview archive with thousands of professionals across diverse industries. Students learn to work collaboratively as they research, plan, and contact professionals to interview in their own community to find out what it takes to achieve their career goals. The program includes creative career-exploration activities to help students build self-efficacy, soft skills, and their knowledge of what is possible for their future. Attendees of the webinar will experience the curriculum first-hand and hear from a teacher who is "AVID" about using this curriculum with her students!

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June 28, 2017 

Career Spotlight: The Opportunity Network
Please join us for this webinar presented by NCAN Member The Opportunity Network, to learn to integrate Career Fluency® into your programming. This webinar will introduce you to The Opportunity Network's Career Fluency® HQ, a free online resource with the highest quality, ready-to-teach college success and career readiness instructional content for your front-line staff. In addition to a robust and dynamic set of curriculum, the platform offers an easy-to-use student outcomes tracking tool to help you identify students' knowledge gains.  This webinar is most useful to program staff ready to start integrating more intentional and targeted career readiness programming into your core model. These resources will add the most value for organizations that are at the early stages of evolving your program services to align with the moving finish line from college success to career readiness. 

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June 20, 2017

Career Success Spotlight: Be A Leader Foundation
The Be A Leader Foundation designs programs that provide a positive learning environment and a college-focused mentality for each participant to develop their high school and college educational plan (4 plus 4 plan). The work directly with middle school and high school students in primarily inner-city schools to engage them into active development of their self-esteem, leadership skills and long term preparation of their 4 plus 4 plan. Ultimate success is achieved through our long-term relationship and stewardship of their educational evolution from middle school into high school, culminating with active participation at the university level and ultimately a college degree. Join this webinar to learn about the ins and outs of BALF internship program along with how they build the corporate partnerships to make them possible.

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June 15, 2017

“Children’s Savings Accounts and Government Partnerships”
The last in the series on Children's Savings Accounts, this webinar highlights programs that are established through government partnerships, their mechanics, and how to partner with government agencies in your state or region. Speakers include Carl Rist from the One to One Fund at CFED and representatives from Massachusetts and St. Louis. This webinar will showcase a deeper dive into how governments can support CSAs and use them as part of their policy solutions to help build college going culture and college savings for low-income families.

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June 7, 2017

Early Awareness of College-Going for Middle Grade Students: WSAC and Get Schooled
NCAN members Washington Student Achievement Council and Get Schooled to learn more about running an outreach campaign targeted at middle grade students to help them set college going expectations. This is the third webinar in a series focused on early awareness of college going for middle grade students. All college-going efforts aimed at middle grade students should be coupled with an informational campaign. These campaigns can also have value on their own to build a college-going culture.

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May 26, 2017

Non-profit Managed Children’s Savings Accounts
Join NCAN members Inversant and KC Scholars to learn about two programs that are providing Children’s Savings Accounts for their families.

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May 17, 2017

Children’s Savings Accounts and the Opportunity Pipeline
This webinar from William Elliott III, Ph. D. and Melinda Kay Lewis of the Assets, Education and Inclusion Center at the University of Kansas provides an over view of what Children’s Savings Accounts are, how they’re used to fund higher education, and the research that supports CSAs as an effective tool for setting college-going expectations and increasing college completion. 

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May 12, 2017

Which Services Matter Most? Findings from NCAN's Benchmarking Project
Now in its fourth round, NCAN’s Benchmarking Project is an important collaboration between NCAN, our members, and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The project has helped to create enrollment and completion benchmarks for member-served students. This spring, a team of researchers from the George Washington University examined service provision data from rounds 2 and 3 of the project. Join us for this webinar as they present their findings, including the following research questions: 

● How do student enrollment and completion statuses vary by type of services received and student demographics among recipients of NCAN member services?
● Which services correlate with higher enrollment and completion rates among recipients of NCAN member services?
● Which service correlates with higher enrollment and completion rates among recipients of NCAN member services with similar demographics? 
● Are there services that when paired have a significant correlation with higher enrollment and completion rates among recipients of NCAN member services?

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April 19, 2017

NCAN Member Benefit Webinar: Learn about Signal Vine Texting Platform
Learn how your organization can expand the reach of your advising staff by 300 percent. This webinar to learn about the two options of discounted services offered to all NCAN members from Signal Vine

  • The one-time setup fees waived for NCAN members that sign a one-year contract (for a savings of $4,500 to $6,000).
  • Discounted pricing “texting campaigns in a box” with Signal Vine, such as the Summer Melt campaign for $5/student

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March 22, 2017

Career Success Spotlight: Students Rising Above
San Francisco-based Students Rising Above (SRA) provides scholarships, comprehensive advising, and wrap-around support for low-income students from high school, to and through college. When SRA saw too many of its graduates returning to their communities to work in occupations that did not require a college degree, they realized that college alone was not enough. In 2010, SRA began incorporating career development services, which now see 85% of SRA students securing career-ladder jobs within 9 months of college graduation. This webinar highlights how SRA developed its career success program with limited staff and resources and outlines specific actionable steps to help students gain professional skills and experience.

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March 15, 2017 

FAFSA IRS DRT: What Now?? (Urgent Webinar)

This webinar is for advisors, counselors, and other adults working with students who are trying to complete the FAFSA during the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) outage. This urgent webinar is critical to help ensure low-income and first-generation students are still able to file the FAFSA, helping as many as possible meet critical deadlines and avoid unnecessary bureaucratic headaches. 

On Friday, March 3, the IRS Data Retrieval tool went dark. Students completing FAFSA were unable to retrieve their data. Six days and many congressional phone calls later, we learned that the IRS had taken the tool offline due to general concerns regarding identity security. The implications for students and families are many. In this webinar, we’ll walk step by step through the ways you can “work around” this to support timely FAFSA filing no matter what. 

Webinar recording (Recording correction: In the past, non-tax filers selected for verification could submit a signed statement saying they didn’t file taxes. Starting this year, non-tax filers must use the 4506-T form to request a tax transcript as evidence that they did not file their taxes.)

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March 2, 2017

Using Data and Data Systems for Program Improvement (with NCAN and Exponent Partners)
In fall 2016, NCAN and Exponent Partners released a two-part white paper series that aims to assist NCAN member organizations in becoming more data-driven. NCAN members have increasingly incorporated research, data, and evaluation into their critical work of serving low-income, first-generation students on their way to postsecondary college access and success. The white papers can be found at NCAN’s Data and Evaluation Toolkit, a useful collection of resources anchored by NCAN’s Common Measures. During this webinar, listen to representatives from NCAN and Exponent Partners as they walk through some of the highlights of each paper and provide insights on the ways that data and data systems can spur program improvement and help to scale program capacity.

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January 25, 2017

Advocacy Institute Pre-Webinar (August 30, 2016)
Non-profit organizations are permitted to lobby, within limitations, and are able to conduct educational and advocacy work more broadly. This webinar will share the legal difference so that all attendees can move forward with their advocacy work with confidence. For attendees of the NCAN Advocacy Institute.

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January 19, 2017

Career Success Spotlight: Partnership for the Future
Partnership for the Future, an NCAN member, operates “the largest and most accomplished privately-funded workforce development-college preparatory program in the Commonwealth of Virginia.” In this webinar, we hear from PFF’s President and CEO, Charleita M. Richardson. Charleita discusses how her program connects students with community business partners to provide them with meaningful internships that ease the transition from high school to college to the workplace. Partnership for the Future’s job skills programs and matching grant and scholarship programs are also be discussed.

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January 11, 2017 

Advocacy Institute 201: Looking to the Future 
In follow-up to NCAN's first-ever Advocacy Institute, join to learn next level strategies to support student issues in higher education as the country enters a new presidential administration.

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December 14, 2016

ICYMI: Advocacy Institute 
At the 2016 National Conference, NCAN held our first ever Advocacy Institute, a training targeted to college access professionals looking to increase the impact of their organization in the policy arena. If you weren't able to attend, or would like a refresher, join this webinar for a condensed version of the Advocacy Institute. Learn how Washington really works and skills you can use to advocate for your students, including getting them involved in the process.

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November 18, 2016

Campaign Customized Nudging to Improve FAFSA Completion: Research Findings and Implications for TA

Dr. Lindsay Page presented the outcomes of her research on the impact of texting campaigns that leveraged regularly-updated information on the status of students’ FAFSA submissions. Evidence from both research sites indicates that the text-based outreach DOES INDEED improve FAFSA filing outcomes. Listen to the webinar recording here.

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October 26, 2016 

Form Your Future: NCAN's National FAFSA Completion Campaign 
Nearly all students are eligible for financial aid for college, but only 45 percent of high school seniors complete the FAFSA before high school graduation. With input from many members and friends, the National College Access Network has launched Form Your Future™, a national FAFSA completion campaign with free materials you and other organizations and schools in your community can use to inform students about financial aid, educate volunteers to help with FAFSA completion, and organize FAFSA completion events. Form Your Future focuses on assisting low-income, underrepresented students who would be the first in their family to attend college—students who are less likely to apply for financial aid, even though they could benefit from it most. 

During the webinar, NCAN staff will show you the many types of campaign materials that you can put to work along with your own FAFSA communications and events, and explain how your support of #FormYourFuture will help reach even more students around the country. We will also answer your questions about the campaign. Learn more at formyourfuture.org

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September 27, 2016 

2017-2018 FAFSA Updates 
This webinar on the 2017-2018 FAFSA, early FAFSA process and the misconceptions surround it. 

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August 11, 2016

Data Dashboards, Visualization and Use: An Example from FCAN Confirmation
During this webinar, Troy Miller from the Florida College Access Network (FCAN) walked us through the creation and use of data dashboards for the purposes of increasing FAFSA completion. Florida has enjoyed great success in increasing FAFSA completion rates; learn how the integration and use of data has played a role in their efforts. 

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June 22, 2016

Membership Matters: Accessing Your NCAN Account
Need help updating your NCAN Organizational Profile? Can't quite figure out how to pay your dues online. NCAN hosted a webinar demonstrating step-by-step instructions and discuss the benefits to using your NCAN account.

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April 7, 2016 

Join NCAN and Strive Together to receive an overview of best practices to continuously improve your work to increase college enrollment in your community. Hear about and learn from concrete examples that Strive Together partnerships are using to complete FAFSA Completion rates.

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April 1, 2016

The Florida FAFSA Challenge
The Florida FAFSA Challenge encourages schools, districts, and communities to set bold and attainable FAFSA completion goals and implement strategies designed to meet their goals. Learn more about the research, data, strategies and resources Florida CAN is using to boost FAFSA completion in Florida.

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March 30, 2016

College-Found to College-Bound
College life doesn’t begin for students until enrollment ends; help students check college enrollment off their list with Bridgit2College. College-intending students have 50-60 tasks to complete when transitioning from high school to college; Brigit2College makes it easy to navigate this complex process by empowering students, counselors and adult influencers with research-based tools and resources: college enrollment checklists, counselor/student resource guides and text/email nudges, to name a few. These tools and resources come built-in with Bridgit2College, and when used for only 4 months, Bridgit2College can increase college enrollment up to 20 percent. Getting accepted into college is hard enough – enrolling shouldn’t be just as hard – bridge that gap today with Bridgit2College. More information can be found at www.Bridgit2College.com

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March 21, 2016

College Signing Day 2016
Eric Waldo from the First Lady's Office discusses her College Signing Day focus for 2016. NCAN Members from Michigan CAN and PA College Advising Corps share strategies for state and local College Signing/Decision Day events.

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March 17, 2016

The Pell Partnership: Ensuring Shared Responsibility for Low Income Student Success
Guest presenters from The Education Trust share their research results and the Pell Grant Grad Rate Data Tool.

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March 9, 2016

Member Benefits Webinar 

Member Benefits Webinar outlined the many benefits available to NCAN members for networking, program development, professional development, advocacy, discounted services, and recognition. 

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February 16, 2016

Talent ED Project
Introducing a new, first-of-its-kind resource that puts your high-potential students at the front of the line to be recruited by top colleges and universities. Presented by NCAN member,Tennessee College Access and Success Network.

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February 4, 2016

Intro to the AzCAN College Access Standards Toolkit and Assessment

How do we ensure that all students have what they need to succeed beyond high school, and how are we as a community holding ourselves responsible for their success? 

In Arizona, a group of college access and success practitioners and leaders asked these big questions, and took the bold step of developing College Access Standards. The Standards – whether in Arizona or even nationally – create a framework and common language for the college access field. They provide the roadmap for students to develop the knowledge and behaviors necessary to succeed beyond high school. College access organizations are using this framework to ensure that their students master every standard, from building career aspirations to creating support systems to developing financial literacy. 

To help college access and success practitioners apply the Standards to their own activities, programs, and organizations, AzCAN, and a task force of college access and success leaders in the state, recently launched a Toolkit and Assessment Process. We cordially invite you to join us on an interactive webinar to learn more about the Standards, the Toolkit and Assessment process, and how these tools can benefit your organization’s college access and success programs. 

Dr. Stacy Carlson, VP and Program Director, College and Career Readiness, Helios Education Foundation 
Linda Jensen, Director, AzCAN 
Kay Schreiber, State School Counselors Supervisor, Arizona Department of Education 

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January 28, 2016

Visualizing Your Data Through Excel Dashboards (Part 7 of 7 of the A Practical Approach to Program Data Webinar Series with Idealware)

Your senior staff and board of directors can benefit from the ability to view high level metrics for your organization, but it’s not always obvious how to easily pull such a thing together. We'll outline what has worked for other organizations to define the metrics that should be tracked, strategies for compiling data from different systems, and then possibilities for putting it all together into a visual Excel dashboard.

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January 27, 2016

FAFSA Updates   
Concerned, confused, or just in need of a better explanation about the updates with the FAFSA. Join us for our annual webinar to learn about any updates to the FAFSA & other federal programs for 2016-2017 AY. Presented by MorraLee Keller, NCAN's Director of Technical Assistance.

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January 7, 2016

Making Use of Your Data Externally (Part 6 of 7 of the A Practical Approach to Program Data Webinar Series with Idealware)

In the sixth session of the "A Practical Approach to Program Data" webinar series, we discuss using data for marketing and promotion as well as public and funder relations.

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December 10, 2015

Making Use of Your Data Internally (Part 5 of 7 of the A Practical Approach to Program Data Webinar Series with Idealware)

This session discusses using data to make programmatic refinements and adjustments, and to contemplate program expansion and next steps.  We will also look to answer questions about how to get staff on board with effective data entry and tracking. With apologies, the first 10 or so minutes of this webinar was not captured by this recording.

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November 19, 2015

Analyzing Your Data  (Part 4 of 7 of the A Practical Approach to Program Data Webinar Series with Idealware)

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 class, we break down the strategies you can use to analyze data and what your data can teach your organization.

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November 17, 2015

Signal Vine
NCAN is now offering even more help to our member programs to improve their students’ and families’ awareness of financial aid programs – through texting. Through our continued partnership with Signal Vine, NCAN is now offering another opportunity to members to use texting – proven strategy that can support their students’ journey to post-secondary education and through the world of financial aid. Listen this webinar to learn more the next phase of our texting interventions.

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November 10, 2015

Wells Fargo's GoCollege Now
Wells Fargo has sponsored showings of the film for more than 22,000 students, parents, teachers, and community leaders in recent years. The company contributed a total of nearly $72 million to education programs in 2014 alone.“First Generation” has inspired the students who have viewed it, says Valeria Esparza, marketing program manager for Wells Fargo Education Financial Services, which collaborated with the film’s producers Adam and Jay Fendersonon last year’s Go College! Now 10-city tour.

Wells Fargo has now expanded “First Generation’s” outreach, launching an innovative bilingual web platform — www.gocollegenow.org — to meet the growing demand. The website features free online streaming of the film, and classroom resources to help educators, parents, and students navigate the path to college. In addition, the site includes an opportunity to join the conversation about college access and success by encouraging everyone to Take the Pledge in support of first-generation and low-income students.
Learn more about Wells Fargo newest endeavor in the world of college access and success.

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October 29, 2015

Defining Your Metrics  (Part 3 of 7 of the A Practical Approach to Program Data Webinar Series with Idealware)

Through the process of the course so far, we’ve defined what metrics might be useful to measure your fuzzy mission, what’s straightforward to collect and track, and what you can practically analyze. In this session, we talk about how to put those 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 Mariana Preciado from CollegeSpring and Chris Soto of Higher Edge CT discussing the metrics they collect and how they attach them to their program goals.

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October 27, 2015

I Know I Can's Blueprint:College & Parent Engagement Strategy Mini-Forum
For the past several years, I Know I Can—the college access organization and NCAN member serving Columbus City Schools—has run Blueprint:College, a series of college planning workshops focusing on parent engagement in the higher education process. The series is aimed at engaging parents of students in 6-11th grades with “just in time” information at each grade level about college admissions, financial aid, middle school student development, and solid academic preparation.  Listen in as I Know I Can staff discuss the philosophy behind Blueprint:College, their session structure and topics, school district collaboration, and how they have addressed challenges.

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October 8, 2015

Technologies for Managing Data (Part 2 of 7 of the A Practical Approach to Program Data Webinar Series with Idealware)
You’re likely already tracking a substantial amount of useful data—whether already neatly laid out in a database, in staff spreadsheets, in software you haven’t looked at in six months, or public repositories. We’ll discuss where different data can live, which sources of data might be useful, and where and how you can collect it to be ready for analysis.  This session will include discussion on case management platforms specific to the college access community.

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September 24, 2015

Asking the Right Questions of Your Data  (Part 1 of 7 of the A Practical Approach to Program Data Webinar Series with Idealware)
Simply collecting data is not enough. Deciding early on what you will do with that data—and why you want it in the first place—will help you to define goals and approaches. We'll talk through how to define what metrics would be useful to your organization—from your mission down, from the ground up, and by connecting your work to existing research.

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August 26, 2015

Data Drives School-Community Collaboration: Seven Principles for Effective Data Sharing
StriveTogether and the Data Quality Campaign released a Data Sharing Playbook “to help community organizations effectively partner with schools on data-driven ways to improve education outcomes. This resource includes seven principles about how to begin and grow a data-driven initiative, as well as practical resources to help communities implement complex data partnerships with schools and other community partners.” Hear from Geoff Zimmerman, Director of Continuous Improvement for StrivePartnership as he discusses the seven principles in the Data Sharing Playbook and shares his extensive knowledge on connecting data and information across multiple sectors.

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July 21, 2015

E-Learning Demo: Fundamentals for College Access and Success Providers
NCAN’s new e-learning platform, “Fundamentals for College Access and Success Providers,” covers topics including college admissions advising for low-income students, financial aid, cultural competence, and support for special populations such as homeless youth. Online modules are segmented by topic, delivered in convenient 30- to 120-minute segments, self-paced, and available year-round, on demand, to anyone with an Internet connection. Best of all, the platform is free to NCAN members through December.  This webinar is a demo of the platform.

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April 2, 2015

The Reach Higher Initiative's Signing Day Toolkit
A lot of media attention goes to promising athletes when they select the college of their choice. NCAN supports The Reach Higher Initiative which wants every student to receive as much attention and have that same feeling of importance so that they too can feel special about this big day. This webinar was presented by Eric Waldo, Executive Director Reach Higher on the goals of College Signing Day and the College Signing Day Kit. 

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February 26, 2015 

Sprucing Up Your Data Visualization with Evergreen Data
Presenter: Dr. Stephanie Evergreen 
(Please note this webinar will be available for viewing only until April 4, 2015. For more information please contact Bill DeBaun.)
Crystal clear charts and graphs are valuable – they save an audience’s mental energies, keep a reader engaged, and make you look smart. You can achieve that level of smart communication using the tools you already own. In this webinar with Dr. Stephanie Evergreen of Evergreen Data, you will learn the research-based best practices that inform smart data visualization. We will focus on the fundamentals of good graph design - simplification and emphasis - including how to work from the default settings in Microsoft Excel to design visualizations with an impact. As a result, you will be able to use the graphing software you have in smarter ways and you'll tell your audience the right story in your data. Be sure to click on the data resources below for a useful chart chooser and data visualization checklist.

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February 25, 2015

Are you in need of a student information system? College Forward's CoPilot may be your solution!
Presenter: Austin Buchan, College Forward
CoPilot - powered by College Forward- provides partner organizations a state of the art, cloud-based student information system built on the Salesforce.com platform. With over a decade of student support experience, College Forward has built your one-stop, 360 degree student profile, allowing users to easily access academic, financial aid, and crucial student data when it matters the most. Learn more about the power of Co-Pilot throught this webinar.

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January 9, 2015

ACT Profile
Presenter: Tyler Coon, ACT
ACT, a leader in career and college readiness for more than 50 years, has developed a first of its kind college and career planning platform, ACT Profile. Mobile, social, and free to the public, ACT Profile provides students and educators with a powerful tool to derive the insights they need to understand opportunities and make smarter decisions throughout life’s key transition points. This webinar demonstrated enhanced tools and activities to connect with and engage your students.

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April 17, 2014

The Impact of Financial Aid on Student College Access and Success: The San Antonio Experience
This webinar presented a  case study, with a mission, to help communities across America in their efforts to better serve Latino college students. This case study details San Antonio's place-based collective impact  journey in financial aid. The success of the financial aid initiative is founded on the premise that the truest impact occurs when the greater community owns and develops solutions to issues that impede student progress. Co-authored by two community leaders, Noé Ortiz and Eyra Pérez, the San Antonio experience demonstrates how a community can partner across different sectors and institutions to remove financial aid as a barrier for students to access post-secondary education.

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October 1, 2013

Charting the Course: A Guidebook for Implementing Local College Access Networks
The Michigan College Access Network has recently released Charting the Course: A community’s guide for increasing educational attainment through the lens of collective impact, a resource manual designed to support communities as they develop robust college access strategies.The guidebook outlines a framework for establishing an LCAN through the lens of collective impact. Charting the Course is organized in three parts:

  • Part I: The framework for integrating the five conditions of collective impact within the context of mobilizing a local college access strategy.
  • Part II: Chronological and procedural steps for implementing a local college access network.
  • Part III: Case studies from LCANs across Michigan and templates to assist communities in executing and embedding the strategies 

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March 25, 2013

NCAN’s 2013-2015 Strategic Plan: Building Connections, Advancing Equity, and Promoting Success
NCAN invited members to participate in a webinar briefing about NCAN’s new three-year strategic plan, developed with assistance from the Bridgespan Group and support from the Kresge and Lumina Foundations. NCAN’s new plan will build on the success of our member organizations to develop new standards and best practices for the field and deepen opportunities for college access and success practitioners to learn from others, connect to peers, and obtain support. Members will had the opportunity to share comments and ask questions.

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January 23, 2013

College Abacus: An Introduction to the ‘Kayak.com of College Financial Aid’
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently announced that College Abacus has given net price calculators “the Kayak treatment”; much as Kayak.com created the "search one and done" experience for travel, College Abacus is the free one-stop search for comparing higher education pricing. Now available in Spanish and English, College Abacus allows college-bound students and their families to search and compare net prices - tuition and fees minus grant aid - across more than 2500 schools. This webinar explained how college access programs can use College Abacus to help guide students to affordable schools.

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January 16, 2013

Increasing ROI for Federal Student Aid 2013
This webinar was  NCAN's presentation and discussion of our recommendations to Increase Return on Investment from Federal Student Aid. Facing up to long-term federal deficit projections, the growing number of students who need aid and persistent low college completion rates, the National College Access Network (NCAN) favors an overhaul of the entire federal student aid system. It is time to turn these challenges into an opportunity to redesign the system, better serve students and protect the U.S. economy. NCAN has identified three main barriers that the current student aid system presents for low-income students: 1) the price of higher education, 2) complicated processes and out-of-date data that provide students with little relevant information, and 3) insufficient state and institutional support for students aimed at increasing graduation.

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Nov 29, 2017

Using Frank FAFSA to Help Students Complete the FAFSA and Pay for College
Join this webinar to learn about Frank FAFSA, a FREE online tool that helps students file their FAFSA forms within 4 minutes! A proud NCAN member, Frank’s mission is to make quality education affordable to all, and since March it has helped over 150,000 families access over $3.75 billion of aid. During this webinar, attendees will learn more about Frank’s mission as well as the Frank FAFSA tool, which is available in English and Spanish, and has features such as the ability for students to snap pictures of their tax returns to save time. Learn how Frank uses simple language to guide students and families through the FAFSA for an easy and streamlined process and offers support via calls, texts, emails and chat for students and parents. Part of Frank’s goal is to support college access professionals by streamlining their work and introducing innovative technologies in the field, allowing them to focus on what they love and do best. This interactive webinar is aimed at college access professionals and will include opportunities for live Q&A at the end of the demonstration. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn how you can start using this free tool with your students today! Less...
Review Recording | Review Document
Link to recording: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/257038717851712011
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Nov 29, 2017

Using Frank FAFSA to Help Students Complete the FAFSA and Pay for College
Join this webinar to learn about Frank FAFSA, a FREE online tool that helps students file their FAFSA forms within 4 minutes! A proud NCAN member, Frank’s mission is to make quality education affordable to all, and since March it has helped over 150,000 families access over $3.75 billion of aid. During this webinar, attendees will learn more about Frank’s mission as well as the Frank FAFSA tool, which is available in English and Spanish, and has features such as the ability for students to snap pictures of their tax returns to save time. Learn how Frank uses simple language to guide students and families through the FAFSA for an easy and streamlined process and offers support via calls, texts, emails and chat for students and parents. Part of Frank’s goal is to support college access professionals by streamlining their work and introducing innovative technologies in the field, allowing them to focus on what they love and do best. This interactive webinar is aimed at college access professionals and will include opportunities for live Q&A at the end of the demonstration. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn how you can start using this free tool with your students today! Less...
Review Recording | Review Document
Link to recording: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/257038717851712011
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Nov 29, 2017

Using Frank FAFSA to Help Students Complete the FAFSA and Pay for College
Join this webinar to learn about Frank FAFSA, a FREE online tool that helps students file their FAFSA forms within 4 minutes! A proud NCAN member, Frank’s mission is to make quality education affordable to all, and since March it has helped over 150,000 families access over $3.75 billion of aid. During this webinar, attendees will learn more about Frank’s mission as well as the Frank FAFSA tool, which is available in English and Spanish, and has features such as the ability for students to snap pictures of their tax returns to save time. Learn how Frank uses simple language to guide students and families through the FAFSA for an easy and streamlined process and offers support via calls, texts, emails and chat for students and parents. Part of Frank’s goal is to support college access professionals by streamlining their work and introducing innovative technologies in the field, allowing them to focus on what they love and do best. This interactive webinar is aimed at college access professionals and will include opportunities for live Q&A at the end of the demonstration. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn how you can start using this free tool with your students today! Less...
Review Recording | Review Document
Link to recording: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/257038717851712011
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Nov 29, 2017

Using Frank FAFSA to Help Students Complete the FAFSA and Pay for College
Join this webinar to learn about Frank FAFSA, a FREE online tool that helps students file their FAFSA forms within 4 minutes! A proud NCAN member, Frank’s mission is to make quality education affordable to all, and since March it has helped over 150,000 families access over $3.75 billion of aid. During this webinar, attendees will learn more about Frank’s mission as well as the Frank FAFSA tool, which is available in English and Spanish, and has features such as the ability for students to snap pictures of their tax returns to save time. Learn how Frank uses simple language to guide students and families through the FAFSA for an easy and streamlined process and offers support via calls, texts, emails and chat for students and parents. Part of Frank’s goal is to support college access professionals by streamlining their work and introducing innovative technologies in the field, allowing them to focus on what they love and do best. This interactive webinar is aimed at college access professionals and will include opportunities for live Q&A at the end of the demonstration. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn how you can start using this free tool with your students today! Less...
Review Recording | Review Document
Link to recording: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/257038717851712011
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