Project Purpose and Scope
Through the Common Measures Learning Community (CMLC), NCAN will support 15 NCAN member programs in adopting the tracking of the two key student outcomes (college enrollment and degree attainment) of NCAN’s Common Measures, as well as the 12 essential indicators, and using these data to improve outcomes for students.
The CMLC will be an opportunity to learn from and share with other college access and success programs on the vital topics of data tracking and program best practices, facilitated by NCAN. CMLC participants will learn how other programs are collecting and analyzing data as well as identify evidence-based program options for improving student outcomes where needed. Participants will receive customized tools, training, technical assistance, and reports, in addition to other benefits, and will have the opportunity to be featured in publicly released case studies on best practices.
The CMLC will operate from November 2013 through June 2016 and is made possible through the generous support of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. NCAN staff will ensure that participants receive carefully tailored and relevant support, investigate the questions and issues CMLC participants face in implementing Common Measures, and find/communicate effective and practical solutions.
Organizations wishing to apply to participate in the CMLC must meet the following criteria:
Organizations that are a current grantee of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation are NOT eligible.
- Must be a current NCAN member and will maintain membership through 2016.
- Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, public and charter schools, and colleges and universities.
- Have a history of providing at least some access or success services or a combination of the two.
- Annual budget for the direct service access/success activities in the approximate range of $400,000 to $8 million. (We understand that some organizations may provide services in addition to college access/success and thus have a larger budget. However the budget for your direct service activities must fall approximately within the $400,000 -- $8 million range.)
- Must be willing to implement the tracking of all Common Measures relevant to its program and has the ability/willingness to take on the database/IT capabilities necessary for data tracking.
- Eligible applicants must complete the online Request for Proposal (RFP) available here, including all supporting documents.
- Application deadline is midnight EDT on Friday, October 11, 2013.
- Successful applicants will be notified on November 1, 2013.
- Applicants must agree to submit any additional documentation, in a timely manner, as requested by NCAN to clarify application questions.
Benefits and Commitments for CMLC Participants
Expected Participant Outcomes
- Participants must attend two in-person training/networking events per year:
- The NCAN national conference (full registration scholarship provided, travel self-funded by participant).
- CMLC spring training event (no registration fee, travel costs reimbursed).
- Participants must attend regular CMLC virtual professional development and networking events (average 1-2 hours each month during school year).
- Participants must use the CMLC pilot virtual community platform to find resources and tools, keep up with events and opportunities, and share information with each other and with NCAN (minimum of one interaction per month).
- Participants must submit baseline and follow-up data annually. NCAN will not release individual program data publicly or to other CMLC participants without a program’s consent.
- NCAN will pay participants’ data fees for the National Student Clearinghouse, up to $1,275 annually, during the CMLC.
- Increase in college enrollment by 7%
- Increase in graduation rates by 5% from baseline.
- Implementation and tracking of NCAN’s Common Measures.
If you missed the webinar on the CMLC, click here