About College Access/Success Networks
What Are College
NCAN defines a statewide, regional or citywide college access network (CAN) as an interconnected system of organizations that cooperate, coordinate, and/or collaborate to achieve increased postsecondary access and success for students, particularly those from historically underrepresented populations, low-income and potential first-generation college students. For more information on college access and success networks, please contact Carrie Warick, Director of Partnership and Policy.
Why Are Networks an
College access and success networks are being created today because their leaders understand the need to leverage resources and relationships to produce synergy, harness energy and produce quantifiably greater impact. If designed, managed and programmed effectively, networks can:
- Circulate and promote the latest research-based best practices
- Help members become more efficient by working more closely with
- Encourage an exchange of information about one another’s
approaches and methods; and
- Have the capacity to exert more influence over policies and
practice by virtue of their sheer numbers; and generally extend their impact
Planning and Managing a Network
Creating a College Access/Success Network
The first phase of network building is the planning phase. NCAN recommends the following steps for the planning process:
Step 1: Establish a Planning Team
Step 2: Research the Needs of the State, Region or City
Step 3: Take Inventory of Existing Programs and Identify Gaps
Step 4: Determine the Mission of the Network
Step 5: Secure Seed Funding
Resources for Network Leaders
Building and maintaining a college access
network is a large undertaking; the time and resource commitment should not be
taken lightly. However, NCAN is working with dozens of networks around the
nation to improve college attainment rates in their state or region. Following
are resources that may be of assistance in developing your college access
The Network Guidebooks are the best place
to start for community leaders looking to start a network in their state or
Statewide College Access
There are 20 states with statewide college access networks and over 100 communities with college access collaborations in some format including those following the collective impact framework and those with local college access networks.
Member Benefits for Networks
Several dozen statewide and regional networks are NCAN members, and receive several member-only benefits for college access networks. Benefits include a Network Learning Community, complementary resources to the Creating and Implementing a College Access/Success Network (see above), and a 25 percent discount for their members to join NCAN.
If you are a network interested in joining NCAN, click here, or are interested in starting a college access and success network, click here. Additional questions? Please contact Carrie Warick, Director of Partnership and Policy.