2018 Workshop Sessions

Workshop Session Descriptions 

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Monday, September 24
Tuesday, September 25
Wednesday, September 26

Workshop Tracks 

The following major topics will be the focus of the workshop sessions at NCAN’s 2018 National Conference: 

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

Workshop Formats

  • Effective practices sessions are traditional conference sessions with a panel and/or presentation and time for audience Q&A. Participants should come away with a new idea or strategy to implement when they get home. Effective practices sessions may be 60 or 75 minutes in length.
  • 7-14-28 sessions include a series of similarly-themed seven-minute presentations using a maximum of 14 PowerPoint slides, and a minimum 28-point font size. These fast-paced, concise presentations showcase ideas, research, outcomes and solutions are presented consecutively in one session, during which audience members listen to each presentation and then may ask questions and discuss their thoughts and learnings.