NCAN Students Featured at U.S. Dept of Education Event Championing Completion

March 28, 2016
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By Kim Cook, Executive Director 

Three NCAN member-program students shared their experiences last week during a U.S. Department of Education convening of college presidents highlighting institutions across the country that are making significant strides in increasing graduation rates among Pell-eligible students. We are incredibly grateful to be able to share student voices to tell their stories directly. While we on the NCAN staff work hard to represent our members and students, nothing compares to hearing those messages straight from today’s students.

LaTwuanna Troupe, a graduate of University of Missouri-St. Louis with the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, spoke about the importance of academic advising to choose a major and stay on track for graduation. Clifton Kinnie, now a freshman at Howard University, also from the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, talked about the importance of a “campus pal” to show him the ropes and recommended more help on campus around financial matters. Carla Rocha, a current George Mason University student by way of Northern Virginia Community College’s Pathways to the Baccalaureate program, echoed the need for support in persistence, especially for part-time students. 

“For students from low- and moderate-income families, a college degree is the surest path to the middle class in our country. I applaud the colleges and universities that have taken measurable steps to open up this pathway and make it a successful one for students from all backgrounds. But we need these types of efforts to become the rule and not the exception,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. at the convening.

The Department also released a new report, Fulfilling the Promise, Serving the Need: Advancing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students, which focused on highlighting institutions across the country that are making significant strides in increasing graduation rates among Pell-eligible students. The report draws heavily from ground-breaking data collection of Pell Grant recipient graduation rate by institution by Andrew Nichols at EdTrust, researched as part of our Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery “Student Solutions” consortium, as this is not federally-reported data.







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