How NCAN Members Expanded College Access and Success in 2016

December 21, 2016

By Allie Ciaramella, Communications Manager

These were some of our favorite media stories highlighting NCAN members' important and impressive work in the past year.

Remember, we always want to hear what’s going on with members, from the front-page feature in the local newspaper to the quiet expansion of mission-critical services! Please send your member news in 2017 to Communications Manager Allie Ciaramella. 

  • WVEC-TV consulted ACCESS College Foundation for an article and TV segment on what Early FAFSA means for students’ aid application process. EducationQuest Foundation was featured in a similar piece on WOWT.
  • The White House Blog recognized representatives from AVID, College Advising Corps, Franklin & Marshall College and NCAN for being honored as White House Champions of Change for College Opportunity.
  • Arizona College Access Network sounded the alarm in Inside Higher Ed about colleges moving up financial aid deadlines under Early FAFSA.
  • Berea CollegeGeorgetown University, the University of Colorado-Denver and the University of Washington-Tacoma were all recognized in Washington Monthly’s 2016 College Guide and Rankings, which rate schools based on what they are doing for the country.
  • College Advising Corps Founder and CEO Nicole Hurd and Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel R. Porterfield were lauded in a Washington Monthly article, “The Sixteen Most Innovative People in Higher Education.” Hurd also discussed college advising for low-income and first-generation students on PBS’ Charlie Rose, and Porterfield spoke to POLITICO about institutional and federal policies to serve low-income students.
  • WVXU wrote about the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative’s expansion to mentor first-generation Cincinnati Public Schools graduates bound for the University of Cincinnati.
  • College Horizons students explained the daunting hurdles Native American teenagers face in and out of school in a moving All Things Considered segment.
  • The Hechinger Report spotlighted College PossibleCollege Summit and iMentor in a look at how the latest virtual guidance counseling services can help more low-income students get to college. College Possible also weighed in for Hechinger Report/PBS Newshour on the bureaucratic obstacles that can derail low-income college students.
  • College Summit and KIPP both appeared in the Atlantic’s lengthy look at “What First-Generation College Students Want.” The Tennessean also covered the “historic and significant” agreement to connect students throughout KIPP Charter Schools with Middle Tennessee State University programs from a young age, and The Wall Street Journal dove into KIPP’s summer-bridge program work in New York.
  • The New York Times examined ECMC’s College Abacus and questioned why some institutions won’t participate.
  • The Baltimore Sun penned a powerful success story about a mother and her daughter served by First Generation College Bound.
  • The Hechinger Report talked to Get2College about its $55,000 FAFSA Completion Challenge grant and citywide efforts to help more Jackson, MS students get financial aid.
  • Crain’s Chicago Business covered an Illinois Student Assistance Commission survey showing the devastating impact of state legislators’ waffling on grant aid.
  • The New York Times’ Frank Bruni prominently featured the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in a column on “How and Why You Diversify Colleges.”
  •  The Kansas City Star highlighted the Kauffman Foundation’s launch of KC Scholars, a community-based nonprofit scholarship agency that builds on the legacy of the Kauffman Scholars program.
  • The “pushy moms” who help underprivileged students at LaGuardia Community College find paths to top institutions made an impression in CBS This Morning.
  • Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, founder and executive director of Latino U College Accesswas featured in TIME for helping first-generation Latino students get into college.
  • The Philadelphia Tribune broke down how Philadelphia Futures is boosting local degree completion rates.
  • Courtney McAnuff of Rutgers University’s Office of Enrollment Management explained to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education how officials are building pathways for low-income students.
  • Margaret Feldman, director of college advising with the Scholarship Fund of Alexandriashowed NPR readers and listeners the obstacles students still face when applying for aid under Early FAFSA.
  • Southern California College Access Network was quoted in an EdSource dispatch on how campus bus tours make a big difference for underserved students.
  • St. Louis Public Radio profiled St. Louis Graduates’ four-year-old High School to College Center and how it’s helped hundreds of students combat summer melt.
  • Forbes looked at how Strive for College is helping to lead the field in virtual online mentoring for students seeking help with college admissions.
  • The Opportunity Network landed an op-ed in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education about career undermatching.
  • The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s pioneering and impactful work in text message counseling was highlighted by West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

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