Top 11 College Access and Success Stories of 2015

December 10, 2015

For 2015’s final Access Update newsletter, we’ve gathered 11 great stories about NCAN members that grabbed national headlines or were top-read NCAN blogs. Each story demonstrates the growth and accomplishments of the college access and success field and our students, whether through program expansion, advocacy, or national recognition. It was difficult narrowing down the list to 11. Enjoy this recap and let it inspire you for 2016.

          
Books: The Rise of AVID (“America’s Largest College Readiness Program”)
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Original post date: May 6, 2015

Source: Scholastic

In his new book, Jay Mathews describes how AVID “levels the playing field, helping underserved students come out ahead.” The book reviews how AVID has grown in 30 years into an organization serving 400,000 middle- and high-school students in 47 states and 16 countries.

            
College Abacus Releases Tool for Low-Income Students
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Original post date: September 28, 2015

Source: Inside Higher Ed

College Abacus releases Pell Abacus, a tool that uses data from the White House’s College Scorecard to display college-specific information on financial factors such as average loan payments for Pell Grant recipients, the percentage of students who receive Pell Grants, and the average monthly income percentage spent on federal loan repayment after college.

              
Degrees of Change Awarded $3.4 Million Grant from College Spark Washington
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Original post date: November 2, 2015

Source: Degrees of Change press release

Degrees of Change receives a significant grant to help 1,000 low-income students successfully transition to college, earn degrees, and give back to their communities.

             
Extraordinary Individuals to Represent NCAN at White House
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Original post date: July 21, 2015

Source: NCAN Success Digest

Students from 26 NCAN member organizations were invited to participate in the White House’s Beat the Odds Summit. The Summit shared tools and strategies students can use to successfully transition to college and the resources they will need to persist and complete the next level of their education.

               
From South Bronx to College and the State of the Union
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Original post date: January 20, 2015

Source: NCAN Blog

iMentor student Anthony Mendez, the first in his family to graduate from high school and attend college, attends the State of the Union address as a special guest of the First Lady of the United States.

              
Hey, Kids, Text Your Way to Cheaper College Bills
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Original post date: September 28, 2015

Source: Los Angeles Times

Get Schooled Foundation announces expansion of a texting hotline program and a $150,000 grant from AT&T Aspire to encourage NCAN members to use it in communities across the country.

              
‘I Know I Can’ Announces Significant Expansion with Columbus City Schools
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Original post date: June 9, 2015

Source: NCAN Success Digest

I Know I Can and Columbus City Schools expand services to reach more than 54,000 students in the school district through its high school advising model.

              
MCAN Launches AdviseMI, New College Adviser Program for Michigan High Schools
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Original post date: July 7, 2015

Source: NCAN Success Digest

The state of Michigan invests in a new college advising program with 40 newly hired advisers serving 50 high schools to meet growing demand.

              
NCAN Member Stacy Lightfoot Testifies to Congress
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Original post date: May 5, 2015

Source: NCAN Blog

NCAN member Stacy Lightfoot of the Public Education Foundation of Chattanooga testifies to a U.S. Senate committee on the importance of consumer information to help students pick the best fit college for them.

              
State Street Bank to Create 1,000 Jobs for Inner-City Youth
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Original post date: June 16, 2015

Source: Boston Globe

State Street Bank announces a shift in its corporate philanthropy model through a $20 million initiative. Five area nonprofits will each receive $1 million annually from the State Street Foundation for the next four years. In return for the funding, the nonprofits have agreed to work together to help students get into college, graduate, and land full-time jobs after earning degrees. Three of the five recipients are NCAN members: Bottom Line, College Advising Corps, and uAspire.

               
The Town That Decided to Send All Its Kids to College
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Original post date: August 17, 2015

Source: The Atlantic

Residents of Baldwin, MI, pooled together their money to provide scholarships for everyone, and it has changed the town profoundly.


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