Webinar Archives


March 22, 2017

Career Success Spotlight: Students Rising Above

San Francisco-based Students Rising Above (SRA) provides scholarships, comprehensive advising, and wrap-around support for low-income students from high school, to and through college. When SRA saw too many of its graduates returning to their communities to work in occupations that did not require a college degree, they realized that college alone was not enough. In 2010, SRA began incorporating career development services, which now see 85% of SRA students securing career-ladder jobs within 9 months of college graduation. This webinar highlights how SRA developed its career success program with limited staff and resources and outlines specific actionable steps to help students gain professional skills and experience.

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March 15, 2017 

FAFSA IRS DRT: What Now?? (Urgent Webinar)

This webinar is for advisors, counselors, and other adults working with students who are trying to complete the FAFSA during the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) outage. This urgent webinar is critical to help ensure low-income and first-generation students are still able to file the FAFSA, helping as many as possible meet critical deadlines and avoid unnecessary bureaucratic headaches. 

On Friday, March 3, the IRS Data Retrieval tool went dark. Students completing FAFSA were unable to retrieve their data. Six days and many congressional phone calls later, we learned that the IRS had taken the tool offline due to general concerns regarding identity security. The implications for students and families are many. In this webinar, we’ll walk step by step through the ways you can “work around” this to support timely FAFSA filing no matter what. 

Webinar recording (Recording correction: In the past, non-tax filers selected for verification could submit a signed statement saying they didn’t file taxes. Starting this year, non-tax filers must use the 4506-T form to request a tax transcript as evidence that they did not file their taxes.)

FAFSA IRS DRT: What Now? webinar slides | Return Transcript mock-up | Verification of Non-Filing mock-up


March 2, 2017

Using Data and Data Systems for Program Improvement (with NCAN and Exponent Partners)

In fall 2016, NCAN and Exponent Partners released a two-part white paper series that aims to assist NCAN member organizations in becoming more data-driven. NCAN members have increasingly incorporated research, data, and evaluation into their critical work of serving low-income, first-generation students on their way to postsecondary college access and success. The white papers can be found at NCAN’s Data and Evaluation Toolkit, a useful collection of resources anchored by NCAN’s Common Measures. During this webinar, listen to representatives from NCAN and Exponent Partners as they walk through some of the highlights of each paper and provide insights on the ways that data and data systems can spur program improvement and help to scale program capacity.

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January 25, 2017

Advocacy Institute Pre-Webinar (August 30, 2016)

Non-profit organizations are permitted to lobby, within limitations, and are able to conduct educational and advocacy work more broadly. This webinar will share the legal difference so that all attendees can move forward with their advocacy work with confidence. For attendees of the NCAN Advocacy Institute.

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January 19, 2017

Career Success Spotlight: Partnership for the Future

Partnership for the Future, an NCAN member, operates “the largest and most accomplished privately-funded workforce development-college preparatory program in the Commonwealth of Virginia.” In this webinar, we hear from PFF’s President and CEO, Charleita M. Richardson. Charleita discusses how her program connects students with community business partners to provide them with meaningful internships that ease the transition from high school to college to the workplace. Partnership for the Future’s job skills programs and matching grant and scholarship programs are also be discussed.

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January 11, 2017 

Advocacy Institute 201: Looking to the Future 

In follow-up to NCAN's first-ever Advocacy Institute, join to learn next level strategies to support student issues in higher education as the country enters a new presidential administration.

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December 14, 2016

ICYMI: Advocacy Institute 

At the 2016 National Conference, NCAN held our first ever Advocacy Institute, a training targeted to college access professionals looking to increase the impact of their organization in the policy arena. If you weren't able to attend, or would like a refresher, join this webinar for a condensed version of the Advocacy Institute. Learn how Washington really works and skills you can use to advocate for your students, including getting them involved in the process.

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November 18, 2016

Campaign Customized Nudging to Improve FAFSA Completion: Research Findings and Implications for TA

Dr. Lindsay Page presented the outcomes of her research on the impact of texting campaigns that leveraged regularly-updated information on the status of students’ FAFSA submissions. Evidence from both research sites indicates that the text-based outreach DOES INDEED improve FAFSA filing outcomes. Listen to the webinar recording here.

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October 26, 2016 

Form Your Future: NCAN's National FAFSA Completion Campaign 

Nearly all students are eligible for financial aid for college, but only 45 percent of high school seniors complete the FAFSA before high school graduation. With input from many members and friends, the National College Access Network has launched Form Your Future™, a national FAFSA completion campaign with free materials you and other organizations and schools in your community can use to inform students about financial aid, educate volunteers to help with FAFSA completion, and organize FAFSA completion events. Form Your Future focuses on assisting low-income, underrepresented students who would be the first in their family to attend college—students who are less likely to apply for financial aid, even though they could benefit from it most. 

During the webinar, NCAN staff will show you the many types of campaign materials that you can put to work along with your own FAFSA communications and events, and explain how your support of #FormYourFuture will help reach even more students around the country. We will also answer your questions about the campaign. Learn more at formyourfuture.org

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September 27, 2016 

2017-2018 FAFSA Updates 

This webinar on the 2017-2018 FAFSA, early FAFSA process and the misconceptions surround it. 

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August 11, 2016

Data Dashboards, Visualization and Use: An Example from FCAN Confirmation

During this webinar, Troy Miller from the Florida College Access Network (FCAN) walked us through the creation and use of data dashboards for the purposes of increasing FAFSA completion. Florida has enjoyed great success in increasing FAFSA completion rates; learn how the integration and use of data has played a role in their efforts. 

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June 22, 2016

Membership Matters: Accessing Your NCAN Account

Need help updating your NCAN Organizational Profile? Can't quite figure out how to pay your dues online. NCAN hosted a webinar demonstrating step-by-step instructions and discuss the benefits to using your NCAN account.

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April 7, 2016 


Join NCAN and Strive Together to receive an overview of best practices to continuously improve your work to increase college enrollment in your community. Hear about and learn from concrete examples that Strive Together partnerships are using to complete FAFSA Completion rates.

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April 1, 2016


The Florida FAFSA Challenge

The Florida FAFSA Challenge encourages schools, districts, and communities to set bold and attainable FAFSA completion goals and implement strategies designed to meet their goals. Learn more about the research, data, strategies and resources Florida CAN is using to boost FAFSA completion in Florida.

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March 30, 2016

College-Found to College-Bound

College life doesn’t begin for students until enrollment ends; help students check college enrollment off their list with Bridgit2College. College-intending students have 50-60 tasks to complete when transitioning from high school to college; Brigit2College makes it easy to navigate this complex process by empowering students, counselors and adult influencers with research-based tools and resources: college enrollment checklists, counselor/student resource guides and text/email nudges, to name a few. These tools and resources come built-in with Bridgit2College, and when used for only 4 months, Bridgit2College can increase college enrollment up to 20 percent. Getting accepted into college is hard enough – enrolling shouldn’t be just as hard – bridge that gap today with Bridgit2College. More information can be found at www.Bridgit2College.com

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March 21, 2016

College Signing Day 2016

Eric Waldo from the First Lady's Office discusses her College Signing Day focus for 2016. NCAN Members from Michigan CAN and PA College Advising Corps share strategies for state and local College Signing/Decision Day events.

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March 17, 2016

The Pell Partnership: Ensuring Shared Responsibility for Low Income Student Success

Guest presenters from The Education Trust share their research results and the Pell Grant Grad Rate Data Tool.

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March 16, 2016 

FAFSA Challenge Grant Webinar 

NCAN staff reviewed the FAFSA Completion Challenge Grant requirements and addressed many frequently asked questions by eligible applicants.

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March 9, 2016

Member Benefits Webinar 

Member Benefits Webinar outlined the many benefits available to NCAN members for networking, program development, professional development, advocacy, discounted services, and recognition. 

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February 25, 2016

2016 Call for Proposals

Unfortunately the Call for Proposals webinar was not recorded however this document contains the slides as well as the script used to present the webinar. It also includes the questions that were addressed during the webinar. 

Review Document (.pdf) | Call for Proposal Application (.pdf) (reference only; only online applications will be accepted)

February 16, 2016

Talent ED Project

Introducing a new, first-of-its-kind resource that puts your high-potential students at the front of the line to be recruited by top colleges and universities. Presented by NCAN member,Tennessee College Access and Success Network.

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February 4, 2016

Intro to the AzCAN College Access Standards Toolkit and Assessment

How do we ensure that all students have what they need to succeed beyond high school, and how are we as a community holding ourselves responsible for their success? 

In Arizona, a group of college access and success practitioners and leaders asked these big questions, and took the bold step of developing College Access Standards. The Standards – whether in Arizona or even nationally – create a framework and common language for the college access field. They provide the roadmap for students to develop the knowledge and behaviors necessary to succeed beyond high school. College access organizations are using this framework to ensure that their students master every standard, from building career aspirations to creating support systems to developing financial literacy. 

To help college access and success practitioners apply the Standards to their own activities, programs, and organizations, AzCAN, and a task force of college access and success leaders in the state, recently launched a Toolkit and Assessment Process. We cordially invite you to join us on an interactive webinar to learn more about the Standards, the Toolkit and Assessment process, and how these tools can benefit your organization’s college access and success programs. 

Dr. Stacy Carlson, VP and Program Director, College and Career Readiness, Helios Education Foundation 
Linda Jensen, Director, AzCAN 
Kay Schreiber, State School Counselors Supervisor, Arizona Department of Education 

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January 28, 2016

Visualizing Your Data Through Excel Dashboards
(Part 7 of 7 of the A Practical Approach to Program Data Webinar Series with Idealware)

Your senior staff and board of directors can benefit from the ability to view high level metrics for your organization, but it’s not always obvious how to easily pull such a thing together. We'll outline what has worked for other organizations to define the metrics that should be tracked, strategies for compiling data from different systems, and then possibilities for putting it all together into a visual Excel dashboard.

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January 27, 2016

FAFSA Updates   

Concerned, confused, or just in need of a better explanation about the updates with the FAFSA. Join us for our annual webinar to learn about any updates to the FAFSA & other federal programs for 2016-2017 AY. Presented by MorraLee Keller, NCAN's Director of Technical Assistance.

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January 7, 2016

Making Use of Your Data Externally
(Part 6 of 7 of the A Practical Approach to Program Data Webinar Series with Idealware)

In the sixth session of the "A Practical Approach to Program Data" webinar series, we discuss using data for marketing and promotion as well as public and funder relations.

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December 10, 2015

Making Use of Your Data Internally
(Part 5 of 7 of the A Practical Approach to Program Data Webinar Series with Idealware)

This session discusses using data to make programmatic refinements and adjustments, and to contemplate program expansion and next steps.  We will also look to answer questions about how to get staff on board with effective data entry and tracking.

With apologies, the first 10 or so minutes of this webinar was not captured by this recording.

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November 19, 2015

Analyzing Your Data
(Part 4 of 7 of the A Practical Approach to Program Data Webinar Series with Idealware)

What do you do with all that newly harvested data? How do you take those piles of raw data and make sense of them? In this class, we break down the strategies you can use to analyze data and what your data can teach your organization.

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November 17, 2015

Signal Vine

NCAN is now offering even more help to our member programs to improve their students’ and families’ awareness of financial aid programs – through texting. Through our continued partnership with Signal Vine, NCAN is now offering another opportunity to members to use texting – proven strategy that can support their students’ journey to post-secondary education and through the world of financial aid. Listen this webinar to learn more the next phase of our texting interventions.

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November 10, 2015

Wells Fargo's GoCollege Now

Wells Fargo has sponsored showings of the film for more than 22,000 students, parents, teachers, and community leaders in recent years. The company contributed a total of nearly $72 million to education programs in 2014 alone.“First Generation” has inspired the students who have viewed it, says Valeria Esparza, marketing program manager for Wells Fargo Education Financial Services, which collaborated with the film’s producers Adam and Jay Fendersonon last year’s Go College! Now 10-city tour.

Wells Fargo has now expanded “First Generation’s” outreach, launching an innovative bilingual web platform — www.gocollegenow.org — to meet the growing demand. The website features free online streaming of the film, and classroom resources to help educators, parents, and students navigate the path to college. In addition, the site includes an opportunity to join the conversation about college access and success by encouraging everyone to Take the Pledge in support of first-generation and low-income students.
Learn more about Wells Fargo newest endeavor in the world of college access and success.

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October 29, 2015

Defining Your Metrics
(Part 3 of 7 of the A Practical Approach to Program Data Webinar Series with Idealware)

Through the process of the course so far, we’ve defined what metrics might be useful to measure your fuzzy mission, what’s straightforward to collect and track, and what you can practically analyze. In this session, we talk about how to put those together into a useful, practical plan for what you should actually measure, as well as how you can analyze your data to create those metrics. We’ll look at two case studies, customized to the college access community to understand what other small-to-medium-sized organizations are actually measuring and how it connects with their mission.

This webinar features Mariana Preciado from CollegeSpring and Chris Soto of Higher Edge CT discussing the metrics they collect and how they attach them to their program goals.

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October 27, 2015

I Know I Can's Blueprint:College & Parent Engagement Strategy Mini-Forum

For the past several years, I Know I Can—the college access organization and NCAN member serving Columbus City Schools—has run Blueprint:College, a series of college planning workshops focusing on parent engagement in the higher education process. The series is aimed at engaging parents of students in 6-11th grades with “just in time” information at each grade level about college admissions, financial aid, middle school student development, and solid academic preparation.

Listen in as I Know I Can staff discuss the philosophy behind Blueprint:College, their session structure and topics, school district collaboration, and how they have addressed challenges.

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October 8, 2015

Technologies for Managing Data
(Part 2 of 7 of the A Practical Approach to Program Data Webinar Series with Idealware)

You’re likely already tracking a substantial amount of useful data—whether already neatly laid out in a database, in staff spreadsheets, in software you haven’t looked at in six months, or public repositories. We’ll discuss where different data can live, which sources of data might be useful, and where and how you can collect it to be ready for analysis.  This session will include discussion on case management platforms specific to the college access community.

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September 24, 2015

Asking the Right Questions of Your Data
(Part 1 of 7 of the A Practical Approach to Program Data Webinar Series with Idealware)

Simply collecting data is not enough. Deciding early on what you will do with that data—and why you want it in the first place—will help you to define goals and approaches. We'll talk through how to define what metrics would be useful to your organization—from your mission down, from the ground up, and by connecting your work to existing research.

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August 26, 2015

Data Drives School-Community Collaboration: Seven Principles for Effective Data Sharing

StriveTogether and the Data Quality Campaign released a Data Sharing Playbook “to help community organizations effectively partner with schools on data-driven ways to improve education outcomes. This resource includes seven principles about how to begin and grow a data-driven initiative, as well as practical resources to help communities implement complex data partnerships with schools and other community partners.” Hear from Geoff Zimmerman, Director of Continuous Improvement for StrivePartnership as he discusses the seven principles in the Data Sharing Playbook and shares his extensive knowledge on connecting data and information across multiple sectors.

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July 21, 2014

E-Learning Demo: Fundamentals for College Access and Success Providers

NCAN’s new e-learning platform, “Fundamentals for College Access and Success Providers,” covers topics including college admissions advising for low-income students, financial aid, cultural competence, and support for special populations such as homeless youth. Online modules are segmented by topic, delivered in convenient 30- to 120-minute segments, self-paced, and available year-round, on demand, to anyone with an Internet connection. Best of all, the platform is free to NCAN members through December.  This webinar is a demo of the platform.

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April 2, 2015

The Reach Higher Initiative's Signing Day Toolkit

A lot of media attention goes to promising athletes when they select the college of their choice. NCAN supports The Reach Higher Initiative which wants every student to receive as much attention and have that same feeling of importance so that they too can feel special about this big day. This webinar was presented by Eric Waldo, Executive Director Reach Higher on the goals of College Signing Day and the College Signing Day Kit. 

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For more information on Reach Higher visit  https://www.whitehouse.gov/reach-higher

February 26, 2015 

Sprucing Up Your Data Visualization with Evergreen Data

Presenter: Dr. Stephanie Evergreen

(Please note this webinar will be available for viewing only until April 4, 2015. For more information please contact Bill DeBaun.)

Crystal clear charts and graphs are valuable – they save an audience’s mental energies, keep a reader engaged, and make you look smart. You can achieve that level of smart communication using the tools you already own. In this webinar with Dr. Stephanie Evergreen of Evergreen Data, you will learn the research-based best practices that inform smart data visualization. We will focus on the fundamentals of good graph design - simplification and emphasis - including how to work from the default settings in Microsoft Excel to design visualizations with an impact. As a result, you will be able to use the graphing software you have in smarter ways and you'll tell your audience the right story in your data. Be sure to click on the data resources below for a useful chart chooser and data visualization checklist.

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February 25, 2015

Are you in need of a student information system? College Forward's CoPilot may be your solution!

Presenter: Austin Buchan, College Forward

CoPilot - powered by College Forward- provides partner organizations a state of the art, cloud-based student information system built on the Salesforce.com platform. With over a decade of student support experience, College Forward has built your one-stop, 360 degree student profile, allowing users to easily access academic, financial aid, and crucial student data when it matters the most. Learn more about the power of Co-Pilot throught this webinar.

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January 9, 2015

ACT Profile

Presenter: Tyler Coon, ACT

ACT, a leader in career and college readiness for more than 50 years, has developed a first of its kind college and career planning platform, ACT Profile. Mobile, social, and free to the public, ACT Profile provides students and educators with a powerful tool to derive the insights they need to understand opportunities and make smarter decisions throughout life’s key transition points. This webinar demonstrated enhanced tools and activities to connect with and engage your students.

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April 17, 2014

The Impact of Financial Aid on Student College Access and Success: The San Antonio Experience

This webinar presented a  case study, with a mission, to help communities across America in their efforts to better serve Latino college students. This case study details San Antonio's place-based collective impact  journey in financial aid. The success of the financial aid initiative is founded on the premise that the truest impact occurs when the greater community owns and develops solutions to issues that impede student progress. Co-authored by two community leaders, Noé Ortiz and Eyra Pérez, the San Antonio experience demonstrates how a community can partner across different sectors and institutions to remove financial aid as a barrier for students to access post-secondary education.

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October 1, 2013

Charting the Course: A Guidebook for Implementing Local College Access Networks

The Michigan College Access Network has recently released Charting the Course: A community’s guide for increasing educational attainment through the lens of collective impact, a resource manual designed to support communities as they develop robust college access strategies.The guidebook outlines a framework for establishing an LCAN through the lens of collective impact. Charting the Course is organized in three parts:

  • Part I: The framework for integrating the five conditions of collective impact within the context of mobilizing a local college access strategy.
  • Part II: Chronological and procedural steps for implementing a local college access network.
  • Part III: Case studies from LCANs across Michigan and templates to assist communities in executing and embedding the strategies 

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March 25, 2013

NCAN’s 2013-2015 Strategic Plan: Building Connections, Advancing Equity, and Promoting Success

NCAN invited members to participate in a webinar briefing about NCAN’s new three-year strategic plan, developed with assistance from the Bridgespan Group and support from the Kresge and Lumina Foundations. NCAN’s new plan will build on the success of our member organizations to develop new standards and best practices for the field and deepen opportunities for college access and success practitioners to learn from others, connect to peers, and obtain support. Members will had the opportunity to share comments and ask questions.

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January 23, 2013

College Abacus: An Introduction to the ‘Kayak.com of College Financial Aid’

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently announced that College Abacus has given net price calculators “the Kayak treatment”; much as Kayak.com created the "search one and done" experience for travel, College Abacus is the free one-stop search for comparing higher education pricing. Now available in Spanish and English, College Abacus allows college-bound students and their families to search and compare net prices - tuition and fees minus grant aid - across more than 2500 schools. This webinar explained how college access programs can use College Abacus to help guide students to affordable schools.

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January 16, 2013

Increasing ROI for Federal Student Aid 2013

This webinar was  NCAN's presentation and discussion of our recommendations to Increase Return on Investment from Federal Student Aid. Facing up to long-term federal deficit projections, the growing number of students who need aid and persistent low college completion rates, the National College Access Network (NCAN) favors an overhaul of the entire federal student aid system. It is time to turn these challenges into an opportunity to redesign the system, better serve students and protect the U.S. economy. NCAN has identified three main barriers that the current student aid system presents for low-income students: 1) the price of higher education, 2) complicated processes and out-of-date data that provide students with little relevant information, and 3) insufficient state and institutional support for students aimed at increasing graduation.

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Please email Amina Anderson Pringle at pringlea@collegeaccess.org  if you are searching for information from a past webinar and you do not see it listed here.