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NCAN's mission is to build, strengthen, and empower communities and stakeholders to close equity gaps in postsecondary attainment for all students.

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2020 NCAN Advocacy Training and Hill Day

Members: We need you and your students to join us in Washington on March 2-3. During this two-day advocacy event, you will build relationships with your elected officials in Congress (we will teach you how to make the most of these meetings). There is no registration fee for the event, and we are offering stipends to cover students' participation. Please join us in championing federal policies that will help close equity gaps in postsecondary attainment. Your voice makes a difference!

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How PEF-Chattanooga Uses Data and Partnerships to Improve Student Outcomes
Jan. 28, 2020

Our first "Best Practice Profile" features the Public Education Foundation-Chattanooga. PEF-Chattanooga is a community-based organization in Tennessee that provides “training, research, and resources to teachers, and principals, and schools in Hamilton County and surrounding areas.” PEF-Chattanooga focuses its work and partnership with Hamilton County School District on improving school leadership, teacher leadership, and college and career readiness for students.

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Schools Should Make Better Use of Advisory Periods; Here's How They Can
Jan. 21, 2020

Fortunately, there is good news for K-12 schools and districts interested in harnessing the potential of advisory periods. There are a variety of free and readily available resources, including complete lesson plans, to help teachers, counselors, and other school staff guide students through postsecondary planning.

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NCAN Welcomes 3 New Staff Members
Jan.17, 2020

The start of the new year brought some exciting changes for NCAN. Earlier this month, we welcomed not one, not two, but three new staff members to the NCAN team: Lindsey Barclay, Carm Saimbre, and Ewaoluwa Ogundana.

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Why College Access & Success?

A low-income student is about half as likely to complete a postsecondary degree or certificate by age 26 as a high-income student.

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NCAN member-served students from low-income high schools were nearly 40% more likely to earn a postsecondary credential within six years.

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The Pell Grant used to cover more than three-fourths of college costs at a public four-year institution. Today, it covers less than 30%.

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