2020 NCAN Spring Institute: Leveraging Technology for Postsecondary Success (Los Angeles, CA)
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 Export to Your Calendar 3/18/2020
When: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: California Community Foundation
Joan Palevsky Center for the Future of Los Angeles
201 - 281 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California  20012
United States
Contact: (202) 347-4848


Online registration is available until: 3/13/2020
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NCAN invites college access and success professionals to engage in one of three daylong regional Spring Institutes focused on Leveraging Technology for Postsecondary Success. This year's topic will encourage attendees to think deeply about the use of technology to help scale programs and ultimately improve postsecondary attainment outcomes for all students.

Attendees will engage with a range of NCAN members and partners about effective strategies for scaling student programs and improving postsecondary outcomes. Topics of discussion will include:

  • The organizational journey toward scaling programs.
  • The efficacy of a variety of tech tools and products.
  • Efforts to increase FAFSA completion rates and reduce summer melt.
  • Leveraging National Student Clearinghouse data and Tableau to illuminate postsecondary enrollment data.

NCAN's 2020 Spring Institutes offer engaging learning opportunities as we advance the conversation about the real need to scale programs and improve attainment outcomes of all students.

Spring Institutes are ideal for professionals working in the college access and completion space in the nonprofit sector, high school and district settings, higher ed, or any other line of direct service that provides students with opportunities and pathways toward a postsecondary plan.

Below is a preliminary agenda. A final agenda, with speaker and location details for each city, is forthcoming. Breakfast and lunch are included in the day's events and will provide an opportunity to network with presenters and fellow colleagues.

Tentative Agenda

8:30 - 9:30 AM
Breakfast & Registration 
9:00 - 9:30 AM
Welcome & Morning Remarks
 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Keynote: The Role of Technology in Students' Postsecondary Success

Hear from a leading tech professional about the value of supplementing access to postsecondary pathways and degree completion through innovation and technology - and how to avoid any potential pitfalls.
10:30 - 10:45 AM Morning Break
10:45 - 12:00 PM Panel: Scaling Student Services with Technology
  Panelists will share about how they are scaling the number of students served through virtual advising/college success coaching models; text messaging platforms that are effective for scaling outreach efforts and services; and the role of artificial intelligence in strengthening persistence and completion outcomes.
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch
 1:00 - 2:30 PM Working Session: Leveraging National Student Clearinghouse Data & Tableau
  Data and evaluation specialists from the Vela Institute will lead an interactive session focused on manipulating student data from the National Student Clearinghouse detail report files and using Tableau to create data visualization dashboards. They will also discuss how to leverage the data and dashboards to lead collaborative and engaging conversations with various stakeholders.
2:30 - 3:00 PM Closing Remarks


Register today! Registration for a Spring Institute is free for NCAN members, $50 for nonmembers. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy: Registered attendees requesting a cancellation with a full refund should contact Tong Lee at leet@collegeaccess.org no later than March 5, 2020. Refunds will not be granted after the deadline and for no-shows.