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NCAN Members in the News, 2019 Edition

Monday, December 16, 2019  
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By Elizabeth Morgan, Director of External Relations, and Kelly Mae Ross, Communications Manager

As a way of reflecting on and celebrating the achievements of the past year, we’ve collected some of our favorite news articles, op-eds, and NCAN blog posts that highlight the work of our members.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the great member news coverage from 2019, it's really more of a starting point.

Achieve Atlanta, Atlanta Public Schools, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, College Advising Corps, DeKalb County School District, and OneGoal were all featured in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about efforts to combat summer melt in Atlanta.

American Indian College Fund’s president and CEO, Cheryl Crazy Bull, was featured in a Hechinger Report piece about why tribal college students are often slow to ask for financial aid.

AVID was featured in a 74 Million story about proven strategies for raising college completion rates.

Berea College was featured in a CNN story as a model for access and affordability to quality higher education, especially for those who can least afford it.

Beyond 12 was spotlighted in a blog post from the Clayton Christensen Institute titled: “Tackling graduation gaps by combining tech with human supports.”

College Possible CEO and Founder Jim McCorkell wrote an op-ed for the Hechinger Report on the dangerous message in telling students from low-income backgrounds to skip college.

College Track announced the launch of College Track at the Durant Center, a facility based in Prince George’s County, Maryland, that will help low-income and underserved students to and through college. Read more via the Washington Post.

CollegeBound Foundation Executive Director Cassie Motz wrote an op-ed for the Baltimore Sun headlined: “How to get Baltimore teens into college.”

CollegeSpring was highlighted in a Los Angeles Times video story. The piece focused on the organization’s work providing SAT and ACT prep to all students, nut just those who can afford to pay for tutoring.

Commit Partnership’s Dallas County Promise initiative was spotlighted in a Dallas Morning News article.

Detroit College Access Network’s executive director, Ashley Johnson, penned an op-ed for Bridge Magazine about creating clear, affordable pathways to postsecondary degrees for students of all ages in Michigan.

Mesa Public Schools won the grand prize in the 2018-19 FAFSA Completion Challenge. This project was generously funded by The Kresge Foundation and Ascendium Education Group.

Michigan College Access Network’s annual College Cash Campaign received a major boost with the announcement of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s statewide “Governor’s FAFSA Challenge.”

Missouri College Advising Corps, Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, and Southeast Missouri State University were all featured in a Southeast Missourian story about a three-year, $10 million project designed to help rural high school students gain better access to postsecondary educational and career opportunities. (Subscription required.)

More than 150 NCAN members and students convened in Washington in February for NCAN's annual Advocacy Training and Hill Day. Read more about #NCANHillDay on our blog.

NCAN members testified before the Senate Education Committee in March as part of a hearing on simplifying the FAFSA and reducing the burden of verification.

On Point for College was featured in a CBS This Morning story: "76-year-old volunteer drives low-income college students home from school."

TheDream.US Co-founder Don Graham published an op-ed in the Washington Post about the harm that could result to students from a case pending in the U.S. Supreme Court about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

uAspire CEO Bob Giannino wrote an op-ed for the Daily Californian headlined: “College admissions scandal reveals vast inequalities in higher education.”

Utah College Advising Corps and the Utah System of Higher Education’s efforts to scale up the advising corps program in the state were highlighted in a Deseret News article.


We always want to know what’s going on with you. Send any news coverage of your organization that you would like to share to SuccessDigest@collegeaccess.org.