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College Access & Success
Monday, October 14, 2019
3 Resources for National Transfer Student Week »
By Zenia Henderson, Director of Member & Partner Engagement Did you know that the National Institute for the Study of...
Thursday, October 10, 2019
ACT to Offer Section Retesting, 'Superscoring' in 2020 »
Changes are coming to the ACT test next year, and you and your students need to know what lies ahead. ACT announced ea...
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Here's What Students Are Saying About the College Board Opportunity Scholarships »
The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program guides high school students through six steps of the college planning...
Monday, October 7, 2019
Community Colleges Test Multiple Interventions for Student Success »
By Janai Raphael, Graduate Assistant for Research and Data Analysis Community colleges, which serve as the entry point...
Monday, October 7, 2019
What the Changes to NACAC's Student Recruitment Rules Could Mean for Our Students »
Just over a week ago, the delegates at the annual National Association for College Admission Counseling ( NACAC ) conferen...
Monday, September 9, 2019
5 Ways to Use the College Scorecard to Advise Students »
As the new school year begins, many high school students, parents, and working Americans are considering their next educat...
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
College Crusade of Rhode Island’s Tips for Incorporating SAT Prep Into Student Programming »
For better or worse, a higher SAT score can open the doors to a wider range of colleges and financial aid opportunities. B...
Thursday, August 29, 2019
5 Helpful Back-to-School Resources for NCAN Members »
The start of a new school year is a busy time for NCAN members, so here's a list of back-to-school resources recommended b...
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
CollegeSpring’s Tips for Incorporating SAT Prep Into Student Programming »
For better or worse, a higher SAT score can open the doors to a wider range of colleges and financial aid opportunities. B...
Thursday, August 1, 2019
How One Student Used Her Own Experience to Become a Financial Aid Advocate »
Many students enter community college with the intention of transferring, but for a variety of reasons, not all students a...
Monday, July 22, 2019
Report Roundup: Increasing College Completion Rates, SAT-Only Admissions, Enrollment Shifts »
It can be hard to keep up with all of the latest reports. Acknowledging that, here are summaries of three recent interesti...
Friday, July 19, 2019
Why Encourage Students to Use 'BigFuture' When Planning for Postsecondary? »
By guest bloggers Julia J. Lake, Pennsylvania College Advising Corps , and Rasha M. Cheek, College Advising Corps B...
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Rural Student Success Resources: Data and Insights From NCAN's Benchmarking Project »
My last post focusing on college access and success in rural communities examined some of the stats and insights about r...
Monday, June 17, 2019
Rural Student Success Resources: Facts and Figures »
That the majority of NCAN members are based in urban and suburban areas is hardly groundbreaking news, but rural areas are...
Thursday, June 13, 2019
3 Ways Education Deserts Compound College Access Issues for Low-Income Students »
It is a common misconception that most college-bound students travel out of state, or even across the country, to attend t...
Monday, June 10, 2019
3 Lessons for Building a College List »
By  Zenia Henderson , Director of Member & Partner Engagement A few weeks ago, while I was finishing up our a...
Monday, May 20, 2019
'The B.A. Breakthrough' Considers Problem of, Solutions to College Completion »
“The problem is not college attendance, it’s college completion,” booms the chapter 2 title page of "The B.A. Breakthrough...
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
'Every year there was an added process, added paperwork, added stress.' »
For students underrepresented in higher education like Christopher, whose story appears below, every dollar counts when pi...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
How Bridgeport Public Education Fund Uses Workshops, Incentives to Promote College Success »
NCAN, with the support of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, is  supporting 12 members  as they begin or e...
Monday, March 11, 2019
College Access Programs Are Increasing Matriculation With Signal Vine's Texting Platform »
By guest blogger Paige Altieri, Digital Marketing Manager,  Signal Vine Those in the college access or higher ed...
Thursday, February 28, 2019
'My parents came here with a purpose, and that was for me to continue on to do greater things.' »
For students underrepresented in higher education like Omida, whose story appears below, every dollar counts when piecing...
Friday, February 15, 2019
Grantee Plans Identify Obstacles to Changing Postsecondary Advising »
NCAN continues to work with a number of grantees to help improve their postsecondary outcomes, and we recently gained some...
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Get2College Program to Create College-Going Culture Shows Promising Early Results »
As a part of the Get2College Pilot School Program, students participate in college campus tours. Above, students from O’Ba...
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
9 Common CSS Profile Mistakes and How To Avoid Them »
The CSS Profile is an institutional aid application used primarily by highly selective private and public colleges and uni...
Friday, January 18, 2019
How Partnership for the Future Uses Campus Visits, Coaches, and More To Help College Students Stay o »
NCAN, with the support of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, is  supporting 12 members  as they begin or e...
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Effective Strategies to Help Students Navigate the Rocky Road to Higher Education »
By guest blogger Sophie Shank, Senior Policy Associate, J-PAL North America This post was  first published on th...
Monday, December 10, 2018
'College was my end goal, but I did not anticipate the many obstacles I would face getting there.' »
While in high school, Dorothy Nolan participated in  College Possible ’s program to support college-bound high schoolers....
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
School Districts Identify Buy-In, Data, Sustainability as Top Challenges to Improving Postsecondary »
There are many challenges for schools and school districts aiming to change the way they do business around postsecondary...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Digital College Access Tools May Leave Low-Income Students Behind »
By guest blogger David Childers, Assistant Manager of College Access Content and Guidance at Get Schooled  At NCA...
Monday, October 15, 2018
How the McNair Educational Foundation Uses Coaches, Texting to Help Students Succeed in College »
NCAN, with the support of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, is  supporting 12 members  as they begin...
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Learning, Earning, Building Community: College IS Worth It, If… »
By guest blogger Faith Sandler, Executive Director of  The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis This post o...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
'Changes need to be made, and it starts here.' »
For  students underrepresented in higher education , every dollar counts when piecing together a financial aid packag...
Friday, August 17, 2018
“I Feared [College] was Something I Wouldn't Get to Do” »
For students underrepresented in higher education , every dollar counts when piecing together a financial aid package. An...
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Succeeding with College Success: The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis »
NCAN, with the support of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, is  supporting 12 members  as they begin or e...
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
“It’s So Much Harder to Get Anywhere in Life Without a Degree” »
For students underrepresented in higher education like Matisse from Mississippi, whose story appears below, every dollar...

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