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Data, Research & Evaluation
Friday, August 16, 2019
Get to Know the Top 10 Pieces of College Access and Success Research »
NCAN members and other regular readers of this blog are routinely inundated with new research, white papers, policy briefs...
Monday, August 12, 2019
New NCAN Brief Examines Members’ Data Practices »
Which data are NCAN member programs collecting? How do programs use those data? With whom do programs share the data t...
Monday, August 5, 2019
Report Roundup: Does Nudging Work or Doesn’t It? Are Fewer Loans Worse for Students? »
It can be hard to keep up with all of the latest reports. Acknowledging that, here are summaries of three recent interesti...
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Use the Impact Genome Project to Explore College Access Research »
Later this month, more than 50 NCAN members will participate in an important project to help them (and the field) better u...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Critical New Research Shows Positive Pell Impacts »
You’d be hard pressed to find bigger supporters of the Pell Grant than NCAN. The program helps to make college possible fo...
Friday, June 28, 2019
New Brief Provides Race x Gender Benchmarks, Comparisons of Member-Served Students »
NCAN member-served students were more likely than a national sample to enroll in a four-year public institution and less l...
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
DC Public Schools Rolls Out Guide to Graduation, College, and Career »
Earlier this year, DC Public Schools announced the release of a new  “Guide to Graduation, College, and Career.” &nbs...
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
GreatSchools Expands College Success Awards to 25 States; Recognizes 1,722 High Schools »
GreatSchools  is a national nonprofit perhaps best known for school ratings and summaries but which also engages in e...
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Research Team Investigates Keys to Postsecondary Success, Releases Report »
  By Mariah Brown, Spencer Dixon, McCall Hopkin, Shelbe Klebs, and Emily Labandera The National College Acc...
Monday, June 3, 2019
15 Key Insights for NCAN Members From the 'Indicators of Higher Education Equity' Report »
Last week the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and the University of Pennsylvania Alliance...
Thursday, May 30, 2019
NCAN Report: Shrinking Options, Growing Affordability Gaps for Low-Income Students Nationwide »
There is, and has been, a tension in higher education between the public’s understanding of the benefits (financial and ot...
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Survey Data Strengthen Association Between FAFSA Completion and Enrollment »
Anyone with a passing familiarity of NCAN’s work knows that FAFSA is a major focus. From the #FormYourFuture  campai...
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
How FAFSA Verification Harms Low-Income Students and What ED Can Do To Help »
“Tax audit.” The phrase strikes fear into many Americans, but most of them will never experience this process. In fact, th...
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Report: NCAN Member-Served Students Outperform Peers Nationally »
Students who receive services from NCAN member organizations enroll in and complete postsecondary education at rates far e...
Thursday, October 18, 2018
3 Takeaways for NCAN Members from The College Board’s Reports on Student Aid, College Pricing »
The College Board released its annual student aid and college pricing trends reports this week, and while some of the...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
NSC Data Are Fundamental to Improving Postsecondary Student Outcomes »
The National Student Clearinghouse, fondly known in the college access and success field as NSC, is celebrating its 25th a...
Monday, October 1, 2018
NCAN Report: Students in Impoverished School Districts Are Less Likely to Apply for Financial Aid »
The 2019-20 FAFSA cycle begins today, and NCAN is releasing a new report on the relationship between school district pov...
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
‘Nudging’: Is a Text Messaging Campaign Right for Your Program? »
A popularly discussed strategy in higher education policy circles to increase college access and success is the implemen...
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Study Series Suggests Holistic Approaches to Student Success »
Third Way and the American Enterprise Institute recently published a six-part series evaluating college completion in th...
Monday, June 25, 2018
FAFSA Completions Climb When Members Dissect Data »
By guest bloggers Lois Bramwell, Co-Director,  GEAR UP 4 LA ; and Tae Kang, Assistant Deputy Director, Instituti...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
White Paper: Shutting Low-Income Students Out of Public Four-Year Higher Education »
Download NCAN's new white paper, " Shutting Low-Income Students Out of Public Four-Year Higher Education ." College a...
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Federal Enrollment Data Show Promise, Contain Limitations »
Last week, the U.S. Education Department’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released its annual Digest of Education...
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Career Outcomes of First-Gen Students Match Peers', Data Show »
First-generation students enrolled in college at lower rates than their peers whose parents attended college, but there we...
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Degrees of Change Pilots Student “Pulse Check” Survey »
About a year ago, we brought you a very  zappy blog post  about how NCAN member Degrees of Change was connecti...
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
NCAN Analysis: Dozens of States Lack Affordable Four-Year College Options »
The public higher education system in the United States is a promise that every student who is prepared for and desires to...
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Which Services Matter Most? Series: Findings from NCAN's Benchmarking Project »
By Richard Livingstone, Janette Martinez, Callie McLean, Catherine Sangster, and Maxwell Tingle As Master’s Candidates...