8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
First-Time Conference Attendee Orientation
First time attendees to the NCAN conference will learn the ins and outs and meet your peers in the field. This is a great way to be oriented to the conference and how to make the most of your experience.
The annual NCAN membership meeting welcomes representatives from all NCAN member organizations. Updates on NCAN projects and programs as well as board and other member business will be discussed.
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Learning Community Sessions
During these role-alike sessions, attendees will be have the opportunity to facilitated network with peers. More information on these sessions is coming later!
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
World Cafe Sessions: Policy and Advocacy
- Equipping Community College Students with Tools and Resources to Build a Better State
Collaboration and advocacy are two powerful tools Alabama Possible employs to create an equitable college-going culture. Alabama Possible’s partnership with Northwest-Shoals Community College is one of our greatest examples of how collaboration can affect positive outcomes, and how direct service can grow into broader advocacy. This presentation will highlight transferrable best practices in developing community partnerships, advocacy training, and outcome-oriented collaboration. The discussion will underscore the power of collaborating with community members, and trace the journey of these community college students from direct service volunteers to national college access advocates.
Presenter: Sara Bright, College Access and Success Programs Coordinator, Alabama Possible
- How Does The 15 to Finish Initiative Affect Outcomes of Low-Income, First-Generation Students? Evidence from a College Promise Program in Indiana
This research explores what effect a statewide financial aid policy has on the academic outcomes of college promise program recipients at two 4-year public research university in Indiana. Using administrative data of 129,327 observations representing 64,031 low-income students between 2010 and 2017, this longitudinal study employs a quasi-experimental design (difference-in-differences) to explore the relationship between the implementation of the Indiana Code Title 21 (IC-21-12-6-7) (30 credit hour annual completion policy) and students’ academic outcomes. The results have important implications for policymakers and practitioners who seek to design college promise programs for completion.
Presenter: Roy Y. Chan, Indiana University Bloomington
- Scholarships and Grants are Taxable?
Students put in a great deal of work to successfully secure scholarships and grants, yet they may not receive all the benefits. Unfortunately, a scholarship is the only form of charity where the recipient can be taxed. Scholarships and grants used on tuition, fees, books and supplies are tax-free. Scholarships and grants that apply toward other necessary college expenses including housing, food, transportation, and childcare, are taxable. Students in college today struggle with the total cost to attend college, not just tuition—they need every dollar to count. Join us to learn more about efforts to change the tax law, and how you can help your students understand the issue.
Presenter: Kalwis Lo, Director of Policy, Scholarship America
- Smart Postsecondary Policies that Work for Students and the Economy
Today’s rapidly changing economy demands new ways to build workforce talent and help all Americans secure good careers. This year JFF issued a new state policy agenda aimed at increasing the number of college graduates with the skills and credentials employers value. JFF’s state policy agenda is organized into three strategies for making postsecondary education work: focus on the talent development needs of regions and states; create efficient pathways to postsecondary credentials; and help all students fulfill their potential. Across the three areas is a commitment to closing equity gaps and strengthening economic advancement. During this discussion, participants will examine works at the intersection among education, workforce, human services and business and makes the pursuit of postsecondary credentials simpler, supportive, and relevant.
Presenter: Erica Cuevas, Senior Policy Manager, Policy Manager
- Using State Policy to Drive a Uniformed Framework for College and Career Readiness
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has begun helping schools through the process of creating and implementing frameworks for college and career readiness. Having a Framework provides schools with a document outlining their college and career readiness goals for students. Thus, enabling the school to better organize and structure their efforts to align with these goals. Schools also have the flexibility to tailor the benchmarks on their framework to meet the unique needs of the student population they serve.
Presenter: Kalene Heaton, Professional Development Specialist, Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Effective Practices Sessions
A Clearer Path to College for All Students: Scholarships and Free Digital Tools For College Planning
The College Board launched the new $25 million College Board Opportunity Scholarships program in December beginning with the Class of 2020. This powerful new college planning program-meets-scholarship program, which is open to all students regardless of GPA, test scores, family income and citizenship status, is entering its second year and is preparing to welcome the Class of 2021. Join us as we discuss how students can use the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program to identify and track key college planning actions, including building a college list on BigFuture, practicing for the SAT using Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy and completing the FAFSA, and earn chances at scholarships along the way, ranging from $500 to $40,000. Hundreds of thousands of students have joined the program and thousands have earned scholarships to help them finance their college dreams.
Presenter(s): Priscilla Rodriguez, Executive Director of Scholarship Strategy, College Board
A Founder’s Legacy: Navigating the Emotional and Operational Waters of Succession Planning
Most nonprofit organizations face a succession of leadership during the life of the organization if the nonprofit organization is going to exist past the founding executive leader. This session will provide an opportunity for nonprofit organization founding executive leaders to explore how their beliefs impact the extent to which they are thinking about, talking about, and engaging in succession planning. During this session, relevant resources used in a qualitative study, as well as in consultative practice, will be shared. The session will also explore the method of “long-term succession thinking” within the context of day-to-day operations and strategy of founder-led nonprofit organizations.
Presenter(s): Tanya Eastman, Director of Operations and Career Services, On Point for College
Access Without Support Is Not Opportunity: Partnering to Address Persistence and Graduation
While the past decade has seen increased awareness around the specific challenges faced by first-generation and low-SES college students, there is still much to accomplish. Based on the 18-year partnership between Gettysburg College and Philadelphia Futures, presenters will offer concrete strategies for both higher education institutions and CBOs to support increased persistence and graduation rates of first-generation and low-income students. Presenters will make connections between research and practice as they discuss methods to cultivate resilience, create and promote leadership opportunities, develop self-advocacy skills, and build student adaptability in changing environments.
Presenter(s): Amy Perez, Director, College Success, Philadelphia Futures; Darrien Davenport, Executive Director, Multicultural Engagement, Gettysburg College; Michael Deleon, Outreach and Engagement Administrator, Philadelphia Futures
Building Capacity for College Access Teams
College access professionals often have limited time and resources, so the Dallas County Promise partnership implemented strategies to help its team work more efficiently. The partnership, which works with 31 high schools supporting over 9,000 students, built the capacity of its team to track progress, test solutions, and incorporate student leadership into its work. Incorporating these practices helped high school teams scale strategies that knocked down common barriers students faced to getting to college. The results: a 7-percentage-point increase in FAFSA completion and a 30-percentage-point increase in postsecondary enrollment at partner institutions. During this session, attendees will interact with three tools to help them strengthen their work and will learn strategies for amplifying student voice through student leadership.
Presenter(s): Phillip Fabian, Manager, College Access & Success, Commit Partnership; Karla Garcia, Associate, College Access & Success, Commit Partnership
College and Career Readiness: A Right, Not a Privilege
College and career readiness programs — from earning college credit in high school to securing internships — are critical to student success after high school. Despite efforts across the country to advance career pathways, participation in career education programs too often remains a privilege that only some students can enjoy. In this presentation, participants will hear from leaders in three states about their work to tackle the inequities that exist within their career readiness programs by carefully monitoring the gender, race, and income level of students who have access to and participate in career pathway options.
Presenter(s): Najmah Ahmad, Director, College and Career Readiness, Council of Chief State School Officers; Luke Rhine, CTE Director, Delaware Department of Education
Early Decision and Equity in the Early Admissions Process
Applying early admission can be critical to a successful college application process. However, applying early is complicated and even controversial for first-generation, low-income students. During this session, presenters will share KIPP Network learnings on how taking advantage of early admissions options can be a powerful strategy to maximize admissions odds at affordable institutions with high graduation rates for higher academic performers. Session attendees will walk away with tangible strategies for how to make early admissions options work for first-generation and low-income students.
Presenter(s): Katie Suter, Senior Manager of College Match, KIPP Foundation; Camille Lafayette, Insight Manager, KIPP Foundation; Jorge Ochoa, Senior Manager of College and Career Pathways, KIPP Foundation
From Roadblock to Speed Bump: The Verification Process, its Impact on Students, and Best Practices for Practitioners
While advancements such as early FAFSA, prior-prior year (PPY), and a mobile/web-responsive FAFSA have made it easier for students to apply for financial aid, the verification process continues to pose a challenge for students. In this workshop, uAspire and TICAS partner to discuss verification, its impact on students, recent policy developments, and actionable best practices and strategies for practitioners to ensure that verification is a speed bump instead of a roadblock on the path toward a postsecondary education.
Presenter(s): Bernadette Astacio, Senior Director of Internal Training, uAspire; Lindsay Ahlman, Senior Policy Analyst, The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS)
Improving Academic Progress for Low-Income Community College Students: Evidence From a Randomized Controlled Trial of Wraparound Services
Community colleges have the potential to be powerful vehicles for social mobility, yet the vast majority of students do not obtain a degree within three years. In this session, practitioners from One Million Degrees and University of Chicago researchers share early results from a randomized controlled trial that demonstrate how a comprehensive bundle of wraparound services increases students’ enrollment and persistence. Attendees will discuss how these evidence-based practices are being incorporated on their campus, identify opportunities to further support students, and gain access to rigorous research that highlights how these services help accelerate students’ progress towards a degree.
Presenter(s): Brittany Morgan, Research Manager, University of Chicago Poverty Lab; Kelly Hallberg PhD, Scientific Director, University of Chicago Poverty Lab; Paige Ponder, CEO, One Million Degrees
SLIP Into Collaborations: Comprehensive College and Career Services
Regional Talent & Postsecondary Goals….Degree vs. Credentials…Solo Organization vs. Collective Impact! Are any of these mutually exclusive? This session will share best practices from a comprehensive, year-round high school internship program, St. Louis Internship Program, which delivers academic and career development programming. Presenters will showcase and provide practical tools from our regional cross-sector coalition, St. Louis Regional Youth Employment Coalition, that is working to foster economic empowerment and strengthen the quality of life through a racial equity lens by increasing youth employability and impacting systemic change. The key component of success for our region is authentic collaborations through collective impact! This informative presentation will allow participants to engage with presenters and walk away with tools and tons of collaboration ideas.
Presenter(s): Shanise Johnson, Executive Director, St. Louis Internship Program; Danielle Anderson, Program Specialist, St. Louis Internship Program; Praisy Isaac, Program Specialist, St. Louis Internship Program
Trauma Informed College Preparatory Strategies Promoting Black Student College Entry
In comparisons to their counterparts, African American males are disproportionately receive school suspensions, higher truancy rates, lower academic performance and lower high school graduation rates. All are among the variables that negatively impact black male student performance. When effective college preparatory educational programs are implemented they must accommodate a variety of learning styles, assess academic challenges, developmental growth and acknowledge cultural strengths. This presentation will examine a culturally relevant college preparatory practice model implemented with a group of African American middle and high school aged students, discuss student outcomes, and offer implications for trauma informed practice.
Presenter(s): Marcia Sturdivant, President and CEO, NEED
Unlocking Students’ Potential through Test Confidence™
The SAT and access to test prep continues to be a barrier for low-income, first-generation students in their college opportunities. CollegeSpring is changing the standardized testing culture through Test Confidence™. By providing students with college knowledge, academic skills for college success, and motivation through asset-based thinking, Test Confidence™ reframes standardized testing as a platform to increase postsecondary opportunities. In this session, participants will be able to define and understand Test Confidence™ as a pragmatic framework toward unlocking students’ potential, and understand strategies for how to build confidence in pursuit of their college goals.
Presenter(s): Yvonne Tran, Instructional Coach, CollegeSpring; Monica Lee, Instructional Coach, CollegeSpring
Using Predictive Analytics to Design an Actionable Strategy to Improve Individual Student Success
Student-level data captured at the beginning of a student’s postsecondary career can be used to identify those most in need of intervention. Analytics can be used to understand which early factors are most important for indicating future success and which raise a warning flag for supporting a student’s aspirations. This presentation will discuss our process and results and share how others could approach predictive analytics. Following this review, this presentation will demonstrate a case study on how to develop a direct-work-informed strategy flow that allows programs to test both established models and innovative models outside of an experimental paradigm.
Presenter(s): Avalon Baldwin, Data & Evaluation Manager, 10,000 Degrees; Sue Hubbard, Analytic Consultant, Independent; Larry Rosenberger, Research Fellow, FICO
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
World Cafe Sessions: Financial Aid and Literacy
- How to Interpret an Award Letter
Award letters detailing a student’s financial aid are as varied as schools themselves. There is little standardization from one school to the next and schools have full control over how they structure their information. This often causes families to compare apples to oranges unless they know how to categorize awards correctly. In this presentation, a variety of award letter examples will be examined to identify different ways that schools represent aid and common misinterpretations that occur.
Presenter: Bill Staib, President and CEO, Co-Founder, College Raptor
- Money Matters: Inject “Cha-Ching!” Into Financial Literacy & Financial Aid CurriculumPerhaps the most critical area of college prep for students? Money! Financial education is integral for first-generation, low income students to have an equal footing at college and in life. With a topic this important, curriculum needs to have a little “cha-ching!” to be effective, interesting, and educational for students of all ages. This interactive session covers how to creatively broach the topics of financial literacy and financial aid for all levels of students. Discover best practices for providing substantive curriculum, conducting assessments, and increasing student engagement. Attendees walk away with financial curriculum materials and activities ready to present to students!
Presenter: Aimee Gutowski, Co-Founder & Owner, DreamCatcher Curriculum
- Plus 5 Push: Helping Students Cross the FAFSA Finish Line Through Data Visualization, Partnerships, and Goal Setting
Participants will learn about Washington State’s efforts to increase financial aid completion through goal setting, data visualization, and partnerships. Join us as we discuss and share best practices for increasing your capacity through partnership and data. Participants will leave this discussion with replicable skills and materials they can apply to their own work in serving students.
Presenter: Christina Winstead, Program Associate for Outreach, Washington Student Achievement Council
- Sticker Price vs Net Price - Know the Difference!
The cost of college is an incredibly important decision factor for many families when determining which schools to consider. Why then is it so hard to determine how much a college will actually cost? A school’s sticker price is the easiest way to compare cost but it is also the most inaccurate. In this presentation, you will learn the critical difference between sticker price and net price, how to quickly estimate net price, and how it can save families time, money, and makes you a better advisor.
Presenter: Chris Paasch, Director of College Enrollment Data, College Raptor
- Using Scholarships and Afterschool Programming to Promote College Affordability
Are you interested in learning more strategies for guiding students and families to make a high-quality and affordable college choice? College Track has recently revised our afterschool programming and a complementary scholarship program to help students achieve a good financial fit for their education. This session will incorporate information sharing with multiple opportunities for audience participation. The intended audience is mid-level professionals who administer either afterschool programming or scholarship programs in college access settings.
Presenter(s): Miccaela Montague, College Completion Quality & Learning Director, College Track
Effective Practices Sessions
Advancing Equity Through College Affordability: Student Stories and Policy Solutions
This session will focus on findings from recent IHEP research on the college affordability challenges low-income students face and the policy solutions that can support their success. In 2018, IHEP conducted interviews with 17 low- and moderate-income students in five states and the District of Columbia. Attendees will hear directly from one of the interviewed students about the strategies they use to attend and persist in college, despite financial obstacles. IHEP will also discuss policies at the federal, state, and institution level that can advance equity and improve college affordability, such as better targeting financial aid toward students with the greatest need.
Presenter(s): Eleanor Eckerson Peters, Senior Research Analyst, Institute for Higher Education Policy; Amanda Janice Roberson, Assistant Director of Research and Policy, Institute for Higher Education Policy; Coleen Gabhart, Student
Assessment and Development of Social and Emotional Skills: A Key to College Success
Social and emotional skills (SES) are essential for college success. SES programs should have two elements: 1) assessment of student skills and skill development, and 2) the incorporation of SES development activities. Each of these elements are a part of our program. Presenters will discuss their assessment of college students’ SES. This is followed by an overview of a project where we are interviewing college students and FYE instructors on several issues surrounding SES development programs. Participants will learn about, and be asked to participate in a discussion about, the SES assessment and strategies for incorporating SES programs into their schools. This program will benefit audiences by giving them a chance to learn about an innovative, and unique-for-the-field, SES program.
Presenter(s): Jeremy Burrus, Senior Director, ACT; Kate Walton, Principal Research Scientist, ACT; Dana Murano, Research Scientist, ACT
Automation Nation: What Practitioners Must Know About Future Workforce Needs
New America's ShiftLabs initiatives runs community-led, human-centered design programs in cities and counties to help employers, educators, college access professionals, and residents understand – through robust data and analysis – how occupational pathways are changing in the face of artificial intelligence and automation, and how those changes disproportionately impact some workers. College access and success professionals will learn more about the vulnerability of particular paths and ways to talk about future-proof economic and social opportunity with program designers and students.
Presenter(s): Molly Martin, Director, Indianapolis, New America, Margaret Streeter, Indianapolis, New America
Build Mutual Accountability: How We're Trying to Create #DestinationCincinnati
Cincinnati Public Schools committed to partnerships with local college campuses to increase transparency in data to push improved outcomes for students. With capacity built by StriveParnership, join this session to learn how the partnerships started, early lessons learned, and where they hope to go next together.
Presenter(s): Kayla Ritter Rickels, College Manager, Cincinnati Public Schools; Geoff Zimmerman, Senior Director, Impact and Improvement, Strive Partnership
Curious about Student-Led Advocacy? There's a Guide for That!
The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis’ Education Policy Internship is well into its sixth year of operation and the third year of the Active Advocacy Coalition (AAC). Policy interns engage in a nine-month program and serve as the brain trust of a Coalition that reaches over 100 students. Students are at the helm of research, organizing, and strategy to increase college access and affordability. The goal is to ensure that students who are primarily left out of these discussions are not only included in them, but able to lead them. Two former interns, who now lead the program, developed an intern training guide to help increase college access organizations’ capacity and interest in student-led work.
Presenter: Karissa Anderson, Manager of Advocacy, The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis
Forming a Different Kind of Network
Indiana Talent Networks consists of existing networks that serve residents interested in upskilling. ITN was intentionally designed to avoid duplication of services, eliminate silos, leverage resources, and bring together partners who had never before worked together. ITN collaborates with state and national initiatives, forming three Community of Practice teams: Talent Attraction and Place, Talent Development/Education Pathways, and Talent Connection/The Future of Work. Presenters will describe the process the ITN used to form the "impact" structure for affecting talent outcomes in the state, and will share tools related to creating the network and its Communities of Practice.
Presenter(s): Jeanna Berdel, Network Strategist, Indiana Talent Networks; Stacy Townsley, Executive Director for Workforce Alignment Operations and Implementation, Ivy Tech Community College
Fostering Social-Emotional Readiness in the College-Bound Student
What impact does the treatment of social-emotional skills have on the post-secondary successes of students? Additionally, what are potential benefits to students who are engaged in early college awareness, and what does this “awareness” entail? This session explores the relationship between social-emotional and other “soft” skills in students and their overall willingness to engage in higher rigor opportunities.
Presenter(s): Chris Harmon, AVID District Director, Teacher, MSD Lawrence Township; Rachel Henley, State Director, AVID
How Committee-Based Evaluation Can Increase Efficiency and Effectiveness In Your Application Process
Context is important for any admissions decision, but staff have less and less time available to properly understand it. Committee-based evaluation (CBE), a new review method that is gaining popularity in the world of college admissions, is helping to remedy this issue for many institutions. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, a national scholarship provider for high-achieving students with financial need, utilized CBE in its 2018 application review process and moved the average per-application review time from about 15 minutes to 8 minutes. CBE also positively impacted equity and fairness in JKCF’s selection process, allowing applications to be read more thoroughly and with the important dynamic of two initial opinions on quality instead of one. This session will provide an overview of the CBE method, review how and why it was applied to JKCF’s selection process, and explore potential implications for attendee's own organizations and institutions.
Presenter(s): Alan Royal, Senior Program Manager, Outreach and Partnerships, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Lean On Me: Consulting With Peers to Address Equity Challenges
At NCAN's 2018 National Conference, Education Open Doors presented a session titled “Can’t Stop Racism without Talking about Race.” If you would like to dive deeper into how to implement equity practices within your organization, this workshop is for you! Attendees will be introduced to Education Open Doors' equity work, reflect on challenges related to equity, and consult with our team and peers to develop a plan of action. Attendees will walk away with strategies and a protocol that can be used to evaluate and implement equitable practices at their own organization to pursue racial equity.
Presenter(s): Amy Tran-Calhoun, Director of Programs, Education Opens Doors
Making College Access Count: Reimagining Career Readiness
The student success movement has historically focused on increasing college completion rates for low-income students and students of color. But what happens after graduation? Hear from the University Innovation Alliance, Purdue University, and The Ohio State University about how institutions can redesign the college to career handoff. Learn about the barriers they’ve discovered to effective career readiness, the innovative solutions they’re piloting, and hear their insights from working alongside the UIA’s national Employer Working Group.
Presenter(s): Jamie Seger, Design Lead, Bridging the Gap from Education to Employment (BGEE) Initiative, University Innovation Alliance; Tim Luzader, Executive Director, Career Success & Director, Center for Career Opportunities, Purdue University; Brian Guerrero, Senior Director, Arts & Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success, The Ohio State University
Removing Barriers: Empowering Students Through the SAT Suite of Assessments
Equity and access are paramount to the College Board’s mission of clearing a path for all students to own their future. Through the lens of the SAT Suite of Assessments, this session will dive into College Board’s efforts to remove barriers to access, support and create college-going culture, and pursue the most effective ways to close the enrollment gap. Join this session as presenters explore the benefits of the SAT School Day program – particularly for underrepresented and low-income students, share enhancements regarding our fee waiver program, and highlight new student supports and scholarship partner developments.
Presenter(s): Kevin Corr, Senior Director, External Engagement, College Board
The Heart of Engagement: Addressing the Challenges of Student Engagement
Whether your success program has had years of experience or is in its first year, your program likely faces its share of student engagement challenges. In this presentation, attendees will learn about some of the engagement issues the CollegeTracks Success Program has encountered and how the team worked to address these challenges. THe presentation will also cover some important questions to consider when discussing program engagement and share what CollegeTracks has developed and used to engage both new and current students. This session will give participants new ways to think about their program's engagement challenges and solutions!
Presenter(s): Jennifer Adams, College Success Director, CollegeTracks