Staff Bio - Bill DeBaun

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Bill DeBaun

Director of Data and Evaluation

Bill DeBaun is NCAN’s director of data and evaluation. In that role he researches and writes about college access and success programming that demonstrates significant results for students’ college enrollment and graduation rates while additionally providing technical assistance to other initiatives. Mr. DeBaun leads NCAN’s Benchmarking Project, an on-going collaborative research effort with NCAN members that examines the enrollment and completion outcomes of students served by college access and success programs. The Benchmarking Project contains key demographic, service, and outcome data on more than 500,000 member-served students and provides insight into the college access and success field.

Other activities include the creation, development, and maintenance of NCAN’s Data and Evaluation Toolkit and the Form Your Future FAFSA Tracker and the provision of technical assistance to school districts in projects like the To & Through Advising Challenge and the Rural Student Success Initiative. Prior to these Mr. DeBaun oversaw the three-year Common Measures Learning Community, which convened 20 NCAN members in an effort to use data to improve program outcomes and scale program capacity.

Prior to joining NCAN, Mr. DeBaun was a policy and advocacy associate at the Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, DC, where he authored the white paper “Inseparable Imperatives: Equity in Education and the Future of the American Economy” and co-wrote several reports on the need for federal student aid reform. Mr. DeBaun has a bachelor’s degree in political science, with a minor in education studies, from American University and a master’s degree in public policy from the George Washington University.