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Smillie, Siri; McDole, Tiffany; Perez, Zeke, Jr.; Brixey, Emily – National College Attainment Network, 2021
Education Commission of the States (ECS) conducted interviews with members of the National College Attainment Network (NCAN) in six states to gather insights into current and critical state policy issues. This summative paper outlines the findings of these interviews, which took place between May and July 2021. The interviews also gathered input…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Educational Attainment, Trend Analysis
National College Attainment Network, 2021
Four National College Attainment Network (NCAN) member organizations in California participated in interviews to discuss state postsecondary access and attainment policy. Interviewees expressed that they felt a strong connection to NCAN's state policy priorities and that virtually all are a high priority in California, except for equitable free…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Educational Attainment, Policy Analysis
National College Attainment Network, 2021
The Florida state profile consisted of interviews with five participants from three National College Attainment Network (NCAN) member organizations in the state. It was evident that leaders in Florida were focused on workforce efforts, specifically career and technical education (CTE) and rapid credentialization, with all three organizations…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Educational Attainment, Policy Analysis
National College Attainment Network, 2021
Three National College Attainment Network (NCAN) member organizations (a total of seven individuals) participated in interviews regarding postsecondary access and attainment policy in Ohio. Interviewees identified several policy priorities in the state--notably, FAFSA completion and college affordability. These policy issues and emerging trends…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Educational Attainment, Policy Analysis
National College Attainment Network, 2021
Three organizations and six individuals participated in interviews for New York state. The National College Attainment Network (NCAN) members interviewed in New York consistently identified two themes as top priorities: affordability, including a broader definition of the true cost of college and ongoing advocacy for sufficient state financial…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Educational Attainment, Policy Analysis
National College Attainment Network, 2021
Three organizations (a total of four individuals) participated in interviews regarding postsecondary access and attainment policy in Tennessee. Each of the interviewees identified Tennessee Promise as the centerpiece of postsecondary affordability conversations within the state. Some interviewees articulated an ongoing need to improve…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Educational Attainment, Policy Analysis
National College Attainment Network, 2021
The Texas state profile consisted of interviews with five participants from four National College Attainment Network (NCAN) member organizations in the state. Common priorities identified by members included postsecondary affordability, need-based aid, and postsecondary funding. There was a strong consensus that the economic factors of the…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Educational Attainment, Policy Analysis
Ruiz, Rudy – National College Attainment Network, 2021
There are deep and often institutionalized root causes for persistent equity gaps in postsecondary access and attainment in the United States. Many data sources, as well as the dozens of practitioners interviewed for this paper, affirm this. The majority of K-12 public school students are now students of color, and the U.S. Census Bureau estimates…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Equal Education, Educational Attainment, Educational Change
National College Attainment Network, 2021
Tracking and using data to inform decisions pays off for college success programs on multiple levels. Having data allows program staff to monitor the progress of individual students and tailor support to their particular needs. It enables staff to understand the effectiveness of program activities and make improvements as necessary. Most…
Descriptors: College Programs, Success, Data Collection, Data Analysis
National College Attainment Network, 2021
COVID-19 has exacerbated existing equity gaps and made college persistence even more difficult for students with less access to resources and opportunities than their White or wealthier peers. Altogether, these challenges require organizations to establish new approaches to engaging college students and monitoring their academic progress and…
Descriptors: Success, Access to Education, Educational Attainment, Capacity Building
National College Attainment Network, 2021
Since their inception in the 1950s, community-based college access programs have focused on preparing students from low-income and first-generation backgrounds for college and helping them complete the necessary steps to matriculate. Until about 10 years ago, however, most programs had little, if any, involvement with students after high school.…
Descriptors: College Programs, Success, Organizations (Groups), Capacity Building
Sanchez, Irene M. – National College Attainment Network, 2021
Text Steps was a project piloted by Ascendium Education Group in 2015 and expanded to 13 school districts in Wisconsin between 2018 and 2020. Its goal was to combat summer melt through a texting program. Summer melt, in which college-intending high school students are unable to enroll in the fall for any number of reasons, is a well-documented…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Access to Education, High School Students, College Attendance
Hadley, Colette; Newman, Liz – National College Attainment Network, 2021
Do donor-driven scholarship funds meet the needs of students? Do they advance equity in college attainment? In numerous instances, the answer to both questions is "no." Scholarship funds housed at community foundations often have complex, merit-based selection criteria and use evaluation methods that are exclusionary or do not recognize…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Attainment, Scholarships, First Generation College Students
National College Attainment Network, 2021
Strategic partnerships between community-based college success programs and higher education institutions can play a critical role in students' degree completion and workforce readiness. This paper describes partnerships between four community-based organizations and higher education institutions based on interviews with staff directly involved.…
Descriptors: College Programs, Success, Organizations (Groups), Partnerships in Education
Keller, MorraLee; DeBaun, Bill – National College Attainment Network, 2020
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic upended the U.S. education system in spring 2020, another persistent, pernicious pathogen had long plagued American society: inequitable educational outcomes on the basis of income, race, and ethnicity. This is especially true for postsecondary access and attainment. Research shows the benefits of postsecondary…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Post High School Guidance, Academic Aspiration, Postsecondary Education
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