2021 Programming

June 30th

Director Professional Learning Community:

Updates and Fall Outreach Strategies

June’s Director Professional Learning Community started with general updates from The Graduate Network’s Interim CEO, Sallie Glickman. Sallie focused on new and future developments for the Network, including new partners, models roadmaps and supports.

June’s DPLC also included several community members sharing their outreach strategies. Featured in this video are Rebeca Gonzalez from Upgrade San Antonio, Rome Busa from College Now Greater and Cedric Deadmon from KC Degrees.

June 22nd

Navigator Professional Learning Community:

Finding Scholarships for Comebackers

June’s Navigator Professional Learning Community focuses on a discussion around student debt, including federal student loans and prior balances. This session features a presentation from College Now Greater Cleveland staff members David Burke and Tonya Booker focused on student loan rehabilitation, loan consolidation, income-driven repayment plans, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and Perkins Loan Forgiveness.

For the second half of the session, Kannon Hall of Capture Your Dream in Corpus Christi helps facilitate a discussion on how Navigators help Comebackers navigate past-due balances. While every state has a different policy, we strive to have a deeper discussion on strategies you use to help Comebackers manage past-due balances.

April 27th

Navigator Professional Learning Community:

Supporting Comebackers with Student Debt

Please join us for a presentation and discussion on student debt, including federal student loans and prior balances. This session features a presentation from College Now staff members David Burke and Tonya Booker that will provide information on student loan rehabilitation, loan consolidation, income-driven repayment plans, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and Perkins Loan Forgiveness. Following the presentation is a discussion on how Navigators help Comebackers navigate past-due balances. While every state has a different policy, it’s important to have a deeper discussion on strategies you use to help Comebackers manage past-due balances. .

April 20th

LearnX Seminar:

Eliminating the Transcript Trap

Prior student debt and its impact on transcript release is a major barrier for many Comebackers and a hot topic for the communities that serve them. Our inaugural LearnX Seminar will be devoted to this topic. Eliminating the Transcript Trap will share the story of how College Now Greater Cleveland inspired research and action in Ohio, feature HCM Strategists to provide insight into the findings in their groundbreaking report on this issue, and engage with participants on how we might individually and collectively take action state by state and at the federal level to ensure no Comebacker is prevented from re enrolling because their transcript is being held hostage.

April 15th

Special Session:

Data That Move Us Update for Directors & Navigators

In this PLC Special Session, Annette Mattei shared the most recent findings from the Data That Move Us research. This session focused on the results of the qualitative research and Comebacker interviews done by the DTMU over the previous year. The qualitative research findings were broken up into the following four points.

  1. Why Comebackers change schools and how this is negatively impacting completion rates
  2. Comebackers’ experience with Pell grants, and the ramifications for their education journeys
  3. How certificates and non-degree credentials figure into Comebackers’ education journeys
  4. Promising ways the Network’s higher education partners are supporting Comebackers

March 24th

Director Professional Learning Community Kickoff Event

Our kickoff event for the Director Professional Learning Community was a great way to bring the network directors together to virtually meet, get to know one another and share updates and experiences working as a director. This session also featured resources and tools to help calculate and understand the return on investment for Comebackers.

June 30th

Navigator Professional Learning Community Kickoff Event

We launched our Navigator Professional Learning Community with a meeting was focused on setting up expectations for the PLC, sharing experiences working as a navigator and building connections and rapport. 

January 28th

Urban Spatial Webinar on Predictive Modeling

Dr. Ken Steif at University of Pennsylvania and the Urban Spatial team discuss their recent predictive analysis using Data That Move Us data. Dr. Steif also wrote a blog post highlighting their work which you can read by following the link below. 

Data Science to Drive Education Success