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  • Arizona Specific

    2013 Arizona College Access Inventory: Report produced in 2012 with the assistance of NCAN and the Kresge Foundation. Sara Melnick, Clarin Collins and Amilcar Guzman. Learn more.

    Innovating Education to Improve Student Success in Arizona:
    7-minute video highlighting transfer partnerships between Arizona’s community colleges and universities and Watch the video.

  • College Access Programs and Tools

    Driving K-12 Reform through a College-Access and Success Agenda Toolkit
    American Association of School Administrators in collaboration with College Summit, 2012 Download the PDF.

    Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do: Effective practices from the Institute of Education Sciences. View the guide.

    45 Ways to Create a College-Going Culture in Your School: One-page flyer with 45 great ideas. Download the PDF.

    CollegeEd®: A free college planning and career exploration program for middle and high school students, from College Board. Learn more.

    Comparing Colleges: A guide to the U.S. Department of Education’s tools for students and families. Download the PDF.

    College Affordability and Transparency Center: Information on how much it costs to attend different colleges, how fast costs are going up and information related to why costs are going up, from the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more.

    College Scorecard: Tools to find out about a college’s affordability and value, from the U.S. Department of Education. Read more.

    Financial Aid Shopping Sheet: A standardized form, in development, that is designed to simplify the information that prospective students receive about costs and financial aid so that they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school. Learn more.

  • Evaluations and Outcomes

    Show Me the Data Webinar: Powerpoint presented by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Education Equals Economics on the power of data in driving education change, 2012 E3 Alliance. Download the PDF.

  • Fundraising and Sustainability

    Seven-Step Process for Successful Grants Research: Guide from the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, 2011. Download the PDF.

  • Marketing and Outreach

    So…You Wanna Be A Blogger: Steven Anderson, May 2012. Read more.

  • Policy and Data Sites

    ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy:
    Projects and Publications Learn more.

    Pathways to College Online Library: Searchable database of publications, reports, websites, and other resources for researchers, education leaders, and policymakers working to improve college and career readiness. Visit the library.

  • Recommended Books

    College and Career Ready: Helping All Students Succeed Beyond High School, David T. Conley, 2012. Learn more.

    Ready, Willing, and Able: A Development Approach to College Access and Success, Mandy Savitz-Romer and Suzanne M. Bouffard, 2012. Read more.

    Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap, A. Wade Boykin & Pedro Noguera, 2011. Learn more.

    The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies, Patricia Gándara, Frances Contreras, 2010. Read more.

  • Other

    Noncognitive Measures: The Academic Trend That Could Change Everything, a blog post from Education Database Online, February 2013. Read more.

    Preparing Students to Transition from High School to College: A review of the perceptions surrounding college and the challenges students face as they prepare for their collegiate experience, IQS Research Special Report, August 2012. Download the PDF.

    Advancing in Higher Education: A Portrait of Latina/o College Freshman at Four-Year Institutions, 1975-2006, Sylvia Hurtado, Victor B. Sáenz, Jose L. Santos, Nolan L. Cabrera, 2011. Learn more.

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: PowerPoint from No Dream Deferred, Arizona Dream Act Coalition, AILA Arizona Chapter, Somos America, Phoenix School of Law, PAZ Promise Arizona. Download the Powerpoint.

    The Disadvantage of Rural Students in College Enrollment and Choice: Article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 2014. Learn more.