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NCAN stands for the National College Access Network.  
From their website:

Stark College Attainment Gap by Race and Income


In today’s economy, a postsecondary credential is in greater demand than ever before. Unfortunately, issues such as rising tuition costs and confusion about complex college admission and financial aid processes keep many qualified students from entering college. Many of those who do enroll face additional challenges finding the support and resources they need to graduate. These factors have left today’s young Americans less likely to obtain college degrees than members of their parents’ generation.

The problem is large and growing. Each year, hundreds of thousands of academically prepared high school students miss the college transition, and many more "underenroll" in institutions where they are likely to drop out before graduation. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, only 52 percent of 2011 high school graduates from low-income families enrolled in college immediately after high school, a figure 30 percentage points lower than their high-income peers.

Don't school guidance counselors support students in the college application process? Sadly, there aren't enough of them, especially in low-income high schools. The average U.S. guidance counselor has a caseload of 471 students, often making it impossible for them to provide meaningful one-to-one help. In addition, surveys of guidance counselors routinely report that counselors do not receive adequate training about college admissions or financial aid. For students whose parents didn't attend college themselves, they have nowhere to turn to get sound advice and support. 

All students, regardless of income, age, race, or ethnicity, deserve an equal opportunity for a college education. Underrepresented students often must navigate the college pathway without adequate financial resources, guidance, or a strong college-going culture in their high schools. NCAN works to overcome these barriers so students can gain the postsecondary credentials they need to embark on successful careers and build America’s future."  

To learn more about NCAN's movement, follow the NCAN link: http://www.collegeaccess.org/

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