Postsecondary Success City Action Network (P-SCAN)

The Postsecondary Success City Action Network (P-SCAN) helps mayors’ senior staff as they lead efforts to promote postsecondary access and completion.

As part of the second phase of an initiative supported by the Lumina Foundation to help communities boost local college completion rates, the YEF Institute has expanded the Postsecondary Success City Action Network (P-SCAN).  Since 2010, P-SCAN has responded to cities' growing interest in postsecondary educational success by providing senior mayoral staff with peer learning opportunities.


Through a competitive process, 18 cities have been selected to participate in P-SCAN.  Returning network members include Berkeley, CA; Corpus Christi, TX ; Las Vegas, NV; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; Pasadena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and St. Paul, MN.  The network will expand to include 10 additional cities in 2013.  These cities include: Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Grand Rapids, MI; Houston, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Pittsburgh, PA; Providence, RI; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Washington, D.C.

Members of P-SCAN, a subset of the YEF Institute's longest running peer network, the Mayors' Education Policy Advisors Network (EPAN), were recommended by their mayors in a letter of interest. 


The YEF Institute will convene two meetings of P-SCAN and use e-newsletters, an online community, and audioconferences and webinars to foster connections and communication among members.  City representatives will have the opportunity to work closely with their peers to clearly define results and build consensus around key measures for assessing the progress of college completion efforts.

As key lessons emerge from the work of P-SCAN, the YEF Institute will continue to identify and share effective strategies with cities and towns across the nation.

How to Join

P-SCAN is open to EPAN members from the 18 cities listed above.  For more information, contact Marjorie Cohen at (202) 626-3052 or