Expanded Peer Network to Help More Cities Increase Postsecondary Success

January 4, 2013

By Tim Mudd

As part of the second phase of an initiative supported by the Lumina Foundation to help communities boost local college completion rates, NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute) has selected 18 cities to participate in 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 as they lead efforts to promote college access and completion.  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
  • Washington, D.C.

Through a competitive application process, selected cities demonstrated a commitment from the mayor and senior municipal staff to establishing and implementing a comprehensive college readiness, access and completion agenda. 

Several of the cities have already taken steps toward their goals, supporting such efforts as aligning K-12 and postsecondary curricula and instruction, and forming multi-sector partnerships to enhance services that promote postsecondary success.

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.

Details: For more information about the Postsecondary Success City Action Network, contact Marjorie Cohen at (202) 626-3053 or cohen@nlc.org.