The Network for College Success (NCS) envisions neighborhood high schools that continuously cultivate collaboration, powerful learning, and a culture of high achievement to prepare all students for college and career success.


We use research to design and facilitate professional learning that builds the capacity of school leaders to help all students attain high levels of academic achievement. Through cross-school learning communities and job-embedded coaching, we support district leaders, principals, teachers, and counselors to:
  • Strengthen school leadership
  • Improve teaching and learning
  • Support freshmen transitioning into high school
  • Prepare students for quality postsecondary options
  • Support culture and climate
  • Integrate research and data into daily practice

See our Focus Areas page to learn more about our work.

 

 

Team Member Spotlight: Sandra Ortigoza

We would not be able to fulfill our mission without our staff, a group of professionals who intentionally work across difference, are experts in their field, and care deeply about young people and their postsecondary journeys. 

Each month, we’ll highlight a member of our team by “passing the mic” to hear directly from them about their work and purpose.

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Team Member Spotlight: Jim Schwartz

We would not be able to fulfill our mission without our staff, a group of professionals who intentionally work across difference, are experts in their field, and care deeply about young people and their postsecondary journeys. 

Each month, we’ll highlight a member of our team by “passing the mic” to hear directly from them about their work and purpose.

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Team Member Spotlight: Eliza Moeller

We would not be able to fulfill our mission without our staff, a group of professionals who intentionally work across difference, are experts in their field, and care deeply about young people and their postsecondary journeys. 

Each month, we’ll highlight a member of our team by “passing the mic” to hear directly from them about their work and purpose.

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Team Member Spotlight: Kimberly Hinton

We would not be able to fulfill our mission without our staff, a group of professionals who intentionally work across difference, are experts in their field, and care deeply about young people and their postsecondary journeys. 

Each month, we’ll highlight a member of our team by “passing the mic” to hear directly from them about their work and purpose. This month, we are highlighting Dr.

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Team Member Spotlight: Sarah Howard

We would not be able to fulfill our mission without our staff, a group of professionals who intentionally work across difference, are experts in their field, and care deeply about young people and their postsecondary journeys. 

Each month, we’ll highlight a member of our team by “passing the mic” to hear directly from them about their work and purpose.

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Empowering Student Success: The Network for College Success (NCS) Journey

Transforming Education Together

In the field of education, the shared aspiration of fostering student success drives us all. One organization heavily involved in this work is the Network for College Success (NCS), founded by Dr. Melissa Roderick, Mary Ann Pitcher, and Sarah Duncan within the University of Chicago’s Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice.

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Empowering Educators: Reflecting on this Summer's Transformative Learning Experiences

This summer marked a period of reflection, growth, and empowerment for educators and school leaders who engaged in our immersive professional learning offerings.

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UChicago Network for College Success Welcomes Four New Partner High Schools and Expands Existing Partnerships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
(Chicago, IL) The UChicago Network for College Success (NCS) is pleased to announce the addition of four new partner high schools to its esteemed Partner School Network. Joining this collaborative effort to improve outcomes for students across Chicago are Alcott College Prep, Kelvyn Park High School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School, and Wendell Phillips Academy High School.

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