May 5, 2023

Founder and Co-Executive Director to Step Down After 17 Years of Service

The UChicago Network for College Success (NCS) announced that Founder and Co-Executive Director Sarah J. Duncan will be stepping down in June 2023. Sarah has been with NCS for seventeen years, during which she has played a key role in the organization's success in transforming the education landscape of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) as well as the national conversation about educational improvement.

Jan 23, 2023

NCS Named 2022 Employee Engagement Top Performer by DecisionWise

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  (Chicago, IL) The Network for College Success (NCS), a project of the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, is proud to announce that it has been recognized as a 2022 Employee Engagement Top Performer Award Winner by DecisionWise.

Jan 24, 2019

NCS Receives Investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Network for College Success, a project at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration, has received an $11.7m grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand its work helping Chicago public high schools improve graduation rates and college success among low-income, black, and Latino students.

Oct 20, 2017

Philanthropy News Digest: Gates Foundation Announces $1.7 Billion Education Initiative

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has just announced a $1.7 billion education initiative aimed at building collaborative school networks. This new initiative will shift the foundation's focus from teacher evaluation and compensation to curriculum design and professional development initiatives aligned with state-defined standards. A key part of the initiative will be the development of up to thirty networks, starting with a focus on high-need schools and districts in six to eight states where data collection and analysis are used to drive results.