Erin Doran, CTN’s Director of Research and Evaluation, recently published an article titled “Ascending Toward New Heights: Building Navigational Capital for Latinx Community College Students” in the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition. The article uses interviews conducted at the Ascender Transfer Motivational Conference in 2018. It “looks at the experiences of participants in this program and how it provided validating experiences and fostered their navigational capital on campus and through the transfer process. Results show that a rich first-year experience and additional engagement with the Ascender program helps students learn how to better navigate the complex systems of financial aid and transfer processes while also building their confidence as successful college students.”

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