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Iowa's public universities partner with ICAN to increase access to higher education

March 22, 2013

Brittania Morey, director of communications, Iowa College Access Network, 319-423-7708,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Iowa's three public universities are partnering with the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) to bring comprehensive college and career readiness programming and resources to students and parents in communities across Iowa, and to support initiatives around the state that support economic growth through increased training and education of Iowa's future workforce.

"Iowa's public universities, UNI, ISU and the UI, support ICAN's mission of making every middle and high school student in Iowa aware of higher education opportunities and we are pleased to be a partner in this important work," said the directors of admission at the three universities. "Our support will enable students across Iowa, and their parents, to have access to critical college planning and financial aid information and resources, leading to positive student outcomes."

Through its partnership with ICAN, the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa will provide support for ICAN's comprehensive planning calendar outlining critical steps for high school juniors and seniors to take monthly on the path to college. ICAN's resource publications, such as the Countdown to College Planning Calendar, impact approximately 300,000 students and parents each academic year.

The ICAN Partnership Program is open to any business, organization or institution with the desire to support long-term economic growth and success for Iowa communities and citizens. The public universities have joined to support ICAN's work in career and college readiness programming which is outlined in the ICAN College Access Power Plan, a suite of programs and services designed to help families better understand college and career planning, how to successfully navigate paying for college, and choosing both a college and major that are the right fit.

"ICAN is proud to partner with all three Regent universities in advancing career and college access readiness programming throughout the state of Iowa," explained Rob Miller, executive director of ICAN. "The College Access Power Plan is designed to guide students beginning in middle school and throughout high school with the rights tips and advice for each level, ensuring that every student is prepared for the level they are in, as well as for the future steps they will need to take to be successful both in college and a career. ICAN offers the most complete, step-by-step guide for parents and students preparing for life after high school. With the wonderful support from the University of Iowa, Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa, ICAN is able to deliver the College Access Power Plan to communities across Iowa at no cost to the school, its students or families."

The ICAN College Access Power Plan includes age-appropriate, in-person presentations, printed guidebooks, access to a comprehensive website, electronic newsletters containing monthly planning tips and reminders for students and parents as they journey through high school and college, and unlimited access to ICAN staff, via phone or in person, for one-on-one assistance.

ICAN's programs and services are developed and presented by ICAN's highly trained representatives on topics such as high school planning, college and career planning, financial literacy, successful college transitions and financial aid. ICAN serves more than 280,000 students and parents annually. Students are encouraged to check with their high school counseling offices for the dates, times and locations of ICAN presentations in their area or visit Students can also contact ICAN toll-free at 877-272-4692, email or visit