PACAC's Statewide College Access Network (PSCAN)

PSCAN was developed in the fall of 2019 through joint conversations between our association and several access and success programs across the Commonwealth, including the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  We discovered that we were having a lot of the same conversations, doing a lot of the same work, and researching the same information thus duplicating efforts.  We decided to join together for regular meetings and discussion. 

Our goal: to bring together access networks, research, and the conversations happening across Pennsylvania; to break down the silos that exist in our work to further meet the needs of high school students in the Commonwealth, especially in the area of advancing to postsecondary education. In each meeting, we share out various updates so that everyone can benefit from different events, opportunities, data and promote them to students and families.  We discuss access needs and issues along with resources we have found helpful or action items that need joint support.

Next Meeting:  Friday, June 4, 2021 from 10am to noon
All are welcome!
Please email our Public Advocacy Director if you would like to attend - [email protected]

Organizations Involved:


Recent Conversations: Leading for Student Success During a Pandemic

On September 11, PSCAN held its quarterly meeting and asked for college and university senior leadership to share their experiences as they lead their organizations through the pandemic while trying to keep students at the center of decision making. Dr. David Finegold, President, Chatham University; Dr. Charlene Newkirk, Regional President, Community College of Allegheny County, Dr. Kenyon Bonner, Vice Provost and Dean of Students, University of Pittsburgh; and Dr. William Behre, President, Slippery Rock University, spoke to the group and shared some insights around logistics, but also leadership itself.

Recording from September 2020 Meeting
Recording from December 2020 Meeting
Recording from March 2021 Meeting with Angel Perez and Tanya Garcia

If you are interested in learning more or getting involved, please contact Kim McCurdy at [email protected]