This purpose of this research is to document the initial development, evolution, and outcomes of a web portal, CFNC.org which was designed to provide a comprehensive college access program for North Carolina citizens. The initiative’s focus is to support five critical areas of access: (1) aspirations, (2) academic preparation, (3) application, (4) affordability, and (5) availability. In identifying critical success factors, the research will examine environmental issues and potential obstacles that could impact successful implementation of such a web portal. Diffusion of innovations (DOI) research can provide insight into the factors that might impact successful adoption of the CFNC.org web portal. One outcome measure of importance is the college-going rate. Other measures include trends in student accounts created, college admissions application submitted through the web portal, school counselors trained to use the web portal, and overall usage of the web portal.
Seeman, Elaine and Killingsworth, Brenda L., "A Web Portal Approach to Improving Higher Education Accessibility: CFNC.ORG" (2008). SAIS 2008 Proceedings. 35.