9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
World Cafe Sessions: Student Success in Postsecondary Education
- Achieving in School and Life: Striving for Equity in College Completion
If we are going to get students to and through college, we need to broaden our perspective – by looking at our students as multi-faceted, intersectional, holistic people. There are many factors that contribute both to a student’s success and toward college completion. In this presentation, participants will explore looking at students holistically, what tools to use, and the benefits of approaching college completion from this perspective. It is imperative that educators in higher education and non-profits that are working in the higher education space understand the strengths, challenges and societal issues that each student brings with them to the college experience in order to create programming that allows students to reach their highest potential.
Presenter: Kristin Carpenter, Program Manager, Communities In Schools of Houston
- Best Practices for Getting English Language Learners To and Through College
Come learn about best practices for advising English Language Learners (ELL) through high school, college, and career pipeline from two college access fellows and one college success fellow from 10,000 Degrees, a leading college success nonprofit in California. We will address how to support ELL students as they develop a clear step by step post-secondary plan beginning their freshman year through senior year of high school. As well as, best practices for transitioning English Language Learners into college and retaining them through their post-secondary educational goal.
Presenter: Gladys Cortez Montiel, College Access Fellow, Northern Marin, 10,000 Degrees
- Bridging the Silo-ness of Student Services
Underrepresented students often feel isolated. They often don't know where to go or who to talk to. Helping these students navigate through post-secondary school helps with persistence and retention. This discussion will discuss how to bridge the gaps of the Student Success centers as a whole community and not a disjointed shopping mall. This presentation will give participants the tools and confidence to bridge those confines with student-focused activities that will create a feeling of cohesiveness within the organization and one where students feel appreciated.
Presenter: Dealine Adams, TRIO SSS Academic Coach Representative, Owens Community College
- Creating Spaces: The Importance of Community in a Digital Age
The average millennial engages with social media on multiple platforms for about 18 hours per day and checks their mobile devices at least 43 times daily. Our students are online; we should be, too. Indigenous Education, Inc. (IEI) sees online engagement as a tool to create support systems for students to help them persist to and through higher education. IEI has found success in student engagement and outreach practices around social media and other online platforms to offer them the support that they require. We will share online engagement practices that have been proven successful with our students and offer insight on how your organization can benefit from having an online presence.
Presenter: Julia Mosconi, Coordinator of Research and Engagement, Indigenous Education, Inc.
- CSUDH Toros Charge On! Partnerships To Foster First Year Success Through A Digital and Texting Campaign
Toros Charge On!: Foster First Year Success through a Digital and Texting Campaign. Get Schooled will discuss the implementation and impact of the 2018-2019 Charge On! campaign, geared towards bolstering first year persistence on CSUDH’s campus. Going to college is a complex endeavor, especially for first-generation college students. Once enrolled, immediate challenges loom large in ensuring college success, ranging from effectively filling out enrollment to navigating the academic and personal complexities of their first year. By diving in the campaign, we’ll reflect on lessons learned and make recommendations to researchers and educators considering taking on similar digital initiatives.
Presenter: David Nguyen, Director of Digital Engagement, Get Schooled Foundation
- Near Peer Mentoring: The Secret for Alumni to Succeed in College
College access programs have limited resources to hire additional college advisors. However, college access programs can supplement their efforts by engaging program alumni ( to mentor high school students. Near peer mentoring by alumni is a sustaining, community-based model as alumni have a similar background as their mentees. This near peer mentoring model also develops the social-emotional skills of both mentees and alumni. In this session, attendees will identify opportunities to develop and strengthen their near-peer mentoring program and learn about the essential components of a successful near peer mentoring program.
Presenter: Alma Sanchez, Advisory Board Member, The Los Angeles United Methodist Urban Foundation
- On the Yard: Why HBCUs Are Supportive Environments for African American Males
In this roundtable discussion, participants are encouraged to bring questions and thoughts on African American males college persistence. We will first examine Historically Black Colleges & Universities’ (HBCU) ability to create supportive environments where African American males feel a sense of belonging. Next, we will explore existing barriers to African American males ability to persist in college. More specifically, we will discuss how feeling welcomed on college campuses is vital to African American males college persistence. Then we will examine Black Male Initiatives (BMI) potential to improve African American males’ sense of belonging, identity development and academic success. Key takeaways from this session include improving African American males sense of belonging and the development of effective BMIs.
Presenter: Bantu Gross, PhD, MA, Alumni Advisor, KIPP New Orleans Schools
- Planning for Students Basic Needs: How We Can Position Students to Survive Financially at College
50% of our students struggle with issues like food or housing insecurity, and 3 million drop out of college every year due to a small, time sensitive financial crisis. While we're often focused on big cost items, it's the everyday expenses that is causing so much hardship for our students. This session will explore how we can create access and success frameworks to help students preempt these issues or mitigate the pernicious effects of poverty on campus. Practitioners will share innovative work from the field and discuss how we can create "to-and-through" approaches to student financial success.
Presenter: David Helene, Founder & CEO, Edquity
- The College Success Award: Using Data to Drive K-12 Accountability for Postsecondary Success
Despite high school’s critical role in preparing young people to succeed in college, most high schools have no way of knowing whether their graduates make it beyond freshman year. The good news is that this can change. A provision in ESSA requires states to report how many graduates from each high school enroll in college, and some states are starting to publish school-level data on persistence. This session will use an overview of the College Success Award--an effort that utilizes this new data to celebrate high schools that excel in ensuring students prepare for, enroll in, and succeed in college--to spark discussion on the role that high schools can play in increasing persistence and completion.
Presenter: Kevin Greer, Partner, Learn to Earn Fund, New Profit
Effective Practices Sessions
Building a CBO + Campus Partnership Pit Crew: Paving Collaborative Lanes of Access & Success for Underserved Students
This session will explore how Boys Hope Girls Hope International, a community-based, college-readiness organization, has built and sustained relationships with two postsecondary institutions – St. Olaf College and Saint Louis University. Though each partnership is unique, they are designed to meet both student-level goals and organizational-level objectives to share data, level the playing field, nurture students’ sense of belonging, and navigate campus bureaucracy and customs with college completion as the checkered flag. Attendees will leave this session able to create a CBO + Campus Relationship-Building Checklist and Partnership Rubric. These documents can assist both admission and CBO teams in developing a collaborative framework that: a) positions the transformational over the transactional relationship; b) enhances personal empowerment and cultivates the academic excellence for underserved students; and c) provide insight on how the college and CBO work intentionally to build a seamless connection between the values instilled at the high school level and their transferable importance both in the college classroom and campus.
Presenter(s): LaShone Gibson, Senior Director of University Partnerships & Academic Excellence, Boys Hope Girls Hope International; William Perkins, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment & Retention, Saint Louis University; Bruce King, Assistant to the President and Chief Diversity Officer, St. Olaf College
Collaborating To Ensure College and Career Readiness Across Your Community
Postsecondary education attainment rates among low-income students, first-generation students, and students of color are comparatively low, and closing these gaps can be especially difficult. Students in rural areas and impoverished communities experience significant challenges that Flagstaff High School’s (FHS) counseling department is combating by implementing nontraditional strategies. Through collaboration between the school counseling department and college access professionals, FHS is creating an alignment of programs to build meaningful college and career readiness across the school and community. This session examines the challenges faced by disadvantaged college-bound students, explores the barriers and successes counselors and college access professionals share when working together, and shows how professionals can support each other to create a comprehensive school counseling program.
Presenter(s): Roxanne Dewyer, Director of Statewide Initiatives and AzCAN, College Success Arizona; Katherine Pastor, Department Head of Flagstaff High School Counseling Department, Flagstaff High School
Community Foundation Scholarships and College Access Initiatives
This session is exclusively for staff members working at community foundations only. Join your colleagues to discuss the unique issues faced by community foundations: donor intent, board involvement, award selection, measuring student outcomes, etc.
Presenter(s): Colette Hadley, Director of Consulting Services, NCAN
Decolonizing Access: One University's Approach to Allying With Virginia's First Peoples
The needs and challenges of land-grant, Predominately White Institutions have greatly changed, but their mission to serve has not. Virginia Tech has an ambitious goal: a student body comprised of 40% underrepresented and underserved students by 2022. The university is undergoing self-reflection to improve policy, process, and infrastructure to provide a more accessible and welcoming environment for all students. Through the lens of the Native community, this session will highlight how Virginia Tech transformed to remove barriers to entry and how collaboration with campus partners, tribal leaders, and students helped generate positive outcomes through the Virginia Tribal Initiative.
Presenter(s): Alphonso Garrett, Director of Undergraduate Diversity Recruitment Initiatives, Virginia Tech; Mae Hey, InclusiveVT Postdoctoral Fellow, Indigenous Community Liaison, Instructor of American Indian Studies, Virginia Tech; Lee Lovelace, Tribal Outreach Liaison, Virginia Tech
FAFSA Updates and Resources from the Office of Federal Student Aid, US Department of Education
As we rapidly approach the launch of the 2020-21 FAFSA on October 1, presenters will provide Updates to the FAFSA along with information on improvements to Federal Student Aid websites and mobile app that will assist students and families in completing the FAFSA. In addition, we will share new data around FAFSA completion by high school seniors!
Presenter(s): Ed Pacchetti, Director of Customer Analytics, FSA; Wendy Bhagat, Director of Awareness and Outreach, FSA
Leveling the Playing Field for Refugee, Immigrant, and DACA Students
How can a student find success in college while wrestling with challenges like cultural misunderstandings, language issues, and unfamiliarity with systems in the U.S., like social services, government, health care, and education? While many of the access and success methods that work well for other lower-income, first-generation students can also help refugee, immigrant, and DACA students, these students’ realities require culturally-sensitive adaptations to the tried-and-true college access and success procedures. On Point for College has learned key strategies from the refugee and immigrant communities it serves.
Presenter(s): Kevin Marken, Director, On Point for College-Utica, On Point for College; Lu Pway Doh, Advisor, On Point for College; Anny Guerrero, Advisor, On Point for College
Leveraging University Resources to Create a Pipeline For Students and Families
Regardless of how, when, and for whom pre-college education takes place, it’s possible that institutions of higher education are in the best position to lead in this arena. Leveraging college resources for this endeavor takes commitment from senior leadership and sustained collaboration across university units. New York University has developed a new central division to establish defined pathways that offer academic, financial, and skills education for future college-goers and their families, beginning as early as the primary grades. Presenters are eager to share this model with others in the college access field so that they may identify useful practices and consider how their communities might contribute to such work.
Presenter(s): Laurie Behringer Jacqueline Banegas-Abreu, Angela Ellis, New York University; Angela Ellis, Program Manager for Student Access Programs, New York University; Jacqueline Banegas-Abreu, Associate Director, Community College Transfer Opportunity Program, New York University
Powerhouse Credentials: Mapping Regional Workforce Needs to Certification and Degree Pathways for Student Success
Did you know that short-term industry-recognized certifications can be stacked as credentials to degree completion? Through the EcO Network collaborative, seven educational partners mapped 30 nationally recognized industry certifications into degree pathways, aligned with regional high-demand careers. This effort helped make the learning that takes place in publicly-funded workforce training programs transparent to employers, education providers, and individual learners. Join us for this interactive session as we walk through the steps it takes to turn scattered information into a powerful visual framework, strategies to minimize barriers to completion, and student outcomes data. We will also share one student’s journey from incarceration to certification, to employment, to college.
Presenter(s): Kathleen Huffman, EcO Network Manager, Attainment, Community Education Coalition; Konnie McCollum, Adult Education Director, River Valley Resources
Thank You, Next: Using A Mobile App to Lift Student Engagement
In January 2019, College Forward launched CoFo Connect, a student-facing mobile application aimed at addressing the challenge of student engagement. This session will empower attendees to assess their internal engagement efforts and outline a simple approach to boost those efforts via technology. Session leaders will offer research-backed approaches from both a practitioner and technology solution perspective.
Presenter(s): Charlie Herrmann, Managing Director of CoPilot, College Forward; Scott Del Rossi, Managing Director, Programs and Student Services, College Forward
The Research and Evaluation Fellowship: Developing Evaluation Skills in College Advisers
College advisers offer a unique perspective on data collection, analysis, and interpretation, but they are often the subject of research rather than evaluation partners. In this session, participants will receive an overview of how to create a research and evaluation fellowship program with dual goals of informing program evaluation and developing practical data skills for advisers. The session will also feature lessons learned in infusing program evaluation with the real-world advising experience, including strategies for collecting adviser feedback on key data collection instruments like surveys, student information management systems, and focus group protocols.
Presenter(s): Erin Grogan, Senior Director, Research & Evaluation, College Advising Corps; Samantha Richardson, Program Evaluation Specialist, College Advising Corps; Sarah Shah, Director of Research & Evaluation, College Advising Corps
The State of State Postsecondary Policy
What’s happening in state postsecondary education policy? This session will draw on the expertise of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the National Governors Association (NGA) to provide participants with an overview of recent and ongoing state policy changes in the postsecondary space. AASCU and NGA will recap the 2018 midterms, early 2019 policy, ongoing changes, and discuss what may come next. AASCU will focus on the legislative side, while NGA will highlight governors’ priorities. Both NGA and AASCU will highlight specific numbers and examples of policy transformation to illustrate national-level trends.
Presenter(s): Thomas Harnsich, , AASCU; Thomas Harnisch, Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis, AASCU
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
World Cafe Sessions: Connecting College and Career Success
- Co-Designers of Innovation and Equity in Career and College Success: Youth, Schools, and Industry
Marcus Foster Education Institute (MFEI) uses a continuous improvement methodology to promote college knowledge, preparation, access, and success for low-income, first generation, students of color; and data is critical to informing and fostering commitment and accountability among our partners. MFEI, as the backbone agency and technical assistance provider, will be accompanied by additional panelists that will highlight their perspectives as student, school district, industry, and/or nonprofit partner in this work. Panelists will share their learned experiences in promoting systems change and equity; and how they see this work impacting students, settings, and practices and policies. Some of the effective strategies that will be covered during this session will include student voice, partnerships, data, and continuous improvement.
Presenter: Arianna Morales, Program Manager, Marcus Foster Education Institute
- Jobs of Tomorrow: Planting Diversity in STEM
Though STEM occupations are the fastest growing with the highest employment needs and despite various employers' commitment to diversity and inclusion, there is a lack of students from underrepresented communities pursuing STEM majors and careers. For 20 years, Students Rising Above (SRA) has been driven by their vision of cultivating a pipeline of diverse young leaders moving through college and achieving economic and social mobility. Participants will learn SRA’s initiatives to increase diversity in STEM fields and participate in an engaging discussion with other participants to share and gain best practices on this matter.
Presenter: Paula Galvez-Anzano, Manager of Talent Development, Students Rising Above
- Launching High-Value Careers Through Storytelling
Do you struggle to help more students connect their authentic self with high-value, 21st-century careers? Do you have limited resources and wish you could give more students personalized, actionable career advising? This world cafe workshop will teach career services professionals at all levels – as well as school and higher education leaders, researchers, and funders – how to use the science of storytelling to provide personalized, actionable career advice at scale, using a proven method for helping students identify, organize, and use their unique Strengths, Experiences, and Temperament (SET) to launch specific high-value career paths.
Presenter: Marley Spooner, Director of Business Development, Story2
- Next Generation Early Colleges: A Framework for Continuous Growth and Improvement
The North Carolina Early College Network recently developed a framework, Next Generation Early Colleges: A Framework for Continuous Growth and Improvement, as a self-assessment and continuous improvement tool to push the early college model towards innovation and the future needs of early college students. This session will explore the design and components of this framework and how early colleges in North Carolina have used this to frame their annual school improvement planning process.
Presenter: Stacy Costello, Education Consultant and Researcher, RTI International
- Rethinking Resumes: New Tools for Student Empowerment, Liberation and Creativity
Do you serve students (at any level) or young professionals who are learning to create a resume? Are you frustrated with the conventions of traditional resume writing that may not showcase all of the qualities and valuable life skills your students have to offer? Resumes are the common ticket to access, jobs, and livelihood here in the US, but how can we make this process more meaningful and empowering for our students? Please attend this highly interactive workshop which will discuss a more creative and liberatory approach to resume writing. We’ll delve into how to brainstorm effectively with your students to get the resume process started, alternative and social justice minded categories that can be added to resumes for a more holistic viewpoint of their experiences and skills, and strategies along with some templates to provide examples. If schools, community based organizations, and others adopt a more holistic approach of resumes and the hiring process as a whole, we can make meaningful change for our next generation of leaders.
Presenter: Gwen Snider, Career Development Manager, 10,000 Degrees
- Student Enrichment For College Success and Career Readiness
This presentation will discuss how the Fulfillment Fund develops and implements student programming to support students with college and career access and success. Presenters will discuss a three-pronged approach to student development, which begins in high school with student-enrichment programs. There will also be a discussion of programming and support services for college students to connect them with internships and career mentors. Lastly, presenters will discuss alumni engagement, which serves as a way to build a network of professionals who are connected to the mission and vision of your organization.
Presenter: Stephanie Calderon, Engagement Manager, Fulfillment Fund
- The Who, What, Why, and How of Career Pathways Systems in a World Racing Toward Postsecondary Success
Do you have a need for a high school career pathway system that embeds industry-recognized certificates or even an associate’s degree? Then join us for a session you don’t want to miss! Learn a step-by-step process that brings together schools, employers, and community leaders to design innovative educational models that align with local workforce needs. Attendees will learn best practices from this replicable process right here in Indiana. Participants will leave this session with clear next steps and a vision for their future career pathways system to connect students to college and career success!
Presenter: Pam Warner, Assistant Director of Education Workforce Innovation Network, University of Indianapolis
Effective Practices Sessions
Access vs. Success: Critical Factors in Running College Success Programming
This session will provide insight into the distinction between college access and success while defining what post-secondary success means. In order to empower attendees with specific strategies to enable them to address programming efforts in their own organizations, the College & Alumni Program (CAP) Leadership Team will present critical perspectives from both a strategic planning and managerial lens from both the Executive Director and Director of Coaching. The goal will be to provide attendees with a process that will enable them to consider important decisions around strategic planning, capacity-building, goal-setting, data collection/organization, and programming related to college success.
Presenter(s): May Melehan, Director of Coaching Services, College & Alumni Program (CAP), Making Waves Foundation ; Melissa Fries, Executive Director of College & Alumni Program (CAP), Making Waves Foundation
Advise TN: Building College Access Capacity in Tennessee Communities
Advise TN, a college advising and capacity building program funded by state appropriation, aims to build college access capacity in Tennessee communities and continue the momentum of the state’s increasing college enrollment rate. This workshop will provide an overview of Tennessee’s commitment to impact educational attainment through state-appropriated funding and provide a framework to help attendees build strong partnerships with K-12 and community leaders that help increase college enrollment.
Presenter(s): Sherica Nelms, Director, Advise TN, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Beltway Buzz: The Latest Updates On Federal Policy
Where does federal higher education policy stand nearly three-quarters of the way through President Trump’s administration and halfway through the 116th Congress? Topics likely will include FAFSA simplification, the Pell Grant program, free college proposals, DACA/Dreamers, and the past-due reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, which is a priority for both congressional education committee chairs. Join this session to not only hear the latest news, but to share the barriers your students continue to face every day. This session is an important opportunity to both learn and share new problems and potential solutions that could impact how NCAN advocates on behalf of its members to elected officials.
Presenter(s): Carrie Warick, Director of Policy and Advocacy, National College Access Network; Nicole Siegel, Senior Education Communications Manager, Third Way; Tamara Hiler, Deputy Director of Education, Third Way
College and Career Readiness: Equity, Access, Opportunity, and Success for All!
Come learn what the data say about how our students are doing as they prepare for life after high school. Broward County Schools' ELL director will share some of the district's data, challenges, and opportunities along with its innovative efforts for engaging parents, students, and the community toward success after high school. Helios Education Foundation will share data and research on the districts it supports as well as best practices learned, highlighting data-driven practices that can inform gaps in college readiness of student populations and what can be done about them.
Presenter(s): Juan Garcia, National Director, ACT, Inc.; Vicky Saldala, Director, Bilingual ESOL Department, Broward County Public Schools; Paul Perrault, Vice President and Director of Research & Evaluation, Helios Education Foundation
Collegiate Edu-Nation: A P-20 System Model for Student Success
Collegiate Edu-Nation is a collaborative P-20 System Model for Student Success for school transformation in rural Texas and the U.S. The Model is designed to assure college and career readiness for ALL students through non-traditional system support through completion of college degrees and industry certifications. During this session, the audience will be asked to list 3 lifetime success outcomes desired for students in their schools and how they would be measured. The Edu-Nation Model is a cost-effective approach to college and career readiness for economically disadvantaged students through school wide Early College/STEM Academy educational experiences. Non-traditional support systems are critical to elevated student outcomes for disadvantaged students.
Presenter(s): Kim Alexander, Chancellor, Collegiate Edu-Nation
Grappling with Diverse Student Populations: Individual and Community Strategies for Equity
How prepared do you feel to serve diverse student populations? How prepared are your peers? And how can we ensure that all are prepared? We all work with students who carry multiple identities – ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, language capacities, and more. Join trainer-counselors from the Options Institute in an interactive session to explore these questions deeply. The conversations in this session will focus on barriers, strategies, and how we can join efforts to make sure counselors have the resources and knowledge to meet the needs of the students they serve.
Presenter(s): Juliet Gomez, Senior Trainer, Goddard Riverside Options Institute
Leadership Lessons Learned: How to Systematically Cultivate Hundreds of African American Students for College and Career Achievement
At its founding in 1977, the Center for Leadership Development offered one program that served approximately 70 high school students, and used rented facilities. Today, CLD has 41 full- and part-time staff; serves 4,000 students and parents per year; offers 8,000 services; provides 15 different program experiences; and houses a College Prep Institute, a comprehensive, community-based college readiness center. Nine years ago, CLD had a successful $5 million capital campaign and built its own 20,000-square-foot facility. What specific strategies and considerations did CLD employ to achieve its success? How are these strategies vital to sustaining and growing a nonprofit organization? How can one leverage resources to help build facilities and enable expansion and capacity building? How do organizations expand programming and staff? And how does one increase an operating budget for greater impact? This session will offer answers to these questions for leaders who want to grow their organizations.
Presenter(s): Dennis Bland, President, Center for Leadership Development
Leveraging Youth Activation to Expand College Counseling Capacity
Young people – when properly trained, coached, and supported by skilled adults – can solve a diverse set of problems effectively, efficiently, and affordably. Participants in this session will learn about the research behind Youth Activation as a strategy to build college counseling capacity and how to include student voice and creativity as solutions for postsecondary guidance and counseling. Participants will learn the framework for Youth Activation, the PeerForward method in identifying and training youth activators, and strategies to inspire and motivate a team of student leaders to support college access, persistence, and completion.
Presenter(s): Christopher Shires, Director, Strategic Partnerships, PeerForward; Raquel Figueroa, Managing Director of Program Implementation, PeerForward
Listening to Today’s Students: Lessons From Veterans
Come hear from the experts: students! What works in higher education to help student veterans persist and succeed? What doesn't? The GI Bill is ensuring a new generation of American veterans have access to college, but many are not succeeding. What can we do to ensure better student veteran persistence and success? This session will feature a panel of student veterans who will share their journey through higher education and provide suggestions on how to better support low-income and veteran student populations.
Presenter(s): Katherine Wheatle, Strategy Officer for Finance and Federal Policy, Lumina Foundation; Up to 4 student veterans c/o Carrie Wofford, President, Veterans Education Success
Logic Models and Data Sharing for Program Evaluation
Palo Alto College serves over 3,000 students in dual-credit and early college high schools, which requires use of program evaluation to track student academic achievement. Logic models are a great tool for program evaluation. They give a visual representation for theory of change and long-term strategy. Come learn how to use logic models in your program. This session will also seek to provide examples of formal publications, reports, presentations, or research briefs that departments can create every year to share important outcomes and student achievements with internal and external stakeholders.
Presenter(s): Monica Ayala Jimenez, Dean of High School Pre-College Programs, Palo Alto College; Gilbert Becerra, Vice President of Student Success, Palo Alto College
Promising Practices for Increasing FAFSA Completion: Lessons from the NCAN 2018-19 FAFSA Completion Challenge
High school seniors who complete the FAFSA are nearly twice as likely as non-completers to attend college directly after high school. Yet students in high-poverty districts are often less likely to complete the FAFSA than those in wealthier ones. During this session, attendees will learn about promising and replicable partnership models and specific strategy components for increasing FAFSA completion rates in their organizations, schools, and communities. The models and strategies are derived from outcomes of NCAN's second FAFSA Completion Challenge Grant, funded by The Kresge Foundation and Ascendium Education Group, which challenged 25 citywide partnerships to increase their FAFSA completion rates by at least 5 percentage points for the graduating high school class of 2019. The evaluator, ASA Research, identified practices that appear to be effective, as well as initial challenges and strategies for overcoming those challenges. Representatives from NCAN, ASA, and a grantee site will present their findings followed by a panel discussion about effective practices, key partners, common challenges, and common FAFSA myths and misconceptions.
Presenter(s): Abby Miller, Partner, ASA Research, LLC; Sara Melnick, Deputy Director, NCAN;
Using Technology to Increase College Knowledge
Estimates suggest that fewer than 15% of high-need students receive any personal guidance that allows them to get on a path toward college success. In 2017, the Detroit College Access Network partnered with Get Schooled, an organization based in New York whose mission is to empower young people to pursue education, to create Get Schooled Detroit. Get Schooled Detroit is a one-stop, digital gaming platform for students in Detroit with the most up-to-date resources students need to pursue a postsecondary education. DCAN will share details of its work using Get Schooled's digital gaming platform to increase college knowledge for students without access to high-quality postsecondary advising. Learn how DCAN and Get Schooled are looking to expand this platform into other parts of Michigan and the country to increase postsecondary awareness and college-going rates among low-income and first-generation students.
Presenter(s): Ashley Johnson, Executive Director, Detroit College Access Network
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
World Cafe Sessions: Equity and Opportunity
- Access and Equity: Ideas From Our Rural Summit
After the success of the 2018 Rural College Access and Success Summit, we knew that holding a second event was essential for developing a strong rural voice. Students in rural communities face unique challenges and supporting them requires ingenuity, inside knowledge and the willingness to promote system level changes. In this presentation, we outline the ideas and challenges that were share at the 2019 summit especially the challenges related to equity and the diversity of rural communities. Attendees will learn about the unique challenges facing rural students, discover strategies that other rural practitioners use to address issues of diversity and discuss the benefits of building a stronger rural voice for educational equity.
Presenter: J. Hunter Morgan, Director of Communications, Partners for Education at Berea College
- Closing Achievement Gaps and Boosting On-time Graduation Rates through Innovative Strategies
During this interactive session, participants will learn about how Complete College America’s evidence-based Game Changer strategies have dramatically increased on-time graduation rates and closed equity gaps. Participants will gain an understanding of CCA’s mission, core beliefs and equity agenda. The session will also amplify learnings from institutions that participated in CCA’s Minority Serving Institution (MSI) project, as well as highlight data and exemplar models. It will also discuss the evidence behind how CCA’s 15 to Finish strategy benefits diverse student populations.
Presenter: Vanessa Keadle, Senior Strategy Director, Corequisite support and math pathways, Complete College America
- Counselor-in-Residence: Expanding College Advising to Public Housing and Prisons
Imagine for a minute what might occur if college counselors were found not in schools and community organizations, but also on public housing sites, medical complexes and inside correctional facilities? Join us for lively discussion about expanding the college-going ecosystem in our respective communities. Come learn about two programs that have placed college counselors on public housing sites and in prisons. Attendees will gain new ideas about creative partnerships to forge in their community to expand opportunities for underserved populations.
Presenter: Abra Lyons-Warren, Senior Program & Policy Manager, Council of Large Public Housing Authorities
- Don’t Leave Us Behind!: Including Disability in College Access and Retention Practices
When addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, who are you forgetting? Oftentimes, students with disabilities are left out of college access discourses due to the belief there are more “equipped” supports for them, resulting in further marginalization of disabled students in higher education. The responsibility falls on all college access practitioners. This presentation will cover the kinds of supports disabled students need such as accessibility, disability sensitivity from all student support systems, and building community. Additionally, attendees will learn how to implement these practices in their college access program strategies to ensure students' needs are met.
Presenter: Naty Rico, Board Member, Los Angeles United Methodist Urban Foundation
- Equity for Undocumented and DACA Students: Creating a College Access Guide
In this discussion-based session, we will share how and why Diplomás, a cross-sector network in San Antonio, facilitated the creation of a Dreamer College Access Guide. We will address the following 1) the challenges and opportunities that Dreamers may face in their journey to college; 2) our process for creating a community that is intentionally supporting Dreamers in their college access journey; 3) best practices in gathering student feedback, navigating institutions, and disseminating the resources. Session participants will receive a copy of the San Antonio Dreamer College Access Guide and a template for how practitioners can create a similar resource for their region.
Presenter: Leticia Hart, Senior Program Manager, UnidosUS
- Moving Beyond Basics: 16 Competencies for High Performing College Counselors
Drawing on its 14-year history supporting the development of high performing postsecondary counselors, the Options Center is launching a new competency framework and self-assessment tool for reflecting on personal practice across 16 identified competencies. In this session, we will share the history of our work and the research base that has supported the development of this framework and tool. Participants will have a chance to take the self-assessment, reflect on results, set personal goals, and offer feedback for strengthening the use of this tool as the Options Center considers ways to roll out this work to broader audiences.
Presenter: Deborah Fuller, Director, Options Institute, Goddard Riverside Center
- Open Doors for All: Closing the Achievement Gap for Students of Color
Rancho Verde High School has made great strides in access and equity over the last three years, finishing first in California for FAFSA completion and African-American high school graduation rates in 2018. In this presentation we will discuss how we increased the college-going rates for African-American students and the strategies we have used to break down barriers for our minority students. Attendees will leave with a toolkit for increasing FAFSA completion, high school graduation and college-going rates for minority students.
Presenter: William Gerdes, Assistant principal, Rancho Verde High School
Effective Practices Sessions
A State That Works: Cultivating Access to Internship Opportunities in Indiana
For regions looking to attract and retain talent, internships are the way to go. When these experiential learning opportunities are paid and additional development is provided by the community, that impact is bound to increase even more. This session highlights two key resources in Indiana that provide greater access to these experiences through work-study funding and a statewide internship board. Additionally, these tools will be demonstrated in action by a regional partner in Northeast Indiana who has used them, among other resources, to build out a summer internship program (200 students) that has shifted perceptions to 86% “yes” about living in the area after graduation.
Presenter(s): Brittany Collins, Postsecondary Outreach and Career Transitions Manager, Indiana Commission for Higher Education; Sonya Snellenberger-Holm, Project Manager, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership; Bio: Sonya Snellenberger-Holm has been with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership; Mike Slocum, Executive Director, Indiana INTERNnet, Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Building Strong Relationships with Grantmakers
Foundations and other grantmakers are key supporters of college access and success initiatives across the U.S., from local programs to national strategies. And competition for their funds is strong. Like any relationship, getting to know grantmakers takes time and focus. Representatives from three funders will give their best advice on grantseeking, from where to start to how to write a strong grant proposal. Bring your questions to this interactive session designed for those early in their fundraising experience.
Presenter(s): Kyle Malone, Senior Manager of Partnerships, Grantmakers for Education (Moderator); Sarah Belnick, Program Director, College Success, ECMC Foundation; Leslie Gurrola, Director of Programs and Strategy, Greater Texas Foundation; Todd Penner, Portfolio Director, College Success, Michael &Susan Dell Foundation; Tara Spain, Vice President and COO, Travelers Foundation
Capitalizing on Momentum During an Election Year: Lessons In Building Consensus and Making Change
How can a coalition of cross-sector leaders drive a state’s higher education attainment agenda and educate new lawmakers on the urgency of enhancing higher education attainment? During this session, attendees will hear how Michigan took the opportunity of a newly elected governor and major turnover in the legislature to change the attainment conversation in the state Capitol. Presenters will describe how a state-level coalition rolled out a sophisticated advocacy strategy to encourage the governor to set a state attainment goal, propose major financial aid investment, and tap the state’s leading college access professional to be her policy adviser. This session will provide a policy playbook to ignite change in your Capitol, including specific insights into how to get the attention of legislators and the governor’s office.
Presenter(s): Brandy Johnson, Advisor, Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development, Executive Policy Office, State of Michigan; John Austin, Facilitator of MIHEART and Director, Michigan Economic Center, Michigan Economic Center; Christopher W. Trembley, Ed.D, Director of External Engagement, Michigan College Access Network
Community Conversations: Engaging Families to Ensure Success in Higher Education
This session will share strategies for how educators can work collaboratively with families and community members to strengthen student academic engagement and educational achievement. Presenters will demonstrate how to move away from the educator-as-expert meeting model and create intimate community gatherings where groups of people engage in dialogue to embrace thoughts and experiences central to helping their children achieve success in their postsecondary pursuits. Each participant will leave with a complete set of lesson plans, implementation instructions, learning goals, discussion prompts, and materials lists so they can implement this strategy in their community.
Presenter(s): Abril Hunt, National Trainings Manager; Outreach and Financial Literacy, ECMC; Jennifer Satalino, Director, The College Place Oregon, ECMC
Expanding College Access Through Community, Insight, and Joy
Improving pathways for students requires addressing logistical and systemic barriers to college access and transfer. In this session, attendees will learn how The Common Application and Reach Higher, a college access and success initiative started by former First Lady Michelle Obama during her time in the White House, are helping to increase college access and transfer admissions for first-generation and low-income students as well as veterans and other post-traditional adult learners. Attendees will learn how Common App and Reach Higher have united to build evidence-based college access campaigns; connect students to college planning, financial aid, and scholarships; and help colleges utilize data and insights learned from across the membership to improve admissions and enrollment outcomes. Presenters will discuss how they are supporting counselors and advisers with new resources, expanded partner integrations, and initiatives to celebrate student success.
Presenter(s): Meredith Lombardi, Associate Director, Outreach and Education, The Common Application
Extending the Promise: Partnerships Creating Success for 21st Century Scholars
Thirty years ago, the state of Indiana created the 21st Century Scholarship program to cover tuition for provide economically disadvantaged students at participating post-secondary institutions in the state. However some eligible students need support to complete the 21st Century Scholar program requirements and ensure high school graduation, and college matriculation. Starfish Initiative provides-on-one mentoring in conjunction with college readiness and career exploration programming those scholars. Marian University then provides wrap-around services to ensure a successful transition from high school to post-secondary education for these students. Through this unique partnership, students are graduating from high school and making a successful transition into college. Attendees will learn how these partnerships are formed and cultivated and how these strategies can be applied in their communities.
Presenter(s): Amera Schaefer, Sr. Director of Operations and Analytics, Starfish Initiative; Kalyn Miller, Director of the 21st Century Scholar Program at Marian University, Marian University; Jose Medina, Regional Outreach Coordinator-Central Region for 21st Century Scholars, Indiana Department of Higher Education
Gamifying College Completion and Career Preparation Best Practices Through Digital Badging
Degrees of Change partnered with ForAllSystems to develop a digital badging app to scale college completion and career preparation supports across multiple college campuses. The badging app gamifies the recommended college completion and career readiness activities for scholars to complete each term to graduate career-ready. During this session, we will share the research behind the badges; describe the affordable, flexible partnership opportunities with ForAllSystems; and discuss early lessons learned in implementation with students.
Presenter(s): Kelly Bay-Meyer, Operations Director, Degrees of Change; Tim Herron, President, Degrees of Change; Karen Jeffrey, President, ForAllSystems
Global Trends in College Equity and World Access to Higher Education Day
This session will examine the evidence on college equity work from across the world and showcase innovatory approaches to supporting the participation and success in higher education of those from low income and other under-represented groups. It is a unique opportunity to understand what is being done in this area in other countries and what is working. Attending this session will enable delegates to take away new ideas and approaches which they can integrate into their strategies in their institutions and areas. There will also be the opportunity to learn about World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED). The first WAHED was in November 2018 and involved more than 100 organizations from 30 countries. The next WAHED will be in November 2019 and delegates will be invited to engage in this unique global event.
Presenter(s): Graeme Atheron, Director, National Education Opportunities Network (NEON)
How College Access Organizations Can Use Texting to Reach First-Generation and Low-Income Students
In this session, attendees will learn how Signal Vine’s AI-powered text messaging platform will allow them to seamlessly communicate with large caseloads of students while remaining personable by integrating student data. They will also hear from panelists from college access and success organization Bottom Line who will share their strategies and best practices for planning, implementing, and executing an effective text messaging campaign. Attendees will also learn how Bottom Line was able to reach students who did not have access to advisers.
Presenter(s): Jeff Mutimer, Vice President of Marketing, Signal Vine; Sarah Place, National Managing Director of Programs, Bottom Line
How To Achieve Alignment Between Evaluator and Program Professional Perspectives
In this session, iMentor and OneGoal will collectively provide a programmatic and evaluator perspective in this discussion and will share their experiences when thinking about process and outcome metrics of success. Through discussion-led group work, attendees will be given a template to practice identifying the most critical process and outcome metrics for their organization as well as suggestions for tactical next steps to further their work.
Presenter(s): Jim Lauckhardt, Managing Director of Organizational Learning and Impact, iMentor; Max Polaner, Executive Director of iMentor New York City, iMentor; Keith Zander, Senior Director of Evaluation, OneGoal
Institutional Best Practices: Serving Undocumented College Students
Currently there are thousands of DREAMers who overcame the barriers of legal status and enrolled in college. However, with DACA rescinded, college students face challenges that jeopardize their college completion and career success. Given the current climate, it is imperative to address factors crucial to DREAMers’ college access and success. This panel will address the state of federal and state laws impacting undocumented individuals, identify effective practices for supporting undocumented students’ college and career success, and share concrete steps for overcoming the challenges and barriers in implementing these practices.
Presenter(s): Hyein Lee, Sr. Program Manager, Measurement and Evaluation, TheDream.US
Leveraging the Power of Your Community to Support Student Access
ASPIRE is a statewide volunteer-based access program in Oregon that engages students in planning for life after high school. ASPIRE staff will share their model of student supports and discuss how attendees can develop structures and relationships within their communities to better serve their students.
Presenter(s): Gary Campbell, ASPIRE Program Administrator, ASPIRE Oregon / OSAC / HECC
Newer Approaches to Facilitate Student Success with Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs
From building a better recruitment pipeline for at-risk students, to supporting these students with high-impact practices to improve retention, this session will examine new approaches to help facilitate student success with financial aid programs. Best practices indicate that students need more than just financial aid support to persist to graduation. As a "Beyond Financial Aid" institution, IUPUI has developed some creative and successful ways to support its at-risk populations.
Presenter(s): Beth Knight, Director of Scholarships, IUPUI
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
World Cafe Sessions Postsecondary Access and Readiness
- Creating and Implementing an Innovative College Enrichment Program for Foster Youth.
First Star Academies were developed in response to national data that shows low college enrollment and graduation rates among foster care impacted youth. These free 4-year college enrichment programs include a summer residential program at partner post-secondary institutions and monthly academy sessions that ensure foster youth have the academic, life skills, and adult supports needed to successfully transition to higher education and adulthood. The presenter will share program history, development, curriculum, and data-driven impact. Participants will discuss strategies for implementation, learn best practices, and a receive program development toolkit.
Presenter: Karina Garcia, Academy Director, First Star Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy
- Cultivating Social Emotional Learning Through Strength Based Goal Setting
Participants will learn how to implement a five part strength-based goal setting framework to cultivate the most important social emotional skills necessary for students to succeed. What are the five most important social emotional learning (SEL) competencies related to college readiness based on research and best practices. How they can be developed by first identifying strengths and interests in an educational or community setting? The presenter will highlight specific resources to help participants identify the best tools and techniques to begin implementing SEL in their organization and will apply the five step framework using a case study.
Presenter: Martha Castillo, Educational Consultant, Seeds of Grit Educational Services
- Dual Enrollment: College Access vs College Ready
Does early access to college really mean that students are more college ready? Are dual enrollment programs worth the money and are students actually at a disadvantage? This presentation will share a study of how Michigan’s public four year colleges review dual enrollment students in their admissions practices, the challenges dual enrollment students encounter when transferring credits, and an in depth review of the state’s dual enrollment budget. This presentation will be beneficial to attendees to help them understand if dual enrollment actually helps students be college ready.
Presenter: Nicole Johnson, Graduate Student, Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Increasing College Application Completion Through Community Partnerships
The American College Application Campaign is a national initiative that seeks to increase the number of first-generation students and students from low-income families who apply to college. Since its inception in 2005, ACAC has supported over 2 million high school students in applying to at least one postsecondary institution. The campaign’s success has relied on partnerships extending beyond the K12 community by engaging leaders from business, postsecondary institutions and community-based organizations. The presenter will discuss strategies for collaboration and fundraising to engage new partners and build a successful college application program.
Presenter: Lisa King, Senior Communications Specialist, ACT Center for Equity in Learning, American College Application Campaign
- Middle School Matters
Why do we often wait until students approach senior year to talk to them about their plans for after graduation? This presentation will share why the “forgotten middle” is crucial. As early as 8th grade, students make critical decisions such as choosing a high school, selecting a course load and picking the pathway that will enable them to achieve their goals. They rarely have the necessary support to determine and pursue those goals. Come discuss decision points that students face along their educational trajectory and brainstorm strategies to incorporate college and career readiness into programming for middle school students.
Presenter: Amy Tran-Calhoun, Director of Programs, Education Opens Doors
- Next Chapter at Nebraska: Grow your College Access Team through Extension and K-12 Partnerships
Learn how to grow your college access team through partnerships with both university Extension and K-12 schools. Next Chapter at Nebraska is a hybrid college readiness program developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Office of Admissions and Nebraska 4-H Extension. The program combines pre-admission to the university with both rural and urban curriculum delivery to prepare high school youth earlier for college admissions requirements and academic success. Presenters will share how Next Chapter utilizes Extension presence in local communities statewide to identify specific college access needs and fortify strong relationships youth will trust throughout high school.
Presenter: Georgia Gleason, Associate Director of External Relations, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Partnering for Success: How to Join Forces for a Successful Early Commitment Program
Early commitment programs motivate students and families to understand that college is within reach, affordable, and that early academic preparation is critical to success. They can serve as an essential tool for improving college access; and can be sustained on a statewide scale. Virginia529 implemented such a program, SOAR Virginia®, in 2010 with great success across the Commonwealth of Virginia. This presentation will engage attendees in dialogue about what to consider when launching an early commitment scholarship program like SOAR Virginia.
Presenter: Kimberly Miller, Program Manager, Virginia529
- Supporting Community College Bound Students in a Four Year-Centric Program
Reality Changers has put recently put effort into providing differentiated support for students in their program who want to attend two year colleges after high school. The program has always been centered around sending students to four year colleges and universities but noticed that students that went to two year schools felt they were not being supported and less successful than their four-year college bound peers. Nationwide, there is a negative stigma associated with community colleges. The presenter will share strategies and promote discussion among attendees on ways to de-stigmatize community college and provide differentiated support to all students, regardless of their post high school goals.
Presenter: Kristen Sessions, Manager, Curriculum and Training, Reality Changers
- Transition to College: Partnering with Families for Student Success
This presentation will explore strategies for helping families prepare for the social-emotional transition as their child prepares to go to college, and the support that is needed once they are there. Participants will become familiar with the development process, objectives and methodology for creating a transition to college focused family engagement program, and will experience family centered workshop activities from Families In Schools' Transition to College program, that help parents and students have open conversations and prepare together, for the social-emotional transition from high school to college.
Presenter: Rachel Gonzalez, Director of Training and Capacity Building, Families In Schools
- We All Have Work To Do: Using State Policy To Address Equity Gaps in Dual Enrollment
College in high school programs (such as dual enrollment and early college) are popular mechanisms for promoting college access and success, but there is much work to be done to translate that popularity into policy frameworks that address equity gaps and ensure high quality. Research demonstrates that college in high school programs are most effective when they serve low income and underrepresented students, but recent data from NCES and OCR shows there is a long way to go in doing so. Join the College in High School Alliance to learn more about its new report exploring recommendations for all states to advance their policy frameworks for these programs with equity and quality at the core.
Presenter: Alexander Perry, Coordinator, College in High School Alliance
Effective Practices Sessions
3 Effective Tools to Increase Hispanic Student Success
Driving student success at an institution is not a one-size-fits-all strategy. Various socioeconomic and demographic groups require unique tools. From 2017 through 2019, Upswing worked with nearly two dozen Hispanic Serving Institutions and over 100,000 Hispanic and Latino students to uncover best practices that help support success. Presenters will discuss how colleges can effectively utilize updated, data-driven insights to improve persistence amongst Hispanic students. Attendees will be engaged through trivia questions and insightful case studies.
Presenter(s): Melvin Hines, CEO, Upswing
A Seat at the Table: Developing Partnerships That Support College Youth Employment
On Point for College has developed and delivered a paid internship and youth employment program to help college students and recent graduates gain meaningful pre-professional work experience. On Point now has a “seat at the table” with private, nonprofit, and public stakeholders working to support college youth employment in Syracuse through a collaborative approach. During this workshop, we will walk through how On Point advocated for and provided evidence to support the inclusion of a community-based organization in the local youth workforce development discussion.
Presenter(s): Tanya Eastman, Director of Operations and Career Services, On Point for College
Climate Change: Institutional Partnerships as a Model to Address Postsecondary Success for Underrepresented Students
The climate for student success on American university campuses is changing. Now more than ever, the "typical" college student is older, part-time, first-generation, low-income, and/or part of an underrepresented minority. Supporting the rapidly changing student demographics requires institutions to adjust their longstanding beliefs, structures, practices, and cultures to these students’ needs. This session showcases a university’s experience participating in a cross-institutional collaborative partnership to address student success. Participants in this highly interactive session will use role-play to design a success support specific to underrepresented students
Presenter(s): Christel Perkins, Assistant Director, Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; Cathy Buyarski, Executive Director, Student Success Initiatives Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Amy Cole-Smith, Assistant Director, Center for Public University Transformation, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
Comprehensive School Counseling: School-Community Partnerships to Improve Access and Readiness
Using the foundation of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) model, Indiana has seen an expansion in recent years of partnerships between K-12 school counseling programs and CBOs. They are working together in new and sustainable ways to achieve shared impact on the pillars of student outcomes: social-emotional health, academic success, and college and career preparation. Join the Indiana Youth Institute and school partners for a presentation of effective practices that are emerging from these local partnerships. Attendees will gain practical strategies and connect to resources that can be implemented to expand school-community partnerships that can impact student success.
Presenter(s): Tracy Butler, Director, College and Career Connections, Indiana Youth Institute
Crazy Rich Data: How New Approaches to Data Result in Improved Learning Experiences and Outcomes for All Students
Representing 48 ethnicities and over 300 languages, the Asian & Pacific Islander American (APIA) community serves as a precursor to America’s increasingly diverse future. So, what can a community of 48 ethnicities teach us about data? In this session, speakers from three APIA nonprofit organizations share how disaggregated data is used to identify gaps in student support programming and guide changes to enhance programmatic effectiveness. The speakers will also discuss lessons learned and the how their learnings are applicable to communities of color in an increasingly diverse American social landscape.
Presenter(s): Noël Harmon, President & Executive Director, APIA Scholars; Leilani Pimentel, Director, Strategic Initiatives, APIA Scholars; Tavae Samuelu, Executive Director, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)
Designing Free College Programs With an Equity Lens: Lessons From TN
Tennessee was the first state in the nation to offer tuition-free community college, and it is frequently seen as a model for expanding college access. What lessons can be learned from how the program was created and implemented in a politically conservative state? The Tennessee College Access and Success Network will use an equity lens to define what free college programs would ideally do, and will use the same lens to evaluate the impact of free college on students in the state. Participants will then use the same equity lens to evaluate other free college programs via case studies, and will consider ways to refine existing policies to provide greater access to postsecondary education for low-income students, adults, and students of color.
Presenter(s): Kate Watts, Assistant Director of Advocacy and Special Projects, Tennessee College Access and Success Network; Jenny McFerron, Director of Strategy and Engagement, Tennessee College Access and Success Network
FAFSA Simplification and Verification Reform: Perspectives and Discussion With Financial Aid Administrators
FAFSA simplification and reduction of the burden of the verification process are key policy proposals to help more low-income students access the financial aid for which they are eligible. As Congress continues to debate the best way to make these changes, it is helpful to consider the impact of the changes on the financial aid offices at institutions. Join this session to learn more about these ideas from financial aid administrators and participate in an active discussion about the barriers financial aid officers face and their suggestions on how to address them.
Presenter(s): Jill Desjean, Policy Analyst, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators; Marvin Smith, Executive Director of Student Financial Services, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Ben Burton, Chief Student Financial Resources Officer, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
High-Performance Partnerships: How Community Colleges and CBOs Help Opportunity Youth Cross the Finish Line
Houston and Austin, TX, are actively engaging opportunity youth ages 16 to 24 to access the education and high-demand skills needed for long-term economic prosperity. In both cases, these efforts rely on a high-performing partnership between the local community college and a college-completion-focused nonprofit organization. Join us to learn more about the work of Houston Community College in partnership with Project GRAD Houston and the work of Austin Community College and its partnership with the Austin Opportunity Youth Coalition. Participants will leave with examples of how to develop a partnership and identify the metrics to track success. This session will also highlight common challenges and how best to address them.
Presenter(s): Kristin Boyer, Executive Director, Trellis Foundation; Ann Stiles, Executive Director, Project GRAD Houston; Emily Hardegree, Student Affairs Analyst, Austin Community College, Steve Christopher, Associate Vice President, Student Accessibility & Social Support Resources
How To Better Serve Rural, First-Generation, Low-Income Students to Matriculate to College
As enrollment numbers decline, colleges and universities have had to reinvent their recruitment strategies. As universities vie for a limited number of college candidates, more recruitment occurs in urban areas where high numbers of students are more accessible and scalable. But are we forgetting, ignoring, or neglecting potential successful college candidates? Rural students often enroll in postsecondary education at lower rates than their peers and are more likely to drop out. Presenters in this session will explore the unique challenges and solutions for shepherding rural, first-generation, low-income students toward high school graduation and college matriculation.
Presenter(s): Mark Despain, Director, Northern Arizona University; Caitlin Absher, Program Coordinator, Northern Arizona University
The 2018-19 FAFSA Completion Challenge Grand Prix: Lessons Learned
Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a strong indicator of postsecondary access and persistence. Rochester, NY; Charleston, SC; and West Valley City, UT, received grant dollars from NCAN through the FAFSA Completion Challenge to improve FAFSA completion by at least five percentage points. These sites discovered that boosting FAFSA completion is difficult work and can feel like racing in a grand prix! In this collaborative session, these communities will facilitate dialogue about barriers to improving FAFSA completion, and successes and effective practices for increasing FAFSA completions in your community. Join this session to help your students as they race towards postsecondary access and success.
Presenter(s): Jacob Newman, Community Outreach Specialist, Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority; Sarah Piwinksi, Director of Data Management and Analysis, Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative; Stuart Hencke, Deputy Director, Rochester Education Foundation
The Burnout Factor: 7 Strategies to Sustain Your Leadership and Your Life
The presenter in this workshop will share seven key steps to help education and nonprofit leaders balance their commitment to mission with a sustainable life. The session will provide attendees with concrete strategies for sustaining their leadership, addressing issues of turnover and creating healthy organizational cultures. This workshop is based on the presenter’s book, in which she provides a step-by-step guide to move from chaos to calm, from exhaustion to rejuvenation, and from burnout to professional and personal sustainability.
Presenter(s): April Ervin, Chief Peace Officer, Sustainable Leadership, LLC
Why Is Change So Hard? Building Buy-In for DEI at Your Organization
Addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a necessary part of college access work. But DEI work is change work, and change is difficult. How can we move beyond that? This session will address the fear of change, how to identify the change agents in your organization or school, how to create buy-in with your larger team, and the value of facing DEI work head-on. Come to this session prepared to collaborate, listen, reflect, and share.
Presenter(s): Sarah Perry, Chief Program Officer, Breakthrough Central Texas; Zakiyyah Kareem, Chief Student Support Officer, Breakthrough Central Texas