Live Chat ×
Skip to main content

Explore Events

ACCT

MONDAY
OCTOBER 5TH

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. – Meet ACCT Staff and Congress Troubleshooting

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

System Building: Interconnecting the Healthcare Ecosystem (Employer, Training Providers, Community Based Organizations, and the Philanthropic Community)

PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS

A healthcare sector partnership led by Cuyahoga Community College in collaboration with Workforce Connect, a partnership of public and private leaders, to utilize the overall workforce development system to support employers in finding the right skilled talent. This system building effort focuses on the development of strategies and gathering the support and alignment of education institutions, schools, social service organizations, local communities and workforce partners in the community to execute the defined components of these strategies.

Destination Graduation: Our Journey to Centralize Academic and Career Advising

NEW PATHWAYS TO STUDENT SUCCESS

Midlands Technical College, like many community colleges, needed to improve student retention and career planning. With a decentralized advising model, accountability and consistency were impossible to achieve. Learn how MTC used existing resources to implement centralized advising that aligns with Guided Pathways principles and focuses on student completion.

A Mission-Driven Response to the Coronavirus Crisis: Finding the Silver Linings

COVID-19: LESSONS LEARNED

A college’s mission statement defines its key values and goals. During a crisis, it is essential that these values underscore all plans, communication, and actions. Engage in a discussion about how Clark State kept student success at the root of all decisions leading to agile responses, transparent communication, and college-wide creativity and innovation.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Community College Presidents’ Voices on Prison Education

ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS

Since 2015, over 25 community colleges throughout the United States have been offering college programs in prisons funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell Grant experiment. Moreover, part of ACCT’s congressional advocacy has been to support a repeal of the ban on using federal financial aid in prisons. During this session, you will hear from two college presidents who will discuss the successes and challenges of implementing prison education, their institutions’ involvement in the Second Chance Pell experiement, and how college in prison programs have transformed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Policy Governance. Strong Leadership. Effective Transition

BOARD BASICS

This presentation will highlight the Policy Governance model and the long-standing successful processes and policies assisting Lakeshore Technical College in maintaining the Board’s strategic leadership. This presentation will also address how this governance model assisted in the transition of a first time college president with no prior experience with policy governance or Lakeshore Technical College.

Using a College Farm to Create Partnerships

STRENGTHENING RURAL COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Glen Oaks Community College operates a 67 acre farm as part of its ongoing campus operations. This farm is run by the Ag Equipment Technology faculty member with the full help of the students enrolled in the program. The equipment is provided by the various dealers that the program serves and the seed and fertilizer, etc are provided by area Ag suppliers. This experience for students in invaluable as they prepare for the work in this important field.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. – Network with Your Regional Peers: Northeast Region

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – OPENING GENERAL SESSIONS

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. – Network with Your Regional Peers: Central Region

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Neighborhood College: Strategies for taking our College into the Community

PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS

The Phoenix College Neighborhood College effort delivers classes at the workplace. This partnership concept was developed from a desire and willingness to meet students where they are, not just philosophically, but also geographically. This session will demonstrate that collaborative co-branded partnerships can be extremely beneficial in education and workforce training.

Stop, Drop, Enroll! A Research Study on Persistence

NEW PATHWAYS TO STUDENT SUCCESS

Stop, Drop, Enroll is a research study conducted to understand the individual and institutional reasons students do not persist and to propose action steps to increase persistence. During this session, presenters will share the research design, partnerships, results, and strategic actions to support student success.

Oriented for Action: Linking Board Orientation, Retreats, Evaluation Practices & Crisis Management

COVID-19: LESSONS LEARNED

How does a college react instantly in crisis management with the Board ready for action to ensure business continuity, campus morale, and presidential support designed to persevere and proactively act? Learn how orientation, purposeful retreats, and strategic evaluation practices developed a Board focused on the students, employees, and institutional sustainability.

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Board Communication Protocols

BOARD BASICS

High-functioning boards practice clear and frequent internal and external communication protocols to foster a strong bond between the president and the board as well as effective communications among the president, the college community, and the media. This session explores several case studies from a panel of experienced trustees and presidents about the communication protocols they endorse at their respective colleges.

Update on Federal Priorities

5

ADDRESSING THE NEWS OF STUDENTS

The government relations teams at ACCT and AACC will provide an update on the federal priorities of community colleges. Find out what issues community college advocates should encourage the Administration and Congress to support in 2020 and 2021 and how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the narrative. Learn about opportunities for trustees and college leaders to influence policymakers.

Hidden college, hidden asset: noncredit education

NEW PATHWAYS TO STUDENT SUCCESS

Some of the most exciting innovation in higher education is taking place nationwide on the noncredit side of community colleges. Noncredit education varies widely from institution to institution. But as a rule, what some have called the “hidden college” is nimble, responsive, solution-oriented and ideally positioned to keep up with local labor market demand. Yet all too often, the noncredit division is a realm apart, poorly integrated with the rest of the college, and both sides of the house – and learners – suffer as a result. What’s needed: better collaboration and cross pollination between credit and noncredit divisions and also better bridges for learners who want to make the leap from one kind of program to the other. Opportunity America president Tamar Jacoby will lead a discussion of what colleges can do to lift up and integrate their noncredit divisions.

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. – Network with Your Regional Peers: Pacific Region

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Financial Aid Culture - When In Doubt, Give it Out!

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

Learn about California’s best practices guide and framework for Financial Aid Directors, CEOs and Trustees to support a cultural shift towards more student-centered practices that removed barriers, facilitated navigating the application and verification process, and accelerated receipt of financial aid - moving the needle to support student success.

The Chicago Roadmap: How City Colleges of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools are working to provide a seamless path for students and families and access to quality higher education

PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS

In close partnership with Chicago’s philanthropic community and key elected officials, the Chicago Roadmap seeks to breakdown institutional silos between Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago, and focus on transformational practices that build on Chicago’s public education value proposition.

Strategies for Math Placement during COVID 19: A Discussion around Multiple Measures and its Impact on Student and Institutional Success

NEW PATHWAYS TO STUDENT SUCCESS

Nationwide, millions of students struggle to complete their degree-required math courses, losing time, money and, often, confidence. This issue will be exacerbated due to the learning loss impacting students across the country due to COVID 19. This growing challenge has led to an influx of innovative initiatives to expedite students' paths to graduation. One such approach that has emerged, multiple measures, aims to increase enrollment in college-level courses, but now faces numerous challenges of taking standardized exams.

In discussion, we will examine current multiple measures research through the lens of student success, equity, inclusion, and STEM persistence in the mathematic pathway. We will also explore evidence that ALEKS PPL, a comprehensive approach to placement that combines accurate assessment of current knowledge with the chance to refresh skills and place higher, creates positive sustainable change for students and institutions.

5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. – MEET YOUR PEER NETWORKING EVENT: TRUSTEES

6:15 p.m. - 7 p.m. – MEET YOUR PEER NETWORKING EVENT: PRESIDENTS

TUESDAY
OCTOBER 6TH

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. – Meet ACCT Staff and Congress Troubleshooting

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Stiff Competition, National Recognition: Reaping the Benefits of Participating in the 2021 Bellwether Award Competition

PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS

The Bellwether College Consortium is a respected independent think tank of member colleges who have actively competed for the Bellwether Award. Since 1996, the Consortium has hosted a well-respected two-round competition where submissions from public community colleges vie for top honors in one of three categories: 1) Workforce Development, 2) Instructional Programs and Services, and 3) Finance, Planning and Governance. The innovative submissions are evaluated by respected leaders in higher education. In this session, join the Bellwether leadership and past award recipients who share tips and dates important to the application process, benefits from being named a Bellwether Award recipient and how these colleges have leveraged their award to improve their national visibility and expand their professional networks.

NJCAA Athletics - The Benefits and Complete Review Process

NEW PATHWAYS TO STUDENT SUCCESS

A comprehensive review of NJCAA Athletics to include Finances, Student Outcomes, and Community Support.

Service, Support and Consistency – Even through a Pandemic

COVID-19: LESSONS LEARNED

With new leadership and a renewed focus on improving service to students, College of the Mainland took steps to change their front-line support service configuration with very positive results including the ability to offer uninterrupted service to students during COVID-19 Pandemic. The presenters will share the reasons for seeking change, explore how front-line staff responded, outline implementation steps and share case study results.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

The Real Price of College

ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS

Many community college students find that the real price of college is higher than the financial aid formula would predict. That surprise contributes to basic needs insecurity and a heightened demand for emergency aid.

A new Hope Center / Lumina Foundation project in Texas is exploring ways for college administrators to better predict who will face a higher-than-calculated price and even address it. Join project leaders Sara Goldrick-Rab and Eddy Conroy for preliminary insights from this effort.

Behavioral Intervention and Campus Security on a Budget

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

This presentation describes the process that Madisonville Community College used to implement a behavioral intervention team, training, and campus security at a time of funding constriction. Topics include formation of the team and policy, partnerships to offer on-campus security and counseling services, mental health certification, and training sessions for employees.

How Allan Hancock College Improved Graduation Rates and Saved Valuable Time for Academic Advisors and Student Services

NEW PATHWAYS TO STUDENT SUCCESS

Learn how Allan Hancock College, in partnership with Ferrilli, leveraged existing technology to increase completion rates and improve efficiencies within Academic Advising and the Registrar’s Office. This session will discuss how the program requirement evaluation process was changed from one-on-one interaction and review to a comprehensive process that evaluated every student against all degree and certificate offerings on a regular basis. The impacts of this change were significant. The college has seen remarkable gains in completion rates as students earn credentials that they never applied for and staff is empowered to be more proactive with students regarding program completion.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. – Network with Your Regional Peers: Southern Region

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – GENERAL SESSION

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. – Network with Your Regional Peers: Western Region

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

The Board & The CEO - Maximizing the Relationship

BOARD BASICS

High performing boards are dedicated to maximizing the relationship with the CEO. CEOs must exhibit behavior worthy of board support. This session will focus on the elements and best practices that make this relationship work to the benefit of the college and its stakeholders.

Centering Racial Equity in Student Access and Success Work

PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS

If community colleges are “America’s institutions of the moment,” (James and Deborah Fallows, “Our Towns”, 2019), they must be at the center of racial healing and action. Responding to exposed inequities in educational and other systems, Achieving the Dream colleges are intensifying equity work to build equitable and inclusive communities.

Legal Challenges in Operating a Community College During the Pandemic

COVID-19: LESSONS LEARNED

Join a panel of 3 legal practitioners including ACCT’s General Counsel and Washington Attorney Ira Shepard who is joined by two of his colleagues at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, Robert Duston and Carolyn Pellegrini who will discuss the administrative and legal challenges facing Community Colleges operating during the pandemic. They will analyze a broad range of student, faculty, and staff legal issues and concerns. In addition they will address the legal challenges relating to access and disability issues which accompany remote and virtual learning programs.

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. – MEET YOUR PEERS - NEW TRUSTEES

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

COVID-19: Challenges Imposed, Lessons Learned

COVID-19: LESSONS LEARNED

Yavapai College pivoted to remote delivery in response to the COVID-19. While the transition imposed challenges, it offered opportunity to build institutional capacity and revealed the light of the human spirit with-stories of generosity, kindness, and resiliency. The comprehensive guide, reentry plan, and safety protocols will be shared.

Three Missions, One Project: Mid-State Health Care Simulation Center

PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS

This session explains how three organizations blended missions to develop the Mid-State Health Care Simulation Center located at Aspirus Riverview Hospital through funding provided by the Legacy Foundation of Central Wisconsin. Presenters describe the needs assessment, partnership development, and collaboration plan designed to meet healthcare training needs of the community.

Resources for Rural Colleges

STRENGTHENING RURAL COMMUNITY COLLEGES

On this panel attendees will be provided with an update regarding ACCT’s Strengthening Rural Community College’s initiative, have the chance to learn about opportunities to get involved with RCCA, as well as hear about available grant opportunities from USDA.

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. – MEET AND GREET WITH ACCT

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Community College Baccalaureate, National Scope, and Impact on the Working Learners’ Economic Advancement

NEW PATHWAYS TO STUDENT SUCCESS

This presentation will focus on the role of the Community College Baccalaureate in helping community colleges fulfill their mission of providing student pathways toward economic mobility. Student voices and why they choose the community college baccalaureate degree create an understanding of why this higher education evolution is one of the most democratizing strategies in several decades.

The community college baccalaureate will be viewed within the broader context of a national movement which impacts and creates economic opportunities for students to achieve the American dream for themselves and their families.

Success On-Demand: Innovation & America’s Online Community College

NEW PATHWAYS TO STUDENT SUCCESS

Determined to reinvent the learning experience in order to change lives, Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona recently embarked on an audacious mission to reach beyond its traditional geography and scale its unique delivery model across the country. Learn how the College leveraged four decades of distance education experience in order to evolve from an initial set of high-quality, low-cost offerings to 600+ on-demand courses available nationwide. Serving an average of 28,000 students online each year and currently experiencing an 8% uptick in national enrollment, Rio Salado College is positioned for long-term success as a result of the critical investments made in the development and implementation of operational planning, change management best practices, and sustainable business models.

Best Practices of Effective Governing Boards

BOARD BASICS

The definitive test of board and CEO leadership is how well their colleges educate students and meet the educational and workforce needs of their communities. Successful boards and CEOs set policy and goals, create an environment that encourages college administrators, faculty, and staff to meet those goals; and monitor the college’s effectiveness. This session will focus on enhancing the board’s effectiveness, building a cohesive team, establishing essential policies, an managing common problem areas.

5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. – City Colleges of Chicago Latin Fusion Cooking Demonstration

WEDNESDAY
OCTOBER 7TH

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. – Meet ACCT Staff and Congress Troubleshooting

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Building Effective Boardsmanship Through Policy Governance

BOARD BASICS

North Central State College has successfully utilized Policy Governance to build effective boardmanship and train trustees. Policy Review, Case Studies, and Policy Governance principles will be discussed as well as strategies for monitoring Board Ends and College Performance including student success, fiscal success, and response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Serving the Whole Student: Addressing Non-Academic Barriers Facing Rural Community College Students

STRENGTHENING RURAL COMMUNITY COLLEGES

In this presentation, the authors will identify six non-academic barriers to completion and briefly explore how these barriers effect students, services, and success rates at rural community colleges. Each barrier will be defined, challenges explored, and best practices identified using a mini-case study approach. The authors will seek to identify exemplar rural community colleges who are taking action to confront these barriers and lessen their negative impact on student success. Opportunities for future research will be identified and implications for practice examined.

Beyond the Skills Gap: Skills as the New Currency

NEW PATHWAYS FOR STUDENT SUCCESS

For nearly two decades, Emsi has been at the forefront of helping colleges quantify their economic impact, develop workforce-aligned programs and guide their students through the career exploration experience. At the heart of where people, education and work intersect, lies the new “lingua franca”; the new language of skills. Join Brian Bailey, Manager of Higher Education at Emsi to explore how you and your college can speak the language of employment and design programs at the skill-level.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Don't Waste a Good Crisis: One Communities Ability to Overcome Workforce Obstacles

PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS

WNCC's Sidney Campus' Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center provides a space for entrepreneurial endeavors. This space hosts new entrepreneurs for up to two years rent & utility free. The goal is to mentor sustainable businesses. Examples of resources are Department of Labor, Chamber, and Economic Development offices.

Trustee Transformation at Parkland College into a high performing Board by 3 Amigos and Bonnie

BOARD BASICS

Four Trustees from Parkland College with over 100 years of Board experience will describe the Trustee Transformation of Parkland College from just a "regular" functioning Board to a high performing Board of Trustees with 3 past presidents of ICCTA, 3 Ray Hartstein IL Trustee award winners, 2 past ACCT Board Members, and a Past Board Chair of ACCT. The presenters will describe and answer questions on how the Board was transformed.

Digging Deeper into Student Success—The Science and Art of Changing Student Behavior

NEW PATHWAYS FOR STUDENT SUCCESS

Those of us responsible for increasing community college student success rates work under the unwavering belief that student success is, in many ways, a science. We know that certain behaviors increase the likelihood that a student will complete their degree or transfer to a four-year college or university. Increased interaction with faculty and staff members, participating in extracurricular activities, enrolling in courses full-time—all these things are known to impact the rates of student success. Student success is also an art that weaves together behaviors and actions with transformational experiences. These transformational experiences can include participation in student government, volunteerism, undergraduate research projects, and any experience that provides students with an opportunity to learn—not only about the subject matter—but also about their own abilities. This presentation explores student success through the perspective of the student—a nontrivial departure from how colleges typically approach how to change student behavior.

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – ACCT Regional Awards General Session

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. – Showcase Your Pets!

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Supporting Student Parents during COVID-19

COVID-19: LESSONS LEARNED

Colleges need to address student’s basic food and housing needs. The almost 30% of students with children have additional challenges. Learn how the Los Angeles Valley College Family Resource Center has created a culture of care on campus to support student parents and how your college can implement support.

Catalyzing Equity Work on Campus: College of Lake County’s Equity Story

NEW PATHWAYS TO STUDENT SUCCESS

It can be challenging to seamlessly integrate statements on diversity, equity and inclusion with student success efforts; however, the events of 2020 underscore the importance of equity work. Presenters will share tools to develop equity plans that help students of all backgrounds achieve their educational goals.

Board Retreats As A Strategic Vehicle For Board Cohesion And Team Building

BOARD BASICS

An annual board retreat is a standard of good practice and allows boards the time and space to reflect on its effectiveness, address challenges, and develop goals and priorities. This session will discuss the importance of hosting a board retreat and explore typical topics that might be covered in a retreat. Panelists will share their own experiences about what works for their own board’s development including board self-assessment and CEO evaluation.

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

The RELLIS Vision Realized, and Then Some

PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS

Through the RELLIS Academic Alliance, the cornerstone of the educational programs, the Blinn College District and the Texas A&M University system's ten regional universities have collaborated on the campus to provide targeted academic/workforce training programs. This presentation is a follow-up to an original presentation in 2017, which will explore obstacles encountered, and how these have been resolved.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: A Guide for Community College Boards 

BOARD BASICS

This live interactive session will walk attendees through the critical steps boards must take to implement policy through an equity lens. This session based on ACCT’s recently released guide will discuss strategies to create an equity-minded board and institution, suggest recommendations to monitor and evaluate the college’s progress on equity goals, to encourage meaningful changes on campus.

Food Insecurity, Social Justice and Serving Students in a Virtual World

COVID-19: LESSONS LEARNED

COVID-19 presents new challenges for students, such as rapidly moving to a virtual instructional approach and providing additional support to the most vulnerable outside the campus environment. This thought-provoking panel discussion features contributors from the book Food Insecurity on Campus, the first book to describe the problem and work to meet higher education's growing demand to tackle the pressing question "How can we end student hunger?"

The panel will examine enrollment trends, ways to improve serving students virtually, keeping students engaged, and helping those who face food insecurity access important resources, as well as explore the intersection of these issues with social and racial justice.

This is a panel discussion you won’t want to miss!

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. – Meet Your Peers: 45 and Under Caucus Networking Meeting

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Virtual Student Services: Technology and AI to the Rescue

COVID-19: LESSONS LEARNED

2020 has pushed all of us to find creative ways to support our students in a 100% online world. A number of new technologies, including AI powered tools, are emerging technology that can serve students in online and remote environments. Come visit with a panel of experts to discuss the path forward - new strategies, new tools, and new visions for the future of higher ed.

Bridge Programs that Support Community College Students with Autism

ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS

Prior postsecondary education research suggests that, despite the capability to achieve a two-year or four-year degree, students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are less likely to participate in higher education when compared to their peers with other disabilities (Wei, Yu, Shattuck, McCracken, & Blackorby, 2013). To date, there is little data on student success outcomes specifically for students with ASD even though it is a fast-growing population, with 1 in 54 children currently being diagnosed, according to recent CDC estimates. Customized programmatic support can help ease the transition within a broad framework that reconceptualizes the problem in terms of strengths and barriers. The current presentation focuses on two pilot programs that fund customized supports during transformational periods for the ASD community college studen.The two pilot projects have wide implications for community college administrators, trustees, and faculty members as we seek new strategies to provide effective program supports in promoting the success of students on the autism spectrum.

Board and its Governing Functions

BOARD BASICS

The purpose of college and university governing boards is to protect the institution, assure fulfilment of the mission, and strategically plan for the college’s future. Governing boards do this by establishing a strategic plan, setting policy, carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, hiring and supervising a chief executive officer, and providing institutional oversight. This session will clarify Governing Board roles and responsibilities, board member effectiveness, and provide an overview of board operations.

5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. – Food Connects Us: Joliet Junior College

THURSDAY
OCTOBER 8TH

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Institutional Strategic Planning: We are all in this together!

PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS

In the fall of 2019, SFCC engaged in a comprehensive institutional strategic planning effort. Using an institutional and community planning team, the College engaged in a multi-phased process that sought to clarify the mission and values of the College, classify the current state of the institution, identify what the College wants to be and, specifically, how the organization can successfully make the transition from current to future state. The result was the creation of an institutional strategic plan, aligned with the accreditation criterion for The Higher Learning Commission, that will guide the priorities of the College for the next five years. Additionally, the Plan houses the key priorities and objectives for the College that are cascaded throughout the planning processes for the College departments.

Prioritizing Student Success through Innovative Funding Model

NEW PATHWAYS TO STUDENT SUCCESS

With $1.2M remaining from its previous strategic plan, Harper College created an internal “grant program” called Student Success Initiatives, challenging faculty and staff to submit their best ideas to impact students. The results were initiatives addressing basic student needs, equity in technology, and a tuition assistance program for high-demand fields.

3 Rapid-Fire Sessions: Enrollment Growth, Connectivity & Data

ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS

Leading student-services providers for an array of fields will present three speed sessions to help your institution meet students' needs while keeping your institution sustainable during these volatile times.

ACCT Corporate Council Chair Brian Bailey from Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc., will moderate three panels designed to serve as a primer on resources to advance your college.

Session 1: How can we support enrollment growth?
Session 2: Connectivity: Who's losing?
Session 3: Data & the Consumer-Oriented Experience

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Trustee Transitions

BOARD BASICS

Explore best practices for creating and contributing to a cohesive board of trustees that provides long-term stability for the college, clear and consistent leadership, and a culture of respect and inclusion.

Strategic and Innovative Partnerships to Meet the Needs of Students and the Community

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

The partnership between the Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) Board of Trustees and the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Board of Directors has been instrumental in collaborating with community stakeholders to address the needs of the local economy, engage public and private investment for student support and launch a successful campaign for a new building. Given the challenges with public funding in higher education and the efforts of colleges to move toward more sustainable business models for institutional resiliency, innovative partnerships and strategies like these must be developed to meet the needs of the students and the community.

The Power of Listening: How Consumer Insights Can Help Community Colleges Adapt, Innovate, and Survive in a New Era

ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS

In spite of growing demand for education and training beyond high school, community college enrollments have been declining for the past decade with no end in sight while the value of postsecondary education has come under increasing scrutiny. Leveraging its database of 350,000 Americans, Strada Consumer Insights is working to catalyze innovation and increase consumer confidence by helping community colleges understand and deliver what consumers want.

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – CLOSING GENERAL SESSION / ASSOCIATION AWARDS

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Maintaining Core Commitments to Our Students, Employees, and Communities in the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19: LESSONS LEARNED

New Jersey was hit early and hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mercer County Community College responded quickly, collectively, and passionately while maintaining its core commitments to students, employees, and community. Consequently, the college is stronger and more united than ever before. This session will share our story and lessons learned.

Guardian Life Community College Innovation Challenge

NEW PATHWAYS TO STUDENT SUCCESS

What if every student graduated? Guardian partners with UDC Community College to bring students a competition to tackle financial obstacles stopping students from completion.

Rural Community College and Mental Health Challenges

STRENGTHENING RURAL COMMUNITY COLLEGES

College students’ basic needs are often discussed with regard to an urban environment, but rural students face similar and unique needs when it comes to mental health services, housing, food insecurity and a variety of other issues. Tom Perkins will discuss his research on mental health challenges faced by rural colleges and emerging research around best practice. Martha Garcia will discuss the unique program she has created to support Imperial Valley students, and Rachel Rush-Marlowe will discuss insights from her field research as part of ACCT’s Strengthening Rural Community College’s initiative.

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Conducting an Effective CEO Search

BOARD BASICS

Because nearly one in four community colleges is experiencing a transition in executive leadership, it’s critical that your board understands today’s rapidly changing leadership landscape. Is your board considering a presidential search? What are the new elements to consider given today's complex landscape? Learn how the board and institution can best prepare for a CEO transition. This session will cover best practices in designing an open and national search process, virtual options, how to recruit a strong pool of candidates, and what mistakes the board should be careful to avoid.

Student Trustees

BOARD BASICS

All student trustees are encouraged to join the meeting to learn about ACCT and to meet other student trustees across the country.

How to Drive Positive Change During The Pandemic

COVID-19: LESSONS LEARNED

This session is focused on two stories of leadership innovation. Community college leaders work hard to support their students and provide access to affordable, quality programs. In the midst of a global pandemic, this work becomes even more challenging, forcing leaders to quickly problem-solve under high stakes circumstances. At Ivy Tech and Union County Colleges, leaders rose to the challenge.

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

From Industry Needs to College Policy: A Board's Role in Strengthening Partnerships

PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS

Del Mar College Board Chair Carol Scott and EVP/COO Lenora Keas will discuss the $10 billion of industry growth in South Texas in the past decade and how the college is positioned to cultivate relationships with industry. This allowed the college to align programs with community and industry needs to provide a workforce for a growing economy.

Enrollment Lessons Learned During COVID-19: Useful In Post COVID

COVID-19: LESSONS LEARNED

Community colleges were forced to make major changes in educational delivery, communications, and systems within a week or two due to the onset of the COVID pandemic – moving students and employees home. Looking back, many of the changes forced upon the community colleges were actually long needed from an operational stance. This session will provide video clips of community college presidents and vice presidents discussing changes made which will have long-term beneficial impacts on increasing enrollments in the areas of:

  • Presidential leadership and decision making
  • Student services onboarding and retention
  • Online learning
  • Connectivity and online access
  • Communications with students

Creating a More Unified Community College: Aligning Non-Credit and Credit Programs

NEW PATHWAYS TO STUDENT SUCCESS

Education Strategy Group will share a new framework on how to align non-credit and credit programs at community colleges and how to promote these offerings as the first stop on a pathway to a good job. Institutional leaders will offer their approach and insights to aligning non-credit to credit programs. The session will include a getting started guide for stakeholders on how to begin this work in a way that optimally serves students and responds to economic needs.

Upcoming Live Events

There are currently no live events.

Past Live Events