2016 Entering Student Sucess Institute
Past Institute — November 6-8, 2016

2016 Entering Student Success Institute

2016 Entering Student Success Institute
Redesigning the Entering Student Pathway


Opening Plenary Session

Keynote Session

Concurrent Session Handouts


Opening Plenary Session

Starting Right: Making the Case (Video)
Coral Noonan-Terry, Program Manager for Special Projects, Center for Community College Student Engagement

Session Objectives:

  • Build understanding of the importance of focus on entering students as part of an integrated strategy for student success
  • Promote use of data as the basis for Institute work
  • Provide highlights of national SENSE data as context for college team discussions
  • Demonstrate ways that qualitative data (student voices) enrich understanding of students' experiences
  • Review objectives for College Team Strategy Session #1: Implications of SENSE data

Role-Alike Roundtables: Exchanging Ideas, Learning From Each Other (PDF)

Session Description:
Institute participants will have the opportunity for facilitated discussion with peers in similar roles at other colleges to exchange ideas and experiences related to implementing practices for entering students that further support their student success agenda. Come prepared with questions, answers, challenges, and solutions!

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Keynote Session

Strategies for Institutional Redesign: Student Intake and Supports (Video)
Kay McClenney, Senior Advisor to the President/CEO & Pathways Project, American Association of Community Colleges

Session Objectives:

  • Address and facilitate discussion of key issues pertaining to effective redesign in college practices
  • Discuss how to build college capacity for pathways reform and how pathways can transform the educational experience for entering students
  • Review objectives for College Team Strategy Session #2: Inventory of Entering Student Experiences

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Concurrent Session Handouts

PDFs linked to presenter names below.

Lessons Learned for Engaging Entering Students From Selected ATD Leader Colleges

Anne Albarelli, Dean, Academic Affairs, Lone Star College—North Harris (TX)
Kelley Conrad, Counseling & Advising Center Chairperson, Muskegon Community College (MI)
Jeannine Woody, Vice President, Academic Programs & Services, Davidson County Community College (NC)

Session Description:
The majority of entering students are not prepared for college-level coursework. Join this session for an analysis of what selected Achieving the Dream leader colleges have learned and a list of next steps for engaging entering students.

Dual Credit: Transitioning High School Students to College Life

Dennis Brown, President, Lee College (TX)
Naima Brown, Vice President, Student Affairs, Santa Fe College (FL)
Cindy Buchholz, Dean of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, Victoria College (TX)
Sabrina Romo, Coordinator, Pre-College Programs, Victoria College (TX)
Larry Sanderson, Vice President of Development, Institutional Effectiveness, & Accreditation, New Mexico Junior College (NM)
Charlotte Schmitz, Faculty, Assessment Coordinator, New Mexico Junior College (NM)

Session Description:
High school students who enroll in college classes are more likely to persist and earn a college degree. Four colleges will share how they developed high school partnerships to create dual credit programs, and the essential support structure needed for dual-enrolled students.

How Providing Free Online Resources Helps Entering Students

Allison Martin, Director, Institutional Effectiveness Initiatives, Bossier Parish Community College (LA)

Session Description:
Since its inception, community colleges have been about access—the opportunity to attend postsecondary education. In today's world of 24-7 news outlets, social media, and the answer to almost any question on your phone, access to learning has been expanded to anytime, anywhere. At Bossier Parrish Community College, learning continues after hours as students can participate in expanded quizzes, full gradebook, and lecture videos through their Open Campus Classic sites.

Student Orientation: Forming a Connection Early On

Countance Anderson, Director of Registration and Orientation, Jackson State Community College (TN)
Michelle Schutt, Associate Vice President of Student Services, College of Southern Idaho (ID)

Session Description:
Orientation is a key component to positively starting entering students' college experiences. Two colleges with mandatory orientation for new-to-college students will discuss how their colleges orient students, data regarding its impact, and how orientation complements the colleges' intake processes.

AACC Pathways 101

Kay McClenney, Senior Advisor to the President/CEO & Pathways Project, American Association of Community Colleges

Session Description:
Pathways is the buzz word in higher education right now. Learn how the American Association of Community Colleges and its Pathways Project partners define it, why guided pathways are needed now, and how colleges can advance their work on designing guided pathways for their students.

Retaining Targeted Student Groups

Robert Harper, Executive Dean, Office of Student Engagement and Retention, Eastfield College (TX)
Kimberly Lowry, Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs and Student Success, Eastfield College (TX)
Ruben Saenz, Director of Student Success and Retention, GateWay Community College (AZ)

Session Description:
When reviewing student-level data, sometimes it is important to focus specialized retention efforts on targeted groups of students. Two colleges, which have implemented retention strategies on different groups of students—males and deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA)—will share the data that led them to implement these programs, their essential components, and emerging results.

The First-Year Experience

Tomeika Bennett, Academic Program Director, Greenville Technical College (SC)
Kim Dupre, Associate Dean of Student Success, Richard Bland College of the College of William & Mary (VA)
Elibariki Nguma, Director of Student Activities and Wellness, South Texas College (TX)

Session Description:
First-Year Experience programs are transforming the way entering students experience college. A welcoming environment, college-wide partnerships among the different student services departments, peer-to-peer mentoring, student activities, and engaged faculty are some of the components that promote a stronger student connection with the college while reducing roadblocks that might deter their success.

Student Success Centers: Enrollment Services

Rebecca Ashford, Vice President, Student Affairs, Pellissippi State Community College (TN)
Ted Lewis, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Pellissippi State Community College (TN)
Guillermo "Willie" Martinez, Manager, Data Analytics, Austin Community College (TX)
Rachel Ruiz, Dean, Student Services, Austin Community College (TX)

Session Description:
Student success centers can be a one-stop shop for students—the "go to" place for academic and non-academic supports. They can be a hub of activity, connecting and engaging students with the campus—providing them with a sense of belonging. Learn about the comprehensive services offered by Student Success Centers at two colleges, with a focus on advising and how students are supported throughout their educational journey.

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