The Alliance 2013 Annual Meeting | Program




Pre-Meeting Activities

Location: Hilton San Francisco Financial District

1:00-4:30 pm

Alliance Executive Committee Meeting (executive committee members only)

Dinner on your own.

Meeting program



7:00-4:30 am

Registration Open

7:30-8:30 AM


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8:30-8:45 AM

Welcome from the Chair and Meeting Overview
Peter Quigley, Alliance Chair; Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Hawaii Community Colleges

8:45-9:45 aM

Is the Success Agenda Succeeding?
The community college completion agenda is upon us and here to stay. This session, calling on student voices, research, and lessons from the field, focuses on what we know from emerging evidence about what matters most in promoting community college student progress and success-- and why we must do more of what we know.

Introducer: Peter Quigley, University of Hawaii System
Speaker: Kay McClenney, The University of Texas at Austin

9:45-10:00 AM


10:00-10:50 aM

External Change Agents: Partners for a Better Future
Frequently one finds that constituencies outside the college may have a different sense of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and purposes of the college. This panel presents voices that attempt to engage and influence colleges from outside the campus.

Moderator: Maria Harper-Marinick, Maricopa Community Colleges
Speakers: Barbara Beno, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges,Western Association of Schools and Colleges; Laura Couturier, Jobs for the Future; Hilary Pennington, The Bridges Initiative; Holly Zanville, Lumina Foundation

10:50-11:00 AM


11:00-11:50 am

Fast-Tracking College to a Credential or Career Success
Students are taking many routes on their way to higher education. The world is full of experiences that equate to higher education courses or competencies. What is the process for equating these competencies? What can we anticipate will be the barriers to these processes? How will they benefit students? These are some of the questions that an expert panel will discuss.

Moderator: Barry Russell, California Community Colleges
Speakers: Ruth Olmsted, Excelsior College; Sebastian Thrun, Udacity; Sunny Lee, Mozilla Foundation

11:50-Noon AM


NOON -1:00 pm

Enjoy a delicious lunch and engaging conversation about the morning's presentations. Be sure to share your opinions!

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1:00-2:15 pm 

Initiatives Making a Difference – Rotating Roundtable Discussions
Choose four topics of interest below. Every 15 minutes a bell will ring and attendees will move to a new topic.

Carnegie Foundation: Improving Developmental Math Outcomes in Community Colleges
The vast majority of community college students referred to developmental mathematics do not successfully complete the required courses and many leave college for good. The Carnegie Statway ™and Quantway ™Networked Improvement Communities have embraced an audacious goal—to increase from 5 percent to 50 percent the percentage of students who achieve college math credit within one year of continuous enrollment. Find out about their progress in achieving this goal.
Bernadine Chuck Fong, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Chaffey College Success Center
The Chaffey College Success Center network of services enhances the college learning experience through a variety of instructional practices with a demonstrated positive impact on student success. Scaled appropriately to meet the volume and diversity of the changing needs of a dynamic community, the Success Centers provide instructional support through directed learning activities, workshops, learning groups, tutoring, supplemental instruction (SI), and other lab resources.
Sherri Guerrero, Chaffey College

The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
The purpose of the Aspen Prize is to recognize and seek replication of practices at community colleges with outstanding academic and workforce outcomes in both absolute performance and improvements over time. What are some of the strengths of the finalists in the first two years of the Prize that allow them to achieve expectional results in the four areas the Prize assesses: learning, completion/transfer, labor market and equitable outcomes?
Josh Wyner, Aspen Institute

Career Ladders Project
The Career Ladders Project works in partnership with California Community Colleges statewide to provide educational and career advancement opportunities for Californians. They foster these opportunities through research, policy initiatives and strategic assistance to colleges and their workforce development partners. Drawing on lessons learned from several large-scale, innovative pathway initiatives, we will consider key practicees and strategies for helping students earn meaningful credentials and degrees.
Linda Collins, Career Ladders Project

Career Empowerment Program (EmpowerED)
EmpowerED is an innovative and comprehensive public-private partnership that fuses traditional continuing education programs with cutting edge technology and a fully engaged career counseling system to provide ongoing career assessments and personalized guidance to help students achieve their individual career goals. Find out how this program is helping students succeed.
Jason Taksony Hewitt, UCLA Extension

Alternative Educational Delivery – Learn on Demand, Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS)
Launched in 2009, KCTCS Learn on Demand is an initiative representative of efforts to pave the way for new, sustainable, scalable models that accelerate college readiness by focusing specifically on the individual learner. KCTCS worked with a major partner, Pearson, to plan and implement this initiative. Tennessee’s Competency Based A100 Guidelines and West Virginia’s Comprehensive Literacy Program also create and support alternative educational delivery models that reward students for prior knowledge and accelerate their path to graduation. These models will be discussed as well.
Debra Volzer, Pearson

2:15-2:30 pm 


2:30-3:30 pm 

Certificates: What is Their Value?
What is the evidence of the labor market value of certificates? Should certificates have a requirement that involves a level of demonstrated math and English skill? Should certificates be less than a year or more? Should they only be industry certified? What are the success and placement rations of students with certificates in the labor market? These and other issues will be addressed by our expert on certificates speaking in this session.

Introducer: Michael Cartney, Lake Area Technical Institute
Speaker: Brian Bosworth, FutureWorks

3:30-3:45 PM


3:45-4:30 PM 

Alliance Business Meeting
All are welcome to attend. Only Alliance mambers may vote.

5:00-6:00 pm

Welcome Reception

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6:30 pm

Networking dinners hosted by Executive Committee members at local restaurants.
Join your colleagues for some lively conversation about what terms should be used to define community college readiness, success, and completion while enjoying the wonderful cuisine of one of San Francisco's great restaurants. We will reserve tables for dinner at several nearby restaurants to be hosted by members of the Alliance Executive Committee. Attendees are responsible for the cost of their dinner.



7:30-9:00 am

Joint Breakfast: Members of the Alliance and California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers

Common Core State Standards and College Readiness
Spokespersons for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) will discuss the status of their work, especially related to the development of tools to be used to assess student progress and success with the Common Core State Standards. Among other topics, they will describe the role that higher education is playing to enhance the success of common core and the assessments, discuss how cut scores will be set, and describe the anticipated relationship between cut scores, college-readiness, placement and remediation.

Moderator: Jeff Fox, College of Southern Idaho
Speakers: Emmy Glancy, Colorado Department of Higher Education for PARCC; Cheryl Blanco, Smarter Balanced

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9:00-9:15 AM 


9:15-10:30 am

Measuring and Researching Success
Community colleges have been significantly challenged within legislative and business forums to hold themselves accountable. If we are to do so meaningfully, those accountability measures must encompass fully the diversity of open access students and the full breadth of the community college mission. AACC, though the Voluntary Framework of Accountability, has taken on that challenge, but knowing how we stack up often raises more questions than it answers. Research organizations, like MDRC, a non-profit, nonpartisan research organization, and the RP Group , which works with institutions to look at data, can significantly strengthen our understanding of the community college student and provide insight into effective (and ineffective) practices aimed at improving their success. Meanwhile, STAR, a tool developed in Hawaii for use by students, provides more information about student preferences and choices.

Moderator: Chris Picard, Salt Lake Community College
Speakers: Bernadette Ferro, American Association of Community Colleges; Eva Schiorring, The RP Group; Gary Rodwell, STAR, University of Hawaii; Mary Visher, MDRC

10:30-10:45 am


10:45-11:45 AM

Supporting Underserved Students for Pathways to Completion
With more students entering college from nontraditional pathways, how can community colleges and technical schools work to ensure that all students—especially those from historically underserved populations—succeed? From WestEd’s Regional Educational Laboratory West and Excelencia in Education learn about the recent research findings on the most effective strategies for raising academic achievement for low-income, first-generation, minority, and underserved students.

Moderator: Rhonda Epper, Colorado Community College System
Speakers: Alfredo Gonzalez, Excelencia; Andrea Venezia, California State University, Sacramento


Wrap-up and Adjournment

Noon-1:30 pm

Joint Lunch: Members of the Alliance and California Community College Chief Instructional Officers

1:30-1:45 pm


1:45-3:15 pm

CCCCIO Session (Alliance members welcome! Watch the website for topic details.)

3:15-3:30 PM


3:30-5:00 PM

CCCCIO Session (Alliance members welcome! Watch the website for topic details.)



7:30 AM-5:00 Pm


CCCCIO Session (Alliance members welcome! Register for this on the Alliance registration for $250.00. Watch the website for topic details.)




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