Alliance Annual Meeting - 2017


The Future of Community Colleges: Thriving in a World in Flux

March 22-24, 2017
Long Beach, CA

* Download the 2017 FINAL Program
(accessible version available upon request)


Presentations and Handouts

Policy, Philanthropy and You: A Practical Dialogue with Funders

Funders have a unique view of the higher education policy and practice landscape. They are privy to many visionary ideas and national trends that could make a real difference for students and have real implications and opportunities for your work and voice. What are the major policy trends coming in 2017-2018? And where did they come from? What opportunities do you have to be part of the development and/or implementation of those policies? What should you be thinking about and preparing for related to those policy trends? How can you, as leaders, navigate and lead through policy challenges as they arise? What puzzles you the most about the intersection between policy and practice and your role? The moderator will create a conversation between the two panelists and the audience about to cover the above questions so that you can begin to identify how you will engagement in development and/or implementation of those policies at a state and campus level. Please bring your own thorny policy and practice questions to help make this a dynamic session.

The Great Unbundling of Higher Education

Ryan Craig, author of College Disrupted, will present a market-driven view of the past, present, and future of higher education, including the emergence of the competency marketplace and the resulting “Great Unbundling” of higher education.

Making Strides in Competency-Based Learning for Positive Impact on Student Access and Completion

Students engaged in competency-based learning progress as they demonstrate mastery of academic content, regardless of time, place, or pace of learning. Are some models more successful with certain types of students? How do these models interface with some of higher education’s more traditional processes such as accreditation, financial aid, and transfer pathways? Hear what these trailblazers have to say about their experiences and lessons learned and where they see this innovation going in the future.

What’s the Marketplace View?

In recent years there has been a proliferation of alternative credentials awarded by institutions and by the business community. What are some of the advantages to industry for awarding their own badges and certificates and/or hiring employees with these credentials in addition to or instead of a degree? Our panel will share their perspectives and experiences and entertain your questions about this changing world.

Making Sense of the Mind Boggling Credential Explosion​

With so many types of credentials – degrees, certificates, badges, apprenticeships, and licenses – it’s easy to get confused about what they mean and how they fit together. Find out about the effort of some community colleges in The Right Signals Initiative to develop a system for recognizable credentials across all sectors and users. And, learn how colleges and universities are using Credly’s badge management system to recognize the achievements of their students and staff with digital badges.

Skillful: Connecting Middle-Skill Job Seekers with Employers & Educators

Skillful is a new skills-based labor market platform for middle-skill job seekers. Developed by the Markle Foundation, Linkedin, EdX, Arizona State University, Colorado Community Colleges, and Maricopa Community Colleges, it focuses on Americans without college degrees and creates transparency around skills needed for fast growing and good paying jobs, access to training and insight into career paths that value people’s skills rather than degrees. Skillful includes online and offline tools to connect job seekers with employers and educators so they can find ways to continuously succeed in this rapidly changing economy.

A Revolution in Higher Education: Tales from Unlikely Allies

There is a consensus that higher education is not on a sustainable path. There are no simple solutions to the problems plaguing colleges and universities. A small band of innovators has launched a revolution to remake higher education. The result will be a new, more sustainable
ecosystem. DeMillo will describe the world they are building, using as examples innovations powered by technology, unexpected partnerships, business reinvention and a willingness to disrupt the status quo.

Affordable Course Materials: Open Educational Resources (OER) and Other Options

We are all aware of efforts to reduce the cost of a college education through limiting, or even eliminating tuition costs, but what is being done to address the high cost of college textbooks and course materials? The use of open educational resources (OER) is one popular strategy, yet there are others as well. In this session, panelists from both colleges and publishers will share a variety of strategies on how to reduce textbook costs.

Guided Pathways: Steering Students through College and Beyond

Panelists will discuss how their programs utilize a career pathways approach to increase successful student engagement postsecondary education options. Each presenter will describe their program’s approach to ensuring that participants are career aware and college-ready, without remediation; have knowledge of high wage, high demand careers that align with their interests, aptitudes, and industry needs; and have incorporated value-added/acceleratedlearning options such as dual enrollment, work based learning, and student leadership/entrepreneurship organizations.

Improving Student Retention the iPass Way

Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS) helps students navigate the path to a certificate or degree. It combines advising, degree planning, alerts, and interventions. The tool draws on predictive analytics to help counselors and academic advisors determine in advance whether a student is at risk of dropping or failing out, and it can help assist students on what courses they should select. Find out how it is working and what differences it is making for students and staff.

​Next Generation Information Services for Students

Join us to learn about two exciting initiatives that will expand the information available to students, other higher education institutions, employers, and others to more fully demonstrate student learning and achievement, inside and outside the classroom. We’ll hear about some
next generation models for the comprehensive student record and about the information and functionality available to students through the National Student Clearinghouse’s new student portal.

Aligning Expectations across the Generations in Education and the Workforce

From the Boomer generation to the Millennials, we have different understandings about our responsibilities, different attitudes about how we use our time, what we value, and how we treat one another. And with those understandings and attitudes come our expectations of others. Find out how the panelists view their world and what they think can be done to align expectations on campus in the workplace.

Perspective Matters: Measuring Student and Institutional Success

Contrary to widely held beliefs, data rarely speak for themselves. This session will explore the influence of perspective on the questions posed and the answers obtained from data collected in the complex educational environment of community colleges, using research on skills-builder students to illustrate.

Academic and Economic Alignment:  A Web-Based Tool for a Real-Time Look

University of Hawaii Community College System's new web-based sector mapping tool provides an organized real-time look into the relationship between academic and economic alignment. Drawing from EMSI's database but filtered through UHCC’s custom portal, this site looks at all the major sectors of the economy and details of every job inside those sectors with crucial data on current and projected demand data as well as whether the academic units are over or under producing and more. With one click, you can see our heat mapped economy with an overlay of where the system has programs and where opportunities exist that are unaddressed. Don't miss this fascinating demo of a tool you could replicate in your state!

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Participant List

Alliance Member List

Alliance Executive Committee Agenda

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