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Tuesday,  September 13, 2022 – Virtual Pre-Conference Workshops 

 Noon - 2:00 pm 

Virtual Pre-Conference Workshops:


Session 1: An Equity Minded Framework for Data Storytelling - An Introduction 
This introductory workshop will provide an equity framework, mindset, tools, and resources to increase your ability to communicate your college’s data narrative with stakeholders across the institution. The workshop will cover basics such as identifying the key components of your data narrative, creating more effective visualizations, demonstrating student intersectionality, recognizing small student populations, and facilitating action-oriented sense-making conversations on campus. This is an introductory workshop for those who have not attended a workshop with ATD on data narratives or equity sense-making. 

Who should attend: This is an introductory workshop, if you have attended a workshop with ATD on data narratives or equity sense-making, you can start with the “Moving Past a Filter: Going beyond the basics of data narratives and equity work” workshop. 

Laurie Heacock, Data Coach, Achieving the Dream 
Shawnice Johnson, Data Analyst, Research & Assessment, Achieving the Dream 
Devora Shamah, Executive Director, Research & Assessment, Achieving the Dream 


Session 2: Using Data to Strengthen Access, Momentum, and Mobility for Anti-Racist,  Equitable and Economically Vibrant Communities   
This workshop will enable participants to understand how expanded access, increased momentum, and greater mobility contribute to the development of equitable, anti-racist communities. Data sources will be shared to help colleges look at expanded market opportunities, particularly for populations who have not had access to postsecondary education within their communities.  Participants will also gain a better understanding of different ways to measure mobility and will be introduced to a set of Community Vibrancy metrics which can be monitored over time by colleges and their community partners.  Practical experience facilitating sense-making discussions using the various sources of data will be provided. 

Presenters and Facilitators:
Shara Davis, Strategic Data & Technology Coach, Achieving the Dream 
Leon Hill, Strategic Data & Technology Coach, Achieving the Dream 


Session 3: From Data to Design: Collaboration between Institutional Research and Student Affairs for Holistic and Equitable Student Services and Supports 
The basis for designing a holistic student experience is to have a deep, intersectional understanding of the students served on campus. In this session, participants will examine data available through the Post-Secondary Data Partnership, explore the student-centered design process and use key PDP data to design holistic and equitable supports for students at their campus. Participants will also learn how peer institutions use the PDP data to support their holistic redesign work on campus.

Presenters and Facilitators:

Bobbie Frye, Associate Director, Research & Assessment, Achieving the Dream 
Laurie Fladd, Director of Holistic Student Supports, Achieving the Dream 
Paula Pitcher, Holistic Student Supports Coach, Achieving the Dream

 3:00 - 5:00 pm 

Virtual Pre-Conference Workshops: 


Session 1: Moving Past a Filter: Going beyond the basics of data narratives and equity work 
Data disaggregation can be the beginning of identifying equity gaps, but they are only a first step. This workshop will provide tools to allow you to interrogate your data and change the way you think about the questions asked, how they are asked, and how information is analyzed and discussed as it relates to student outcomes. The workshop will include a discussion of how to highlight and discuss equity gaps in data analysis and visualization from an anti-deficit approach, ways to visually present information to highlight the equity story, and future directions for this work as data systems begin to align with the various ways students (and employees) identify. 

Who should attend: This workshop is advanced content, there is an expectation that participants have attended a data narrative or equity sensemaking with data workshop with ATD in the past (including the Data Storytelling session that is before this one.) 

Jacqui Broughton, Data Coach, Achieving the Dream 
Devora Shamah, Executive Director, Research & Assessment, Achieving the Dream 

Session 2: TCUs and Holistic Institutional Research Pre-Conference (TCUs participants only)  
Join this session, hosted through a partnership among Achieving the Dream (ATD), the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) to hear about what the TCU Fall 2022 cohort will learn through the: A Holistic Approach to Institutional Research (IR) course for TCUs.  Hear from TCU peers that completed the course in Spring 2022 and participate in the official launch of the Fall 2022 cohort.  All TCU participants are welcome, regardless of whether or not you are going to be participating in the course.   It is a great opportunity to learn more about the institutional researcher role which plays a key role across the institution.  VPs, Deans, Provosts, IR supervisors and faculty will all benefit from better understanding the IR role. 

Cindy Lopez, Executive Director of Network Engagement, Achieving the Dream
Rachel Cukla, Assistant to the Deans at White Earth Tribal & Community College 
Parisa Baker, Director of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness at Nebraska Indian Community College 
Malcom Bob, Senior Data Analyst, Office of Institutional Planning & Reporting at Diné College  
Darius Taylor, AIHEC, Deputy Director of Equity, Education Innovation and Research 
Jason Lewis, Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer, the Association for Institutional Research 
Elaine Cappellino, Senior Manager of Education Operations & Data Stewardship Association for Institutional Research

Session 3: From Data to Design: Collaboration between Institutional Research and Academic Affairs for Continuous Improvement in Course Design   
How can academic affairs professionals implement policies that ensure an equity-centered approach to curriculum development and course design that involves a guided effort to examine student outcomes data to target continuous improvement. This pre-conference offers academic professionals, including institutional research teams, tools and processes to help faculty identify and generate sources of course-level data useful for improving teaching and learning. Participants will work in peer-to-peer breakout rooms to develop skills in determining methodologies that measure impact and equity at the course level and draw inferences for improvement from disaggregated student data. This in turn offers participants the opportunity to make plans to scale a coordinated effort to align institutional, departmental, program and course goals to increase instructor use of equity-minded teaching practices.  

Susan Adams, Associate Director, Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream 
Jonathan Iuzzini, Director, Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream 
Ruanda Garth-McCullough, Director, Program Development, Achieving the Dream 
H. Ray Keith, Associate Director, Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream 
Lisa Stich, Director PDP Program/Strategic Data & Technology Coach, Achieving the Dream 

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 

1:00 - 5:00pm 

Registration Open 

3:00 - 5:00 pm 

Everyone is a Data Person: Building Diverse, Effective Teams 
Nearly every campus professional needs to approach their work with a data-informed perspective to deliver equitable, holistic experiences for students.  We bring different perspectives, strengths and backgrounds to this work. This session provides a framework, resources and tools to build strong, collaborative college teams, leveraging the social ways we work together to make a real difference in the lives of our students. 

What kind of data person are you? The Connector? The Curator? The Recruiter? The Trend Observer? The Mission Monitor?  In this interactive session you will learn how to identify your data superpowers and those of the other data superheroes in the room.   Dr. Amelia Parnell, Vice President for Research and Policy at NASPA and author of You are a Data Person, will share her data identity framework.  Participants will complete Dr. Parnell’s data identity self-assessment tool.  ATD coaches will facilitate an activity designed to help identify leaders at all organizational levels on  campus whose data identities will help you and your college build and sustain a strong data-informed data culture that supports equitable student success.

Amelia Parnell, Vice President for Research and Policy at NASPA and author of You are a Data Person: Strategies for Using Analytics on Campus  
Laurie Heacock, Data Coach, Achieving the Dream 

 5:00 - 6:00 pm 

Opening Reception 

Thursday, September 15, 2022 

7:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Registration open 

 7:30 - 8:15 am 

Continental Breakfast 

 9:00 - 9:15 am  Welcome Remarks
Susan Mayer, Chief Learning Officer, Achieving the Dream

 9:15 - 10:00 am 

Opening Keynote Address: A Call for a New Data Mindset  
Karen Stout, President & CEO, Achieving the Dream 

 10:00 - 10:30 am 

Coffee Break / Knowledge Bar 

 10:30 - 11:30 am 

Plenary: Expanding Access, Strengthening Communities  
For many years, we and others in higher education focused on credential completion as the end goal, and we’ve made progress—but not enough and not equitably. Community colleges are the most diverse higher ed institutions, but pervasive gaps continue to exist in access, completion and mobility for first generation, low-income, rural and BIPOC students. The urgency of this work has been exacerbated by the significant loss of students during the pandemic. Overall, community college enrollment was down about 15 percentage points, but BIPOC enrollment losses were as high as 20-25 points. Creating communities and stronger sense of belonging will be key to connecting with students. ?It’s become increasingly clear to us that we can’t accomplish that without focusing beyond our colleges into the communities we serve, working with partners in ways that increase access for populations that have historically been disconnected from post-secondary education and training and support the completion of credentials that lead to social and economic mobility. We’ve done the easy work; we now have to dismantle structures, redesign policies and change mindsets. 

This session explores the historical context and lessons learned about association as a way and a means, local problem solving and grassroots innovation, and the abundance that is created when we work together. More than any other sector in higher ed, community colleges are place-based with a mission to be “fully integrated into and meeting the needs of the communities they serve” (Truman Commission).  

Shaylyn Romney Garrett, Author, The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again 

 11:30 am - 12:30 pm  Concurrent Sessions (Access)



College Aspirations and Access in Working-Class Rural Communities 
The higher education system was set up historically to be complex to navigate for rural, first-generation and working-class students, both individually and at the intersections.  This session describes the college access gap for rural students and the challenges rural students face with college aspiration and access,  and provides insights and examples of how high schools, colleges, policy makers and others in rural communities can influence college-going and persistence. 

Sonja Ardoin, Associate Professor of Higher Education & Student Affairs, Clemson University
Jeffrey Fields, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of Curriculum & Chief Academic Officer, Halifax Community College 

High Impact Practices for Connecting/Reconnecting Adult Learners 
It is estimated that there are approximately 40 million adults nationally who have completed college some credits but never earned a credential.  Although less than 5% of them have returned to college, the most common pathway is for adults previously enrolled at a community college to re-enroll at a community college when they return.  The Tennessee Board of Regents reported that 100,000 community college students who had not completed a credential returned over the past decade, a higher rate than nationally, improved their employment prospects and increased their annual earnings by $10,000, on average.  

This session will share recent research findings from the National Student Clearinghouse and the Tennessee Board of Regents and highlight the strategies implemented and lessons learned from one of the Tennessee Community Colleges.

Jennifer Causey, Senior Research Associate, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center  
Donna Whitehouse, Associate Professor, Nashville State Community College 

Assessing Campus Climate to Increase Access, Inclusion and Opportunity for All Students  
Achieving the Dream partners with the USC Race & Equity Center for our Racial Equity Leadership Academy. One of the data tools that USC has developed for higher education is The National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climate Climates (NACCC) a quantitative survey on campus racial climate. This survey collects data about what students think about an institution’s commitment to equity and inclusion, the extent to which students interact meaningfully with diverse others, and other important topics. The results provide leaders with data-informed guidance for improving the climate for all students.

In this session Oakton Community College, an ATD Leader college, will share insights from their NACCC student survey and how they are using the results to inform their equity plan and goals, the way they analyze data and efforts to create a racially inclusive, caring campus and community for all students.

Monica Trent, Vice President, Network Engagement, Achieving the Dream. 
Kelly Becker, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning, Oakton Community College 

Collaborative Data Use for Community College Prison Programs 
The importance of collaborative data use and sharing not only applies to campus-based student success strategies, but also programs that serve incarcerated students. During this session attendees will learn more about the five years of research conducted by the Vera Institute on Second Chance Pell in Higher Education Programs and hear from an ATD college using data to design an impactful Prison Program. Topics will include identifying the key metrics necessary to make the case for Prison Programs, the value of establishing a data collection infrastructure, and the need to share data with stakeholders. 


Francesca Carpenter, Director, Equity Initiatives, Achieving the Dream 
Andrés Quintanilla, Associate Director, Holistic Student Supports, Achieving the Dream 
Shelia Meiman, Director, Returning & Incarcerated Student Education (R.I.S.E.) and  Adjunct Associate Professor of Mathematics, Raritan Valley Community College 

TCU Concurrent: Outreach & Belonging: Strengthening Pathways from High School to Tribal Colleges and Universities 
Learn about recent trends and strategies to improve equitable access and matriculation of high school students to and through college. In addition to national data trends surrounding equity gaps, participants will learn about strategies to support equitable pathways from high school to college, including focused outreach, early career exploration, and transition programs expanding access beyond high achievers. This session will focus on engaging potential students and helping them build a sense of belonging at the college through relevant, supportive programming.

Jorge Mendoza
, Dean of Student Services, Leech Lake Tribal and Community College
Ariel Johnson, Nandagikendan (Seek to Learn) Academy Director, Fond Du Lac Tribal Community College
Leon Hill, Strategic Data and Technology Coach, Achieving the Dream  
Nick Mathern, Vice President, K-12 Partnerships, Achieving the Dream 


 12:30 - 1:30 pm 

Networking Lunch 

 1:45 - 2:45 pm

Plenary: Increasing Momentum for an Educación Completa by Centering the Whole
Latino student enrollment in community colleges was growing steadily pre-COVID. While spring 22 vs spring 21 enrollment data shows a slight upturn, overall enrollment is still about 15 percentage points lower than it was pre-COVID.  Recent data from the Community College Research Center that examines program enrollments and completions indicates under-representation of Latino students overall in programs of study that lead to high demand/high wage jobs. In “Following their Dreams in an Inequitable Society: Latino Students Share their College Experiences,” Unidos explores the impact ‘financial instability and economic stress will have on informing decisions” to enroll in and/or come back to college, how community colleges need to change their structures, policies and practices (such as financial aid policies) and partner with others in their communities to remove barriers that prevent equitable access, enrollment and completion in programs of study that lead to social and economic mobility.

Ingrid T. Colón, Education Research Program Manager, UnidosUs 
Annette Gutierrez, Senior Education Program Manager, UnidosUS 

 3:00 - 3:30 pm 

Innovative Collaboration Session:                                                         
Using Labor Market Data Analytics to Advance Economic Mobility

There is growing urgency to deeply understand regional labor market trends impacting student career pathways. Many two-year institutions are addressing this challenge by deploying labor market analytic tools to help students identify career pathways leading to in-demand careers. Please join us for a session where Lightcast will share examples of how community colleges are deploying labor market data to help students and colleges further access and economic mobility efforts in their communities.

Nancy Finazzo, Director of Education Success- Colleges, Lightcast

 3:30 - 4:00 pm 

Refreshment Break / Knowledge Bar 

4:00 - 5:00 pm  Concurrent Sessions (Momentum)


Increasing College Momentum through P-TECH 
Recent research highlights the significant impact a well-designed PTEC program can have on college enrollment, time to degree, and college GPA. The findings from MDRC’s evaluation of the NY P-TECH 9-14 model suggest it was particularly successful at helping students at risk of underperforming in high school achieve important academic milestones and build momentum for completion of college credentials.   Leaders from Dallas College will share the design of their P-TECH programs that deliver similar results for a diverse population of students. 

Michelle Dixon, Technical Research Associate, MDRC 
Shawnda Navarro Floyd, Provost, Dallas College 
Tiffany Kirksey, Vice Provost, Educational Partnerships, Dallas College 

High Impact Practices in College Placement 
One promising strategy to create and sustain momentum is informed self-placement.  This session will explore recent research with Tiffany Morton, published by CAPR, “Reviewing the Research on Informed Self-Placement (ISP): Practices, Justifications, Outcomes and Limitations.”   The research explores the extent to which this strategy is impacting momentum and completion and closing equity gaps.  The session will also feature two institutions engaged in this work:  SUNY Orange and math placement, and SUNY Westchester Community College for English placement to share their experience, lessons learned, and suggestions for others considering self-placement programs.   

Tiffany Morton, Research Analyst, Postsecondary Education, MDRC 
Josh Lavorgna, Associate Vice President, Business, Math, Science & Technology, SUNY Orange County Community College
Jonathan Reyes, Senior Research Analyst, SUNY Westchester Community College 

Measuring STEM Transfer Momentum 
Practitioners have used program-agnostic Early Momentum Metrics for several years to provide leading indicators of longer-term student outcomes like retention and completion.  A recent Community College Research Center study investigated program momentum metrics in STEM fields where women, Black, Hispanic and Indigenous have been underrepresented. The report identifies STEM momentum metrics that increase transfer outcomes and close equity gaps in STEM bachelor’s degree attainment.  It also offers tools for formative assessments to strengthen STEM transfer pathways and increase the student success. 

Taylor Myers, Senior Research Assistant and PEAR Fellow, CCRC 
Bernice Brezina, Dean for School of Professional and Technical Studies, College of Southern Maryland 
Jacqui Rogers-Frere, Coordinator of Transfer and Articulation, College of Southern Maryland 
Lakisha Ferebee, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity and Chair of Technology, College of Southern Maryland 

Community Colleges as Hubs of Academic Innovation and Student Learning 
To build economically vibrant communities we must align academic programs with future as well as current labor market needs. This session will focus on key components of this process, including assessment of program health, relevancy of program learning outcomes, and opportunities for co-curricular learning (e.g., undergraduate research, work-based learning, collaborative and project-based learning). 

Jonathan Iuzzini, Director, Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream  
Jacqueline Taylor, Teaching & Learning Coach, Achieving the Dream  

TCU Concurrent: Facilitating a Culture of Inquiry and Evidence with TCU Faculty 
As an institutional researcher/data analyst, you would like to engage your faculty members in discussions using their own student data. Faculty need to be able to identify students who excel to understand the strengths and behaviors they exhibit, but they also need to identify where students are having difficulty with course content, assignments and teaching practices. Institutional Research staff will discuss methods for organizing data events with faculty, what questions are most important to ask of data, how data can be disaggregated and how data can be infused into other standard practices within departments at colleges. 

This interactive session will help IR professionals build a baseline set of questions that will pique faculty interest in using data that is relevant to their work in improving student learning. Participants will work in groups to discuss methods to involve faculty in ongoing data inquiry and discussion about their students’ learning, course completion, program progression and degree completion.  

Terri Manning, Data Coach, Achieving the Dream 
Paula Talley, Executive Director of Programs Development, Achieving the Dream
Mackie Moore, Data and Assessment Analyst, College of Muscogee Nation

 5:00 - 6:00 pm 


Networking Reception for Tribal Colleges and Universities

Friday, September 16, 2022 

7:30 - 10:00 am 

Registration Open 

 8:00 am 


 8:30 - 9:30 am 

Breakfast Plenary: Mobility: Beyond the Dollars and Cents 
The US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty developed an expansive definition of mobility from poverty that goes beyond economic success and includes power and autonomy and a sense of being valued by one’s community. 

Dr. Paul Hernandez, Senior Advisor to the President, Achieving the Dream, and the author of The Pedagogy of Real Talk, will moderate a panel discussion with leaders who have created the agency and sense of belonging that enables sustainable mobility from poverty.

Carrie Billy, President and CEO, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) 
Adelina Silva, Vice Chancellor for Student Success, Alamo Colleges District 
Valmadge Towner, President, Coahoma Community College 

9:30 - 10:30 am Concurrent Sessions (Mobility)


A New Way of Measuring Value in Higher Education 
The top reasons students attend college include increasing their employability and gaining financial security. The Price-to-Earnings Premium (PEP) is a new way of determining how long it takes students to recoup their educational costs and offers insight into how institutions across the United States are delivering economic value to their students. PEP can be used by students to help them choose an institution and select a program, by federal and state policymakers, and by institutions to inform policies, programs, and practices. 

As a result of attending this session participants will be able to: understand why it is important to include return on investment in higher education as a metric of economic mobility; see how PEP looks at institutions across the U.S. by sector; access a Price to Earnings Premium (PEP) calculation for their institution; and explore how institutions can use a PEP to identify which bachelor, associate and certificate programs give students the most bang for their buck and boost overall performance.

Michelle Dimino, Deputy Director of Education, Third Way 
Paula Talley, Executive Director of Program Development, Achieving the Dream 

Building Sense of Belonging Across Campus to Improve Social Mobility 
We know that sense of belonging and meaningful relationships are critical to support student success. Recent research also suggests that building connectedness and sense of belonging increases the likelihood of social mobility. It is important that we intentionally build and measure a sense of belonging across all aspects of campus, faculty, staff, and students. Institutional Research plays an instrumental role in measuring sense of belonging to ensure that efforts to build sense of belonging and connectedness are successful and minimizing equity gaps as intended.  

This session will share tools to measure Sense of Belonging including CCCSE, NACC (USC) and others. 

Devora Shamah, Executive Director, Research & Assessment, Achieving the Dream 
Arlene Rodríguez, Provost/Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs, Middlesex Community College 
Nancy Silvestro, Achieving the Dream Co-Leader, Executive Director, Center for Teaching & Learning and Program Director, Title V Pathways Grant, Passaic County Community College 
Tanya Da Silva, Program Coordinator, Teacher Excellence Project, Passaic County Community College

Advance Together: Collective Impact Approach to Community Vibrancy
Collective impact is a structured approach to support cradle to career pathways in partnership with key educational, industry and community agency partners to advance collaboration and achieve community vibrancy goals.  Speakers will highlight the collective impact approach, followed by a partner college sharing their path, insights gained, and goals achieve through their work. 

David Deggs, Director, Higher Education Programs, Educate Texas/Communities Foundation of Texas 
Sammi Morrill, Associate Vice Chancellor, Operations, Economic and Workforce Development, Alamo College District 
Lisa Stich, Director PDP Program/Strategic Data & Technology Coach, Achieving the Dream 

Institutionalizing Data Feedback Loops for College Workforce Programs
New America's
New Models for Career Preparation project describes how community colleges can ensure quality outcomes for their non-degree workforce programs, inclusive of all non-credit and for-credit offerings below the associate's degree level. This includes both the program-level design and institutional structures necessary to ensure that labor market information, student and employer feedback, and outcomes data can all be effectively captured, evaluated, and communicated to drive student success. In this interactive session, New America will preview findings from their research alongside Broward College, an ATD member and a member of the New Models Advisory Committee. They will dicuss challenges, best practices, and new opportunities for data innovation and then solicit feedback from the audience. Formal reports from the project will be released later this year. 

Shalin Jyotishi, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Education&Labor at New America  
Mildred Coyne, Senior Vice President, Workforce Education and Innovation, Broward College 

TCU Concurrent: Indigenizing measures of student success from Tribal Language or Native American Studies courses
Tribal language and culture courses provide Indigenous students with a sense of identity and belonging. How does this sense of belonging contribute to student retention and success?  This session will present how TCUs are using data from the tribal language and/or the Native American Studies courses to determine if successful completion of these courses has a positive impact on student retention and other desired student outcomes. Participants will also interact on developing their own indigenous measures and share how to gather the evidence of the impact of language and cultural courses to their definition of success for their students. 

Participants will learn about the ways some TCUs have indigenized their data measures to learn how the tribal language/Native American Studies course contribute to student retention and other student outcomes. 

Ace Charette, Director of Research, Assessment and Accreditation, Turtle Mountain Community College 
Rosemary Matt, Department Head, Native Language Teacher Education Program, Salish Kootenai College 
Melanie Sandoval, Salish Language Instructor, Salish Language Apprentice Partnership, Se´lis? Ql?ispe´ Culture Committee
Jennifer Hill Kelley, Hss Coach, Achieving the Dream

 10:30 - 11:00 am 

Innovative Collaboration Session

Support to Advance Your PDP data Submission and/or Dashboard Utilization

The Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP) is a data tool designed to help colleges identify inequities and monitor progress in early and milestone momentum metrics. Common challenges to using the PDP include the data submission process, and then scaling dashboard utilization. This session will introduce two online courses designed specifically to support these two pain points.  The next session of the Onboarding course begins Oct 10, and the new Utilization course will be offered for the first time in early 2023. Join this session to learn more about these courses, and to provide your input and feedback as to content and the delivery model.

Lisa Stich, Director PDP Program/Strategic Data & Technology Coach, Achieving the Dream 

 11:15 am - 12 pm 

Closing Remarks: Weave all the threads together 
Susan Mayer, Chief Learning Officer, Achieving the Dream