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Monday, September 18, 2023

12:00–2:00 p.m.

Virtual Pre-Conference Workshops A

12:00–2:00 p.m.


AI in Higher Education: Opportunities, Challenges, and the Critical Role of Institutional Research

Artificial Intelligence (AI) holds significant promise to improve knowledge gathering, assembly, and synthesis of data with implications for admission, retention, teaching and learning, curriculum development, and administrative efficiency. Almost half of students surveyed recently indicated they are using AI tools currently. But the use of AI can also lead to adverse outcomes if not instructed and interpreted responsibly using clear protocols and criteria, with well-defined oversight, policies, and principles.

This pre-conference will provide an overview of the use of AI in higher education today; a framework for the application of appropriate policies and principles to guide its use; and opportunities for discussion about the important role of IR/IE in building trust, safety, and appropriate guardrails for the implementation of AI.

Michael Torrence, President, Motlow State Community College
Susan Mayer, Chief Learning Officer, Achieving the Dream
Deb Fontaine, Vice President for Strategic and Institutional Effectiveness at Florida State College at Jacksonville and ATD Coach
Jerrett Dumouchel,
Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at
Florida State College at Jacksonville and ATD Coach

Fee: $199 (In-Network) $249 (Out-of-Network)

12:00–2:00 p.m.

Cultivating the Student Voice in Whole College Transformation

Participants in this pre-conference will learn how to build a student-centered learning environment that actively involves students in decision-making processes to design and implement initiatives responsive to their evolving needs. This collaborative approach fosters a sense of ownership and empowerment among students, ultimately leading to transformative improvements throughout the college.

The session will share a systematic and inclusive eight-step process for effectively involving students in decision-making and implementing changes, and it will provide participants opportunities to apply the process in real-world settings.

Laurie Fladd, Coach, Achieving the Dream

Holly M. June, Dean, Student Services, Adjunct Instructor, College Success & First Year Experience & Early Childhood Education, Durham Technical Community College

Leah Woode, Institutional Research Director, United Tribes Technical College

Monty Schaff, Institutional Research Data Analyst, United Tribes Technical College

Fee: $199 (In-Network) $249 (Out-of-Network)

12:00–2:00 p.m.

Equity-Focused Survey Design

Colleges often turn to surveying as a relatively convenient and efficient way to gather key information on any number of issues impacting their campuses. Surveys are also excellent opportunities to embed equity into our everyday data practices.

In this session, participants will learn equity principles and how to apply them to survey research methodology.

Participants will walk through the stages of survey research from forming research questions with equity in mind to crafting equity-centered questions and disseminating survey results in ways that inform the college’s equity strategy.

This session will be interactive; participants will be guided in applying their equity knowledge to the survey process. Participants will leave this session with a set of equity principles and a short, easy-to-use guide on applying equity to survey methodology.

Devorah Shamah, Executive Director, Research & Assessment, Achieving the Dream

Mandi Koch, Associate Director, Research & Assessment, Achieving the Dream

Fee: $199 (In-Network) $249 (Out-of-Network)

12:00–2:00 p.m.

Equity-Minded Data Visualization

This pre-conference is designed to provide participants with frameworks and tools to identify key components of data narratives and the implications for equity, create effective visualizations, demonstrate student intersectionality, and recognize small student populations.

During the session, the participants will have opportunities to interact with dashboards, practice equity-minded data interpretation, craft a narrative around data to tell a meaningful story, and facilitate action-oriented conversations with peers.

The pre-conference will also provide resources to increase participants’ ability to communicate data narratives with stakeholders across the institution.

Bobbie Frye, Associate Director of Research and Assessment, Achieving the Dream

Yash Morimoto, Vice President for Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness at Santa Fe Community College and ATD Coach

Fee: $199 (In-Network) $249 (Out-of-Network)

12:00–2:00 p.m.

Leveraging Digital Learning Tools for Equitable Teaching and Learning: Enhancing Student Success Through Data Informed Instruction

Leveraging data from digital learning tools such as your LMS, Courseware and other course tools, is a powerful strategy for promoting equitable teaching and learning environments.

When instructors use learning analytics data to drive instructional decisions, their institutions benefit because faculty are equipped with consistent student data to identify individual and collective student, departmental or institutional growth areas. Equipping faculty with data and supporting them to develop data informed teaching strategies can contribute to retention and institutional-wide student success outcomes. Instructors, in partnership with institutional researchers, can harness the transformative potential of digital learning data to foster inclusive classrooms and ensure equitable student success.

Participants will learn about data-driven strategies and tools that can help them:

  • Identify and Analyze Patterns: Effectively analyze data from digital learning tools to uncover patterns related to student achievement, participation, and resource utilization.

  • Implement Differentiated Instruction: Utilize data from digital learning tools to design and implement differentiated instruction strategies for diverse learners. Explore adaptive learning, personalized pathways, and targeted interventions based on real-time data insights.

  • Support Intervention and Support Systems: Use data from digital learning tools to develop comprehensive intervention and support systems. Identify at-risk students early, provide targeted interventions, and track progress for equitable educational opportunities.

Participants will engage in data analysis scenarios and student intervention case studies to practice aligning data with instructional choices and practice identifying trends that can lead to developing intervention plans.

Lisa Stich, Director, Postsecondary Data Partnership and Strategic Data & Technology Coach, Achieving the Dream

Susan Adams, Associate Director, Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream

Lydia Elliott, Manager of Teaching and Learning Excellence at Center of Teaching and Learning Excellence, Illinois Central College

Fee: $199 (In-Network) $249 (Out-of-Network)

12:00–2:00 p.m.

Strategies for Growing Data Capacity in Resource-Constrained Colleges

While increasing capacity to use data to support strategic decision-making and align their student success work, small and rural community colleges and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) are often challenged by fewer personnel and funding constraints, especially in areas like institutional research and effectiveness.

In this preconference session, participants will learn how other resource-constrained institutions are developing innovative strategies for collecting and analyzing data to make strategic decisions, explore institutional examples of data that have been useful to support student success outcomes, examine structures colleges are developing to communicate data across cross-functional teams to build increased data capacity and literacy, and discuss ways to amplify Institutional Research (IR)/Institutional Effectiveness (IE) assets to increase impact and meet evolving institutional data needs.

During the pre-conference, participants will have opportunities to identify additional resources to engage in data capacity building, innovative strategies that could be implemented at their institutions, and key elements of effective data communication plans. Tools and templates also will be provided.

Marcus A. Smith, Dean of Student Services/Government Relations, Clovis Community College

Paula Pitcher, Director of Holistic Student Supports, Achieving the Dream

Kristi Syverston, Dean of Academics, Aaniiih Nakoda College

Fee: $199 (In-Network) $249 (Out-of-Network)

2:30-4:30 p.m.

Virtual Pre-Conference Workshops B

2:30-4:30 p.m.

Aligning Learning Outcomes and Assessment

This pre-conference is designed to provide participants with frameworks and strategies for designing learning outcomes assessment that supports equity-minded teaching and learning.

In this interactive session, participants will engage with principles for equity-minded assessment, strategies for meaningful and authentic assessment of learning, and integration of multiple sources of data to develop insights and implement improvement strategies. Participants will also explore helpful strategies for building inter-disciplinary collaboration, enhancing the impact of cross-functional teams, and realizing the promise of professional learning for faculty and staff.

Wendi Dew, Executive Director of Coaching Practice, Achieving the Dream

Jonathan Iuzzini, Director, Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream
Monica W. Walker, Dean of Instruction, School of Writing, Literacy & Languages Community College of Baltimore County

Fee: $199 (In-Network) $249 (Out-of-Network)

2:30-4:30 p.m.

Analyzing CTE pathways and Student Success for Strategic Decision-Making

Participants will learn about the Strategic Data Project's CTE Diagnostic Toolkit, which includes analytic code, visualizations, and guidance to help postsecondary institutions and agencies better understand pathways performance, uncover barriers impeding equitable student outcomes, and more strategically plan responsive approaches to improve outcomes.

This session will provide an overview of the questions addressed by the toolkit, discuss sample output, provide guidance on adapting other frameworks to the toolkit (including NSC’s Postsecondary Data Partnership), share insights from institutions that have utilized a toolkit, and provide interactive opportunities to explore using the visualizations and case-making strategies in small groups.

Elise Swanson, Senior Research Manager, Center for Education Policy Research, Harvard University

Nichole Fehrenbach, Director, Learning Assessment, Valencia College

Christos Giannoulis, Senior Institutional Research Analyst, Valencia College

Fee: $199 (In-Network) $249 (Out-of-Network)

2:30-4:30 p.m.

Building Capacity for Qualitative Data Analytics - SESSION FULL

Many institutions regularly collect qualitative data in surveys, documents, focus groups, and interviews. However, ensuring the data is analyzed, shared, and used to develop comprehensive data narratives often can be a challenge.

This pre-conference will include an introduction to qualitative data collection and analysis and focus on strategies and tactics for analyzing qualitative data within a college setting.

Participants will have opportunities to practice identifying coding structures, coding, and synthesizing findings using provided data. Participants also will discuss strategies for building a team of coders, sharing qualitative findings, and integrating qualitative and quantitative data for a richer data narrative.

Devora Shamah, Executive Director, Research & Assessment, Achieving the Dream

Shawnice Johnson, Data Analyst, Research & Assessment, Achieving the Dream

Fee: $199 (In-Network) $249 (Out-of-Network)

2:30-4:30 p.m.

Designing Career Placement Systems for Justice-Impacted Individuals - SESSION CANCELLED

Individuals impacted by the justice system who need access to meaningful educational experiences that lead to careers and sustainable wages are an often-overlooked part of our communities.

The I Am More program at the Community College of Philadelphia recognizes that students are more than their circumstances or their experiences with the criminal justice system and should have opportunities for second chances that can lead to meaningful careers that contribute to their community’s vibrancy.

This preconference will discuss the strategies and practices this program uses to serve the students and the community, including data to collect and use in identifying in-demand careers for justice-impacted students, marketing and enrolling students, and measuring persistence and success.

Derrick Perkins, Director, Center for Male Engagement, Community College of Philadelphia

Jairo McMican, Associate Director of Equity Initiatives, Achieving the Dream

Stephanie Davolos, Director, K-12 Partnerships & Gateway to College, Achieving the Dream

Fee: $199 (In-Network) $249 (Out-of-Network)

2:30-4:30 p.m.

Digital Transformation: Anyone Can Build a Digital Mindset

The former CEO of Cisco said, “This digital era will dwarf what’s occurred in the information era and the value of the Internet today…if you don’t reinvent yourself, change your organizational structure, if you don’t talk about the speed of innovation — you’re going to get disrupted…”

Leaders at all levels and in all functional areas within the higher education ecosystem will need to develop digital mindsets to think and act differently about transformation in an environment increasingly driven by data and powered by algorithms.

Building on the highly regarded “Everyone is a Data Person” session at the 2022 Data and Analytics Summit, this pre-conference provides a framework for building additional digital literacy and mindset change throughout higher ed institutions, shares basic knowledge and digital tools required to think and act in new ways, and provides opportunities to reshape approaches to collaboration, computation, and change.

Susan Mayer, Chief Learning Officer, Achieving the Dream

Leon Hill, Strategic Data &Technology Coach, Achieving the Dream

Eugene Jones, Executive Dean at Valencia College and ATD Coach

Fee: $199 (In-Network) $249 (Out-of-Network)

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Rural Resiliency Convening (by invitation only)

 8:30-11:30 a.m. 

PDP Open Resource Hours

12:00-1:30 p.m.

South African Delegation Luncheon (by invitation only) 

12:30-3:00 p.m.

Community Vibrancy Cohort Luncheon Meeting (by invitation only)

1:00–5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

3:00–5:00 p.m.

Opening Session: Focusing on Social and Economic Mobility, Making the Case with Data Storytelling

Last year, we opened the Data Summit with an engaging and interactive session entitled, “Everyone is a Data Person: Building Diverse, Effective Teams”. The session provided opportunities for participants to think innovatively about building equity sense-making teams comprising multiple, diverse perspectives and lived experiences. In this year’s session, we will build on that foundation and share examples and lessons learned from colleagues who empowered diverse teams of faculty, staff and students to effectively make the case for increasing equitable access, momentum and mobility through data story-telling. Participants will have an opportunity to practice data story-telling using mini-case studies from America’s Hidden Economic Engines that highlight the journey of 5 colleges to build vibrant ecosystems of equitable economic growth and shared prosperity.


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Susan Mayer, Chief Learning Officer, Achieving the Dream
Stephanie Davolos, Director, K-12 Partnerships & Gateway to College, Achieving the Dream
Jonanthan Iuzzini, Director, Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream
Laurie Heacock, Coach, Achieving the Dream
Ty Stone, Coach, Achieving the Dream
Esmeralda Sweeney, Associate Vice President of Student Success at Broward College and ATD coach
LaDonna Young, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships & Equity Initiatives at Motivate Lab and ATD Coach

5:00–6:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Thursday, September 21, 2023

7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Registration open

8:00–8:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00–9:15 a.m.

Welcome Remarks
Susan Mayer, Chief Learning Officer, Achieving the Dream

9:15–10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote Address
Karen Stout, President and CEO, Achieving the Dream

10:00–11:00 a.m.

Plenary Block 1: Building Strong Ecosystems for Community Vibrancy

Speaker: Rachel LipsonCo-Editor of America’s Hidden Economic Engines: How Community Colleges Can Drive Shared Prosperity, and founding Director of Harvard University's Project on Workforce

11:00–11:30 a.m.

Coffee Break/Knowledge Bar/Book Signing

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Community College Baccalaureates: Measuring the Impact on Access, Equity, and Labor Market Outcomes

More than 150 community colleges in 25 states currently offer credentials that expand access to baccalaureate programs of study critical to local and regional economies but that have not historically been prioritized in transfer pathways.


A recently published report, “When Community College Offer a Bachelor’s Degree: A Literature Review on Student Access and Outcomes” (New America), discusses the current state of knowledge about implications for community college baccalaureates (CCBs) on equity, student outcomes, expanded access, quality, and labor market returns, including examples of financing strategies in states that have invested to scale and sustain CCBs.


Session presenters will also share their recommendations for additional data analytics (especially labor market outcomes) and research required to support a more intentional focus on racial equity.


Ivy Love, Senior Advisor, Center on Education & Labor, New America

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Helping Students Make Data-Informed Decisions About Non-Degree Credentials That Lead to Economic Advancement
Students and employers increasingly are looking to community colleges to provide flexible and innovative educational and career pathways that meet a broad range of personal, professional, social, and economic needs. For many students, especially adult learners, student parents, and others, the pathway to a degree is not a straight line. Colleges are challenged to create transparent and seamless pathways that span the continuum from adult/continuing education to short-term non-degree credentials (e.g., microcredentials, certificates), associate degrees, and baccalaureate degrees.

Colleges also are challenged to support students with the information they need to make decisions about program enrollment, intensity, and cost based on individual circumstances and potential post-college outcomes. 

This session will share high impact, evidence-based practices from ATD colleges that support students to make informed decisions about program and credential choice and will identify the data and other resources used to provide the intentional and comprehensive career exploration and advising support.

Naomi Boyer, Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation, Education Design Lab
Vance Gray, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs and Workforce Development Community College of Philadelphia

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Improving Collective Impact Work Using the Regional PLC Model for Adaptive Learning
Collective impact work is complex and unpredictable. It includes multiple activities, programs, and initiatives, operating in mutually reinforcing ways, to change complex systems. Successfully implementing collective impact work requires a comprehensive, adaptive approach that enables continuous learning and improvement.

This session explores how the professional learning community (PLC) model can be used to embed evaluation and learning at the core of the transformational, collaborative work community colleges are doing to become stronger engines of community vibrancy. 

Presenters will share the PLC model's core principles, emphasizing the importance of shared vision, collaborative culture, and continuous learning in creating equitable educational environments, and will address challenges in the use of institutional data to inform the work. Leveraging examples of regional PLCs that have fostered collaboration among partners from K–12, community colleges, and workforce contexts, session participants will learn how to structure and operate PLCs to foster inclusive practices, address disparities, and dismantle systemic barriers.


Jonathan Iuzzini, Director, Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream
Nick Mathern, Executive Director, K-12 Partnerships, Gateway to College, Achieving the Dream
JaNice Marshall, Vice President for Access and Community Connections, Cuyahoga Community College

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Measuring Community Impact: What Data to Collect and How to Use It
Building capacity to measure impact is a critical requirement for colleges expanding their focus from whole college transformation to whole community transformation, where colleges are accessible hubs that catalyze anti-racist, equitable, and economically vibrant communities. 

Vibrant communities are complex systems that are economically resistant, healthy and safe, culturally rich, socially cohesive, and highly engaged. Research indicates that any assessment of progress in developing and sustaining vibrant communities includes quantitative metrics such as access to education, poverty, and civic engagement activities like voting. Progress is also measured qualitatively in areas such as how residents feel about and fit into their communities.  

This session will share language and definitions used to measure community vibrancy, include examples of evidence-based metrics, discuss the importance of measuring the impact of collaboration and partnerships, and offer strategies and techniques for sharing the data with stakeholders. 

Laurie Heacock, Coach, Achieving the Dream
Adelina Silva, Vice Chancellor for Student Success, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Success, Alamo Colleges District

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Structuring Academic Reviews to Support Program Health and Relevancy 
Increasingly, colleges are focusing on the knowledge, skills, and experiences all students (transfer and workforce) will need to be successful in the rapidly changing digital economy.

Academic program reviews can be a powerful lever to identify and address gaps in portfolio, program, and curriculum knowledge and skill and experience development; facilitate collective understanding about what is required to support students to meet the needs of the local and regional economies; and design/redesign programs and pathways for relevance, equity, and social and economic mobility.

Participants will explore frameworks, practices, and tools for structuring academic reviews to create intentional, strategic opportunities to deepen faculty, employer, and community engagement; leverage accreditation; and engage in a cycle of inquiry for continuous improvement.

Wendi Dew, Executive Director of Coaching Practice, Achieving the Dream
Julie Alexander, Coach, Achieving the Dream
Terri Manning, Coach, Achieving the Dream

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:45–2:45 p.m.

Plenary Block 2: Expanding Equitable Access:  What it Means to Belong and Succeed for Indigenous Students

Jameson Lopez, Assistant Professor, Educational Policy Studies and Practice, University of Arizona

3:00–3:30 p.m.

Innovative Collaboration: Creating Vibrant Communities through Labor Market Insights

Vibrant communities that promote economic mobility are led by data-informed community colleges. Labor market data are a key factor in ensuring academic programming meets community needs, employer demands and students’ interests. Further, analyzing and applying labor market insights allows colleges to provide clear pathways to increase social and economic mobility for students.. Developing and evaluating academic programs plays a pivotal role in providing students and communities with economically mobile jobs, thereby serving as a fundamental catalyst for generating regional economic growth and meeting societal needs. Please join us as we discuss and demonstrate how essential labor market data and Western Technical College’s approach to use of these data ensure that strategic insights are seamlessly integrated into key institutional practices.

Sponsored by Lightcast

Nancy Finazzo, 
Director, Education Success, Lightcast

Brianne Shane, Director of Institutional Research, Western Technical College
John Barnshaw, Vice President, Lightcast
Melissa McKenney, Account Manager, Lightcast

3:00–3:30 p.m. 

Innovative Collaboration SessionBridging the Communication Gap Between Community Colleges & Employers

Bridging America’s Chronic Skills Gap starts with improving the communication and relationships between Community Colleges and Employers by impacting Student Success through Data. Nuventive is working with schools, employers and organizations to build a platform of Effective Practice breaking down the institutional silos and enabling students to impact their communities.

Sponsored by Nuventive

Dan Venedam, Planning, Analytics & Assessment, Nuventive

3:30–4:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break/Knowledge Bar

4:00–5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

4:00–5:00 p.m.

Ensuring Equitable Access: What Data to Collect and How to Use It
Building on the concept of big data shared by Dr. Raj Chetty at DREAM, this session will help colleges expand access to pathways that lead to social and economic mobility for historically underserved populations.  

The session will include the identification of internal and external data to collect and use to identify the following: local and regional labor market opportunities for people historically left behind by postsecondary education and training; potential underserved students and their characteristics; and new partnership opportunities for access, outreach, and engagement of focus populations. The session will also discuss data that will help make the case for the impact of these expanded access strategies and will include data sources and examples of high impact strategies for sharing these data with stakeholders.


Shawnda Floyd, Provost at Dallas College and ATD Coach
Brianne Shane, Director of Institutional Research, Western Technical College
Amy Thornton, Vice President of Student Service & Engagement, Western Technical College

4:00–5:00 p.m.

Examining the Impact of Financial Aid Policies on Enrollment and Retention
The recent Student Financial Wellness Survey (Trellis Research) highlights the influence finances have on students’ ability to concentrate on academics, persist through programs of study, and complete credentials that lead to equitable outcomes. The Survey identifies the barriers that prevent students from receiving the information and support they need to improve academic outcomes and post-college earnings.

Presenters will share data, including input from students, that can be used to inform institutional policy, procedures, and programs in areas such as cost of attendance, emergency funding and holistic students supports, and high impact practices from some of the 61 community colleges participating in the survey.


Carla Fletcher, Senior Research Analyst, Trellis Research

4:00–5:00 p.m.

Managing the Enrollment Pipeline to Engage Historically Disconnected Populations
Community college enrollment is challenged by lower high school graduations, declining public confidence in the value of college credentials, an increase in the number of high school graduates not participating in post-secondary education or training, and increased competition from non-traditional education providers.  

Expanding access to pathways that lead to social and economic mobility for populations historically underserved by the education system is critical to enrollment stability, inclusivity and equity, and vibrant local and regional communities. 

This session will share data-driven approaches that colleges can employ to clarify their value proposition, effectively manage the enrollment pipeline, foster meaningful connections with underserved communities, and identify internal and external data to use in implementing these strategies.

Paula Talley, Executive Director, Program Development, Achieving the Dream

Julia Lawton, Director, Program Administration, Achieving the Dream
Marcus Jackson, Senior Program Analyst, Columbus State Community College 

4:00–5:00 p.m.

Measuring Belonging: Why it’s Important and How to Do It
Given that belonging has consistently been shown to be a significant predictor of academic success, higher education educators, campus leaders, and institutional researchers would be well served to understand how the systemic, structural, and relational aspects of their institution either support or thwart student belonging. In this session, presenters from Motivate Lab will share some of the background research on student belonging as it relates to student success outcomes in higher education – including at community colleges and four-year institutions – and then discuss strategies for measuring belonging.

Chris Hulleman Professor of Education and Public Policy, University of Virginia and Director, Motivate Lab

4:00–5:00 p.m.

Research Priorities for Advancing Equitable Dual Enrollment Policies and Practices
Research shows that students who participate in dual enrollment in high school are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in college, and complete a college credential; yet, almost 80% of high school dual enrollment is not representative of the communities served. 

This session will introduce the
Dual Enrollment Research Agenda; address why unanswered questions about dual enrollment prevent the achievement of college access and attainment goals; discuss how the answers to these questions can lead to better policy and more effective investments; identify institutional practices around data collection and reporting that colleges can learn from and/or replicate; and solicit input from attendees about their institutions’ dual enrollment priorities.

John Fink, Senior Research Associate and Program Lead, Community College Research Center
Nick Mathern, Executive Director, K-12 Partnership, Achieving the Dream
Russell Olwell, Dean, Education and Educational Partnerships, Middlesex Community College

4:00–5:00 p.m.

Understanding the Student Parent Affordability Gap to Drive Policy Decisions
One in four community college students is a parent. Research indicates that the out-of-pocket cost of attending a public college is two to five times higher for student parents than for their low-income peers without children.1 Yet many community colleges do not know who their parenting students are or the affordability gap that they face. This lack of information creates a blind spot for strategic decision-making, particularly around institutional policy, adding to the barriers that student parents face in enrollment and completion of college credentials.

This session will define the student parent affordability gap and explain how it can be calculated; identify data to collect on parenting students, their student success outcomes, and their needs; discuss the potential for including child care expenses as an allowable cost category in determining your college’s cost of attendance (COA) so student parents can qualify for higher amounts of financial aid; and share examples of ATD Network colleges’ data-informed decisions that support parenting students.

Meredith Archer Hatch, Director, Network Relations, Achieving the Dream
Brittani Williams, Higher Education Senior Policy Analyst, The Education Trust

Esmeralda Sweeney, Associate Vice President, Student Success at Broward College and ATD coach

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) Reception (By invitation only)

Friday, September 22, 2023

7:30–10:00 a.m.

Registration Open

8:00–8:30 a.m.


8:30–9:30 a.m.

Plenary 3: Fostering Racial Equity through Data Analysis and Measurement


Francesca I.  Carpenter, Director, Equity Initiatives, Achieving the Dream

Samuel Echevarria-Cruz, Professor of Sociology, Austin Community College, and President-Elect, ACC Faculty Senate
Debbie Hanson, Associate Director, University of Southern California Race and Equity Center
John Hamman, Chief Analytics & Insights Officer, Montgomery College

9:45–11:00 a.m.

Peer-Learning and Application Session

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11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Susan Mayer, Chief Learning Officer, Achieving the Dream



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