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Industry Insights and Innovative Collaborations

These sessions are presented by our sponsors, some in collaboration with fellow Network participants, offering proven effective solutions and available for face-to-face questions about their services. 

Industry Insights

Tuesday, February 21

1:15 - 1:45 pm
When Students Find Their Calling (and Prepare Wisely), the Labor Market Wins
The economic impact of this poor decision-making is huge. When students make uninformed decisions about what they want to do in life and pick colleges and degrees without a sound strategy, colleges struggle to engage them. Many students play musical majors for a few years or quit altogether. Those that do graduate often become employees burdened with debt and uninspired by their work. This in turn hurts businesses, who invest millions on recruiting and yet lose additional millions to turnover because, well, 70% of us wish we were doing something else.
Rob Sentz, Chief Innovation Officer
Sponsored by EMSI.

2:15 - 2:45 pm
Bringing Guided Pathways to Life
Despite millions of dollars in grant funding and support available for college leaders to launch Guided Pathways at their institutions, the fact remains that no clear definition has yet emerged. Though many leading organizational have outlined the guiding principles of the model to help clarify its goals, there are still open questions about the features of a Guided Pathways model: How are academic majors presented to students? What guidance do we provide in course registration? How do we connect students to their advisors? EAB read through hundreds of research reports and interviewed dozens of college leaders to define exactly what Guided Pathways is and how to bring the model to life on campus. Join us as we review the four pillars of Guided Pathways, eight common features of the model, and strategies to implement on your campus. All participants will receive copies of EAB’s newest strategy guide and learn how to balance investments in technology and change management for optimal results.
Melinda Salaman, Director of Strategic Research, EAB Technologies
Lindsey Klein, Managing Director, EAB Technologies
Sponsored by EAB.

3:15 - 3:45 pm
What it Takes to Advance Student Success
Student success involves understanding that students are at the center of a large and complex system, and that their success means looking to identify and address issues at every corner of the institution and in a way that extends beyond mere graduation and retention rates. Using data analytics and ensuring access and equity for all are just some of the factors that make student success a reality. Please join us as we ask leaders from innovative institutions what it takes to help students achieve success.

Even though we are starting to see public funding for higher education increase, it’s still nowhere near pre-recession levels. How are you dealing with the challenge of doing more with less? What would you say is your biggest challenge as an institution right now? How are you addressing that challenge? What are you most proud of in the arena of student success?
There’s been a lot of talk in the last few years about the promises and uses of data. How are you using data to help students succeed? How are you navigating some of the biggest concerns about data usage such as privacy?
About 11% of all higher education students have some kind of disability. How is your institution responding to these students, 60-80% who never disclose their disabilities?

John Cowles, Grand Rapids Community College , Dean of Student Success and Retention
Van Wilson, Virginia Community College System, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic & Student Service
Van L. Davis, PhD, Blackboard, Associate Vice President Higher Education Policy & Research

Sponsored by Blackboard. 

Innovative Collaborations 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

12:15 – 1:15 pm
Engaging the Learner with Affordable Options
Undoubtedly, eliminating obstacles to student success is a primary objective of all institutions of higher learning. When it comes to affordability, how are these institutions developing and delivering new initiatives? Who are the partners? And what are the results of these efforts? Join us for this Innovative Collaboration session featuring Jackson Community College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
Brian Newberry, Instructional Designer, Jackson Community College

Pam Gerstner, Associate Dean, General Studies, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Chris Cummings, Vice President, Institutional Product and Solution Design
Sponsored by Cengage.

1:45 – 2:45 pm
Scheduling for Completion
Managing costs and improving student success are two sides of the same coin, and increasing the efficiency of course scheduling is critical to both sides. The course scheduling process either allows or prevents student access to the courses they need to complete their degrees. In this session you will learn about the unique partnership of 18 community colleges and 4 universities in Ohio that were awarded Innovation Grant funding from the Ohio Department of Higher Education to support the implementation of "Scheduling for Completion: Leveraging Data Analytics to Improve Efficiency and Increase Student Success," innovation to address both educational and economic efficiency opportunities.
Laura R. Rittner, Executive Director, Ohio Association of Community Colleges Student Success Center
Tom Shaver, CEO, Ad Astra Information Systems
Sponsored by Ad Astra

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