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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.  Innovative Collaboration Sessions are co-presented with an ATD College.

Industry Insights Sessions


1:00 - 1:45 PM

Is Manufacturing a Dead-End for US Workers? New Insight about Production Jobs and the Skills Employers Need and What They Are Willing to Pay


  • Rob Sentz, Chief Innovation Officer, Emsi

Sponsored by EMSI.


2:00-2:45 PM

Bringing Collaborating Instructors, Support Programs and Technologies Together to Enhance Student Success: The Power of Meeting the Student’s Needs Right Now


  • Kara Monroe, Vice President of Academic, Ivy Tech
  • Cory Clasemann-Ryan, Assistant Vice President of Student Success, Ivy Tech
  • Sara Proffitt, Director of Instructional Design Services, Ivy Tech
  • Sandi White, General Manager, Institutional Markets, Tutor.com
  • Elizabeth Starr, instructor, Ivy Tech CC

Sponsored by Tutor.com

Leveraging Predictive Learning Analytics to Improve Grades and Retention at Wright State University

As many as 60% of pre-medical students end up switching majors or fail to get any degree, according to data from UCLA. Many students end up switching their major after one or two semesters after they fail to pass key gateway courses, like biology or chemistry. To improve outcomes for pre-medical students, Wright State University (WSU) partnered with Barnes & Noble Education LoudCloud (BNED LC) to identify at-risk students prior to the start of the term and plan customized interventions based student performance and participation data. Working with Dr. Dan Krane, WSU and BNED LC worked together to leverage technology in a large section (450+) freshman gateway course. Prior to the start of the term WSU leveraged BNED LC’s predictive analytics, LoudSight, to build a custom DFW (drop-out, failure, withdrawal) model based upon 4 years of historical student data. In this session, we will explore findings from the predictive model as well as the impact of remediation strategies.


  • Dan Krane, President of the University Faculty, Wright State University
  • Amanda Thorne, Regional Vice President, BNED LoudCloud 

Sponsored by Barnes & Noble Education.

3:00-3:45 PM

One Step Closer: Community College as a Launching Pad for Big Dreams

Join Roadtrip Nation for a sneak peek of One Step Closer, a documentary film about three students on a cross-country journey to discover how a community college education can be used as a launchpad to higher education, specialized skills—and more importantly, rewarding careers.

Hear all about this thrilling adventure and the lessons learned – directly from one of the participating student roadtrippers, with remarks from Willie Witte, Roadtrip Nation’s Video Creative Director.


  • Willie Witte, Roadtrip Nation
  • Rebecca Rodack, Roadtrip Nation
  • Jennifer Zeisler, ECMC Foundation

Sponsored by ECMC Foundation.


Improving Assessment Procedures

Many institutions are concerned about student retention and graduation rates, and want to improve their management and reporting of student learning assessment data. This session focuses on best practices to collect, track, analyze, and report student assessment learning data from a variety of student work samples across disciplines. These practices can be used across the spectrum from general education programs to advanced degree programs.

Dr. Newberry will give examples from Blackboard clients as well as other who follow these practices using non-Blackboard tools.


  • Ruth Newberry, Senior Consulting Specialist, Blackboard
Sponsored by Blackboard.


Innovative Collaboration Sessions 


12:00-1:00 PM

Creating a Student-Focused Culture with Faculty as Change Agents

ATD’s Institutional Capacity Framework, which identifies the essential capacities needed to create a student-focused culture that promotes success, has brought renewed focus to the importance of evidence-based instruction, as teaching and learning is among these critical capacities. But how can ATD members cultivate and sustain a culture of teaching and learning that provides students with the effective instruction they need and deserve? Learn how Broward College, Miami Dade College, and Eastern Maine Community College, in collaboration with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), are preparing and credentialing faculty in the evidence-based teaching practices that drive student engagement, retention, and learning. This panel will share how ACUE’s program fully engages faculty in its efforts to graduate more students with meaningful degrees. Presenters will also describe how other ATD members can join the nationwide movement to transform students’ learning experiences by supporting those who have the greatest opportunity to impact students’ lives: our faculty.


  • Barbara Rodriguez, Academic Director, Association of College and University Educators
  • Karen Parker, District Director of Academic Affairs, Curriculum Services, Broward College
  • Margaret Shippey, Director, Faculty Development & Classroom Engagement, Miami Dade College
  • Elizabeth Russell, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Eastern Maine Community College

Sponsored by ACUE.


Reimagine the Student Experience to Improve Outcomes for All Populations

As community college student populations evolve, administrators are grappling with balancing access and equity across academic and student services. Trident Technical College (a 2017 ACCT Equity Award winner) has reimagined the student experience with two innovative approaches: compressed 7-week schedules and an innovative advising model. TTC’s approach to scheduling has resulted in a 17% improvement in success rates among black first-time freshmen, 11% among other minority populations, and 14% among white students since 2011. In 2016, they used student-survey feedback to deploy EAB’s Navigate to improve onboarding and advising. Piloting with select majors, TTC pairs students during onboarding with “navigators” who provide purposeful, technology-enabled onboarding and advising support from the moment a student applies to the college through the pivotal first few semesters. Join TTC and EAB as they share how using student data led to a new scheduling format and technology-infused student-experiences that afford the right balance of guidance, support, and self-service, with a commitment to improving student outcomes.


  • Brian Almquist, Dean of Student Engagement, Trident Technical College
  • Laurie Fladd, Associate Dean of Science and Math and Director of Academic Advising, Trident Technical College
  • Christina Hubbard, Director, Strategic Research, EAB

Sponsored by EAB.


Scheduling for Completion in Ohio, Reflection and Looking Forward

One year into a unique partnership between 18 community colleges and 4 universities in Ohio is yielding results for the state and their students. This cooperative implementation using data analytics to improve efficiency and increase student success through improved course scheduling and resource allocation is addressing both educational and economic efficiency opportunities. In the first year this project yielded a significant cost savings and an up-tick in student credit hours registered. Looking forward, the focus in year 2 is on operationalizing pathways. Join us to learn how these campuses, supported by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, Student Success Center, took advantage of immediate efficiencies and are turning their focus to “Keeping Students on the Path” by aligning schedules to program pathways.


  • Laura R. Rittner, Director, OACC Student Success Center
  • Sarah Collins, Chief Strategy Officer, Ad Astra

Sponsored by Ad Astra.


1:15 – 2:15 PM

Critical Conversation about Innovativeness and Leadership

This session will hold a conversation among innovative collaborators: UMUC graduate school leaders, Dean Kathryn Klose and Vice Dean Jennie Pilato, and Cuyahoga Community College’s Vice President of Workforce Innovation Dr. Monique Umphrey. As a UMUC Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration (DMCCPA) graduate, Monique will tell how her leadership has made a difference in advancing student success, as well as how the DMCCPA helped to prepare her as a community college leader. Panel-style discussion with Monique will probe for her insights on UMUC’s critical focus on preparing new community college executive leaders. Especially important will be Monique’s insights on innovative practices and innovative leadership, plus comments and questions from the audience.


  • Kathryn Klose, UMUC
  • Monique Umphrey, UMUC
  • Virginia (Jennie) Pilato, UMUC

Sponsored by UMUC.

If You Don’t Ask, They Won’t Tell: Using Instant Student Feedback in the Classroom

To improve their teaching practices, faculty at Everett Community College utilized Instant Feedback, a formative assessment tool, to solicit immediate feedback and encourage reflection from their students. Faculty administered a simple 6-question online form, based heavily on research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Using the instantaneous results, they were able to make pedagogical changes – in some cases, even before the next class meeting. For specific areas of challenge, research material (including white papers from IDEA) were provided to help develop plans for improvement. Faculty members reflected individually, as part of a discussion board with other participating faculty, and via an end-of-quarter paper. During this session, the pilot project lead will present additional details and learnings.


  • Peg Balachowski, Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, Center for Transformative Teaching, Everett Community College
  • Shannon Lacount, Assistant VP, Campus Adoption, Campus Labs

Sponsored by Campus Labs.

Clearing the Path: Building the Essential Technology Framework to Support Student Success

After significant investment in the cultural, curricular and service requirements to ensure student success, institutions often find they are without the essential technology framework to support and leverage the new models. Learn how to leverage what you have and build what you need to create a stellar student experience.
  • Elizabeth Murphy, CEO
Sponsored by CampusWorks, Inc.

Streamlining the Student Experience: How Institutions are Embracing Data to Help More Students Start, Stay, and Finish Strong in Higher Education

Driven by vital goals to help more--and more diverse--students learn well and finish strong on their journeys through our colleges, the field of education is now using data science and design thinking--much like the healthcare, business, and athletics fields--to challenge conventional wisdom and significantly improve the student experience. In this session, we’ll discuss how community colleges are using their data to map pathways to student end goals, help students choose and enter a program pathway, keep students on path, and ensure student learning.

Sponsored by Civitas Learning.

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