Program Agenda



7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Registration Open

7:30 am – 11:30 am

Field Trip for International Guests

7:30 am 4:00 pm
The ATD Equity Institute: From Theory to Practice

8:30 am 4:00 pm
Every Learner Everywhere Convening


9:00 am – Noon
Pre-Conference Workshops
Requires pre-registration

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshops
Requires pre-registration

ATD Coaches Meeting

4:15 pm – 5:45 pm
Opening Plenary: A Vision for Student Success 2020 


  • Dr. Karen A. Stout, President and CEO, Achieving the Dream, Inc.
  • James Fallows, Journalist and Co-Author of the national bestseller, Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm
Opening Reception 



7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:15 am
Continental Breakfast

Connecticut System Cohort Breakfast
Team Time

8:30 am – 9:45 am
Morning Plenary: 
The Future of Teaching and Learning: Collaborating Across Institutional Divides


10:00 am – 11:15 am
Concurrent Sessions

  • A Student-focused Strategic Plan - Driving Action through Data Intelligence
  • Accelerating Student Success: An RCT Demonstrating the Effectiveness of Holistic Supports in Chicago
  • Dreams No Longer deferred: Three colleges Reimagining Student Success with Mobile Technology
  • It Takes a Village: Collaboratively Designing a Successful First Year Experience Course
  • Known Unknowns: Developing a Holistic System of Data Collection for Strategic Planning and Continuous Improvement
  • Las Vias: A Pathway to Graduation Creates Equity at a Rural Community College
  • Leading for Change: Accelerating and Integrating the Student Pathway
  • The New Learning Compact: A Strategic Framework for Professional Learning & Educational Development
  • Using Libre Texts to Achieve the 5R Dream

10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Presidents Colloquium
For campus presidents and chancellors only

11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions

  • Building Mindset for Success from Day 1
  • Early College High School Equity Building Strategies: Right students, right start
  • High Impact Practices and Equity: Pathways to Student Success in General Education
  • Math and English and Pathways – Oh my!
  • Transformational Advising: Two Institutions, One Statewide Focus on Advising Redesign
  • Turnaround: Measuring Transformative Change & Its Effect on Student Retention
  • Using AlamoADVISE and the Transfer Advising Guides (TAGs) within the AlamoINSTITUTES to increase Credential Completion
  • You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide: Embedding Cross-Functional Support to Increase Success

12:45 pm – 2:30 pm
Lunch Break

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Innovative Collaboration Sessions

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Spotlight Sessions

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
TCU Afternoon Session
By Invitation only

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions

  • Accelerating More Students To and Through Gateway Courses in the First Year - Improving Success & Equity in Outcomes
  • Bringing Global Learning to Your Campus Though Virtual Exchange
  • Guided Pathways: Early Experiences of Entering Students
  • Implementing and Scaling an Effective Model: 3-Year Findings from the ASAP Demonstration in Ohio
  • Navigating from Assessment to Completion: Using Positive Messages to Improve Enrollment & Retention
  • Pedagogy Matters: Ensuring that Students are Learning
  • Using Predictive Analytics to Identify Risk and Increase Student Persistence

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
The Finish Line Game Experience

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm



7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:15 am
Continental Breakfast
ATD 101 Breakfast
Tennessee System Cohort Breakfast

USC Racial Equity Breakfast 
Team Time

8:30 am – 9:45 am
Morning Plenary: 
Aiming for Equity: Early College & Dual Enrollment 


  • David Thomas, Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiative at Community College of Philadelphia
  • Shasta Buchanan, Associate Vice President, College & High School Relations at Austin Community College
  • Alex Perry, College in High School Alliance 
  • John Fink, Community College Research Center


10:00 am – 11:15 am
2019 Cohort Meeting

The Finish Line Game Experience
Concurrent Sessions

  • A Tale of Two Colleges: Changes for Success at a large urban college and a mid-size rural college in Tennessee
  • And the Oscar Goes To: Lessons Learned from Aspen Prize Winners and Finalists
  • Anytime, Anywhere: An Equitable, Scalable, & Impactful Approach to Academic Support
  • Student Success Information Interventions: Helping students navigate college services and resources
  • Supporting Students from Application to Graduation: Lessons from an Advising Redesign
  • The Academy for Social Change and Community Transformation: An Educational Ecosystem Strategy
  • The Journey to Leader College - An Institutional Approach to Scaling Student Success
  • The Long and Winding Road To Creating an Institutional Student Success Framework: A Systems Thinking Approach

11:30 am –12:30 pm
Spotlight Sessions

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Recognition Luncheon

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
20 x 20 Presentations

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Tribal Colleges and Universities Afternoon Session

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

2018 Cohort Meeting
Concurrent Sessions

  • Collaboration, Student Belonging, and Mindsets in a Fully-Online Mathematics Learning Experience
  • Equity & Inclusion in Teaching & Learning: The Moral Imperative for Social Justice in the Community College Setting
  • First-generation Student Success: Findings from a Landscape Analysis of Community Colleges
  • Keeping the Promise: The Financial Sustainability of the College Promise Movement
  • Leading for Equity at Pasadena College
  • Learning Communities as a Strategy that Models and Supports Guided Pathways
  • Purpose First: Aligning Career and Guided Pathways at the College of Southern Nevada and Houston Community College
  • Rear View Mirror: Lessons Learned from Two Years of Case Managed Advising
  • Students as Teachers: Improve Student Outcomes and Meet Equity Goals by Listening to Students

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
DREAM Scholars Reception
Aspen Fellows Meet-Up

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Gateway to College Reception
TCU Reception


7:00 am – 8:15 am
Continental Breakfast
Team Times

8:30 am –10:30 am

Closing Plenary
Change the Story, Change the Future 


  • Crystal Echo Hawk, Founder and Executive Director of IllumiNative

Student Voice Panel Presentation

10:30 am – 12:45 pm
Team Time

10:45 am – 12:45 pm
South African Delegation: DREAM Debrief

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