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 21st Century Initiative 2014 Fall Webinar Series 

AACC's new webinar series is focused on the seven recommendations of the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. Several webinars will be led by affiliated councils with expertise in research, student success, and institutional transformation. Webinars are free, but interested participants must sign up to attend. You will be prompted to login at Checkout to receive registration confirmation; if you don't already have an AACC account, you can use the New User area on the right side of the screen to create one. For registration support, please send an email to registration@aacc.nche.edu or call 202-416-4579.

Please note - registration will close 48 hours before a scheduled webinar.

Increasing Completion Rates

Webinar Recording

September 10, 2014 / 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST  --  ***Registration for this webinar is now closed.***
Many community colleges have committed to increasing completion rates of students earning community college credentials by 50% by 2020. Representatives from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) will present findings from leading researchers and practitioners on how well colleges are doing in increasing completion, what programs are yielding results, and what key resources that may assist colleges interested in furthering their work in this area.

Speakers:

  • Clifford P. Harbour, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Adult and Postsecondary Education, University of Wyoming, and President, Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC)
  • Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Professor of Education, Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Past President, Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC)

Facilitator:

  • Alex Johnson, President, Cuyahoga Community College

Dramatically Improve College Readiness

Webinar Recording

September 17, 2014 / 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST ***Registration for this webinar is now closed.***
The National Council for Instructional Administrators (NCIA) and the National Council for Learning Resources (NCLR) have been actively engaged in strategies designed to improve college readiness, accelerate developmental education, and ensure that faculty members have the resources needed to ensure student success. This session will provide a broad overview of some promising practices in college readiness.

Speakers:

  • Amy Fugate, VP of Academic Affairs at Mott Community College, President, NCIA
  • Kent Seaver, Director, Learning Resources and Testing, North Lake College

Facilitator:

  • Greg Hamann, President, Linn-Benton Community College

Close the American Skills Gap

Webinar Recording

September 24, 2014 / 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST ***Registration for this webinar is now closed.***

To close the skills gap, colleges must focus career and technical education programs on preparing students with the knowledge and skills required for existing and future jobs in regional and global economies. The National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET) and the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE) will update participants on the activities being undertaken by their councils to promote understanding of labor market trends, development of career pathways for current and future jobs, creation of stackable credentials, redesign of student experiences to incorporate more work-based, hands-on experience, and engagement with partners to match education and training with jobs.

Speakers:

  • Mabel Edmonds, Dean for Workforce and Economic Development, Clover Park Technical College and President, NCWE
  • Paul J. Koehnke, Dean of the Central Campus, Central Piedmont Community College and President, NCCET
  • Linda Head, Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Education & Corporate Partnerships, Lone Star College, NCCET

Facilitator:

  • Kathy Mannes, Senior Vice President, Workforce and Economic Development, AACC

Presidential Transitions in Higher Education

TO BE RESCHEDULED - THIS WEBINAR WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE
Over the last three years, close to 600 transitions in leadership positions have taken place in U.S. community colleges. This includes interim CEO appointments, appointment of new CEOs, and veteran CEOs moving from one job to another. Three veteran CEOs will discuss transition challenges, along with strategies that can alleviate much of the associated stress. The presenters will also offer tips for transitioning out of the day-to-day activities in the field.

Speakers:

  • Walter Bumphus, President and CEO, AACC
  • Jerry Sue Thornton, President Emeritus, Cuyahoga Community College

Target Public and Private Investments Strategically

Webinar Recording

October 29, 2014 / 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

To make education affordable, colleges must make the most of every available funding stream – an effort that will require both ingenuity and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. Experts from the Council for Resource Development (CRD) will speak to new strategies for diversifying funding streams in ways that advance community college work to reclaim the American Dream.

Speakers:

  • Shelly Conner, President, Council for Resource Development

Implementing Policies and Practices that Promote Rigor and Accountability

November 19, 2014 / 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST ***Registration for this webinar is now closed.***
Existing accountability measures in higher education do not adequately measure the unique mission of community colleges. The Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) provides community colleges with a significantly improved ability to assess their performance, identify areas for improvement, and demonstrate their commitment to their academic mission. This webinar will provide an overview of the VFA and how colleges can use it for public accountability and institutional improvement.

Speakers:

  • Kent Phillippe, Associate Vice President, Research & Student Success, AACC
  • Stu Harvey, Oklahoma City Community College
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