Precon A: New CEO Academy: Leadership and the 21st Century
Date and Time: April 17, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and April 18, 8:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Hosted by the AACC Presidents Academy
Designed specifically for first-time CEOs, this day-and-a-half workshop covers essential topics that challenge every new leader. Meet with your peers in a learning environment that is supportive and serious, open and honest, productive and informative. Seasoned faculty provide firsthand experiences and insights on topics including developing positive board relations, mastering advocacy, problem solving, fostering the college mission, and understanding college finances. Get answers to your most pressing questions and network with both experienced and new leaders. The workshop includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and materials.
Precon B: Gateway to the Presidency and Reporting to a Governing Board
Date and Time: April 17, 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and April 18, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
This workshop provides a valuable simulation of the interview process and insights into how community college boards of trustees function. You'll gain important information on governance and how to prepare to work for a board of trustees, as well as learning what trustees look for when interviewing candidates for the college presidency. Practice interviewing in a typical search committee or board interview session, learn how to present yourself in ways that are uniquely yours and capitalize on outstanding qualities that make you the candidate of choice, and critique your videotaped interview with experts. Nationally recognized presidents, chancellors, and community college leaders will provide feedback and insights on being an effective candidate. Obtain crucial insights from research compiled from more than 400 community college presidents’ responses on the critical characteristics, skill sets, and approaches of successful candidates. Learn answers to questions such as: How many years from deciding to actively pursue the presidency did it take to attain their first presidential appointment? How many applications does a typical candidate submit before reaching the presidency?
Precon C: Legal Issues/Compliance in Community Colleges
Date and Time: April 17, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This fast-moving session is designed to expose attendees to hot topics and legal matters unique to the 2-year college. Some of the best legal minds have been invited to provide you with the most current information on these trends and to offer strategies that colleges may employ to overcome the obstacles.
Precon D: Increasing the College and Career Success of Immigrant Students
Date and Time: April 17, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Community colleges enroll a significant number of recent immigrants and have developed programs and practices to address the unique needs of a diverse immigrant student population. About one in four community college students comes from an immigrant background, while the percentages are much higher in states and communities with a large share of immigrants. This workshop will present both the challenges and opportunities in serving immigrant students and describe the services required that go beyond the usual academic and financial assistance. The Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE) will highlight its national initiatives in the field of immigrant education and will facilitate an interactive learning session for community college leaders to share promising practices and how immigrant student populations can be the focus of broader national college completion initiatives, including AACC’s 21st-Century Initiative. Issues such as designing ESL-integrated academic and career pathways, expanding access, leveraging resources, and developing holistic student support services will be discussed. Time will be provided for participants to share experiences and discuss effective practices in smaller discussion groups during the second half of this half-day workshop.
Precon E: Student Loans and Rising Cohort Default Rates: How Colleges are Developing Data Driven Solutions That Directly Impact Cohort Default Rates and Protect the Student Loan Borrowers
Date and Time: April 17, 11:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
As institutions strive to keep college costs low and student debt at a minimum, they must have heightened focus on their 3-year cohort default rates (CDR). The 3-year CDR measures the number of borrowers who entered repayment in a given fiscal year, compared to the number of students who default before the end of the second fiscal year following the fiscal year in which repayment begins. If a community college's three most recent official CDRs (released in September 2014) are 30% or greater or its CDR is greater than 40% for any single year, the college’s federal aid could be in jeopardy. The session will explore the issue of CDRs and what your institution can do to reverse the trend. The session will also focus on cutting edge financial literacy programs, and other initiatives designed to support students understanding the implication of debt. This workshop includes lunch.
Precon F: Promising Pathways to Promote Student Success in Developmental Math and Beyond
Date and Time: April 18, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Leading 21st-Century community colleges are integrating new and redesigned pathways into their curriculum that are helping more students succeed in developmental math and building the foundation for gateway course success. This session highlights colleges that are implementing innovative models that data suggest are delivering promising results, through combined/integrated courses, fast-track/flex courses, modularized curricula, and open-entry/open-exit approaches. In addition, learn more about the Khan Academy’s technology-enriched approach, and hear the latest evidence from Achieving the Dream Network Colleges about proven practices that are increasing student success in developmental education. During the session, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and network with experts in the field.