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 Spotlight Sessions 

Spotlight Sessions bring the experts to you.

Sunday, April 6, 2014: 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Super Spotlight Session: 21st-Century Implementation Launch: Empowering Community Colleges to Build the Nation’s Future

In 2012 AACC’s released its 21st-Century Report, which included 7 recommendations and 22 strategies for student success. Over the past year 112 faculty, CEOs, and thought leaders have worked collaboratively to develop research-based roadmaps for colleges to assist institutions in implementing each of the recommendations. This super spotlight session will signal the formal launch of the 21st-Century implementation guide, will provide colleges with future activities planned to sustain this transformational work, and will preview the next “big ideas” in community colleges.

Moderator: Kay McClenney


Kenneth Ender, President, William Raney Harper College
Alex Johnson, President, Cuyahoga Community College
Sandra Kurtinitis, President, Community College of Baltimore County
Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Superintendent/President, Long Beach City College
Eduardo Padron, President, Miami Dade College
Scott Ralls, President, North Carolina Community College System

Monday, April 7, 2014: 8:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Model Workforce Collaborations That Advance Student Success

In November, AACC and the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council held a joint convening of CEOs of 2-year colleges and workforce investment boards (WIBs) for the purposes of sharing information and exploring stronger collaboration between the two sectors. Learn about innovative approaches between community colleges and workforce investment boards in Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington that have proven job placement results. In addition, panelists will share short-term and long-term goals for enhancing partnerships between community colleges and WIBs. Attendees are encouraged to participate in this important conversation and will learn how to actively participate in this critical national initiative.


Walter G. Bumphus, President and CEO, AACC, DC
Marlena Sessions, CEO, Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, WA
Ken Atwater, President, Hillsborough Community College, FL

Erma Johnson Hadley, Chancellor, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, TX
Judy McDonald, Executive Director, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, TX
Steve Partridge, CEO, CharlotteWorks, NC

This spotlight session is sponsored by IBM.

MOOCs, and Other Exciting Online Partnerships

With the near-daily new developments in the online education space, the session will be a facilitated conversation between CEOs of leading online education organizations to discuss trends, opportunities and realities in online education for the nation's community college system. Each organization will provide the following overview: Company Profile; Market Focus and Revenue Model; Current Challenges; Opportunities for Collaboration with Community Colleges; and CEO Opinion on the Future of Online Education.  Organizations will include American Digital University; Coursera; edX; MIT Media Lab and MIT Open Courseware Consortium Peer 2 Peer University; and University of the People.


Anush Ramachandran, Chairman, American Digital University
Andrew Y. Ng, Co-Founder, Coursera
Rebecca Petersen, Director of Research and Educational Initiatives, edX
Shai Reshef, President, University of the People
Philipp Schmidt, Peer 2 Peer University and MIT Media Lab
Sanjay Sarma, Director of Digital Learning, MIT Open Courseware Consortium

This spotlight session is sponsored by Strayer University.

Higher Education Act Reauthorization:  Will Changes Cure What “Ails” Colleges Today?

As Congress wades into the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), parties both on and off Capitol Hill are asserting that modifications to the act are necessary to improve low levels of performance from both colleges and students. Proposed changes would affect accreditation’s gatekeeping role, the assessment of financial need, the calculation of student default rates, etc. There also is recognition that student aid programs have grown too complex, and that refinements are necessary. This spotlight session will examine the current reauthorization environment and outline AACC’s priorities on this critical federal legislation.


Sandy Baum, Senior Fellow, George Washington University, DC
J. Mark Iwry, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury, DC
Andrew P. Kelly, Director, American Enterprise Institute, DC
David Baime, Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of Community Colleges, DC

New Resources To Promote Student Success in Math: Khan Academy Partners with Community Colleges

This session will provide background on the work of the 21st-Century Implementation Team on Developmental Education, and share examples of ways that the Khan Academy can support improving performance. The Khan Academy will demonstrate a new Student Resource Center to help students prepare for assessment tests (e.g., Accuplacer and Compass) and will provide concrete examples of pilots with community colleges using Khan Academy in their readiness programs and in developmental math courses.


Byron McClenney, Co-chair, 21st Century Commission Report Implementation Team on Developmental Education Re-Design and Director (retired)The University of Texas at Austin
Paulette Altmaier, Head, Education Partnerships, Khan Academy, CA
Naomi Davidson, Education Partnerships, Higher Education, Khan Academy, CA

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