2018 BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Breakout Session I
Thursday, April 12 | 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Yavapai College’s Path to Guided Pathways

Scott Farnsworth | Assoc. VP for Student Success, Dean | Yavapai College
Tania Sheldahl | Assoc. VP Student Development | Yavapai College
Molly Beauchman | District Assessment Director | Yavapai College

This session will provide attendees an in-depth look into the 2+ year process Yavapai College has undergone with implementing Guided Pathways. The presenters will discuss the successes and the challenges the steering committee has dealt with during this college wide effort. They will share how this was accomplished without budget or additional staffing (to date) and how this led to the reorganization of its Academic and Student Development structure. Future steps for implementation will be presented and a summary of key insights will provide attendees relevant points for consideration at their institutions.


Partnerships Re-Imagined: Fostering Local Transfer Success
Julio Peña | Academic Advisor | University of Arizona

Common fears of many transfer students include “being at a disadvantage” or “transfer shock” after admission and transition to a four-year institution. There is a perception among transfer students that beginning at a 2-year institution can be a handicap. To alleviate and prepare transfer students, the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona has re-imagined the transfer process in partnership with Pima Community College to address transfer student fears and concerns long before the point of officially transferring.


Questions Students Should Ask Themselves Before Starting A Competency Based Degree
Kathy Yeager | Associate Vice President Educational Partnerships | Northern Arizona University
Melissa Boydston | Assistant Director, Educational Partnerships | Northern Arizona University

Personalized Learning offers students access to a high-quality, affordable college education. That’s because Northern Arizona University is the leader in online and competency-based education with respected degree programs designed to meet the needs of today’s busy and working professionals. Earning their bachelor’s degree through NAU’s Personalized Learning program prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary to move forward in their career and adapt to today’s ever-changing job market.


Adulting 101: Communicating to Transfer Students How Fun and Finances Go Together
Jennifer Ash | Associate Director of Transfer Admission | Arizona State University
Denise Doran | Manager of Transfer Communications | Arizona State University

Higher education is complicated. It’s a lot of jargon, big decisions, and deadlines. At Arizona State University, we are using the trending technology boom to communicate with students on how to adult — whether it be about finances, health, relationships, etc. We are beginning to speak their language in hopes that they will start to understand ours.

Learn how ASU is communicating with their transfer students. Whether in email or on Instagram, learn about how we are trying to change the game of communication when it comes to financial aid, finances and just life in general.
Breakout Session II
Thursday, April 12 | 2:45pm to 3:45pm

The Military Transition: A Multifocal, Campus-Wide Approach to Supporting Veteran Transfers
Joshua Steele | Sr. Director UA Online | University of Arizona
Cody Nicholls | Assistant Dean of Students | University of Arizona
Nicole Kontak | Senior Director, Transfer Curriculum | University of Arizona
Rachel Hamm | Assistant Director, Transfer Credit and Articulation | University of Arizona

This year, The University of Arizona (UA) launched key initiatives designed to provide enhanced transition support to students with military experience. Through increased transparency to military transfer rules, one-stop transfer assistance, for-credit courses on resilience and Military transitions, and cross-campus training to student-facing staff and faculty, UA has invested in providing continual support to Military students from pre-Admission to graduation. This session will cover new developments in supporting the veteran student population. These strategies reflect the recognition that Veteran Student Service is not localized to one office, but requires a web of advocates at every student interaction point.


Yes, And: Three Improv Concepts to Inspire Thought Leadership
Will Hightower | Academic Advisor and Success Coach | Northern Arizona University
Jennifer Giralo | Marketing Professional | DPR Construction

Notorious for comedy, improvisation is an art form practicing in-the-moment creativity. Beyond the jokes, improv is a lifestyle of communication and connectivity with many shared qualities of influential leaders. In this interactive workshop, we'll detail three important improv concepts that have helped us become better leaders and communicators.

Participants will gain skills applicable to team brainstorming, mentoring, difficult conversations, strategy meetings, active listening, and creative ways to approach problem solving. These three concepts are immediately applicable and will empower you as a leader.


Advanced Placement as a Transfer Option: Making it Work
Linda Jensen | Director | Arizona College Access Network
Kenyatta Price | Associate Director, K-12 | The College Board

Did you know that only half of Arizona’s high school seniors are sending their Advanced Placement scores to a college or university? Arizona students are missing out on academic credit available to them. This workshop will explore making the AP transfer process more effective for students and postsecondary institutions. As a state we are working to increase awareness among students and families about transfer processes, including the steps for earning college credits for AP scores. This session is part of a broad awareness campaign that is designed to increase the number of Arizona students who earn college credit while in high school.


Will Work for Food and a College Degree: Addressing Material Hardship at a Hispanic-Serving Community College
Chantele Carr | Communication Faculty | Estrella Mountain Community College

The challenges that community college students face are plenty, including food and housing insecurity. Currently, 1 in 3 Maricopa Community College students face some kind of material hardship. We will discuss the challenges we faced at our institution in addressing material hardship and present the importance of addressing such needs.
Breakout Session III
Friday, April 13 | 10:30am to 11:30am

Meeting the Goal of Student Transfer through a Guided Pathways Model
Gregg Busch | Arizona State Team Lead, Complete College Arizona; Vice President of Instruction and Guided Pathways | Pima Community College

This session explores how guided pathways supports the goal of student transfer along the educational pipeline from dual enrollment to community college to the university. As Complete College Arizona Consortium, an alliance member of Complete College America, expands across the state more and more colleges and universities will be embracing the proven initiatives of student success and completion embodied in this national movement of educational reform. This session will provides insight into how default pathways, informed choice, intrusive advising, academic maps, milestone courses, and meta-majors each play important roles in supporting student transfer.


Taking a Fresh Look at Transfer: The Transfer Twist on Higher Ed Movements
Rose Rojas | District Director Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation | Maricopa Community College District
Kathy Silberman | Instructional Services Coordinator Senior | Maricopa Community College District

2+2 and 3+1 articulation agreements, transfer fairs and orientation…business as usual, right? Are you ready for something new? This session takes a fresh look at some higher education trends, such as personalization, globalization, and access pathways, and explores their impact on transfer. Potential applications will be explored, with the intent of supporting a wider range of transfer students and more effectively meeting them where they are.


The Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing and Arizona's ELA Standards
Jenna Quarelli-Buck | Secondary ELA Specialist | Arizona Department of Education

Critical literacy is imperative for student success in a wide-variety of post-secondary environments, and it is vital that our higher education partners have a clear understanding of what students are learning before they arrive on our state's campuses. The K-12 Arizona English Language Arts Standards are closely aligned to the expectations in The Framework for Success in Post-Secondary Writing used by all three of our state universities. This session will highlight the connections between the two documents, and discuss ways that we can build productive conversations with our K-12 partners.


Jacks Online: NAU’s High Score, Low Risk Peer Mentor Program for Online Students
Anora Tillman | Program Coordinator, Sr. for Online Mentoring | Northern Arizona University
JJ Boggs | Director, Transfer and Commuter Connections | Northern Arizona University
Melissa Sottostanti | Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, 12/2018 | Northern Arizona University
Tammie Vaughn | Bachelor of Applied Science in Administration, 5/2018 | Northern Arizona University

The One NAU Initiative – a commitment to providing the same high-quality programs and focus on student success to all of our students regardless of modality – inspired an innovative new program called Jacks Online. Through peer mentoring and events, Jacks Online has helped hundreds of new students prepare for online learning, access resources, and feel more connected to the NAU community. Join us to hear more about how we adapted our on-campus mentoring strategy to meet the unique needs of online students. We’ll share our successes, challenges, and our hopes for the future.
Breakout Session IV
Friday, April 13 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Education and Career Partnerships: Supporting Postsecondary Transitions
Lisa Le Fevre | Research Associate | Regional Educational Laboratory West at WestEd
Thomas Torre Gibney | Research Associate | Regional Educational Laboratory West at WestEd

Arizona Partnership for Education and Career Success provides support and technical assistance on data use in cross-sector partnerships and seeks to extend the state’s Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP) initiative beyond high schools. Presenters will discuss findings from a compilation of literature on cross-sector education and career partnerships and an inventory that maps data-sharing efforts currently underway across education, industry, and community-based organizations in Arizona. Participants will also review ECAP data, tools, and resources available to educators that support students K‒12 through postsecondary. This session will enhance participants knowledge of data-sharing partnerships and supports for ECAP implementation.


Fun, Interactive, Creative Options (FICO): Using Theatre Activities to Engage Academic Advisors in Dialogue
Christina Marín | Program Director, Film & Theatre | Phoenix College
Julie Givans Voller | Director, Academic Advising & Transfer Services | | Phoenix College

This interactive workshop will invite participants to get up out of their seats and engage in theatre activities intended to motivate a conversation about the ins and outs of academic advising. Working in small groups, in pairs, and with the whole group, these activities will be used as metaphors for some of the important issues we face in advising at different times during the year, including our relationship to other stakeholders on campus, including faculty and students. Rather than prescribe what topics we will address, the facilitators will use introductory activities to determine the group’s interests and needs.


Solving the Unsolved Mysteries of How to Standardize all Transfer Credit
Tanaya Dempsey
| Program Manager | Arizona State University
Victoria Palmenberg | Program Manager | Arizona State University

In this fun and interactive session, we will discuss the unique types of transfer credit we all receive in our institutions. We will work together to problem-solve some examples of unique transfer credit. We will share some strategies that have been implemented at ASU to standardize the evaluation of unique transfer courses such as military credit, international credit, and credit from non-traditional schools. If you have been trying to solve the mystery of standardizing unique transfer credit, this is the workshop for YOU!


Increasing Academic Capital: Supporting Foster Care Alumni Transfer from Community College a 4-Year University
Justine Cheung | Program Coordinator | Arizona State University
Sam Garman | Project Coordinator | Maricopa Community College District

Research shows that only 4% of foster care alumni (FCA) will graduate with a college degree. Many FCA begin their higher education at a community college and transfer to a 4-year university to complete an undergraduate degree. This transition from community college to a university can be overwhelming for FCA because they often lack the academic capital needed to successfully navigate the process. Bridging Success Transfer Program is a collaborative effort between ASU and MCCCD to prepare FCA students for the transfer process and provide a warm hand-off between the two institutions.


Breakout Session V
Friday, April 13 | 2:15pm to 3:15pm


Critical Student Experiences: Designing Guided Pathways that Support the Whole Student
Ellen Riek | Professor of English | Arizona Western College
Jim Hutchison | Director of Career & Advisement Services | Arizona Western College

This session will focus on designing Guided Pathways models that reflect an institutional commitment to a holistic student experience. Arizona Western College, like many colleges across the state, is developing Guided Pathways to create a clear and easily navigable program of study for students from the time they enter the college until completion and/or transfer. However, retaining a breadth of knowledge and student experiences in the process can be challenging. Join this session to discuss key steps in moving forward with Guided Pathways models that preserve and engage a meaningful liberal education and student experience.


Creating a Sustainable Advising Culture: The New College Way
James Corbeille | Assistant Director, Academic Services | Arizona State University
Rae Lyons | Academic Success Specialist Senior | Arizona State University
Robert Kiec | Academic Success Specialist Senior | Arizona State University

New College is creating a new view on how to advise transfer students. It’s time to throw out those old habits and adapt a more proactive student-centric approach. We will discuss how to implement proactive advising using a sustainable triage model that is shaped by student and staff feedback. This model can significantly reduce student wait time and allow advisors to have more time for meaningful conversations with students which helps increase retention rates for both students and advisors. This model sets advisors up for success which, in turn, sets students up for success.


Multiple Measure Math Placement: An evolving-revolving credit approach
Angela Garcia | Math Department Chair | Cochise College
Tammy Brewer | Director of Testing Services | Cochise College

Have your efforts to implement multiple measure placements been temporarily frozen? Have unsuccessful attempts to collect on student’s past experience left you ready to write off MM altogether? You are not alone! Come hear about Cochise College’s plan to implement Multiple Measure Math placement, the obstacles we encountered, and one way we worked Multiple Measure into the fine print of our traditional placement system. Come prepared to share your institution’s investment in MM and discuss with us the future of this valuable commodity.


The Importance of Diverse Perspectives in Supporting Transfer Students for Success in STEM
Lupita Méndez | Academic Transfer Specialist | University of Arizona
Kimberly Sierra-Cajas | Director, Office of Undergraduate Research | University of Arizona

Community college transfer students in STEM are some of the most motivated and ambitious students in the university classroom. They have the drive and determination to achieve their goals, but many end up feeling that they don’t belong in STEM before they get to graduation.

The UA’s ASEMS Transfer program provides workshops for transfer students that have been effective at conveying the importance of diverse perspectives in STEM and normalizing the transition experience. Presenters will share the research behind this intervention and discuss how to recreate it at other institutions.

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