2019 BREAKOUT SESSIONS

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Breakout Session I
1:10pm to 2:10pm
DYNAMIC PARTNERSHIPS: HOW COLLABORATION BETWEEN RECRUITMENT AND FACULTY LEADS TO STUDENT SUCCESS
Join us for a dynamic session with a Watts College recruiter and a faculty member who have developed incredible opportunities for transfer students. This dream team has worked hard to put together amazing opportunities for students, and they are excited to share the strategies and lessons they have developed and learned. This session will focus on how building relationships across units can open doors and create positive pathways for our transfer students.

Audra Kershner | Recruitment Specialist | Arizona State University


ELEVATING TRANSFER: PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
Many higher education professionals recall a moment where a transfer student asks if they can receive credit for acquired knowledge through specific encounters, involvement in organizations, or participation in trainings. Learn how the University of Arizona updated existing policies and created new policies to address Prior Learning Assessment methods. Participants will learn about the formation and implementation of university policies, how HLC recommendations were utilized, and the importance of securing faculty buy in. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own PLA practices on their respective campuses. Recommendations for next steps towards statewide collaboration on PLA credit will be offered.

Nicole Kontak | Executive Director, Transfer Credit & Articulation | University of Arizona


SET A COURSE FOR SUCCESS– DESIGNING AND DELIVERING AN EFFECTIVE UNIVERSITY TRANSFER SUCCESS COURSE
While community and tribal colleges can prepare students academically for upper-division coursework, they may not prepare them for other challenges students face upon transfer. Finding a peer group and learning new campus resources are crucial for a successful transition; while career development opportunities and experiential learning such as research or internships are instrumental to identify and pursue post-graduation goals. Transfer students must fast track their involvement in campus and professional opportunities to be competitive with their first time freshmen counterparts. We share how a support system for academic and social involvement was developed through an effective transfer success course!

Jen Johnson | Senior Program Coordinator | Northern Arizona University
Marisol Holder | Senior Academic Advisor | Northern Arizona University
Nena Bloom | Evaluation Coordinator | Northern Arizona University


USE THE NACADA CORE COMPETENCIES TO RAISE YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO NEW HEIGHTS
Are you an advising professional seeking continual improvement? Responsible for advisor training at your institution? The NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model identifies the concepts, knowledge, and skills that support academic advising and provides a roadmap for advisor professional development. In this session, we will introduce the Core Competencies and discuss ways to integrate them into advising practice. Whether you are a lone advisor in an academic department, part of a committee charged with designing training and development for advisors, or an administrator responsible for advisor development, this presentation will help you apply the Core Competencies on your campus.

Julie Voller | Director, Academic Advising | Phoenix College
Breakout Session II
2:20pm - 3:20pm
CREATING A POSITIVE PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT (PLA) EXPERIENCE: AN INSTITUTIONAL JOURNEY
Creating a positive Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) experience for students and for our institutions creates a win-win situation. The Maricopa Community College District is building the infrastructure to implement a PLA strategy and realize its potential to boost degree completion and successful student transfer. We invite our statewide partners to come hear what we have learned and where we are headed.

Rose Rojas | District Director of Curriculum and Transfer | Maricopa County Community College District
Kerrie Specker | Faculty Chair, Computer Technology | Rio Salado College


CREATING COMMUNITY: TRANSFER STUDENT CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
This session will look at the menu of services provided to students at the Transfer Student Center at the University of Arizona. Attendees will learn about how these services, support networks, and student-led programming have all lead to a close-knit transfer community at the University of Arizona. Detailed information on services, clubs, programming, and future plans for the center will be addressed.

Gabriela Ruiz | Program Coordinator | University of Arizona
Daniel Viramontes | Graduate Assistant | University of Arizona


HELPING STUDENTS CHOOSE A MAJOR
Adviser: "What do you want to be your major?"
Student: "I like Communications, you know -- photography and advertising and writing and stuff like that."
This session shows how deciding students -- first year and transfer -- are presented with information about their personal strengths (via the Clifton StrengthsFinder), a wide variety of possible majors, and their possible academic career paths, including internships, if they select one of the featured areas of study. Sample course materials will be provided, including course syllabi and sample guest lecture handouts presented by the most experienced of all guest lecturers in the course.

Martin Sommerness | Professor of Journalism | Northern Arizona University
Amy Hitt | Assistant Professor of Practice, Strategic Communication | Northern Arizona University


TAKE THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE TO NEW HEIGHTS WITH SYNERGY
Synergy occurs when the cooperation of people and college divisions produces a greater impact than the results of their individual efforts. Learn the value of bringing together the experiences of Advisors, Instructors and Academic Administrators to strengthen class scheduling, curriculum and course development efforts. We will offer strategies to enhance communication, bolster working relationships and increase collaboration at your colleges.

Brian Francis | Director of Advising and Career Development | Coconino Community College
Summer Dennis | Academic Operations Coordinator | Coconino Community College
Veronica Hipolito | Dean of Student Development | Coconino Community College
Breakout Session III
3:30pm - 4:30pm
TEN YEARS OF REACHING FOR NEW HEIGHTS: THE MARICOPA TO ASU PATHWAYS PROGRAM (MAPP)
The Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) is celebrating its 10 year anniversary! Join players from Maricopa Community Colleges and ASU to walk through the new MAPP sign up process, benefits of the program, resources for students and learn more about the behind the scenes and student perspective of the program. Hear from current ASU students who have successfully transferred and engage in a discussion about where we can go next! This session is good for those new to the MAPP and those that are experts in all things MAPP.

Jenna Kahl | Director, Community College Relations | Arizona State University
Jesus Chaidez | District Director- Enrollment Management | Maricopa County Community College District
Sarah Banner | Student Services Director | Mesa Community College


ECAPs: MOVING BEYOND JUST HIGH SCHOOL
This session is designed to help your institution have an awareness of the Arizona ECAP process and how to help support the implementation into the next level: down to middle grades continuing up into postsecondary. We will review ECAP Implementation requirements and Resources for middle grades, high school, and postsecondary. Come ready to share innovative best practices and implementation challenges with other schools. Additionally you will develop an action plan for supporting the ECAP process into your educational level. Our goal is to create a college and career ready culture that prepares all students for their future beyond high school.

Kay Schreiber | School Counselor Coordinator | Arizona Department of Education


FINANCIAL WELLNESS - A CONCEPT THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
By attending this session participants will understand the correlation between financial wellness, degree completion and a healthy lifestyle during and after college. Participants will also gain an understanding of the 5 Mistakes Not to Make in College according to Anthony O'Neal.

Stacey Hackett | Counseling Faculty | Pima Community College


MAPPING THE PATH TO COMPLETION: HOW MOHAVE COMMUNITY COLLEGE USES MILESTONE ADVISING TO INCREASE RETENTION AND GRADUATION RATES AND PROMOTE TRANSFER PLANS
Mohave Community College uses an intrusive advising approach to target all students who are 50-75% completed with their degree program and requires those students to meet with an advisor to plan their path to completion and beyond. Come talk with us as we share how we have implemented this program, what tools we have developed, and how this successful program has helped our students in the transfer process.

Amber Johnson | Academic Advisor | Mohave Community College

Friday, April 5, 2019

Breakout Session IV
10:30am - 11:30am
AAS to BAS: TEAMING UP FOR TRANSFER
Transfer or career preparation? Students used to have to choose one or the other, but since the early 2000s, Arizona’s community colleges and public universities have worked together to forge transfer pathways that combine the practicality of an Associate in Applied Science with the marketability of a Bachelor of Applied Science. Presenters will provide updates on current BAS offerings at ASU, NAU and UA, share resources and tools to help students choose the right AAS to BAS to meet their goals and discuss career and graduate school implications of this increasingly popular transfer pathway.

Kathy Silberman | Instructional Services Coordinator Senior | Maricopa Community College District
Jenna Kahl | Director, Community College Relations | Arizona State University
Sarah Wieland | Assistant Dean, Academic Advising and Student Services | University of Arizona
Douglas Small | Director of Strategic Partnerships | Northern Arizona University


BE PREPARED: PLANNING THE COURSE TO SUCCESSFUL ADVISOR TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
At the Maricopa Community College District, 41% of students intend to transfer to a University. However within the last decade only 28-30% of students meet that goal. MCCCD is implementing a Guided Pathways framework to support students in meeting their intended goal. Within this framework Advising will look much different than it does today which required professional development support. MCCCD has created a training and professional development course that will help support this movement utilizing best practices from Guided Pathways and NACADA. The presenters will share their process of designing a comprehensive training program to further support these initiatives.

Sarah Banner | Student Services Director | Maricopa County Community College District
David Hall | Student Services Director | Rio Salado College


TRANSITIONING FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE, PREVENTING SUMMER MELT
The transition from High School to College can be a challenge for students and their families. There is a completely new world of jargon and intricate steps that can cause confusion and stress. Mingus Union High School, Yavapai College, and the GEAR UP Program used a text-messaging platform to have continuous contact with students from Senior, to summer, to their first semester of college. Students receiving text messages are more likely to enroll in a college aiding the transition process. The session will introduce ideas and processes that other institutions can apply to prevent summer melt.

Meghan Paquette | GEAR UP Success Advisor | Yavapai College
Whitney Gilmore | Site Support Specialist, Arizona GEAR UP | Northern Arizona University
Gretchen Wesbrock | Director of Student Support Services
Heather Mulcaire | Associate Dean of Student Success | Yavapai College


UA’s TRANSFER BRIDGE – IT'S NOT HARD FOR STUDENTS TO CROSS!
The University of Arizona’s transfer bridge is not hard for your students to cross, let us show you how! Advisors will gain the tools they need to have an in-depth understanding of the University of Arizona’s top transfer pathways, and how to share this information with interested transfer students with a tour of UA’s Degree Search, UA’s Transfer Credit Guide, and other online tools and resources.

Antique Petit | Executive Director, Community College Partnerships | University of Arizona
Nicole Kontak | Executive Director Transfer Credit & Articulation | University of Arizona
Patrick Emmons | Senior Admissions Counselor | University of Arizona
Breakout Session V
12:30pm - 1:30pm
A GUIDED PATHWAYS APPROACH TO TRANSFER: CREATING CLEAR AND COHERENT TRANSFER PATHWAYS THROUGH PURPOSEFUL AND INTENTIONAL CURRICULUM MAPPING
Learn how faculty and staff across all ten colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) are transforming transfer pathways for students. In this interactive session, participants will learn how an evidenced-based, transformative curriculum mapping process, one of the key elements of the Guided Pathways redesign, has engaged over 400 MCCCD faculty and staff in developing clear and coherent pathways that remove structural barriers to educational and life goal attainment. Participants will be given a set of specific strategies based on best practices and lessons learned. Additionally, presenters will discuss how a Teagle Foundation grant has supported these efforts.

Steven Budge | Spanish Faculty and Organizational Change Manager | Mesa Community College
Jennifer Fay | Exercise Science Faculty | Mesa Community College
Camille Newton | English Faculty | South Mountain Community College


REVERSE TRANSFER ALSO BOOSTING BACCALAUREATE COMPLETION RATES
Reverse Transfer only assists community college completion rates? Think again! In Arizona, we're seeing that reverse transfer students who are awarded associate degrees are more likely to also finish bachelor degrees. Reverse transfer is a win-win for both community college and university partners!

Ted Bland | Reverse Transfer Coordinator | Maricopa County Community College District


THREE'S COMPANY: BUILDING A HIGH SCHOOL, COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO UNIVERSITY PATHWAY
Learn more about our tri-level partnership customizing the CTED (Career and Technical Education District) high school students’ post-secondary pathway to maximize Dual Enrollment and college credits that apply to NAU’s 90/30 program. In doing so, students are on an affordable, direct career pathway earning their Bachelor’s Degree and sustainable employment in the field. This session is designed for college advisors and high school or CTE professionals who are designing relevant career pathways for their students.

Douglas Small | Director of Strategic Partnerships | Northern Arizona University
Speranta Klees | Post-Secondary Partnerships Manager | West-MEC
Micheile Ujke | Dual Enrollment Coordinator | Glendale Community College


TRANSFORMING THE TRANSFER STUDENT CLASSROOM
Become a Transformer! Classroom instructors can make a significant difference in the academic and social emotional experiences of transfer students. Our "Transformer" program provides a map to increase student achievement and wellness outcomes through curriculum alignments, customized classroom experiences and community building exercises.


Gregory Broberg | Lecturer | Arizona State University
Raphael Charron-Chenier | Assistant Professor | Arizona State University
Breakout Session VI
1:40pm - 2:40pm
ASU's TRANSFER MAP TO SUCCESS
Join us for a hands on session exploring the rebranded Transfer Guide including the newly developed Transfer Map search and learn how to build a custom pathway that allows students a seamless transfer to Arizona State University. The Transfer Map enables students to pair their transfer institution course equivalencies to a specific ASU major by creating a guide that can be reviewed as they make the transition to being a Sun Devil.

Tanaya Dempsey | Assistant Director | Arizona State University
Alex Brown | Program Manager | Arizona State University


CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT PROGRAMS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS
This presentation will focus on an overview of the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) model in Arizona and the benefit to the student to complete the pathway. The presentation offers the participant insight into the development of CEP pathways and recommendations into the development of their own pathway at their institution.

Joseph Gaw | Dean of Critical Care | Pima Community College


FUND YOUR TRANSFER INITIATIVE: THE VALUE IN ALIGNING GOALS WITH FEDERAL FUNDERS FOR YOUR VISION
The value of funding for an initiative is obvious, however, the hurdles to clear in writing and submitting a grant can seem insurmountable. We suggest that forming alliances among institutions, to include target and source populations of transfer students and the faculty/staff that support them, can reduce the burden of grant writing. This workshop will feature a panel of faculty from 2- and 4-year institutions with grant-funded transfer initiatives. The panelists will share tips for successful grant writing, and how their alliances helped advance their initiatives. The panel will include NSF- and NIH-fundees, and members of the grant assessment team.

Lara Ferry | Associate Dean of Research and Strategic Initiatives, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences | Arizona State University


INFORMATICS PATHWAY FROM AAS TO BAS STEM DEGREE FOR UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS IN SOUTH YUMA COUNTY, AZ
Informatics Stemming into Careers for Today and Tomorrow (INSTINCT2) is a seamless guided pathway from an AAS degree at Arizona Western College to a BAS STEM degree from the University of Arizona. The focus population of Hispanic, low-income, first generation students is provided with student support services in the form of infrastructure, technology, peer tutors, peer mentors, advisor, and faculty. This session will describe this pathway, and state the importance of offering this program to local students.

Julie Stickles | Learning Articulation Coordinator, INSTINCT2 Grant | Arizona Western College
Joselyn Medina | Outreach/Advising Coordinator, INSTINCT2 Grant | Arizona Western College

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