2020 Breakout Sessions



1:10PM - 2:10PM
From Arizona to Zimbabwe: What Everyone Ought to Know about Cambridge AS & A Levels
Cambridge Assessment International Education is the world’s largest provider of grades 9-12 international education. Thanks to great partnerships with the Center for the Future of Arizona, AZTransfer, state universities, and Maricopa Community College District, there are over 20 Arizona high schools, including Lee Williams High School, sending Cambridge graduates to Arizona community colleges and universities. Arizona high schools have incorporated Cambridge’s international curriculum, including Global Perspectives and Research. This session shares what you need to know to recruit these students, including the curriculum and assessments for AS and A Levels, credit by exam recommendations, and official documentation and results services.

Adına Chapman | Recognition Manager | Cambridge Assessment, Inc.
Rose Rojas | Director of Curriculum & Transfer Articulation | Maricopa Community Colleges
Margaret Smith | KUSD Cambridge Coordinator | Lee Williams High School

Preparing Yuma High School Students for Matriculation to Arizona Western College and for Transfer to State Universities
The Communication Division at Arizona Western College promotes Early College Experience and transfer to our university partners with Articulation Agreements with these high schools, as well as support for placing additional college faculty in the high school setting. Our Division also advocates for our local communities by supporting students who desire to become educators through transfer partnerships for state universities. In particular, we are preparing these future educators by supporting ASU@AWC’s degree program in Secondary Education, which completes our pipeline. By capturing the attention and imagination of high school students today, we are preparing Yuma’s future educators

Clayton Nichols | Professor of English / Writing Center Coordinator | Arizona Western College
Eric Lee | Division Chair / Professor of English | Arizona Western College

How to use ASSIST data to track course transfer effectiveness
A few years ago, a particular world language department at a state university was expressing doubts about the quality of the education students transferring from the Maricopa Community Colleges were receiving. This department felt--with no evidence presented--that some of the Maricopa students were not properly prepared for transfer into sequential classes at that university. As both Languages ATF chair and Maricopa Languages IC chair at the time, I worked with ASSIST and the MCCCD Institutional Effective personnel to track how Maricopa language students perform in sequential classes at the three state universities.

David Rubi | Residential Faculty, Spanish & Chair, Communication, Humanities and Languages Division | Paradise Valley Community College

Guided Pathways and Guiding Advisors into Program Expertise for Student Success
Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges are moving into a Guided Pathways model. Advisors that have been advising for all programs will specialize in a smaller grouping of programs by “field of interest.” This specialization will allow an advisor to develop a deeper knowledge of curricular and co-curricular requirements as well as career and transfer opportunities. Rio has organized faculty and advisors around the fields of interest and are developing further resources for Rio programs and transfer opportunities. This new model will also provide a greater opportunity for community college advisors to collaborate more fully with university colleagues.

David Hall | Director, Advisement | Rio Salado College
Jennifer Wharton
| Lead Advisor | Rio Salado College
Michael Ross | Lead Advisor | Rio Salado College


2:20PM - 3:20PM
Verified Data for Better Graduate Insights
Graduate Outcomes Metrics from Equifax offers a better way to help solve your data dilemma. By accessing one of the largest repositories of employer-provided, nationwide income and debt data, higher education professionals can get the data needed to help accomplish their institutional research goals.

Sean Travers | Director | Equifax

Values, Opportunities, and Challenges of Rural Community Colleges
Serving 3.4 million students on 600 colleges and 800 campuses across America, rural community colleges play a vital role in the economic, cultural, and student development within the communities they serve. While these rural serving colleges provide many opportunities, there are many academic and non-academic challenges unique to rural areas that present barriers for students to navigate. This session will explore the value of rural community colleges and the opportunities they present. Additionally, we will identify challenges facing rural community college students and strategies for success.

Aaron Westerfield | Counselor | Eastern Arizona College

Setting Transfer Students Up for Success: Engineering Advisor Perspectives and Strategies
Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in a transfer student advising appointment? This session will allow you to do just that! Academic advisors from ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering will discuss how their department welcomes transfer students, the modality and options for transfer advising appointments, what learning outcomes are achieved through each appointment, and how different advising strategies contribute to transfer student success. Participants will gain knowledge of best practices that could be adapted to the needs of their students at both two-year and four-year institutions.

Jessica Meeker | Assistant Director, Academic Services | Arizona State University
Allison Walls
| Academic Success Specialist | Arizona State University

Embedding College Advisors into Local High Schools
Learn how MCC is reversing the trend of decreased enrollment among Mesa Public High School graduates through the MCC College Advisor Program. This session will highlight how the team provides one-stop enrollment experiences at each high school to recruit students, provide seamless transition to MCC, increase dual enrollment, create a college going culture at the schools, and build relationships. At a time when timelines are getting earlier, competition has never been fiercer, and costs continue to rise, the MCC College Advisor program proves that it is possible to increase enrollment and change college going culture of a school from within.

Arturo De La Cruz | College Advisor | Mesa Community College
Tara Blomvall
| Student Services Manager | Mesa Community College


3:30PM - 4:30PM
Sparking Employee Retention in the Transfer World
Many strides have been made in the area of collegiate credit transfer but what can be done about hiring and retention in a field where many new employees are coming into entry-level positions and position turnover can be high? Arizona State University’s Academic Transfer Credit Solutions team aims to share its methods, from enhancing its office culture to implementing progression plans, ensuring co-workers feel valued and upward mobility is a possibility.

Tyler Record | Program Manager | Arizona State University
Katherine Antonucci | Director | Arizona State University

Making Dual Enrollment credits count. How to transfer to a University with an A.A. from high school
Student success is the number one priority in dual enrollment. Learn how to maximize dual enrollment courses focusing on transfer and completion. Discussion will be centered on a success coaching model that aligns high school course offering with transferability and completion as the end goal. Under the success coach model completion numbers have grown from one to more than 150 over the past seven years dramatically increasing student success.

EJ Anderson | Director of Dual Enrollment | Rio Salado College
Bob Brown
| Success Coach | Rio Salado College
Lucero Curiel | Site Coordinator | Rio Salado College

Removing Barriers to Enrollment...and Completion...and Transfer!
At Yavapai College, we recently reviewed enrollment barriers for possible improvement. We began with student holds and worked from there. As a result, we have removed a few barriers and put some control in the self-service options for students. We also collaborated with IR to improve our Degree Works reporting capabilities in identifying potential graduates.

Sheila Jarrell | Registrar | Yavapai College
Jeni Johnson
| Tech Team Manager | Yavapai College

Building a College for the San Carlos Apache People
San Carlos Apache College is a new tribal college in Arizona, which first opened doors in 2017. Our session will provide an overview of the College's progress, including its close connection with Tohono O'odham Community College. The College's progress in the last two years and its mission, vision, goals, and plans for independent accreditation will be shared, with an emphasis on how strong partnerships have been instrumental to its journey. Anyone interested in learning about what it takes to open a college from scratch should attend as should those with questions about our emerging institution.

Lisa Eutsey | Vice President of Academic Affairs | San Carlos Apache College
Martin Ahumada
| President | San Carlos Apache College
Rebecca Swift
| Board President | San Carlos Apache College

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020


10:30AM - 11:30AM
Transfer Tales: The student perspective
The good, the great, and the room for improvement. Current UA students from Pima Community College and Maricopa Community Colleges share their transfer experience. What worked? What didn’t work? This student panel will give insight on what we can do to best serve our transfer student population

Ruben Fierros | Recruitment Coordinator | University of Arizona
Katie Bell | Transfer Student | University of Arizona
Jacob Colville | Transfer Student | University of Arizona

Pipeline AZ Career Exploration
Pipeline AZ is an innovative approach to connecting companies and job seekers in Arizona. The community came together to launch a comprehensive workforce development and talent optimization solution. Through strategic alignment across workforce partners- Pipeline AZ connects talent to provide Arizona an unprecedented ability to aggregate and understand our statewide talent.

Employers are filling immediate job openings, building long-term and predictable talent pipelines and to becoming influencers in developing their industry. Pipeline AZ is making the process of exploring realistic pathways and developing skills to match to real-time demand- will change the way job seekers and employers connect in Arizona.

Katherine Pappas | Director of Workforce Strategy | Pipeline AZ
Katie Belous | Research Analyst | Pipeline AZ

Not Buy the Book! The Challenges and Rewards of Achieving Course Outcomes with OER Materials
While creating free and low cost materials to replace expensive textbooks in technology courses, Mohave Community College faculty discovered a surprise benefit of being able to make quick and timely adjustments to these items. They also anticipate that student completion should improve in pathways that offer low-cost or free textbook alternatives. This presentation will outline the process created for streamlining the integration of these materials into courses and helpful resources to encourage faculty to tackle this transformation incrementally.

Andra Goldberg | CIS Faculty | Mohave Community College

Rethinking Career Development in School Counseling
Under the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) model school counselors serve students in the Academic Achievement, Career, and Social/Emotional domains. Come find out what is new in career development as it relates to Perkins V and the state plan for Arizona for Career Literacy in K-12. Leave with a fresh take on what career development is and resources from ASCA to assist in the K-12 and post secondary levels to assist students through this process.

Amanda Nolasco | School Counselor Specialist | Arizona Department of Education


12:30PM - 1:30PM
Affordability, motivation, and early momentum: Micro-scholarships as a pathway to transfer
Arizona State University and Maricopa County Community College District have reframed strategies for removing financial barriers, increasing early engagement, and developing student confidence by leveraging RaiseMe micro-scholarships as a student success strategy. This approach seeks to recognize the financial, academic, and social vulnerabilities that transfer students often face, and to address them early in the transfer pathway planning process.

This interactive session will explore:
  • The collaboration process used by ASU and MCCCD to develop micro-scholarship offerings
  • Best practices for engaging students in the RaiseMe program
  • Initial outcomes at the conclusion of the pilot year
  • Ongoing considerations and aspirations

Tara Zirkel | Sr. Manager, Community College Partnerships | RaiseMe
Rose Rojas | Director of Curriculum & Transfer Articulation | Maricopa Community Colleges
Jennifer Ash | Associate Director, Transfer and Graduate Admissions | Arizona State University

#cash4college: One District's Journey to Increase FAFSA Completion
This past year, Mesa Public Schools won the NCAN National Prize for FAFSA Completion. Learn how Mesa increased completion by 10% in one year using a three-pronged approach -- and how they are continuing their efforts to grow by 17% over a two-year period.

Ben Fisher | College and Career Coach | Mesa Public Schools
Mike Garcia
| Director of Opportunity and Achievement | Mesa Public Schools

Dual Transfer Isn't Just for High School
Central Arizona College (CAC) has an innovative program that offers GED prep students college credit towards a national construction credential while they work on earning their High School Equivalency. Students enrolled in the Integrated Education and Training (IET) program are earning the same college credits as “traditional” Career and Technical Education students enrolled in the college’s Welding, Heavy Equipment Operating, or Industrial Carpentry programs. Furthermore, CAC has eliminated the tuition barrier with a 12-credit school specific scholarship, creating an additional pathway that encourages a growing non-traditional student population to enroll into the community college while addressing local workforce needs.

Amanda Whatley | Assistant Director of Adult Education | Central Arizona College
Susan Aguilar | Director of Adult Education | Central Arizona College

Analyzing the Complexity of Transfer Articulation Pathways
A variety of curriculum-based metrics have recently been developed that allow us to quantify the complexity of curricula based on their fundamental structural and instructional properties. We will describe how to use curricular analytics as a means for relating curricular complexity to student success outcomes, and we will demonstrate the usefulness of curricular analytics by applying them to a number of example transfer articulation pathways between 2-year and 4-year schools in Arizona.

Greg Heileman | Associate Vice President for Academic Administration | University of Arizona
Kelly Robles | Executive Director | AZTransfer
Christy Ball | Director, Transfer Credit and Articulation | University of Arizona


1:40PM - 2:40PM
Increasing the number of students entering early college STEM Pathways: An Innovative Approach
With the support of a $4.1M federal grant, the Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA) and partners Jobs for the Future and Lead Local are addressing this challenge by developing a new approach to college and career advising that builds on evidence-based strategies, including dual enrollment and near peer mentoring, in order to increase enrollment, persistence, and educational attainment of high-need students in STEM and computer science/cybersecurity pathways. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the 5-year grant initiative and to provide critical input and insight to help shape the grant implementation and improve outcomes for students.

Cindy Erwin | Director of College & Career Pathways | Center for the Future of Arizona
Aaron Ball | Director of College & Career Pathways | Center for the Future of Arizona

An exploratory study of engineering and computer science students’ project experiences in an Introduction to Engineering class in a rural community college
Engineering projects that community college students engage with can potentially impact their performance and even improve the likelihood of transfer to a 4-year university. Performing projects allow students to connect their experiences with concepts they learn and gain technical knowledge, develop technical capital and professional identities. In addition, experiences in such projects can enhance their resumes and give students an advantage when competing with others for internships. But are all projects equal or are some projects more equal than others?

Armineh Noravian | Professor of Engineering | Central Arizona College

Class Scheduling that WORKS for Students
NAU is now offering statewide programs in an 8-week hybrid format. Implementing a new scheduling format created some challenges, but we have learned important lessons that have led to success. We will be sharing our experience of this process and provide you with samples.

Kathy Yeager | Vice President | Northern Arizona University
Erin McGehean
| Assistant Director | Northern Arizona University


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