Maryland Association of Communtiy Colleges - 16 community colleges, one voice

MACC Summit 2010: The Completion Agenda


Keynote Speaker: Stan Jones, President, Complete College America


SESSION 1: Student Success 2020 at AACC
Presented by: Anne Arundel Community College
Panel: Martha A. Smith, Ph.D., President; Felicia Patterson, Vice President for Learner Support Services; Faith Harland-White, Ph.D., Dean, School of Continuing and Professional Studies; Stacey Heckel, CFRE, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and the AACC Foundation; Alicia Morse, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Department Chair; Morgan R. O’Brien, Student Trustee

This presentation will describe Student Success 2020 – Anne Arundel Community College’s response to President Obama’s challenge to the country’s colleges and universities to significantly increase the number of college graduates.  We will describe the process utilized to develop the initiative and the strategic plan grounded in its goal of doubling the number of degrees, certificates and workforce credentials by 2020.  The presentation will include the college’s expanded definition of completion, data collection and analysis, and strategies being implemented in each division (e.g., developmental mathematics redesign, Learner Support Services, the creation of informal learning space, etc.).

SESSION 2: Accelerating the Path to Degree Completion through ALP
Presented by:  The Community College of Baltimore County
Panel: Peter Adams, ALP Director; Donna McKusick, Dean for Developmental Education; Mark McColloch, VP for Instruction

Increased college completion is greatly enhanced by the success of developmental students.  Recent studies have revealed widespread rates of success (defined as completing the developmental course and the credit course associated with it) below 30. For six semesters, the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) has consistently produced success rates above 60%.  In this session, we will explain ALP, present data on its results, analyze the costs, and discuss future plans.

SESSION 3: Important Considerations in the Measurement of Student Success and Completion
Presented by: The Maryland Community College Research Group (MCCRG)
Panel:  Kim Miller, MCCRG President, Chesapeake College, Director, Planning, Research and Assessment; Gohar Farahani, Frederick Community College, Executive Director, Assessment and Research;  Janet Nickels, Carroll Community College, Director of Institutional Research; Terry Hirsh, Community College of Baltimore County,  Interim Senior Director, Planning, Research & Evaluation

What does student success mean at your campus? Presenters will identify important measurement considerations to accurately define student success of the non-traditional community college student.  Institutional researchers will address how to overcome challenges using the best metric(s) currently available and encourage the audience to participate in a proactive discussion of how community colleges can unite to increase the validity and usefulness of the information needed to improve student success. 

SESSION 4: Mathematics Redesign Project
Presented by: Hagerstown Community College
Panel: Paula Kessler, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Rebecca Kendrick, Instructional Assistant, College Algebra Redesign

After decades of delivering college algebra in a traditional format with student success slightly above the national benchmark, HCC has adopted an NCAT model and re-designed this course to reduce lecture time, increase student engagement, and decrease costs.    The redesign process has allowed HCC to increase their completer success rate for the general education math requirement which should in turn help the graduation rate.

SESSION 5:  Step UP: Pathways to Completion
Presented by: Howard Community College
Panel:  Sue Frankel, Professor of English, Director of Step UP; Nassim Ebrahimi, Research Associate for Learning Outcomes Assessment; Melodie Gale, Assistant Director of Retention Services; Betty Logan, Business and Technology Program Administrator, Step UP coach trainer

Step UP taps into Howard Community College’s finest qualities and is valued because it creatively addresses the success and retention of high-risk students.  The program encourages employees from all constituencies to engage and connect with students in a unique and personal way by implementing life coaching skills. In Step UP, students are paired with a coach who supports, encourages, and helps them transition to college.

SESSION 6: Build It and They Will Stay: Campus-Wide Approach to Proactive Student Intervention
Presented by: Carroll Community College
Panel: Dr. Michael Kiphart, Dean of Students; Janenne Corcoran, Director of Advising and Transfer; Jessica Martin, Retention Coordinator; Myung Schindehette, Academic Services Learning Specialist; Dr. Terry Sawyer, Associate Professor of Psychology

Carroll Community College has implemented a new retention initiative, which, in its infancy, has already created a cultural shift campus-wide.  The guiding philosophy of this mandatory retention program is early intervention and intrusive advising designed to identify and assist students who are academically and/or behaviorally at risk. This holistic approach brings academic and student affairs divisions together in the common goal of student retention and degree completion.

SESSION 7: The Completion Agenda: Critical Issues for Campus Leaders
Presented by: Chesapeake College
Panel:  Dr. Barbara Viniar, President; Dr. Kathy Barbour, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Economic Development; Mr. Douglass Gray, Vice President for Technology and Academic Support; Mr. Mike Kilgus, Vice President for Administrative Services; Dr. Richard Midcap, Vice President for Student Success and Enrollment Management

The senior leadership team from Chesapeake College will discuss critical issues faced by campus leaders: preserving the mission; a realistic role for distance learning; the imperative to redesign developmental education; staffing implications of new initiatives; and, finally, “How will we pay for this?” Although they will speak from the often overlooked perspective of a small, rural college, these issues apply to all campuses.

SESSION 8: Accelerating the Path to Degree Completion through ALP (Repeat of Session 2)

SESSION 9: Important Considerations in the Measurement of Student Success and Completion
(Repeat of Session 3)

SESSION 10: Math Reforms to Improve Completion
Presented by: Montgomery College
PanelMary Kay Abbey, John Hamman, Margaret Latimer, Stephanie Pepin, Sanjay Rai, Ken Weiner 

Reflecting a nationwide problem that carries an annual national cost exceeding $2 billion, developmental math students at Montgomery College pass college level math courses at rates that vary from 10% to 50%.  A set of pedagogical and curricular reforms that increase assessment standards, reduce student costs, and improve engagement, retention, and completion will be presented.  These include innovative use of technology, shortened pathway, flexibility, self-paced mastery learning, persistence, and counselor intervention.

SESSION 11: Capacity, Student Success, and Space: What questions need to be asked? Open New Window
Presented by: The Maryland Community College Facilities Planners Council (FPC)
Panel: Dr. Robert K. Brenneman, Acting Instructional Dean of Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Rockville Campus, Montgomery College; Ms. Christina Cieplak, Student Representative, Montgomery College; Ms. Mona Clites, Vice President of Administrative Services, Allegany College of Maryland, and co-facilitator; Ms. Andrea Feniak, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, Burt Hill; Ms. Sandra Filippi, Campus Planner, Montgomery College, and co-facilitator; Ms. Jeanne L. Narum, Founding Director, Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL); Ms. Jean A. Stark, AIA, LEED AP, JMZ Architects and Planners, P.C.

The presentation will describe how best practices in facilities planning enhance the completion agenda. Facility planners plan, program, design, and construct the academic facilities that contribute to student success. From master planning a campus to raising a building out of the ground, facility planners are in tune with improving the learning environment for our students. The FPC helps to achieve student success by “Connecting how students learn to where students learn.”

SESSION 12: An Innovative Model for Completion
Presented by: Frederick Community College
PanelMargaret Bartow, Vice President for Learning; Gerald Boyd, Associate Vice President for Learning – Dean of Arts and Sciences; Irvin Clark, Associate Vice President for Learning Support – Dean of Students; David Croghan, Associate Vice President for Learning – Dean of Continuing Education; Marc Frankenberry, Assistant Professor, Anatomy and Physiology; Chris Helfrich, Associate Vice President for Learning – Center for Teaching and Learning; Betty Holton, Department Chair/Assistant Professor, English; Larry Huff, Assistant Professor Mathematics; Kelly Trigger, Associate Professor, English

To initiate the Completion Agenda, Frederick Community College has revisited best practices and is strategically collaborating to improve practices that promote student goal attainment and academic success.  This panel will provide an interactive approach to sharing innovate ideas on how the Completion Agenda has already influenced general education reform, scheduling courses, first year student programs, course redesign, faculty development, and sequencing learning from developmental through first year courses. 

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