2017 NCSD National Conference Schedule

2017 NCSD National Conference October 12 – 14, 2017 Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland, Ohio

The NCSD National Conference is the premier professional development experience for those involved and/or interested in student development in the community college environment.

The NCSD Annual Conference highlights promising student development research and practices at community and technical colleges. This year’s conference theme: The New Normal: Student Affairs’ Role in Guided Pathways, reflects a national movement in higher education toward increased efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability.



Thursday, October 12

Noon to 4:30 pm

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Networking Hour
Meet new colleagues. Wear your college apparel

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm 
Opening Session
Dr. Karen Miller, Provost and Executive Vice President of Access, Learning and Success, Cuyahoga Community College

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Welcome Reception


Friday, October 13

8:00 am to 3:00 pm

8:30 am to 9:15 am
NCSD Business Meeting

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9:30 am to 10:45 am

Assessing Outside the Box: How One College Uncovered New Stories of Student Engagement
Presenters: Mya Jordan, Julio Moreno, Genevieve Sharron
This interactive session will outline how Columbus State has used a student engagement platform to connect its engagement initiatives impact with long-term student academic success. Participants will see a concrete example of how one school is harnessing data in a creative way, using a secondary function of the engagement platform, Campus Labs. Participants will leave with strategies for how they can uncover sources of meaningful data to assess programs and initiatives.

Completion & Transfer: Bolstering the transition from 2 to 4 Year Schools
Presenters: Jamie Zahler, Patricia Sweeney, Winnie Gerhardt
Transferring students need sound academic planning for a seamless transition between institutions.  Learn how Cuyahoga Community Colleges partnerships and a private Universities collaboration with advising/counseling services and a Transfer Center promotes completion before attending a University.

The Adult Diploma Program Pilot – Lessons Learned
Presenters: Victoria Berry, Vincent Briley
There are over one million adults in the State of Ohio without a high school diploma. The Adult Diploma Program provides an alternative pathway to a high school diploma for adults of the age of 22. This session will share the lessons learned from three years of implementation of the program; our challenges, successes, completion data, and recommendations for others preparing to introduce alternative pathways at their institutions.

A Tale of Two Ohio Community Colleges: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where Guided Pathways Will Take Us!
Presenters: Desiree Polk-Bland, Denise McCory
This presentation will provide an overview of Cuyahoga Community College and Columbus State Community College’s efforts to implement Guided Pathways. The presentation will include the past, present, and potential future of select services at each institution. A brief overview of guided pathways along with best practice research will also be provided.

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11:00 am to 12:15 pm

Finding our way: Guided Pathways at Prince George’s Community College
Presenters: Rosa Smith
Guided Pathways design is increasingly prevalent as community colleges focus on completion: clearly defining academic goals, mapping academic programs, delivering intentional career and academic advising, and creating well-integrated support services. This informational presentation will introduce key elements of guided pathways design that Prince George Community College is implementing to address issues of effectiveness and accountability. The presenter will highlight the challenges and wins as well as provide an opportunity to reflect on best practices.

Start an orientation, they said. It’ll be fun, they said!
Presenters: Molly Ward, Brittany Barrett
Come celebrate and learn with us! Learn about the success and development of a half-day holistic community college orientation program from the ground up. Information will be presented about the data selected to track students and how the program evolved during a multi-year pilot. Spoiler alert– students who attended have a significantly higher GPA than those who attended a 2.5hr workshop! More of the good, the bad, and the ugly will all be shared!

A Little Full-Time Goes a Long Way
Presenters: Linda Garcia
The national dialogue continues to be about increasing college completion; in response, many state systems and community colleges are putting practices into place that focus on enrollment status, specifically those that help more students attend full-time. Join us for a look at the latest findings in a report released by the Center for Community College Student Engagement that focuses on some of the factors that make full-time students persist and succeed at higher rates than part-time students

Student Financial Wellness Program at Columbus State Community College
Presenters: Jacob (Jack) Popovich, Desiree Polk-Bland
Columbus State Community College is embarking on an extensive Student Financial Wellness program. Employing a cross-college committee, the college is working towards creation, communication, coordination, and expansion of Financial Wellness programming. The program, which started in autumn of 2016, defines Financial Wellness to include Financial Literacy via Education and Holistic Student Financial Wellness. With a variety of topics and programming plans, Columbus State will provide students many opportunities to increase their financial success.


12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Awards Luncheon

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1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

Bridging the Gap: Engaging and Supportive Transfer Services for the Community College Students
Presenters: Elizabeth Zeszotek, Kathryn Marshall, Dr. Kim Johnson, Jamie Zahler and Kimberly Liddell.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) has developed a distinctive approach to providing a student-centered focus on transfer by establishing Transfer Centers and utilizing Transfer Specialists. Learn how this multi-campus institution uses unique services and dynamic working relationships to ensure that students receive consistent and concise transfer information. This workshop will also focus on how Tri-C addresses Stephen Handel three central transfer challenges: getting students ready, getting them in, and getting them through to their new institution.

Campus Connect-A dual enrollment program at Madison College to Increase post secondary education for students with intellectual disabilities and Autism.
Presenters: Eric Hartz, Scott Ritter
In Wisconsin, there are options for students with intellectual disabilities (ID) and Autism who wish to transition from high school to college. The Campus Connect Program is a dual enrollment program at Madison Area Technical College that provides fully inclusive postsecondary education for students with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities seeking non-degree certificates and degree certificates. Campus Connect is a partnership with the local Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin demonstrating a collaboration of resources and support from both the local school district and Madison College to provide a fully inclusive degree centered program. Learn how students with ID and Autism take advantage of additional support including universal design instructional methods, self-determination, self-advocacy, and peer-mentor networks in the college environment to be successful.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Creative Staffing for Peaks and Valleys in Student Services
Presenters: Stephanie Albrecht, Michelle Teasley
Student affairs professionals are expected to provide Amazon service (customized, holistic, and immediate) on a shoestring budget during both the peaks and valleys of student traffic.  One of the ways that Columbus State is meeting this challenge is training staff members that can float between offices, focusing staffing resources where they are needed most as peak periods ripple through departments.  This session will cover considerations, benefits, and challenges of a shared staffing model.

Say it Loud, College Bound and Proud!
Presenters: Warren Smith
The Middleton College Bound Initiative is a collaborative partnership between George Middleton High School and Hillsborough Community College (HCC) in an effort to implement relevant strategic interventions to increase the postsecondary enrollment rates of graduating Middleton High School seniors. Capitalizing on the past success of the College Bound Initiative with Middleton High School as well as HCC expanding college and career portfolio of degree and certificate programs for incoming high school graduates, the aim of this pilot project was to use an existing coaching model to increase the college-going rates among Middleton High School Class of 2016-2017 graduates. It is noted here that the Hillsborough County Public School district uses multiple academic programs to boost student learning and many of these programs work extremely well. However, this pilot project addresses a need for a community-based college admissions prep intervention for some of the neediest students and families in the area in order to boost the number of graduates receiving a standard diploma and consequently attending college, preferably HCC as their first point of contact.

The College Bound Initiative has had an impressive impact on all of the students at Middleton High School! 2016-2017 will undoubtedly be no different. The success we anticipate will be due primarily to the success of HCC embedded person (Success Consultant) who is a fixture at the school three days per week working with the College and Career Counselor, the Success Coach, faculty, staff, and administrators. Additionally, the active engagement of the Ybor Campus Enrollment Development Coordinator has resulted in a profound shift in the level of support and cooperation from Middleton High School. This support and scheduled visits to Middleton High School from various HCC departments and programs; i.e. Student Services, the Honors College, the Nursing Program, Culinary Program, Financial Aid, the Vice President of Student Services & Enrollment Management, Phi Theta Kappa, Collegiate 100 students, Hope Scholars students etc., are just a few of the resources provided to seniors through the College Bound Initiative.


3:15 pm to 4:15 pm
Dr. David Harrison, President, Columbus State Community College

Dinner and exploration on your own


Saturday, October 14

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8:30 am to 9:15 am

Supporting Students Holistically: A Student Advocacy Model
Presenters: Tari Blaney
Students often face a multitude of personal and academic barriers that can impact their success. Helping students develop an action plan and connecting them to college and community resources to address their challenges is key to ensuring they can achieve their educational goals. This session will highlight how team members in Student Advocacy at Columbus State Community College serve as a resource to support students and guide them on a path to success.

Pathway to Success: Advancing the equity agenda for students with developmental math needs
Presenters: Ann Proudfit, Janet Spitzig
Colleges with open access missions must work with students from a broad range of educational backgrounds to support retention and completion. However, access without support can lead to uncertain outcomes for students. This presentation will discuss how a cross-functional team, comprised of faculty, staff and administrators at Cuyahoga Community College worked together to create a system to identify, track and support students with developmental math needs.

Emphasizing Non-Cognitive Skills to Empower and Support Students of Color
Presenters: Jenny Jakulin
The My College Success Network was implemented in fall 2014 to promote and empower students of color in an effort to eradicate the attainment gap at Harford Community College. The My College Success Network is a combination of services and events tailored to provide holistic, wrap-around support initiatives for students. The premier service of the My College Success Network is academic coaching. Academic coaches focus on the non-cognitive behaviors and skills that directly impact student success. The presenter will share the data that supported the creation of this program and the metrics that are used to evaluate the program’s effectiveness.

Transformative Advising – How to Transform Advising Through Your Special Populations
Presenters: Anessa Becton-Howard, Augustine Munobe, Chaka Wilson
This session will give you a peek into Columbus State Community College Restored Citizens and Scholar Network student population and how the Center for Advising, Support, and Exploration (CASE) has taken a specialized approach to advising these students; creating a blueprint that can be used to transform academic advising for all students as we transition into a Guided Pathways model. Explore academic advising best practices for your special student populations as a way to help redesign the approach and leverage services that can be utilized to increase student success outcomes.

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9:30 am to 10:45 am

Creating a Tangible College Access Pipeline to Post-secondary Success
Presenters: Courtney Thrower
Participants will understand the successes and challenges of college access, college affordability, and college enrollment. Through our collaborative efforts with our local school system, we will illustrate the positive effects of a dual enrollment program. Also, we will show how Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) created a funding mechanism to combine support for dual enrollment participants with an incentive-based student ambassador program entitled Dual-to-Degree (D2D) to further their path to degree completion.

Developing Appreciative Practices in Career Coaching
Presenters: Sarah Hyde-Pinner
In this workshop session, participants will develop their skills around appreciative coaching for career development. Participants who have an interest in developing academic and career plans with students in advising, coaching, or mentoring roles will find this session valuable. Participants will learn about the principles, stages, and applications of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) through the lens of student development, gaining concrete tools for applying AI in their professional contexts.

Collaborative Student Engagement: The New Normal
Presenters: Beth Warner, Amanda Fronek
Student engagement in campus programming is often a challenge in community colleges, where competition with family, work, and academic success is great. To combat this perennial problem, Student Affairs staff at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington developed a co-curricular model, deliberately trying programming and applied learning to classroom/program objectives and outcomes. This session will address the history of this initiative, its impact and effectiveness for participants, and its efficiency at spreading limited resources further.

An Overview Of Guided Pathways
Presenters: Larry Rideaux
This session will explain the background and objectives of the AACC Guided Pathways movement and the implications for community colleges and student affairs professionals.


11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Closing Session
Dr. Walter Bumphus, President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges