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Tackling Transitions: Supporting Community College Student Success

Thursday-Friday, September 29-30, 2016

Lansing Center, Lansing MI



Community colleges serve a diverse mission. The widespread Guided Pathways movement has reinforced the importance of serving all students who pursue an education at a community college. Indeed, Michigan community colleges serve a wide diversity of students from high school students enrolled in dual, concurrent, or early/middle college programs, students who wish to transfer to four-year institutions, students preparing for a career, and adults who are returning to college with or after work. The 2016 Student Success Summit will focus on how community colleges are addressing student transitions while continuing to focus on equity and inclusion.  To meet the diverse mission of community colleges, the theme for the 2016 conference is "Tackling Transitions:  Supporting Community College Student Success." 

Event materials including the agenda, keynote address, spotlight session, and discussion session presentations are available by clicking the links below.  


Opening Luncheon and WelcomeJenny Schanker and Erica Orians, Michigan Center for Student Success

The POWER of Transitions: a Personal and Professional Journey to Success!Yesenia Madas, Brookdale Community College


Discussion Sessions I

A Perfect Pairing -- Intentionally Combining Gateway Course Redesign with Guided Pathway Efforts to Improve Teaching, Learning and Success                  

From Entrance to Exit: How Michigan Follows Students’ Paths to Success                    

Pure Michigan Research

Roundtable: Placement Practices in Transition                                                                       

High Impact Educational Practices: Making Student Success 'Inescapable'

Excelling at Acceleration                                                                                                      

Transitioning for Success: Ensuring Student Preparedness Through Curriculum Mapping                                                                                                                            


Discussion Sessions II

The Right Math at the Right Time:  Next Steps for Mathematics in Michigan              

Tackling the Transition to Open Education: Increasing Student Success through Z-degrees in Guided Pathways                                                                                      

Decisions, Decisions: Gauging & Supporting Students' Career Decidedness              

Roundtable: Using Principles of Project Win-Win to Support Institutional Change  

Accidents Will Happen: How Individuals Focusing on Student Success Created Comprehensive, Unified Change in Curricula                                                                     

Two to Four-year Transfer Partnerships: A Michigan/Indiana Model That Works!            

Leveraging Community College Credit using 3+1 Articulation Agreements               


Spotlight Sessions

Transforming Advising within a Guided Pathways Context, Melinda Karp, Community College Research Center

Transforming Advising Video Recording


Tennessee Reconnect: Developing a Program for Re-Engaging Adult LearnersJessica Gibson, Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Tennessee Reconnect Video Recording


Tracking Transfers: A Collaborative Project to Improve Transfer Student SuccessMichael Armijo, Community College Research Center and Donna Petras, Macomb Community College

Tracking Transfers Video Recording


Discussion Sessions III

Essentials and Strategies for ALP Faculty Development                

Learning and Understanding Content to Empower Success: The LUCES Academy         

Preparing Generations Y and Z for the Workforce of Today and Tomorrow                 

Roundtable:  Proactively Advising/Counseling Students in Transition              

Improving Skills for College and Careers                                                                              

Ready, Set, Graduate! Celebrating Student Success

JAC3=E/MC-Jackson County's Solution to the Skills Gap


Questions can be directed to Erica Orians or Jenny Schanker


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