Though we cannot host our annual Student Success Summit in person this year, we have crafted a schedule to provide Michigan community colleges with some of the benefits of the annual Summit without traveling to Lansing. We will miss the opportunity to engage with our colleagues and partners at the premiere event of the MCSS, but we hope that this virtual conference will provide attendees the much needed, and much deserved, opportunity to engage in valuable conversations about student success. Registration is open for the Michigan Student Success Summit delivered via Zoom on September 16-18 and September 23-25, 2020. Sessions will begin each day at 3:00 pm. We will host 75-minute or two-hour sessions each day. Community college faculty, staff and administrators can register for one or all of the events. There is no fee to register.
The MCSS will be tweeting throughout the event @mccacss and using the hashtag #MCSSsummit20. Join us on twitter by following @mccacss and join the conversation now or on September 16th. Contact Erica Orians or Jenny Schanker with questions. Check back throughout August and September for more details on each session including speakers and additional opportunities to engage.
The MCSS will kick-off the first-ever virtual Michigan Student Success Summit with an overview of the Summit, a review of the refreshed MCSS vision, and the perennially popular update on the status of statewide projects and initiatives. Join Erica Orians, Jenny Schanker, Katie Giardello, and Precious Miller for this informative session. Access the slides from this session or review the recording: Summit Day 1 Recording
This session will focus on removing obstacles that prevent poor students and students of color from being successful in a community college setting. Keynote presenter Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack will provide some brief remarks and engage in a moderated Q & A. Afterward, a panel of leaders from Michigan community colleges who are doing “MI-BEST” remove obstacles to student success will share what they are learning. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Priya Chaplot (Vice President of Strategy, National Center for Inquiry and Improvement). In this conversation, the themes from Dr. Jack's presention will be threaded into the conversation with panelists Sue Boyd (Dean of Student Success, Macomb Community College), Louis Thomas ( Director of KVAAP, Kalamazoo Valley Community College) and Nathan Venske (Associate Dean of Student Services, Jackson College). To view the recording: Summit Day 2 Recording
This session explores how higher education leaders are living their values in a virtual world, more important than ever due to social distancing amid the global pandemic. The session will feature leaders innovatively engaging in various multi-media platforms (podcasts, video features, and social media), particularly showcasing the #EndCCStigma campaign championed by Dr. Steve Robinson (President, Lansing Community College), as well as creative strategies from Dr. Mordecai Brownlee (Vice President, St. Philip's College; Columnist, EdSurge), Dr. Patrick Valdez (Chancellor, The University of New Mexico-Taos), and Dr. Karen Stout (President & CEO, Achieving the Dream). The session will close with an interactive happy hour discussion on Twitter (and Zoom) geared toward supporting #mistudentsuccess Tweeters with a variety of comfort levels using the Twitter platform. MCSS Mentors Dr. Sheila Jones (Dean of Instructional Support, Grand Rapids Community College), Sean Newmiller (English Department Chair and Faculty, Lake Michigan College), Lisa Nienkark (Integrated English, Lansing Community College), and Lindsey Dickinson (Director, Academic and Career Advising Center, Northwestern Michigan College) will co-moderate. Access the slides from this session or to view the recording: Summit Day 3 Recording
This interactive discussion session will focus on federal and state policy issues that impact community colleges and higher education in Michigan and across the country, the 2020 federal and state elections, and policy concerns that impact faculty, staff, and administrators. Presenters include Dr. Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College, Jee Hang Lee from the Association of Community College Trustees, Erin Schor from the Michigan Community College Association and moderated by Mike Hansen from the MCCA. In addition to hearing from panelists, the attendees will be invited to ask questions. Access the slides from this session or review the recording: Summit Day 4 Recording
A significant amount of research has focused on the impact of student transitions from high school to college, transfer to a university, transition to the workforce… and not necessarily in that order. This session will focus on the intersection of student mobility and equity. What do we know about student mobility and how does this impact historically marginalized students in higher education? Dr. Kimberly Hurns (Vice President of Instruction, Washtenaw Community College) will moderate a discussion on this critical topic with Dr. Julie Ajinkya (Vice President of Applied Research, Institute for Higher Education Policy), John Fink (Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center), Dr. Lia Wetzstein (Acting Director, Community College Research Initiatives), and Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher (Professor, Education, Policy, Organization, and Leadership, University of Illinois; Director, Office for Community College Leadership and Research; Executive Director, Council for the Study on Community Colleges). Access the slides from this session or to view the recording: Summit Day 5 Recording: Summit Day 5 Recording
MCSS is building on six years of innovation focused on pathways to lay a strong foundation for the future of our students and the state. Join our Guided Pathways Evaluator Dawn Coleman, moderator Dr. Paige Eagan and a panel of college practitioners including Chris Engle (Dean of Enrollment Management, Retention, Registrar, Mott Community College), Barbie Hoag (Mathematics Professor, Oakland Community College) and Ashley VanHeest (Director of Transfer and Scheduling) to learn how Michigan’s efforts to build guided, math and transfer pathways can help more students cross the finish line to certificates, degrees and careers. Access the slides from the session or view the recording: Summit Day 6 Recording