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Workshop Descriptions

AACC will offer curated facilitated learning in a workshop format.  The workshops that will be featured on the program agenda are as follows. 

Curated Facilitated Learning: a focus on high-priority trends and issues impacting community colleges delivered with lesson outlines, case studies, visual aids and resources, and hands-on activities that will allow participants to put their learning into immediate action.  


CLOSING EQUITY AND ACHIEVEMENT GAPS

Building equity into online courses and  programs
Workshop focus:  It’s imperative to ensure that all students feel they belong and have equal chances to thrive regardless of their abilities, identities, or perspectives.  This workshop will focus on how to implement strategies of fairness given the radically different and unequal learning environments students now occupy at home, and models for how faculty can be more communicative in course assignments and interactions to accommodate their unique needs.


Breaking down institutional barriers and examining practices to increase equity
Workshop focus: A dive into the elimination of institutional barriers in policy, student services processes, and general college operations by viewing existing operations through an equity lens. 

Understanding how to use student data to close achievement gaps 
Workshop focus: Students come to community colleges with diverse learner profiles that are not always reflected in the instruction that they receive. Learn about research-based instructional techniques and culturally responsive teaching that support persistence despite learners’ academic, affective, and environmental differences.

Equity in Career and Technical Education
Workshop focus: A look at effective strategies for building equity into CTE programs or expanding CTE opportunities to people who have traditionally been excluded from them, especially people of color and those considered nontraditional students in community college.. The workshop will highlight best-practice models implemented by community colleges and will examine hidden inequities by analyzing outcomes according to race, ethnicity, gender, and other characteristics relevant to their local contexts.


PANDEMIC AND POST-PANDEMIC COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Building an academic calendar in an uncommon time
Workshop focus: The pandemic has required that community colleges see solutions in offering courses in compliance with state and federal guidelines related to social distancing, sanitizing, etc.  In some cases, this has focused on adjusting the start of semesters, condensed sessions, and block courses which have extended the load for faculty.  This session will focus on changes in the academic calendar and provide a step-by-step workshop in building a calendar with these considerations.

Sustainable marketing and outreach for enrollment management
Workshop focus: It is vitally important to understand the circumstances that have led to current enrollment declines.  In addition, with all institutions providing distance learning, the competition for students crosses state lines. The current landscape is extremely complex, and it requires the implementation of marketing and outreach to recapture students who have not re-enrolled, secondary students who have not matriculated to any higher education institution, as well as adult learners who have not completed a postsecondary degree. This workshop will walk through practical examples that can be implemented at your institution. 

Structuring and implementing strategies for condensed shorter-term courses
Workshop focus: Many colleges have condensed the traditional time for courses into a shorter period of time. This workshop will highlight the considerations for colleges that want to move in this direction, the impact of condensed courses on students, the impact on faculty, and the potential implications on enrollment and college operations. 

Institutional health and new operational and financial models 
Workshop focus: Originally published by Lumina Foundation, the Institutional Health Index (IHI) was designed to assess overall health of the college.  In consultation with community college leaders, AACC has built on the IHI to focus on the consideration related to pandemics.  The new tool, based on the environmental climate, can be used as a guideline to refine the structure of the community college to ensure its long-term viability. 

Back to the basics: What works for keeping students on their educational pathway 
Workshop focus: Hear from community college students about the strategies that have helped them to persist, where there may be gaps in the college support structures, and what is needed beyond the pandemic.  Also learn from colleges that have implemented strategies that get back to the basics in communicating with and supporting students during an unprecedented time.

Leading through fear
Workshop focus: Leadership in regular times can be challenging, but the pandemic has added fear to the equation.  Receive practical strategies from leaders addressing the fear of students and faculty around returning to the college campus and discuss how they are preparing for leading post-pandemic.


COLLABORATING FOR STUDENT SUCCESS

Setting up a 2-year/4-year transfer model built on evidence-based strategies
Workshop focus: Seamless transfer continues to be an issue for students, in spite of the development and implementation of successful 2-year/4-year models. This workshop will walk participants through the considerations for developing an evidence-based strategy for transfer, including important student support services. 

Strategies for aligning secondary and postsecondary CTE
Workshop focus: This workshop will highlight effective models for working with secondary institutions to align secondary and postsecondary CTE offerings.

Is your institution a student ready institution?
Workshop focus: From the college entrance to the classroom, this workshop will focus on assessing whether your college is student ready, and if it isn’t, provide you with helpful strategies to get the college in the best position to serve students effectively and efficiently.

Business partnerships in the COVID-19 era
Workshop focus: This workshop will look at how colleges are managing existing business and industry partnerships when the methods of delivering instructions and support services to students may have been impacted.  It will include strategies for engaging in new partnerships in uncertain times. 


EFFECTIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING (INCLUDING ONLINE)

Building effective online courses
Workshop focus: Criteria for effective online courses will be reviewed and steps in setting up effective online courses will be covered.

Ensuring student persistence when Wi-Fi access and broadband is limited
Workshop focus: A look at strategies for delivering instruction when students have limited access to Wi-Fi, and broadband is limited. There will be a focus on students who use mobile devices to engage in learning.

Implementing effective teaching practices that improve student engagement and persistence
Workshop focus: Get a review of teaching competencies that every college educator should possess to be effective in the classroom.  Panelists will take a deep dive into several competencies that can be immediately put into practice.


COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND THE WORKFORCE 

Digging into effective collaborations between America’s community colleges and employers to produce a work-ready workforce
Workshop focus: AACC and Harvard Business School partnered to survey more than 800 companies and 1,000 community colleges to identify the components to effective business education collaboration.  This workshop will walk participants through several strategies to improve existing and develop new relationships with a particular focus on feedback related to the pandemic.

Models for delivering CTE in a pandemic
Workshop focus: The delivery of career and technical education courses and programs includes hands-on learning.  What happens when social distancing and other protocols impact the traditional delivery methods?  This workshop will examine new methods of delivery designed by community colleges to keep students on-track in a difficult time.

Rural community college capacity-building
Workshop focus: Rural community colleges face a number of challenges, with one of the most pressing being a focus on refreshing their current CTE programs.  This workshop will outline the challenges impacting this task, and outline strategies to improve the college-going culture in rural communities, refresh CTE programs, and create a value proposition for students to migrate from urban to rural areas to pursue their higher education goals.

Preparing and upskilling the workforce in the age of artificial intelligence
Workshop focus: Not only does AI enable machines to do a lot more, but it will also empower humans to do a lot more as well. That means an upsurge of new kinds of jobs related to developing new AI solutions, leading new AI business strategies, and supervising AI implementations. Learn what ways colleges are educating the workforce with the emergence of AI in many high-demand occupations.

Non-credit to credit pathways
Workshop focus: Much has been noted about equity and credentials, and the need to ensure that pursuing a non-credit credential doesn’t become a dead end for students who may eventually choose to upskill by pursuing additional credentials but have to start from the beginning.  Learn how to transition non-credit to credit credentials so that they are stackable and support upward mobility for learners.

How are colleges working with workforce centers to get the unemployed back to work?
Workshop focus: Learn how community colleges are leveraging their relationships with local workforce centers/workforce investment boards to get the unemployed back into the workforce.

 

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