2011 Strengthening Student Success Conference

Emerging Issues in Assessment and Learning
October 12-14, 2011  |  San Francisco Airport Marriott  |  San Francisco

The Strengthening Student Success conference provides a unique opportunity for a wide cross-section of people to gather and brainstorm ways to strengthen institutional effectiveness and student learning.

The Strengthening Student Success conference provides a unique opportunity for a wide cross-section of California community college professionals—including faculty, deans, program directors, student services staff, professional development and SLO leadership, researchers, and planners—to engage each other about strategies for building institutional effectiveness and student learning.

Our 2011 conference will help practitioners link emerging issues in assessment and learning to action, using twelve topics such as “Keeping the Doors to Success Open: Access in an Era of Rationing,” “Creative Approaches for Supporting Students,” and “Alternatives to the Developmental Sequence.”

The conference will feature a number of leading thinkers on communities colleges. Mike Rose, Professor of Social Research Methodology at UCLA, will deliver a keynote on rethinking remedial education and former California community college faculty member Rebecca Cox, now at Seton Hall, will speak on her book, "The College Fear Factor."  Breakout sessions will include Tom Bailey of the Community College Research Center on assessment, Jim Larimore of the Gates Foundation on the completion agenda, and dozens of practioner-leaders on the issues that are shaping community colleges' abilities to improve student outcomes.

In addition to raising the big issues shaping our sector, the event will feature dozens of practical sessions such as ACCJC guidance on demonstrating SLO proficiency by 2012, faculty and middle-level managers on strategies for leading change, and student perspectives on strengthening engagement.  For a full list of sessions, click on the Session Schedule link to your left.

The conference has been designed to promote interactive learning, build connections with your peers, and provide opportunities to hear perspectives from other disciplines.  In addition to interactive sessions, informative briefings, and inspirational keynote presentations, participants had the opportunity to dig into pressing community college issues at facilitated issue caucuses, join half-day intensive workshops, and spend time networking.