Sunday, August 18, 2019
The RP Group

 Funding Your Conference Attendance

Paying for professional learning opportunities can sometimes be difficult. Here are some suggestions of possible funding sources as well as ways to reduce costs for you to consider as you make your plans to attend this year’s Strengthening Student Success Conference.

Possible funding sources for your conference attendance:

  • Student Equity and Achievement funds (SEA) on your campus may have professional learning as part of their Student Equity plan. If you aren’t already, become friends with whoever oversees these funds and make your case for funding for the conference. Every session is required to show how their work aligns with the equity work of the state.

    • Justification: “I would like to attend the Strengthening Student Success Conference and am asking for funding from SEA. The SSS Conference is designed by California Community College practitioners for practitioners to share best practices and learn from each other. All breakout sessions at the conference link their work with the equity work of the state in support of the Chancellor’s Office Vision for Success and our own college’s Equity plan. Here are some of the breakout session strands I want to attend (list them here). In addition, Sara Goldrick-Rab is the opening keynote speaker. She is the leading scholar on the topic of helping impoverished students be successful in college.


  • Guided Pathways funds may also be able to support your conference attendance. There are two whole strands of breakout sessions dedicated to Guided Pathways. This is a great place to get ideas from practitioners in the field on how Guided Pathways efforts are going on other campuses.

    • Justification: I would like to attend the Strengthening Student Success Conference and I am asking for funding from Guided Pathways. The SSS Conference is designed by California Community College practitioners for practitioners to share best practices and learn from each other. This year’s theme: “It Takes a Community College” is all about bringing the whole institution together to redesign the student experience just like we’re doing in our Guided Pathways work. And there are two whole strands dedicated to Guided Pathways work, with a total of 12 sessions full of different ideas and ways of going about our work. In addition, Sara Goldrick-Rab is the opening keynote speaker. She is the leading scholar on the topic of helping impoverished students be successful in college.”


  • Adult Education funding can also be used to support attendance at this conference. There are several breakout sessions on partnerships with local adult education programs.

    • Justification: “I would like to attend the Strengthening Student Success Conference and I am asking for funding from Adult Education funding. The SSS Conference is designed by California Community College practitioners for practitioners to share best practices and learn from each other. There are two whole strands dedicated to Collaborating Across Sectors and Segments: Partnerships and Networks, including a total of 12 sessions full of different ideas and ways of going about our work. There are a few specific sessions on Adult Ed partnerships as well as breakouts on AB 705 and Guided Pathways. In addition, Sara Goldrick-Rab is the opening keynote speaker. She is the leading scholar on the topic of helping impoverished students be successful in college.”


  • Academic Senate Travel & Conference funds. If this is an option at your college, these funds can be used to attend the conference. Some colleges have a limit on how much they can pay, but you might be able to leverage other funding to help cover the costs of your attendance.

    • Justification: “I would like to attend the Strengthening Student Success Conference and I am asking for funding from Academic Senate Travel and Conference. The SSS Conference is designed by California Community College practitioners for practitioners to share best practices and learn from each other. There are breakout sessions dedicated to AB 705, Guided Pathways, Professional Learning, and Leadership Development, Student Learning and many others. Any one of these sessions would apply to my work on campus. In addition, Sara Goldrick-Rab is the opening keynote speaker. She is the leading scholar on the topic of helping impoverished students be successful in college.”


Ways to reduce your costs:

  • Share a hotel room with a colleague. You could consider someone from your own college or maybe someone you know from another college. It could be a great way to catch-up with a colleague while cutting your housing costs in half.

  • Sign-up to be a room host at the conference. Room hosts have their registration covered and get to hear some great presentations. Get more information on being a room host.

  • Carpool to reduce your travel costs as well as saving the environment. You might also consider the train.

  • Consider shortening your conference visit by coming for only a post-conference workshop if attending the full conference is not possible.