Administrator Series

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The Administrator Series is a one-day leadership event that takes place on Monday, May 27, 2019, in conjunction with NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. The Administrator Series is an invitation-only event and complimentary for upper-level administrators who are registered for the conference.

The goals for higher education today are already big, and growing. From deeper learning to increased relevance and employability to improved access, success, and equity outcomes for all students, there are not many institutions setting the education bar low. As policy, practice, tool, and technology innovations against these outcomes continue, what’s also growing is the need for upper-level administrators to continue developing their skills so they can lead their institutions forward. Especially needed are leaders willing to consider new and innovative ways of approaching continuing and emerging challenges.

In partnership with Civitas Learning, the 2019 NISOD Administrator Series brings community and technical college leaders together to explore the issues, innovation, and insights of today as they deliberate about what’s needed to drive change for tomorrow. Participants can expect a full day of engaged and interactive learning designed to help them build out their skills of looking, learning, and leading at their institutions. The 2019 NISOD Administrator Series covers the following topics:

Leading Access, Success, and Equity Innovation in Community Colleges

As student success and completion efforts continue to serve as top priorities for community colleges, keeping access and equity central to our work is critical. This session explores how community college leaders are working toward balancing success, assess, and equity through integrated planning, policy, and practice. In addition, session presenters share models, practices, and resources that have increased student success outcomes, while promoting access and equity.

Leading Change in Learning Modalities: Online, Blended, Competency-Based, and More

Today’s ever-evolving learning modalities provide great opportunities to reach a growing population of students that expect us to keep up with their diverse learning needs. Session participants explore these great opportunities to serve students through multiple modalities and discuss the reality that we need to have a much better understanding about how we deliver learning, for whom, and to what end.

Guided Pathways, Precision Engagement, and Student Experiences

There is a great deal of energy and urgency surrounding community college efforts to put in place or strengthen student-success pathways. Numerous national, state, and local initiatives focus on providing students with a clearer understanding of their purpose, as well as their academic and/or career roadmap. The presenters discuss guided pathways models, as well as precision student engagement. In addition, student success outcomes and student experiences are shared.

Institutional Finance, Advancement, and Fundraising

As funding for community colleges at multiple levels continues to decline, creative and alternative funding needs are on the rise. To this end, community college leaders, now more than ever, must have stronger financial acumen, as well as effective fundraising and advancement understanding and skills. During this session, the presenters share successful models, practices, and experiences that support student success, access, and completion.

Politics, Policy, and Change Management: Bringing It All Together in Education Ecosystems

The effectiveness of a community college’s culture is often a direct reflection of how well its politics, policy, and change management are integrated within a regional education ecosystem that includes K-12, community colleges, universities, and workforce learning providers. The degree to which these critical and ever-changing dynamics work in support of each other is the difference between shared cultural and political understandings and alignments. The presenters explore and provide examples of strategies for “bringing it

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