Special sessions are open to all conference participants and feature topics specifically developed for the NISOD audience. Special session presenters are engaging and inspirational national experts who lead discussions about real-world successes, challenges, and other critical issues. Their purpose is to lead conference participants in an in-depth exploration of contemporary topics of particular relevance to community and technical college educators.
The State of College Completion Initiatives at U.S. Community Colleges
Since President Obama introduced the 2020 goal to increase the percentage of citizens with college degrees, completion rates and how to improve them have been at the forefront of higher education institutional agendas. American Association of Collegiate Registrars (AACRAO) researchers set out to understand how certain completion initiatives are impacting student completion rates. Survey participants consisted of 97 community colleges and 1,087 students from across the country. The presenters will share survey results and conclusions, including how community colleges will continue to embrace change and seek creative, scalable, repeatable, and measurable means to increase college completion rates.
Wendy Kilgore, Director, Research, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; Veronica R. Garcia, President, Northeast Lakeview College