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2016 Conference Materials

2016 OCCA Annual Conference Program 
Conference Presentations and Handouts

 Thank you to this year's conference sponsors and exhibitors! 



College Promise: Paving the Pathways to Student Success - Dr. Martha Kanter, Executive Director, College Promise Campaign
Dr. Martha Kanter leads the College Promise Campaign, a national nonpartisan initiative to increase college access, affordability, quality, and completion in American higher education, starting with America’s community colleges. She specializes in policy efforts to identify and apply innovative, evidence-based education interventions, financing models, and behavioral incentives at the local, state and national levels to raise America’s high school and college graduation rates in two and four-year colleges and universities. Dr. Kanter also serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at NYU’s Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy. From 2009 to 2013, she served as the U.S. Under Secretary of Education, responsible for overseeing all federal postsecondary statutory, regulatory, and administrative policies and programs, including federal student aid.

 College Promise Campaign Flyer

 College Promise Campaign Overview

 Oregon Promise One-Pager

 Tennessee Promise One-Pager 

Seeing The Racial Water - Dr. Robin DiAngelo, Racial Equity Education
Dr. Robin DiAngelo is a former Associate Professor of Education. She is a two-time winner of the Student's Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington. Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative Training. She has numerous publications and just completed the second edition of her book, “What Does it Mean to be White? Developing White Racial Literacy.” Her work on White Fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and has been featured in Alternet, Salon, NPR, Slate and Colorlines. 

Pathways to Student Success - Dr. Mary Rittling, President, Davidson County Community College
Dr. Mary Rittling was appointed as the third president of Davidson County Community College (DCCC), Lexington, NC, in August 2003. Prior to her DCCC presidency, Dr. Rittling served four years as Regional Vice President of West Virginia University where she also was President of Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Dr. Rittling spent seven years as a senior administrator at the State University of New York at Delhi. Her teaching experience includes eight years as a Professor and Associate Professor of Nursing at the State University of New York College of Technology at Delhi, where she was a tenured faculty member in the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Dr. Rittling completed the Harvard University Institute for New Presidents, earned a Doctor of Education degree in Higher and Adult Education from Columbia University in New York City where she also completed a Master of Arts degree. She earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York. She was named North Carolina Community College President of the Year in 2012.


Mapping Programs: Pathways for Students and Faculty - Teri Smith and Lori Sours, Rogue Community College
The Guided Pathways approach provides a compelling way to organize students’ learning experiences leading to successful completion of learning outcomes and, therefore, programs. This presentation provided a specific example of the creation of academic program maps through a process done in collaboration with industry partners, allowing RCC to move four new academic programs through the state approval process in less than five months and prepare 15 industry experts to become outcomes-based curriculum developers and classroom-ready adjunct faculty.

Student Success Grants: Oregon’s Investment in First Generation and Low-Income Students - Nick Mathern, Gateway to College National Network

In 2016, CCWD awarded $3 million in grants to nine Oregon community colleges to implement Student Success Initiatives as a result of funding from HB 3063. This session featured a discussion with grantees to discuss the innovative strategies they are using to more effectively serve first generation and low-income students. Colleges who have been funded through HB 3063 will be interested to discuss how their efforts are connected to a larger statewide initiative and colleges who are not current grantees will be interested to learn what strategies the state funded through this grant for their future planning.

It’s All in the Mind: Growth Mindset - Elizabeth Cox Brand, Oregon Student Success Center; Jil Freeman, Clackamas Community College

The basic premise of a growth mindset is that intelligence is not innate, that it can (and must) be developed, practiced, encouraged and sustained. By incorporating some basic growth mindset strategies into curriculum design and instructional practices, community colleges can offer students an opportunity to develop their own growth mindset, allowing them to embrace challenges and see struggle as essential to learning.

Labor Relations and Bargaining: Recent Trends and Experiences for Oregon Community Colleges - Nancy Hungerford, The Hungerford Law Firm

Attorney Nancy Hungerford led a discussion about recent labor disputes and settlements, areas of controversy and likely future developments in bargaining and contract management between Oregon's community colleges and employee unions.

 Collective Bargaining Process

 2015-16 Labor Relations Activity

Guided Pathways: It’s the Right Thing to Do - Ann Buchele and Rob Priewe, Linn-Benton Community College

This session focused on the approach LBCC is taking with incorporating guided pathways into the college. A guided pathway approach supports students in navigating their futures through unavoidable advising, and mapping out highly structured, coherent paths that students can follow throughout their degrees. Creating guided pathways takes college-wide reform.

The Oregon Promise - Ben Cannon, Higher Education Coordinating Commission

The Oregon Promise Grant was created by the Oregon Legislature in 2015 to cover tuition at an Oregon community college for residents who are graduating high school students and recent GED graduates. Ben shared information about the program’s inaugural year.

Early Access Leads to Future Success - Lisa Avery, Karin Edwards, Sandra Fowler-Hill and Jessica Howard, Portland Community College

If we are going to move the needle on student success and close the achievement gap, Oregon community colleges must implement proven strategies.  Across the country, early awareness and early access programs have demonstrated successful results in promoting both high school and college completion. In this presentation, PCC campus presidents shared promising and effective early awareness/early access practices currently being offered by the college.

Understanding Oregon’s Property Tax System - Carol Samuels and Brendan Watkins, Piper Jaffray

At this session, Carol and Brendan walked through the intricacies of the property tax system in a comprehensive yet comprehensible form, with discussion of the history of Measures 5 and 50, permanent rates, real market value vs. assessed value, the impact of compression, and various efforts afoot to make modifications to the system.   

OCCA Legislative Update - John Wykoff and Andrea Henderson, OCCA

John and Andrea provided an overview of upcoming legislative issues and what to expect from the next legislative session.

Student Success Center - Elizabeth Cox Brand, Oregon Student Success Center; Stacey Clawson, JFF Student Success Center Network

Elizabeth and Stacey shared information about the new Oregon Student Success Center and how our community colleges are now one of 13 states in a national system facilitated by Jobs for the Future.  This session focused on the role of the Center in our community colleges’ work as well as resources and technical assistance available to us via the national network.

Pipeline to Jobs: An Industry-Led Partnership - Greg Hamann and Jim Merryman, Linn-Benton Community College

“Pipeline” is a true partnership of business, community, community college, and K-12, incorporating the principles of “Collective Impact” to create and sustain a pathway that brings education and meaningful employment together to build stronger communities for us all. Jim and Greg shared how business and education came together around this important work and discuss with attendees how this might be replicated in other communities.

Best Practices of Equitable and Inclusive Campuses - Karen Roth, Central Oregon Community College; Javier Cervantes, Linn-Benton Community College; Caroline Randall, Umpqua Community College

Each of the community colleges in Oregon seeks to improve the academic success of all students, especially students from underrepresented and underserved populations. This presentation provided information and tools that advance each college’s ability to support students’ achievement and completion, both from a policy and an operational perspective.

 Tool for Institutional Assessment of Equity and Inclusion

Expanding Career Pathways to Guided Pathways - Elizabeth Cox Brand, Oregon Student Success Center; Ali Mageehon, Portland Community College

This session provided an overview of both career pathways and guided pathways and described how both might be scaled in Oregon’s community colleges in ways that support the work that has already occurred in career pathways, but that also supports an increasing recognition of the need for clear pathways for all students. 

Higher Education Affordability Themes and Trends in Oregon - Andrea Henderson, Oregon Community College Association; Patrick Crane, Community Colleges and Workforce Development

Andrea and Patrick provided an overview of funding and affordability in Oregon. The session focused on using data to highlight key policy issues through PowerPoint slides to provided a better understanding of how our funding works and the impact on students.

Equity Experiences in Higher Education - Community College Student Panel; Facilitator: Evelia Sandoval, Central Oregon Community College (no PowerPoint used)

A panel of community college students shared their experiences facing bias and inequity in education and how this has impacted their academic success. The students also offered ideas around what campuses can do to foster learning environments that are respectful of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Navigating the U.S. Dept. of Education and Charting a Course for Community Colleges: Lessons Learned in D.C. - Mark Mitsui, Portland Community College

This interactive session addressed guided pathways, equitable student success, funding and affordability, and career technical education. Participants will be encouraged to discuss the relationship between executive action and legislation, especially pertaining to community colleges. Throughout the session, there was discussion concerning community college federal initiatives and resources and how these might be leveraged in Oregon.

Pathways 2 Possibilities - Kirk Gibson and Daniella Bivens, Rogue Community College

This session reviewed the work done by RCC to align the STEM Academies, CTE Program of Study articulations, and accelerated college credit offerings with the region’s key sector strategies to provide secondary students with the greatest possibilities. The program, called Diploma +, allows all students to access a pathway that leads them to a STEM/CTE certificate while concurrently completing their high school diploma requirements.

How to Support Textbook Affordability - Steve Smith, Linn-Benton Community College; Tina Hovekamp, Central Oregon Community College; Rudy Ramirez, Chemeketa Community College; Ken Brown, Portland Community College

Recent research by Open Oregon Educational Resources estimates that the statewide average materials cost for a 2-year AAOT degree is $2,142.84. This session offered an opportunity to learn more and think through constructive and sustainable ways to support open education resources and how to go about reducing textbook costs for degree pathways to near zero.

Red Lines: Finding Space. American Indian Student Access, Equity and Success in Community Colleges Dr. Brookney Gondara, Raven Feathers Consulting

This session explored the history, culture, context and experiences of American Indian college students and the barriers that exist in academic institutions. This session focused on strategies and policy solutions that decision makers can use to mitigate these challenges and increase American Indian student academic success and retention.

How Does the National Conversation About Higher Education Impact Oregon? - Jim Eustrom, Chemeketa Community College; Jessica Howard and Sandra Fowler-Hill, Portland Community College; Andrea Henderson, OCCA; Donna Lewelling, CCWD (no PowerPoint used)

Recent national convenings and conferences by Jobs for the Future, Complete College America and National Governors' Association connected Oregon community college leaders with initiatives and promising practices around student success. The group shared their key takeaways and how these ideas converge and create new conversations at this panel session.

2016 Conference Materials