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Access, Persistence and Completion - Workshops


Enrollment Management Working Sessions           

Invited Faculty Members

    • From First Year-Year to Finish: Creating Pathways to Success
      - Dr. Sarah Crawford-Parker, University of Kansas
    • Inclusive Learning in the Classroom for Under-Represented Students?
      - Dr. L. Michael McCLoud, Johnson County Community College
    • Developing a Recruitment Process for Under-Represented Students from the Ground Up
      - Dr. Karen Goos, University of Central Missouri
    • Infusing Diversity into your Recruitment and Retention Plans
      - Mr. Robert N. Page Jr., Executive Director of Inclusion and Engagement, Metropolitan Community College

Best Practices Working Sessions

TRIO Programs: “Where Access and Persistence Began” (Panel Discussion)

Presenters:  Trent Ball, Valdis Zalite, and Tameka Randle, Southeast Missouri State University 

The TRIO Programs are the largest of the federally-funded access and success programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to prepare for, enroll, persist, transfer and graduate from postsecondary institutions. Beyond sharing the history of the TRIO Programs, this session will highlight the programs in Missouri and Kansas, as well as discuss opportunities to collaborate with and success in the programs throughout the region.

First Gen – Building a Foundation for Success

Presenter: Kathy Landwehr, Emporia State University

Learn the steps Emporia State University implemented to create a first-generation student initiative beginning in the fall 2016.  Hear from current first-generation students on what they have accomplished, and how they are continuing to help build this initiative that focuses on first-generation success. 

KC Degrees: Creating a System of Support for Adults to Return and Finish College

Presenter: Cedric Deadmon and Pam Harris, KC Degrees

KC Degrees, an affiliate site of the Graduate Network, focuses on promoting adult college completion in Missouri and Kansas. In the Kansas City metropolitan area, an estimated 300,000 adults started and did not complete a degree.  Adult learners (Reconnectors) need a network of supports to be successful.  KC Degrees has created a community-based system designed to support adults.  This session will focus on three support components—College Success Navigators, a postsecondary network, and community collaborators—and how each has positively affected the path of returning adult learners in addressing barriers to completion. 

Academic Advising as a High Impact Practice

Presenter: Tia McNair, Association of American Colleges and Universities

What makes a practice high-impact? What are the quality elements that make advising a high-impact practice?  What are key components of a guided learning pathway for student success and what is the role of advising? How can we help students prepare for lifelong success and develop as intentional learners? This session will build upon the concepts outlined in the opening session through a discussion of the lessons learned from the AAC&U’s projects that translate the LEAP principles from theory to campus practice.

Road Trip with KC Scholars—Outreach to Schools and Community   

Presenters: Val Salazar, KC Scholars; Juneall Lane, and Vincente Perez, College Advising Corps

In May 2017, KC Scholars announced its first-ever cohort of scholarship awardees. Over 500 9th graders, 11th graders, and adults representing all six counties from the KC Scholars service area will receive scholarship funding and support services to assist them to complete college. In this session, KC Scholars will share lessons learned from the road focusing on outreach and awareness.

Advising the Whole Student: Exploring How Intersectional Advising Practices Can Support Marginalized Student Populations 

Presenters:  Mauricio Gomez, Mica Mendez, and Jordan Brandt, University of Kansas

In this session, participants will explore how advising methodologies grounded in social justice can positively affect the makeup of academic advising sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to analyze how the advisor’s perception & unconscious biases can impact advising practices, as well as how a socially just academic advising approach can affect the sense of belonging and inclusion for marginalized populations on campus.

Access & Equity Through 21st Century College and Career Readiness (Panel Discussion)

Presenter: Danielle Binion, Prep KC

Research and first-hand experience both indicate that 21st century workforce development can be a leverage point for creating access to college and career opportunities for urban students. This session presents two case studies where local intermediaries have convened the K-12, business, and higher education sectors to develop strategies that create opportunities for students from historically disenfranchised communities while creating a robust, diverse human capital pipeline for their regions. The session will also include opportunities for participants to reflect and frame an initial action plan for dialogue in their K12 partnerships.

Four Year and Community College Partnerships: A Pipeline to Academic Success

Presenters:  Eric Thompson, Metropolitan Community College

For many students in our region, college attainment is still far out of reach. From financial challenges to poor academic preparation to family responsibilities, students are faced with many barriers to reaching their academic goals. Many rely on the community college as a conduit to their ultimate goal of entering 4-year schools to complete a BA/BS degree. Thus, the two- to four-year transfer process, when it functions well, represents a critical means for upward mobility across the United States. Despite this great promise, the transfer process does not work well for most students. Join our panel of professionals as we examine and discuss the importance of productive, robust relationships between community colleges and their 4-year partners in implementing new fresh ideas to close the transfer gap. 

KC FAFSA Challenge: Providing Resources for Students to Pursue a Post-Secondary Education

Presenter: Erika Garcia-Reyes, Mid-America Regional Council

Kansas City is one of 22 cities selected for the FAFSA Challenge grant. The grant’s purpose is to help students navigate through the changes and achieve a FAFSA completion rate of 65% for the graduating class of 2017 in the Kansas City Public School district. This session will focus on sharing best practices focused on equipping counselors/advisers, increasing student accountability, and increasing family and regional engagement to achieve the goal.

Best Practices in College & University Coaching and Retention Programs

Presenter: Mathew Quick, Sandy Waddell, and Ashley Halter, Rockhurst University

With a growing number of students facing barriers to entry and success in higher education, it is more important than ever to equip them with trustworthy staff/faculty relationships, programmatic resources, and personal tools.  This engagement spans from initial contact with campus as a prospective student through commencement - and relies upon intentional actions based upon data and best practice.  We look forward to sharing what is working for Rockhurst students – and other promising practices!

Supporting the Mental Well-Being of First-Generation College Students

Presenters: Stacy Mendez and Alejandra Hernandez-Castro, University of Kansas  

Recent studies show an increase in the prevalence and severity of mental health issues among college students in the U.S. First-generation college students, in particular, report anxiety more frequently and acutely than non-First-Generation students. This session will explore the mental health needs of first-generation college students, and strategies that programs and individuals can implement to support the mental well-being of this population.    

Missouri College Advising Corps: Using Near Peers to Create a College-Going Culture (Panel Discussion)

Presenter:  Kalli Brelsford, University of Missouri

The Missouri College Advising Corps is a leader in providing advisory services to help underserved high school students identify "best fit" pathways that lead to postsecondary access and completion.  Recent college graduates serve as "near-peer" advisers to high school students in order to promote a college-going culture.  Advisors work directly with students in their high schools on college admissions and financial aid applications to help them attend postsecondary institutions where they are most likely to complete a degree program.

Last Modified: 9/1/17