2018 NASPA Community Colleges Institute

March 03 – March 04, 2018
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown | Philadelphia, PA

The 2018 NASPA CCI will provide participants with proven tools and strategies to accelerate the development of a campus climate and culture that supports the personal and academic success of the full range of students on campus.


2018 NASPA Community Colleges Institute:
Pathways to Success

The CCI is a pre-conference workshop that allows staff and faculty to learn from and engage with one another on a variety of critical issues affecting student affairs professionals in the community college setting. For our 2018 Institute in Philadelphia, we will be focusing on pathways to success. With the continued focused on student success and completion, community colleges are uniquely positioned to lead this charge. The planning committee encourages you to join us as we explore the various pathways to success for our students. 

Registration FAQ

Registration to the annual conference is not required to attend the Institute. To attend the Institute, you will be able to register for the pre-conference event via this link through the annual conference website. Once there, you will see the option to register for the CCI as a standalone or alongside an annual conference registration. 

Continuing Education

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NASPA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5120. Programs that do not quality for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Presented By

Community Colleges Division


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Faculty
  • Graduate
  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Senior Level
  • Vice President for Student Affairs


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    Call for Programs

    The call for programs is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted a program and we look forward to sharing a detailed program schedule in late October 2017.

    The institute content advisory committee seeks proposals that effectively advance the field of student affairs in work in the community college arena. Additionally, the institute content advisory committee will select programs based upon the programs' relationships to the institute learning outcomes and themes. 


    Participants will be able to:

    • Articulate the issues, trends, and evidence-based practices in student affairs at community colleges including student learning and development; workforce development and community engagement; globalism; social justice; organizational and human resources; technology; and compliance and policy development;
    • Identify unique and innovative ways to advance the field and work of community college student affairs professionals;
    • Construct decision-making and planning processes based on data and evidence-based research;
    • Become familiar with the Professional Competencies for Student Affairs Educators and how these competencies apply to their daily work on community college campuses; and
    • Become familiar with institution-wide models that integrate guided academic and career pathways.
    • Understand the four essential practices of guided pathways models to include: clarifying paths to student end goals, helping students choose to enter a pathway, helping students to stay on a pathway, and ensuring students are learning. 

    The Institute Planning Committee would like to express their gratitude to all who assisted in reviewing program proposals.

    Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

    • Pathways to Success

      ​The main theme of the 2018 CCI is "Pathways to Success." This theme is broad and can relate to a number of mechanisms that support student success, whether that means matriculation, degree attainment, or transfering to a 4-year institution.

    • Cross-Campus Collaboration

      This theme serves to explore ways community college professionals are working together within our individual institutional structures for strengthening our support of students. In addition, we hope to explore ways to develop and define cross-campus collaborative opportunities for shared success.

    • Student Support

      ​This theme serves to explore ways community colleges are preparing students for the future of higher education through community college education. In addition, this theme serves to examine ways community college professionals can plan to work with increasingly diverse student populations.

    • Community Colleges and the Future

      ​This theme serves to investigate where community colleges fit into the future of higher education? What role do community colleges play in the advancement of higher education and what are the unique advantages and challenges faced by these institutions.

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    Submission Timeline
    • September 25, 2017
      Call for Programs Deadline
    • October 2017
      Program Notifications

    Writing Tips

    Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


    Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2018 NASPA Community Colleges Institute.

    Jake Frasier
    Assistant Director of Educational Programs
    Phone: 202-719-1180
    Email: jfrasier@naspa.org


    The schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking.

    The schedule at a glance is tentative and subject to change. Final program details (workshops, speakers, etc.) will be uploaded in November 2017.

    Sat, Mar 03

    12:30 p.m.
    Institute Check-In Opens
    1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
    Institute Welcome & Opening Keynote
    2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions I
    Long Beach City College "The Bridge": Empowering Returning Adult Students
    The Minority Male Initiative: Systemic Leadership to Embrace Social Change
    Academic Planning: Infusing a Retention Initiative into Curricula
    3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions II
    Major Dilemma: Working with Undeclared, High-Achieving, and Under-Performing Community College Students
    Are Your Students Career Ready? Embedding Workforce Readiness Skills Into Co-Curricular Activities
    Emergency Aid Programs: What Is It, How Does It Work, and Is It Effective?
    5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Networking Social

    Sun, Mar 04

    8:00 a.m.
    Institute Check-In Opens
    8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Morning Plenary Panel
    9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
    Concurrent Sessions III
    What do Students Thing of Guided Pathways? Preliminary Findings of a Study done at One Metropolitan Community College
    Creating a Supportive College Environment for the LGBTQ+ Community
    Commuters to Community: How Student Life and Assessment Meet and Make a Difference in Community Colleges
    10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Toolbox Sessions
    11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Keynote Speaker - Dr. Dhanfu Elston
    12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
    Networking Luncheon (Provided)
    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions IV
    Paving the Yellow Brick Road for Community College Students through Guided Pathways
    Peer Advisors: Enhancing the Advising Relationship at a 2-year College
    Trailblazing a Path: The Evolution of a Year-Long Residential Bridge Program
    3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions V
    10 Ways to Create a Long-Term, Transformative, Social Justice Co-Curriculum through Service-Learning
    Developing and Sustaining Leadership Development Programs at Community Colleges
    Academic Advising: Understanding Its Impact on Student Success!
    4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    Closing Remarks
    5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    NASPA Annual Conference Opening Session & Featured Speaker
    7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    NASPA Annual Conference Opening Reception


    • Dhanfu Elston, Ph.D.

      Dhanfu Elston, Ph.D.

      Vice President of Strategy for Guided Pathways and Purpose First
      Complete College America

      Speaker Bio


    If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the 2018 NASPA Community Colleges Institute contact contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at kjerde@naspa.org.


    Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown

    Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
    Philadelphia, PA

    The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown will serve as the event space for the 2018 NASPA Community Colleges Institute. The following rooms will be utilized for the event: 

    • Philadelphia Ballroom North
    • Philadelphia Ballroom South
    • Salon 10

    The Pennsylvania Convention Center and surrounding hotels will be the primary location for sessions and events for the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference. 

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