Hear Achieving the Dream at AACC Annual Convention

Achieving the Dream’s leaders, researchers, and Board of Directors are participating in American Association of Community College’s 99th Annual Convention in Orlando, FL. They are leading sessions and discussions around engaging adjunct faculty, equity, guided pathways, holistic student supports, and leadership.

Diné College: Equity by Design
Sunday, April 14 3:00 – 3:50 p.m.


Diné College, the first Tribally controlled college, is uniquely designed to meet the needs of its primarily Native American student body. Learn how the college works with Achieving the Dream to enhance the student experience from connection to completion. Leave with actionable strategies to equitably serve diverse populations.

Presenters: Cindy Lopez, director of tribal college and university programs, Achieving the Dream, and Dr. Charles (Monte) Roessel, president, Diné College

Engaging Adjunct Faculty: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned
Sunday, April 14 4:00 – 4:50 p.m.

Discover the effective practices colleges are employing to support part-time faculty in becoming more involved in student success initiatives and develop their instructional practices. Administrator, faculty, and researcher perspectives will be shared.

Presented by: Dr. Michael Bates, dean of teaching, learning & distance education, Harper College, Dr. Susan Bickerstaff, senior research associate, Community College Research Center, Dr. Kenneth Ender, president, Harper College and Jonathan Iuzzini, director for teaching & learning, Achieving the Dream

Research-Based Approaches for Instructional Development
Monday, April 15 8:00 – 8:50 a.m.

Learn how pedagogically focused faculty development can be implemented and sustained to meet full-time and adjunct faculty’s instructional needs based on data from two studies conducted in nine community colleges.

Presented by: Dr. Susan Bickerstaff, senior research associate, Community College Research Center, Nikki Edgecombe, senior research scientist, Community College Research Center, and Jonathan Iuzzini, director for teaching & learning, Achieving the Dream

Guided Pathways: What we are Learning
Monday, April 15 8:00 – 8:50 a.m.

Hear a discussion about designing and implementing guided pathways, including lessons about leadership for transformational change, student perspectives, achieving equity in student outcomes, and next-level challenges in expanding the work to more institutions.

Presented by: Dr. Sonya Christian, president, Bakersfield College, Dr. Davis Jenkins, senior research associate, Community College Research Center, Dr. Alex Johnson, president, Cuyahoga Community College District, Dr. Rob Johnstone, founder and president, National Center for Inquiry and Improvement, and Dr. Kay McClenney, senior advisor to the president/CEO, American Association of Community Colleges

Holistic Student Supports: Designing to Serve All Students
Monday, April 15 2:00 – 2:50 p.m.

How can your institution support all students in staying on their paths? Attend this session to explore the principles underlying a holistic student supports approach and the lessons and strategies for successful implementation. Participate in a case study activity to explore the application of holistic student supports principles in practice.

Presented by: Dr. Samuel Hirsch, vice president, Community College of Philadelphia and Julia Lawton, director, holistic student supports, Achieving the Dream

Leading Change: How Two Presidents Implemented Achieving the Dream
Monday, April 15 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

Presidents from an urban and a rural college share how they increased student success through effective implementation of Achieving the Dream initiatives.

Presented by: Dr. Tracy D. Hall, president, Southwest Tennessee Community College and Dr. Chris Whaley, JD, president, Roane State Community College

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