2013 Best Practices Exchange

ImageInvitation: Colleges in the SBCTC system are invited to send a team of four to six faculty and administrators to the fourth annual statewide Best Practices Exchange to discuss strategies that lead to student success to and through student achievement momentum points.  The event is scheduled for October 29, 2013 at Clover Park Technical College.  The event will begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:30 pm – box lunches will be provided.

The Agenda: Based upon research from the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University and at the request of the presidents, we have modified the event to include a smaller number of presentations: each will highlight strategies with demonstrated evidence of moving students to and through student achievement momentum points.  Davis Jenkins, senior research associate with the CCRC, will be the keynote speaker.

Team Composition: Teams will be best positioned to contribute to this conversation when they are made up of individuals who are administrators or faculty in the following areas:

  • Instruction
  • Student Services
  • Student Advising
  • Student Retention
  • Financial Aid
  • Transfer Education
  • Workforce Education
  • Pre-college (Adult Basic Education and Developmental Education)
  • Institutional Research

As you build your team, think about how to represent multiple areas on your campus.

Registering Your Team: The vice president of student services at your college will be considered the team leader for purposes of this event.  In order to register, your vice president of student services or designee will register 4-6 team members from your college.  The team leader can click on the following link to provide names and contact information for the team.  There is no registration or meal cost for this event.

Link to Online Registration Form (one per college).  The deadline for registration is October 18th

We are very excited to have this opportunity to hear from colleagues about evidence-based practices that have increased student success.  If you have questions about the event, please contact Darby Kaikkonen at the State Board (704-1019).  If you have questions about registration technology, please contact Lynette Anderson at 360-704-4315 or landerson@sbctc.edu.


October 29, 2013

McGavick Student & Conference Center (Bldg. 23)

Clover Park Technical College, Lakewood


9:00 am Welcome & Outline of the Day
9:15 am Key Note Session
“Start with the End in Mind:  Building Guided Pathways to Student Success”Davis Jenkins, Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center; Columbia UniversityIn many community colleges, students are left to navigate a complex and often confusing array of programs, courses and support services mostly on their own. Many students do not see a clear path to their goals, become frustrated, and drop out. This presentation describes the efforts by a growing number of colleges and universities to redesign academic programs and support services in order to create more clearly structured and educationally coherent program pathways to student end goals, with integrated progress monitoring, feedback and support.  These efforts are being implemented on a large scale—in some cases benefiting thousands of students—and ideally involve strengthened pathways between community college and four-year programs as well as with employment.
10:15 am ~Break~
10:30 amBreakout room A Concurrent Session 1 “Student Retention Efforts at Big Bend”Big Bend Community College- Terry Kinzel, Director of Title V GrantsAn array of services offered through BBCC Student Success Center has improved retention significantly, both from fall to spring and from fall to fall.  These services include peer mentoring, peer advocate coaching in conjunction with student success courses, supplemental instruction and tutoring, book and laptop loans, and other services.  
Breakout room B “STATWAY:  Our First 2 Years”Seattle Central Community College- Jerry Wright, Mathematics InstructorSTATWAY is a different approach to teaching developmental math, focusing on statistics. Seattle Central Community College, along with other community colleges around the nation, has joined with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in developing this curriculum. Come listen to our experience and insight from our first two years. 
Breakout room C “Your Goals are Within Reach:  Lower Attrition and Higher Job Success in Professional-Technical Programs”Highline Community College- Nicki S. Bly, Director of Clinical Education Respiratory Care Program/Program Coordinator Polysomnographic Technology ProgramAssessment data analysis based on national credentialing exams has significantly improved student outcomes.  In the five year analysis project two professional technical programs have shown reduced attrition and improved employment.  Come learn how we used the data analysis to change the culture of these two programs!           
11:30 am Lunch & Networking Plenary Session- Davis Jenkins, CCRC“Open Discussion on Engaging Faculty and Staff in Systematic Institutional Reforms”
1:15 pmBreakout room A Concurrent Session 2“Emporium Model: Accelerated Student Success in Pre-College Math Courses”Big Bend Community College- Tyler Wallace, Math Instructional SpecialistThis session will discuss emporium model and course redesign strategies used at Big Bend to increase student success and acceleration through pre-college math courses. The college has seen a significant (p<.01 on a chi-d analysis of a 2×2 contingency table) increase in students success rates in precollege math courses and also continued success in college level lecture courses equal to that of students who took lecture courses (p=0.11 on a chi-squared analysis of a 2×2 contingency table). 
Breakout room B “Scaffolds to Success:  TRIO Learning Communities for Underprepared Students”Yakima Valley College- Wilma Dulin, Faculty Director for the Office of Institutional EffectivenessMarc Coomer, Student Support Assistant DeanGordon Koestler, English Instructor

Kerrie Abb, Arts and Sciences Dean

Sheila Delquadri, Office of Institutional Effectiveness Director

Fall 2013 is the fourth year in which YVCC’s TRiO program has offered 8 credit learning communities pairing developmental English with a student development course for entering students.  A matched-cohort analysis demonstrates that students who participate in these learning communities are significantly more successful as measured by retention, completion of college English and enrolling in math.

Breakout room C “Broadening the Pipeline:  Comprehensive Math Reform that Increased Completion Without Sacrificing Quality”Highline Community College- Erik Scott, Mathematics InstructorEmporium Model?  Quantway?  The Highline way?  Learn about the gains in student achievement in precollege math at Highline, and the changes in curriculum, pedagogy, and departmental culture that made it possible.  
2:15 pm College Team Time
3:15 pm Closing

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