2022 SESSIONS

March 24-25, 2022 | We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort | Scottsdale, AZ

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2022 Breakout Sessions

Below are confirmed sessions for our 2022 Summit. More sessions will be added when our Call for Proposals closes. If you would like to submit a session through the call for proposals, click the button below.
Guided Pathways and Guiding Advisors into Program Expertise for Student Success
Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges are moving into a Guided Pathways model. Advisors that have been advising for all programs will specialize in a smaller grouping of programs by “field of interest.” This specialization will allow an advisor to develop a deeper knowledge of curricular and co-curricular requirements as well as career and transfer opportunities. Rio has organized faculty and advisors around the fields of interest and are developing further resources for Rio programs and transfer opportunities. This new model will also provide a greater opportunity for community college advisors to collaborate more fully with university colleagues.

David Hall | Director, Advisement | Rio Salado College
Jennifer Wharton | Lead Advisor | Rio Salado College
Michael Ross | Lead Advisor | Rio Salado College


Class Scheduling that WORKS for Students
NAU is now offering statewide programs in an 8-week hybrid format. Implementing a new scheduling format created some challenges, but we have learned important lessons that have led to success. We will be sharing our experience of this process and provide you with samples.

Kathy Yeager | Vice President | Northern Arizona University
Erin McGehean | Assistant Director | Northern Arizona University


Values, Opportunities, and Challenges of Rural Community Colleges
Serving 3.4 million students on 600 colleges and 800 campuses across America, rural community colleges play a vital role in the economic, cultural, and student development within the communities they serve. While these rural serving colleges provide many opportunities, there are many academic and non-academic challenges unique to rural areas that present barriers for students to navigate. This session will explore the value of rural community colleges and the opportunities they present. Additionally, we will identify challenges facing rural community college students and strategies for success.

Aaron Westerfield | Counselor | Eastern Arizona College


Setting Transfer Students Up for Success: Engineering Advisor Perspectives and Strategies
Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in a transfer student advising appointment? This session will allow you to do just that! Academic advisors from ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering will discuss how their department welcomes transfer students, the modality and options for transfer advising appointments, what learning outcomes are achieved through each appointment, and how different advising strategies contribute to transfer student success. Participants will gain knowledge of best practices that could be adapted to the needs of their students at both two-year and four-year institutions.

Jessica Meeker | Assistant Director, Academic Services | Arizona State University
Allison Walls | Academic Success Specialist | Arizona State University


Embedding College Advisors into Local High Schools
Learn how MCC is reversing the trend of decreased enrollment among Mesa Public High School graduates through the MCC College Advisor Program. This session will highlight how the team provides one-stop enrollment experiences at each high school to recruit students, provide seamless transition to MCC, increase dual enrollment, create a college going culture at the schools, and build relationships. At a time when timelines are getting earlier, competition has never been fiercer, and costs continue to rise, the MCC College Advisor program proves that it is possible to increase enrollment and change college going culture of a school from within.

Arturo De La Cruz | College Advisor | Mesa Community College
Tara Blomvall | Student Services Manager | Mesa Community College

Making Dual Enrollment credits count. How to transfer to a University with an A.A. from high school
Student success is the number one priority in dual enrollment. Learn how to maximize dual enrollment courses focusing on transfer and completion. Discussion will be centered on a success coaching model that aligns high school course offering with transferability and completion as the end goal. Under the success coach model completion numbers have grown from one to more than 150 over the past seven years dramatically increasing student success.

EJ Anderson | Director of Dual Enrollment | Rio Salado College
Bob Brown | Success Coach | Rio Salado College
Lucero Curiel | Site Coordinator | Rio Salado College


Building a College for the San Carlos Apache People
San Carlos Apache College is a new tribal college in Arizona, which first opened doors in 2017. Our session will provide an overview of the College's progress, including its close connection with Tohono O'odham Community College. The College's progress in the last two years and its mission, vision, goals, and plans for independent accreditation will be shared, with an emphasis on how strong partnerships have been instrumental to its journey. Anyone interested in learning about what it takes to open a college from scratch should attend as should those with questions about our emerging institution.

Lisa Eutsey | Vice President of Academic Affairs | San Carlos Apache College
Martin Ahumada | President | San Carlos Apache College
Rebecca Swift | Board President | San Carlos Apache College


We're Back! Building a partnership between faculty and recruiters

Last year, we shared how students moving on to higher education benefit from a collaboration between faculty and university recruiters. This year our session will identify the five steps it takes to develop and maintain active these partnerships. After attending the session you'll walk away with the tools needed to create these purposeful relationships, whether you are faculty or a recruiter.

Lisa Falkner | Director, Graduate and Transfer Recruitment | Arizona State University
Audra Kershner | Recruitment Coordinator | Arizona State University
Karen Kattau | Lecturer | Arizona State University
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