Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Breakout Session 1 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Interested in learning more about the NEW First-Year Experience (FYE) for our students?! This session will share how the FYE Student Learning Outcomes can be shared across the student’s first year. Learn about how NSO’s, Advising, FYE101, Learning Enhancement Centers, Gateway courses, and more can contribute to supporting the FYE Student Learning Outcomes. In addition, we hope this session sparks dialog so we can all learn more about what Maricopa staff and faculty are doing inside and outside the classroom to introduce and reinforce success habits for our students.
- Dr. Meredith Warner, District Office Academic & Student Affairs
- Dr. Sharon Zygowicz, Gateway Community College
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Breakout Session 2 (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
This presentation will discuss five strategies to better serve and support students at our colleges, with a focus on first-year students. The five tips include: Reaching your audience (knowing your college demographics and tracking growth and goals); Creating and participating in PLCs; Touring and integrating resources; Teaching and acknowledging non-cognitive skills; Being human and providing flexibility. Participants will leave with clear tips to help students achieve success that can be instantly applied to any setting. Fostering Resilience and Wellbeing for Academic Success.
- Autumn Bolin McKelvey, Glendale Community College
- Holly Jacobus, Glendale Community College
In this session, you will learn about the importance of addressing academic resilience and well-being in your work with students. You’ll be introduced to a six-pillar resiliency curriculum that prepares students psychologically and emotionally for the demands they will face in school, their personal lives, and future careers. This resiliency pedagogy can help students foster academic resilience, enhance well-being, and improve physical and mental health, which can contribute to increased persistence, perseverance, and completion rates.
- Andrea Scherrer, Scottsdale Community College
To further support first-year student success, an EdReady dashboard has been created with enhanced functionality. College and demographic filters can be used to view placement assessment scores, as well as the ability to search by student. This presentation will walk through this tool and provide an opportunity for Maricopa stakeholders to view their institutional EdReady data directly, track progress goals, and identify potential areas for outreach. Student achievement stories and brief analysis will also be presented.
- Dr. Rosslyn Knight, District Office
- Mijolae "Miya" Henley, District Office
- Matt Grace, District Office
Students’ voices speak volumes; we need to be sure we are listening! This session addresses the needs of working adult students and some of the obstacles that make achieving a college education difficult. These challenges have been amplified as these older students navigate school, work, family, and other responsibilities. We will share insights that we learned through conducting focus groups in Spring 2021 to identify the needs of our adult scholars with children. Attendees will learn engagement techniques, understanding the importance of self-efficacy, and strategies to develop a growth mindset. This is in addition to the other engagement opportunities we have introduced this year.
- Leona Morales, District Office
- George Mulloy, District Office
- Savanna Medina, District Office
- Michele Galli, District Office
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Breakout Session 3 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
COVID precipitated several seminars on mental wellness aimed at neuro-typicals (NTs). What about neuro-diverse (ND) people? What are their challenges? Neuro-diversity, mental illness, dyslexia, and other neurological conditions, are invisible disabilities, and most don’t receive treatment due to concerns about the differential treatment or job and livelihood loss. Stigma, prejudice, and discrimination remain problematic. Our panel with share stories and information leading to an audience participation dialog about the inclusion of NDs in our classrooms and workplaces.
- Jim Sizemore, Mesa Community College
In an environment that can seem flooded with data, why does it feel like you can't find what you need? In this presentation, we will guide attendees through dashboards and reports that provide the most relevant metrics to measure early student success including the NCII Leading Indicators of Student Success. This session will highlight key features in MCCCD dashboards that allow users to customize the data presented so that they always have what they need to monitor progress in student enrollment, success in the first year, and graduation and transfer. This session will showcase dashboards that include data on early indicators of student progression and performance, lagging indicators of student success, survey results data on student needs, preferences and satisfaction, and more!
- Lori Lindenberg, District Office ITS
Our students need this NOW: Intentional partnerships to empower our students in their financial wellness
Many students are one financial emergency away from having their educational goals derailed. Emerging from the unprecedented pandemic, supporting our students’ Financial wellness within their 1st year is more imperative than ever. Phoenix College Financial Aid has partnered with the Counseling Department and a local community organization to increase students' financial literacy knowledge, and develop meaningful connections. Participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm and share about financial literacy at their respective colleges, and leave the session with examples and strategies to improve their students’ Financial Wellness.
- Megan Tena, Phoenix College
- Violetta Lopez-Armijo, Phoenix College
- Elisa Gebreyohanes, Phoenix College
Experience Management (XM) focuses on monitoring student (and employee!) interactions that matter, identifying opportunities for improvement, and helps us understand why students interact with our colleges the way they do. This presentation will help the audience understand how XM is being implemented in Maricopa and that the goal of XM is to support student success from lead to alumni (before the first year and beyond!).
- Dr. Meredith Warner, District Office
- Matt Ashcraft, District Office
- Matt Rodgers, District Office
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Breakout Session 4 (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Identifying intervention targets during the student admissions pipeline: A data-friendly methodology
Identifying the ideal time frame and target student population for effective enrollment intervention can be elusive without understanding applicants’ pre-enrollment behaviors. Often, programming is delivered with outreach to a broad net of students identified as ‘new.’ Using the MCCCD Student Pipeline dashboard, faculty and staff can leverage data to provide strategic outreach to students within a specific milestone in the enrollment process while also identifying students who need additional support to progress.
- Ryan Johnson, District Office
Do you have a money mess? You’re not alone! You can face it and make things better for yourself and for students because your mess can be your message! Wish you’d known more about money when you were younger? Then you already understand why early Financial Education is important. We’ll cover how to face your money mess, and how to help students and loved ones so that they can have a brighter financial future.
- Ariel Clifton, Glendale Community College
CGCC is dedicated to building meaningful connections on campus. One way is the addition of a permanent kindness labyrinth. This idea is guided by empirical evidence from work done by our students, who discovered that engaging in acts of kindness has a positive impact on belongingness. The labyrinth will offer a reflective path for mindfulness, will incorporate an installment space for kindness rocks, as well as a place for groups to gather in the community.
- Brianna Della Valle, Chandler-Gilbert Community College
- Kathleen Lueppker, Chandler-Gilbert Community College
- Dr. Roja Najafi, Chandler-Gilbert Community College
- Margie Gomez, Chandler-Gilbert Community College
With information and knowledge literally available at our fingertips via our smartphones, students are often better served by an education that broadens their knowledge and thinking skills. This session will examine the dangers for first-year students of over-specialization and the benefits of a broad interdisciplinary general education, delayed specialization, lateral thinking, and generalization. Participants will explore ways to apply this knowledge to career and academic counseling, teaching, and program development.
- Eric Haas, Scottsdale Community College
Friday, November 5, 2021
Breakout Session 5 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
The Four Disciplines of Execution (4DX) is a simple, repeatable formula for executing our top priorities. Join us to learn how GateWay has implemented 4DX collegewide to support our Wildly Important Goals of increased enrollment and retention. Hear from five cross-functional teams who have integrated 4DX with the FYE SLO’s to create best practices around student success. You will be invited to interactively brainstorm your team’s priorities and behaviors that can greatly impact student success.
- Dr. Cathy Hernandez, GateWay Community College
- Kerry Sanderson, GateWay Community College
- Jennifer Kline, GateWay Community College
- Teri Carroll, GateWay Community College
- Michael Tapscott, GateWay Community College
- Kristy Warfield, GateWay Community College
Boot camps have become an established part of the student experience at MCC. We have developed camps that strengthen a student’s skills and foster an environment of success. We will share our experience on how to develop and facilitate a successful boot camp. Participants will walk away with guidelines on how to start their own boot camps including a development timeline, methodology on how to choose topics, and ideas on activities to include.
- Melissa Carpenter, Mesa Community College
- Allie Berkman, Mesa Community College
- Leanna Hall, Mesa Community College
- Lorane Barrera, Mesa Community College
This session will introduce participants to Glendale Community College’s Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) model, which is a multidisciplinary, college-wide team that enhances individual well-being and success while prioritizing the safety and effectiveness of the college community by serving as a resource, providing consultation, and making
recommendations; taking a proactive, collaborative, and objective approach to the identification, assessment, and management of student behavioral concerns; providing targeted and coordinated interventions.
- Dr. Genesis Toole, Glendale Community College
- Dr. Trisha Lavigne, Glendale Community College
- Marlene Barrera, Glendale Community College
Starting college with trauma: Research, tools, perspectives, & strategies for becoming the trauma-informed faculty & staff our students need us to be
Even before COVID, Arizona students were coming to us with the sobering distinction of having the most Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) of any population in the nation. Faculty and staff must understand the data around trauma, the ways it manifests in an educational environment, and what faculty and staff can do within and across our work areas to support first-time college students whose identities, learning styles, and goal setting abilities have been shaped by trauma.
- Dr. Dawn Penich-Thacker, South Mountain Community College
- Tabitha Corella, South Mountain Community College
Friday, November 5, 2021
Breakout Session 6 (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
89% of first-generation, low-income, or foster students drop out of college in the first 6 years. With the increasing number of these students matriculating, the need for creating meaningful connections is paramount. Regardless of academic level, students benefit from a coaching experience. Learn more about our district-wide, MCC TRIO, and Early College Programs initiatives and how to tailor coaching that supports all students as they navigate their education. Come develop your own customized peer coaching framework.
- Monica Margaillan, Mesa Community College
- Ivan Quintana, Mesa Community College
- Amanda Mancic-Coe, Mesa Community College
- Sam Garman, Mesa Community College
This interactive, virtual discussion focuses on a Title V grant-funded student experience research study at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) that consists of a sense of belonging/student experience surveys and student focus groups. Effective practices and opportunities for us to better serve our Maricopa students will be shared. The session will feature a model on Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (Museus & Smith, 2016) that aligns with improving student experiences and college student outcomes in higher education.
- Elizabeth Cantú, Estrella Mountain Community College
- Linda Manning, Estrella Mountain Community College
- Erica Wager, Estrella Mountain Community College
The Maricopa Pipeline AZ platform was designed with the new FYE in mind. Following the Guided Pathways framework, we hope to share with all of the Maricopa community how this platform can support students’ career and educational journeys.
- Izelle Silva, Glendale Community College
- Nichole Escobedo, Phoenix College
- Shalmeka Sweet, South Mountain Community College
- Melissa Roybal, District Office Contact Center
respective areas to support a personalized student onboarding experience that connects them to their Field of Interest Care Teams and prepares them for the 1st day of class. This intentional experience includes exposure to Canvas, College Technology, connection to FOI care teams, and has student-to-student support built in to ensure students succeed. The peer leader program continues this support during the semester. Don’t miss this sneak peek!
- Julie Hamel, Paradise Valley Community College
- Sharlene Celeskey, Paradise Valley Community College
- Isaac Torres, Paradise Valley Community College
- Tamara, Gligoric, Paradise Valley Community College
- Jack Brown, Paradise Valley Community College
- Jerome Abou Jaoude