Pathways to Success” 50th Annual Conference September 29, 2017 Rose State College Friday, September 29th

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Pathways to Success”

50th Annual Conference

September 29, 2017

Rose State College
Friday, September 29th
8:00-10:00 Conference Registration

Location: Professional Training Building Lobby
8:00-4:00 Business Partners Exhibit Hall

Location: Professional Training Building 1st Floor Quad
Organizational Meetings

8:00-8:50 OACC Conference Planning

Location: Professional Training Building Room 142

9:00-11:00 Oklahoma Council of Two-Year College Presidents

Location: Professional Training Building Room 211
Breakout Sessions

9:00-9:50 Industry 4.0 is here. Are Your Students Prepared?

Aaron Paul, Advanced Technologies Consultants

Location: Room 114

Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is the networking and digitalization of industrial production. It is set to revolutionize the manufacturing and production industry by integrating the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, data integration and other technological advances into the heart of production and manufacturing systems.

Industry 4.0 will significantly change how industrial workers perform their jobs. Entirely new job families will be created while others become obsolete.
Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand what Industry 4.0 is.

  • Participants will learn what skills are needed for the jobs in the “smart factory” of the future.

  • Participants will see an overview of what training exists to make students Industry 4.0 ready.

9:00-9:50 (cont.) A Presentation of the Book “Leadership as Service: A New Model for Higher Education in a New Century”

Dr. Robbie Pearson, Murray State College

Location: Room 217

This session will present "Leadership as Service: A New Model for Higher Education in a New Century", the work of Dr. Kent Farnsworth, a former President of Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri. In 1988, he was voted "America's Transformational Leaders in Higher Education" by the League for Innovation. He published "Leadership as Service" in 2007--the book reviews of which provide some quotes as follows:

"Leadership as Service is an important work that breaks new ground in the area of servant leadership and higher education."
"Kent Farnsworth presents a compelling case for the need to change higher education in America while pointing out the significant obstacles that today's leaders face."

Free, Peer Reviewed Books? It’s not too good to be true at Tulsa Community College!

Jennifer Kneafsey, Tulsa Community College

Location: Room 142

Over 5,000 TCC students are expected to benefit from courses using free OpenStax books this academic year. OpenStax is a Rice University based non-profit that provides peer-reviewed textbooks, accessed for free online and low-cost in print, for many core classes. Tulsa Community College joined the OpenStax Institutional Partnership program for the 2016-17 school year. During that year, the number of professors using OpenStax books as the primary text for their courses jumped from 2 to 53. Students are predicted to save over $500,000 this academic year through OpenStax use at TCC.

In this session, I’ll explain the steps of the strategic plan we developed to spread awareness of OpenStax textbooks that led to the success we’ve seen in the last year, and will outline our plan for continued growth this year.

Teamwork between librarians, full-time faculty, part-time faculty, the TCC Foundation, faculty department chairs, and administrators has led to the success we’ve experienced, so this session is appropriate for everyone who is interested, not just faculty members.

Implementing Guided Pathways to Make Success Inescapable

Dr. Kevin David, Julie Porterfield and Lindsey White, Tulsa Community College

Location: Room 215

As TCC was launching its new five-year, Strategic Plan in Fall 2015, the institution was selected as one of 30 community colleges to participate in the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) Pathways Project. This presentation will provide an overview of guided pathways and its importance in promoting persistence and completion among community college students.

The presenters will also highlight AACC’s essential practices for guided pathways, emphasizing how those practices have directed TCC’s work in this area. Much of the presentation, however, will focus on how TCC is implementing pathways at its institution. Specifically, discussion will center on the College’s integration of guided pathways with the implementation of the Strategic Plan, how the pathways work is being organized and prioritized to ensure accountability and success, how the College has engaged faculty and staff in the work, some of the early successes achieved, and some of the lessons learned through the first year of pathways implementation. The presenters will conclude by discussing TCC’s pathways focus this year, the first-year experience, and how the institution plans to sustain the work moving forward.

9:00-9:50 (cont.) Online Course Improvement is a Continuum

Randy Dominguez and Lynnda Brown Tulsa Community College

Location: Room 106

Since 2007, TCC has required faculty to receive professional development in the form of Instructor Certification to teach an online course and Developer Certification to develop online courses. Recently, the college has instituted an ongoing professional development plan beyond the initial certification for faculty who teach online. Faculty are now required to participate in significant PD options every 3 years to remain eligible to teach online and develop online classes.

This session will address what types of PD are accepted for eligibility and how this plan was implemented for the first of three annual cohort groups of faculty.
A Better Model for Acquiring Course Materials: Day 1 Access, Improved Outcomes & Affordability

Hadra Brown, Vital Source

Location: Room 213

First day of class, readiness and affordability are top of mind at universities across the United States. So much so that the Department of Education recently released regulations which make it possible for institutions to ensure that students have access to course materials on day 1 of class. Materials are delivered electronically to all (or a subset) of students and substantial cost savings are recognized.

With this model commonly referred to as “inclusive access”, colleges and universities are seeing increasing pass rates, lower drop rates, and savings of 40-70% off print list. Additionally, students and faculty benefit from improvements in the quality of the tools and technology available. Vital Source views accessibility and 508 compliance as paramount to our offerings, and can assist in making your courses more compliant. This session will explain the basic tenants of inclusive access and delve into some of the success stories that other colleges and universities have recognized with the implementation of this this model.
10:00-10:50 A Little Full-Time Goes a Long Way

Dr. Linda Garcia, Center for Community College Student Engagement

Location: Room 106

With survey findings collected from almost 61,000 community college students across 253 institutions and transcript data for over 17,000 students at 28 institutions, the Center’s latest report—Even One Semester: Full-Time Enrollment and Student Success— shows that any full-time enrollment can improve engagement and outcomes. Traditionally, the field tends to think of part-time and full-time as fixed classifications; this report explores three classifications of enrollment: always part time, fluid attendance pattern (students who attend part-time and full-time), and always full time. We found that always-part-time students are less likely to talk about career plans with an instructor or advisor, less likely to seek career-counseling services, and less likely to participate in college orientation than their always-full-time peers or peers with fluid attendance patterns. While students who always enroll full-time are the most successful, 34% of those who enrolled full-time for at least some of their community college career earned an associate degree or a certificate, but only 23% of those who always enrolled part-time did so. Those who enrolled full-time at least some of the time were also more likely to complete gateway classes in math and English than their always-part-time peers. Join us for a look at the latest findings in a report released by the Center for Community College Student Engagement that focuses on some of the factors that make full-time students persist and succeed at higher rates than part-time students.
Are you WILLING to go?

Michele Elmer, Murray State College

Location: Room 114

Interest in study abroad programs is on the rise among college students. One of the most important components of making study abroad is having a willingness to try. This session will help introduce the basic components of setting up and organizing short-term study abroad opportunities for students. Topics will include the importance of gaining administrative support, cultivating faculty engagement, developing program variety, addressing risks and concerns, handling the question of cost, and integrating college credit. There will also be discussion on best practices and how networking has greatly enhanced the International Studies program at MSC.

10:00-10:50 (cont.) Recommitting to a Culture of Inquiry: EOSC’s Journey to General Education Assessment

Dr. Janet Wansick, Eastern Oklahoma State College

Location: Room 142

This presentation will focus on lessons learned after a 5 year journey to develop and implement a culture of assessment. During the presentation an effective, reliable assessment plan will be shared. The assessment plan shows a rotation of general education assessments that allow for the collection, analysis and use of student data. Presenters will share quantitative and qualitative data collected from across campus and methods used for developing assessment instruments. Information about continuous improvement and “closing the loop” will be discussed. Presenters will discuss the process used to get faculty buy-in to create a culture of inquiry across all academic divisions. Join us for a discussion of our journey.

What Everyone Ought to Know About Accessible Documents

Lynnda Brown and Jennifer Campbell, Tulsa Community College

Location: Room 215

Creating accessible documents is not only a requirement of the American with Disabilities Act, but it is a good way to improve the navigation and manageability of your own content. In this session, you will learn quick and easy techniques that you can immediately apply to make your documents accessible.

By the end of the session, you should be able to:

  • Explain why it is important to make your documents accessible.

  • Recognize the need for and how to make text, images, multimedia, and links accessible in documents.

  • Use an accessibility checker to assess document.

The Effective Academic Career Development Center: Recommendations from Human Resources and Industry

Dr. Robbie Pearson, Murray State College

Location: Room 217

Students attend post-secondary education with the goal in-mind of graduating to a highly compensated, emotionally satisfying career. They attend class, complete the required curriculum for a specified degree, and attend commencement. But what next?

Students need more than a transcript that shows a conferred degree. Long before the degree is conferred, students need to know how each class applies directly to the positive for which they strive and how a future employer and industry expects them to apply this information. Students must have a true understanding of employability and what the real workplace looks like and how it functions.

The academic career development center is more than resumes and how to dress for an interview. The career center begins in the classroom and progresses with internships and industry professionals who in the interest of a future workforce, are will to spend time in the academy. This presentation will discuss industry’s real expectations and how the academy can design curriculum and a career center that will meet those expectations.

Single Sign-On and Password Reset to Ellucian, Jenzabar, PeopleSoft and Other Web-Based Applications

Gregg Browinski, PistolStar (Portal Guard)

Location: Room 213

Secure single sign-on and automated self-service password reset are key components of a productive, user –friendly IT campus environment. This allows students and faculty to login to access their apps with one secure password that can be reset without calling the help desk. In this session, learn more about how PortalGuard, a leader in Education identity management, delivers a fully-customizable integrated authentication package that brings increased usability and security to students and faculty, increases IT productivity provides white label branding opportunities, activity reporting, and high performance integration with Ellucian, Jenzabar, PeopleSoft, and other innovative applications.

11:00-11:50 Best Practices in Successful Certification Progress

Jeff Christensen, Certiport a Pearson VUE Business

Location: Room 106

Certiport is dedicated to helping people excel and succeed through certification. This session will focus on what you need to do and watch for to ensure that your certification programs are meeting the needs of both your students and employers who are seeking quality skilled candidates. Our globally recognized credentials are aimed at enhancing individual productivity, marketability, and value. Get certified and get noticed.

Vinyl and Video Games: Student Engagement through Old and New School Media

Nicole Quesada, Connors State College

Location: Room 217

Video game design and content has become increasingly complex and thoughtful. Vinyl record sales are at an all-time high and new albums are getting pressed as we speak (Chang; Peterson). The speed and fury of many videogames can be overwhelming to gamers of all persuasions, while record players require deliberate stillness to operate effectively. So how can we, in the classroom, harness the existing and growing interest in media both brain splitting rapid and mind pleasingly slow? This presentation will focus on specific examples of putting vinyl and video games to use in English and Humanities classrooms as well as the demographics of those that already utilize these types of media. Fallout 4, Bioshock, and Assains’s Creed will be demonstrated and discussed. Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit on vinyl will be demonstrated in depth and discussed.

Innovation and Insights for Community Colleges in Oklahoma

Jennifer Albrecht, Ellucian

Location: Room 211

Community colleges across the country, and in Oklahoma, are facing unprecedented challenges to do more with less, but still deliver superior learner experiences and achieve measurable outcomes. At Ellucian, we are continually innovating to help institutions anticipate, prepare for and successfully navigate these challenges. Our ultimate goal is to help all of Oklahoma’s colleges and universities fulfill their mission: to provide accessible educational opportunities that prepare students for a global, diverse workplace.

Join us for an informative look at the biggest challenges facing the higher education community and community colleges today, and how you as a campus leader can proactively help your campus to:

  • Prepare for the growing complexity of student data and experience expectations;

  • ‘Unlock the enterprise’ by improving data access and insights;

  • Create true value and empower more data-driven decision making for our students, faculty and administrators.

Linking Education to Employment

Dan Cobus, Geographic Solutions

Location: Room 142

Geographic Solutions’ Virtual Career Center (VCC) is an online solution that meets and exceeds this challenge by providing Admissions Professionals/Career Counselor with the information needed to understand, report, and manage your institution’s ‘education to work’ goals.

The mobile friendly Virtual Career Center presents students with solid occupational advice, based on a combination of real-time labor market information, employment statistics, historical data trends, and a plethora of career resources. Utilizing this information allows students to navigate the pitfall of following the wrong career tracks, saving both valuable time and money. Once a career path has been established, students can easily utilize tools to assist them in landing their dream job including resume assistance and simulated face-to-face practice interview sessions before their big day.
11:00-11:50 (cont.) Thinking Outside the Square: Alternative, Authenticated Assessment and Compliance Evidence

Amanda Offen and Amanda Grassby, Next G Software Solutions

Location: Room 114

In today’s society we are relying on certification for skills based education which can’t always be clearly shown through traditional methods of assessment and doesn’t benefit the individual teaching and learning styles of the student. Our assessment and evidence collection methods embrace technology and allow one piece of evidence to be used across multiple outcomes. Integrated. Intelligent Immediate!

Expanding Adult Student Opportunities for Workforce Development through a Grant from New Lumina

Debbie Blanke, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Location: Room 215

June 29, 2017, the State Regents accepted a three-year grant from the Lumina Foundation to create a pilot program to better serve adult students, ensuring the cost of tuition and fees through existing financial resources, providing sufficient academic support services, and leveraging support and aid from all resources within the state, to allow adults to expeditiously earn a valued degree associated with Oklahoma’s 100 Critical Occupations List or degree program identified by the business/organization.

This session will describe this program and how institutions may participate.

The program design will expand the current “Reach Higher: Oklahoma’s Adult Degree Completion” statewide initiative. The proposed program will offer assistance to individuals willing to pursue degree programs deemed by business, industry, and other state partners as critical degree programs. The program will target individuals identified by state partners who are within 15 credit hours (75%) of an associate degree or within 60 credit hours (50%) of a baccalaureate degree associated with an occupation on the list. Each participant must have a 2.0 or higher GPA in all previous college credit work and must have completed all remedial coursework.

The program will identify individuals and connect them to existing tuition and educational assistance through employers, tribal education offices, workforce centers, or other entities. The grant funding will provide the services (outreach, mentoring, coaching, advising, recognition, encouragement, belonging/identifying with the program, etc.) or provide information and assistance to access services (child care, tutoring, emergency funding, book/fee assistance, transportation, nutritional assistance, housing assistance, etc.) to ensure degree completion.
State Regents Math Success Initiative: Improving high school preparation, course placement, remediation and math courses

Debra Stuart, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Location: Room 213

In 2011, the State Regents identified college completion as their No. 1 goal and are working to increase the number of degrees and certificates earned in Oklahoma by an average of 1,700 per year, resulting in a 67percent increase by 2023. Lack of student success in mathematics has been identified as significant barrier to achieving this goal. To improve retention and graduation rates of all students, the State Regents focused attention on mathematics success by addressing the following goals: (1) improve mathematics preparation of students entering college; (2) reform mathematics remediation to be more effective; and (3) strengthen mathematics preparation for all majors.

This presentation is a status report on the progress of the Math Success Initiative. Many recommendations from the Math Success Group begun in 2013 and the Math Pathways Task Force begun in 2016 have been studied and implemented throughout the State System. In addition to math faculty, faculty from other disciplines, department chairs, academic advisors, registrars, high school teachers and national organizations have contributed to this effort.

11:50-12:25 Business Partners Showcase

Location: Professional Training Building 1st Floor Quad
12:30-2:00 OACC Luncheon, Keynote, and Hall of Fame Induction

Location: College Union Dining Area


President Phil Birdine, Western Oklahoma State College

Chair, OACC Executive Board
GIFT Award Recognition

President Jeanie Webb, Rose State College
Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Jennifer Albrecht, Ellucian

Diamond Sponsor
Keynote Address: “Pathways to Excellence”

Josh Wyner, Aspen Institute
OACC Hall of Fame Induction

Dr. Jim Cook

Presented By President Lana Reynolds and President Jeanie Webb
Dr. Jim Utterback

Presented By: President Jack Bryant
Closing Remarks

President Jay Falkner, Carl Albert State College

Breakout Sessions
2:30-3:20 Job Genius- Navigating Career Choices and Development

Mike Hoehner, Express Employment Professionals

Location: Room 114

Attend this session to learn how your students can benefit from Job Genius, a free video educational series offering insights on how to look for a job, evaluate education costs, hiring trends, and how to write resumes and interview well. The series also discusses the importance of soft skills in the workplace and offers a better understanding of career options. The Job Genius program includes free worksheets, videos, and social media support tools. More than 500 schools and organizations have implemented this program since its release last year. Job Genius was created by Express Employment Professionals. Express has a long-term goal to put a million people to work annually. Founded in 1983, Express Employment Professionals has more than 770 franchise locations worldwide and is headquartered in Oklahoma City.

Retirement Planning Presentation

Debra Schmitt, Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System

Location: Room 142

Overview of TRS Retirement Plan

Retirement Eligibility

Preparing for Retirement

Client Portal (New in 2016)
2:30-3:20 (cont.) Eliminate Campus Lines, Operate Efficiently & Improve Student Satisfaction

Kelly Kliner, QLess, Inc.

Location: Room 106

Colleges have several great traditions- but students spending hours in line to register for courses or apply for financial aid isn’t’ one of them.

Long queues are frustrating for students and impose on administrative staff, putting everyone on edge before the semester even starts.

For colleges of all sizes, delivering vital services to students in a timely and efficient manner is a major challenge. At peak times- such as the beginning and end of each term- the process to register for classes or apply for financial aid is often unwieldy and inefficient. Students are expected to wait for long periods with lines snaking out office doors and down hallways.

Revolutionary technology form QLess dramatically advances the delivery of campus services by eliminating lines with “virtual queues” – empowering colleges to provide an effortless way for students to access the services they need without standing in long lines.

With QLess on campus, students join a virtual line using the campus website, their mobile phone, or an on-site kiosk. Timely updates and notifications alert students as they move to the front of the queue. Since they are kept in the loop, there is no frustration and no congested offices. The result? Wait times have been reduced from three hours to just minutes, freeing up student’s time for more worthwhile academic activities and equipping staff to focus on addressing student’s needs.

By improving campus service delivery, colleges are able to optimize operations, boost staff productivity, reduce costs, and improve student satisfaction.
Creating an Inclusive Assessment Framework

Dr. Jennifer Ivie, Tulsa Community College

Location: Room 211

At Tulsa Community College, we embarked on a two-year process of developing a Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Framework that outlines what assessment means at our institution, how and when will we do it, and who is involved. We ensured that Students Affairs and Academic Affairs were both actively involved in the process and created a framework that fully recognizes that both Student and Academic Affairs play a role in student learning and development. In this presentation, we will give an overview of our final product and how the two sides of the housework together to ensure both are represented and fully engaged in the process of ensuring our students meet our intended learning outcomes. Participants will be asked to discuss their assessment frameworks and how they involve Student and Academic Affairs in student learning outcomes assessment.

The State of Online and Blended Learning in Oklahoma: Implications for Community College Leaders

Bucky Dodd, University of Central Oklahoma

Location: Room 213

Community college leaders in Oklahoma are faced with increasingly complex challenges when it comes to providing high quality and accessible student learning experiences. Online and blended learning offerings provide a strategic way for community colleges to fulfill their mission while opening opportunities for growth and innovation.

This session explores the dynamic environment of online and blended learning in Oklahoma and analyzes implications for community college leaders. Session participants will learn about current trends and challenges facing Oklahoma higher education institutions related to online and blended learning. This presentation also highlights free and low-cost resources community college leaders can leverage to advance innovation in their institution. Finally, participants will discover recommendations for implementing online and blended learning innovations at their institutions. An open question and answer period will also be provided to allow participants to bring their own questions for discussion.

2:30-3:20 (cont.) Corrections Education and Second Chance Pell

Jeff Horvath, Tulsa Community College

Location: Room 217

The mission of Tulsa Community College corrections education programs is to provide affordable higher education to offenders that transforms lives and betters the community by reducing recidivism rates and fostering rehabilitation of offenders. The vision is every offender that TCC serves will have a college credential upon release and will be a contributing member of the community.

Oklahoma is currently number one in the nation for incarcerated women and fifth for incarcerated men. The recidivism rate for students participating in the TCC program is less than 5%, which is significantly less than the state’s average of more than 20%.
The TCC corrections education program launched in 2007 at Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy. Since then TCC has expanded to Women in Recovery in Tulsa and Turley Women’s Residential Center. TCC has designed their academic programs to provide offenders opportunities to achieve milestones of success each year. Credits earned for each certificate count toward the next certificate and/or degree. Programs are selected based upon offender-friendly industries that hire offenders. Programs are mapped out to progress toward the associate degree and provide opportunities to work toward a four-year degree with career advancement.
In 2016, TCC was selected as one of 69 colleges to participate in the Experimental Sites Initiative to offer Second Chance Pell to inmates in their coverage area. This initiative has helped TCC meet a growing demand for higher education and provides an additional source of funding to their Second Chance scholarship fund that was established in 2009.

Great Ideas for Teaching (GIFT) Presentations

GIFT Winners

Location: Room 215

Hear award winning Oklahoma Community College Faculty share their best practice ideas. Creative useful, and insightful strategies for the classroom will be presented by the top two 2017 GIFT submissions. Past presentations have ranged from methods of student engagement, assignments, content delivery, and sparking critical thought.. Also, consider submitting your “Great Idea” next year… maybe you will win $ too!

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