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Previous Student Success Center Events

Previous Event Materials and Information

Information organized by events hosted by the Student Success Center. Review presentations, handouts, and resources from past events. Looking for older events? Contact Lexi Swanson at for archived materials. Check out our resource center page for even more materials organized by topic! To view materials or information for upcoming events, go to the Student Success Homepage or the calendar.

2020 Events

January 16-17, 2020 at the Kitsap Conference Center, Bremerton, WA.

Keynote: Pamela Burdman, Executive Director with Just Equations

Plenary Sessions on Emerging Trends in Mathematics ReDesign

Team Composition (up to 15 people per college team): Interdisciplinary college teams including Executive leadership, Instructional and student services leadership, faculty (math and basic skills priority), registrars, advising & career services

*Session Topics: Math pathway redesign, program map design iteration, policy & practices- what do they look like from the student experience, integrating student voice into the process and more!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Engage in dialogue and planning across interdisciplinary college teams for the next phase of the work
  • Engage in dialogue regarding operationalizing program maps through scheduling strategies
    Consideration of math pathways integration with Guided Pathways implementation & educational eco-system partnerships (k-12 & 4-years)
  • Identify and consider strategic finance opportunities to leverage in support of the work

*Executive Leadership Session offered the morning of the 16th by a team from the Aspen Institute

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January 15, 2020 at the Kitsap Conference Center, Bremerton, WA. 

Open to all community and technical colleges! Each college is invited to send up to 7 people in their team.

Keynote: Zoran Popovich, Professor of Computer Science, University of Washington

Recommended Team Composition: Interdisciplinary college teams including Executive leadership, Instruction & Student Services leadership, Advising, Faculty influences including BEdA, Career Services

Learning Outcomes:

  • Clarify why strategic reform is needed in the community and technical colleges
  • Deepen understanding of state and institutions’ policy & practice context for GP design
  • Identify & share early adopter college lessons in launching and leading Guided Pathways work
  • Develop foundations for college wide engagement in Guided Pathways work

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2019 Events

November 6, 2019 at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA

Keynote speaker Dr. Estela Bensimon will be joining us once again!

All colleges are invited to send teams of up to six people. Learn more about who to send and the events of the day below:

  • Human Resources and Leadership- a special breakout workshop session with Dr. Estela Bensimon will provide tools developed at the center for Urban Education regarding excellent practices in hiring (attendees of this session will be asked to bring a sample job posting for the activity).
  • Faculty- Faculty will benefit from learning more about what we are learning about how their students advance through their classroom and degree pathways, as well as deepened understanding of how.
  • Research and Planning Leaders- Plenary session by the CCRC team will be significantly enhanced by teams having their research leadership to work through the program entry tool!
  • Advising, Career Discernment, and Instructional Leadership- Afternoon sessions will provide the opportunity to think deeply about redesign process in each of these areas.

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Self Assessments

Workshop 1- April 29-May 1, 2019
Workshop 2- August 19-20, 2019

Refer to Guided Pathways ctcLink Workshop 1 for more information.

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Learn more and listen to session recordings in the Guided Pathways Requirement Gathering Canvas

Sessions include

  • Pre-conference Equity Institute
  • Special Session: Executive leadership: Adapting to Changing Landscape 
  • Math redesign: An Equity Strategy
  • Mapping for Student Success
  • Advising: Assessing for Equitable Student Success
  • Program Selection: Is it Equitable?
  • Team time, Planning time, Connection time

PLEASE NOTE: Vice Presidents of Instruction (or their designee) will serve as the college liaison for team development. Recommended Team Composition: President, Vice President of Instruction, Vice President of Student Services, Research and Planning officers, Advising Leadership and practitioners, Faculty, Admissions and Recruitment leadership and practitioners, Career Services leadership and practitioners and Technology officers.

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With a robust agenda, college teams will come away inspired with practical strategies to build on the momentum of inspiring speakers, conversations and deep engagement. This spring’s institute will offer opportunities for learning about emerging and best practices in the following areas while providing space for college team time to plan for implementing strategies across the colleges and campuses.

Keynote, Dr. Estela Bensimon, from the Urban Center for Education regarding the UCE Equity in Excellence project in Colorado which focused on broadening participation in Mathematics through practitioner (faculty) inquiry.

In addition, we will be hearing from  Dr. Hana Lahr, Community College Research Center Senior Research Associate regarding emerging findings regarding student outcomes in Washington state.

Breakout Session Topics

  • Affinity groups as a student engagement tool
  • Integrating Open Education Resources in support of student financial stability
  • Holistic Student Supports – redesigning advising for every student
  • Accelerating and Integrating pre-college into program maps
  • Equity minded on-boarding – how collaboration with K-12 can change who accesses our colleges

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify relevant Guided Pathways implementation strategies for your institution
  • Engage in dialogue and planning across interdisciplinary college teams
  • Discover collaborative partnerships with colleagues across the system, industry, K- 12, and Baccalaureate Institutions

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Workshop 1- April 29-May 1, 2019
Workshop 2- August 19-20, 2019

Our Goals:  Our goals with these workshops has been to create a system-neutral set of Guided Pathways functional requirements which can be used to identify which requirements are met by ctcLink. After taking several days to review the outcome documents, our take away as that with your help we have largely succeeded. We have thoroughly identified the set of activities involved in Guided Pathways for students, faculty, student services, and other stakeholders and have created a thoughtful, nearly-complete set of requirements for each activity.

Guided Pathways Map: We included the map-building exercise as a tool to identify the activities involved in Guided Pathways, and to provide context to the activities and requirements. Defining the process is a critical first step in any requirements gathering.  While the map served its in-workshop purpose effectively, we also believe it can be an effective tool for understanding and communicating around Guided Pathways.  The Student Success Center team is beginning to think about how we review the map with additional stakeholders, get lots of feedback, finalize and publicize more broadly.

User Requirements: We gathered 550+ requirements across eight user roles, which is immense. As you know, this creates a challenge for how we review these requirements with participants – particularly during an in-person workshop. We do not consider these requirements to be ‘final’, however they are detailed enough they can be used to determine whether ctcLink meets the requirement. We do expect to receive questions from ctcLink staff about how they should interpret some questions. We’ll use Canvas to share questions and comments, but will attempt (as a facilitation team) to answer these questions based on the conversation on which we were taking notes.

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We have a great lineup of presenters and facilitators, including the amazing Sharon Daloz Parks of the Whidbey Institute; and Dr. Michael Benitez, scholar, activist and spoken word artist.

We will be focusing on both technical aspects of the work in program mapping sessions alongside the adaptive change work required to sustain this work.  We have continued building in a significant amount of time in the agenda for college teams to work together on plans focused on continuous reflection on how students’ are experiencing the college systems and structures, so as you consider who to bring, keep this in mind.

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Kristi Wellington Baker
Student Success Center Director

Lexi Swanson
Administrative Assistant



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