Iowa OER Virtual Summit - March 1-3: Noon-4 p.m.
From the website: We need more OER Superheroes to support our students. By joining this team, you will have opportunities to forge connections, collaborations, and partnerships that promote openness. Together, we can lift our students, celebrate our success, share our challenges. Help us reinvent the future where all have access and opportunity to create knowledge for the public good.
ACCT Governance Leadership Institute: Strengthening the Leadership Team of the Board
March 23-25, 2022 in Philadelphia, PA
The ACCT Governance Leadership Institute (GLI) is an annual governance-development and educational program for trustees and CEOs of Community Colleges. The GLI provides an in-depth overview of fundamental and advanced topics and trends unique to Community College leaders. The GLI is an opportunity for new and experienced governing board members, as well as the college CEO, to collaborate and strengthen relationships as a team, and to come away with a common understanding of the roles and responsibilities of governing boards, as well as best practices for effective trustee-CEO relationships.
For more information, head here.
Aligning Credit and Non-Credit for Equity Workshop - March 28
Nationally, most Community Colleges offer non-credit workforce programs and credit-based programs that operate separately. While there are reasons for the separation of programs and some distinctions are in fact beneficial, other differences are simply default or arbitrary. And so, the two systems often exist separately, causing potential content duplication, lack of communication, and missed opportunities to collaborate and build pathways. Students enrolled in these programs are particularly impacted. Students in non-credit programs do not often have a direct pathway to continue their education on the credit side toward a degree. They are unlikely to receive credit for the learning that occurred in their non-credit program and unlikely to have access to financial aid or other means of funding for their education. The student experience in non-credit workforce programs is inequitable to that of students in credit programs in terms of their access to services, visibility, and representation across the institution. (From “A More Unified Community College,” ESG, 2020)
Iowa Community Colleges teams are invited to a special Zoom workshop on Friday, March 28th designed to help all Iowa Community Colleges identify a set of action steps or priorities to get started on aligning noncredit and credit programs on their campuses. The workshop, led by Education Strategy Group will include:
- Making the case for how aligning noncredit and credit programs is an equity issue;
- Aligning with current equity initiatives at the colleges and the association, among others; and
- Specific breakouts for those colleges that have begun aligning noncredit and credit and for those that aspire to, but have not yet started.
Register for this special session exclusively for Iowa Community College leaders today. Registration is free. Suggested attendees include presidents, vice presidents, academic deans or department heads, noncredit programs or department heads, registrar, advising, financial aid, institutional research, noncredit faculty, and credit faculty.
Zoom Registration Link
Education Strategy Group (ESG) is a mission-driven, national consulting firm specializing in K-12, higher education and workforce solutions. In 2020, ESG released, A More Unified Community College, a guide that details resources and best practices for community colleges to better align their noncredit and credit programs. ESG has a track record of presenting on this framework at national conferences and upon request to state systems and colleges. Past clients include the Association of Community College Trustees, Achieving the Dream, the National Council on Workforce Education, the Hawaii Community College System and the Texas Community College Association.
Iowa Rural Summit
April 12-13, 2022 at Gateway Hotel, Ames
Bringing rural residents and companies together to discuss the challenges and opportunities in their communities. This year's keynote speakers are Benjamin Anderson (former rural hospital CEP and rural health care advocate), who will discuss how to improve interactions between rural residents and their communities more open, inclusive, and diverse; and Brenda Clark Hamilton will discuss the importance of strong leadership and the need to continually work to train new leaders.
Register as a community team or as an individual.
Iowa Community College 2022 Summer Conference
Our summer conference will be here before you know it! Mark your calendars for July 20-22 in Sioux City. More information to come!