Program of Events

Concurrent sessions for the conference will be organized under the following tracks:

Track 1 – Boldly Going Where No One Has Gone Before: Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
Are we learning the right things from assessment results and program review and using those learnings to improve the student experience? How is our rapidly changing world impacting the faculty role, pedagogy, learning outcomes and assessment strategies? What is the future of the professoriate? How do institutions ensure faculty receive the professional development they need to keep up with rapid changes in technology or in the technological cultures of their students?

Track 2 – Shifting Into Hyperdrive: Initiatives and Best Practices in Support Services
What are the best structures by which faculty, librarians, student services personnel, and other support units can coordinate their work on behalf of student success? What innovations and best practices have led to sustainable increases in student learning and student achievement? What innovations in research and planning, resource development, resource allocation, or governance models have positively impacted student outcomes?

Track 3 – Captains of Tomorrow: Leadership in Institutions
How can trustees, administrators, and academic leaders harness their collective efforts to ensure college-wide effectiveness and sustained strength? In what ways can college and district leadership cultivate innovations that improve student learning and student achievement? How do institutions provide professional development to prepare the next generation of leaders within their ranks?

Track 4 – Charting the Future by Understanding the Past: Institutional Research as Change Agent
In view of increased public interest in metrics of institutional performance, how is achievement data being obtained and used? How have faculty been engaged in using data to validate and improve their efforts? How do institutions use data to discern key trends? Can predictive analytics lead to improvements in student success? How do institutions use data to inform strategic planning that anticipates and plans for change?

Track 5 – Accreditation: The Guardian of a Future Galaxy
In what ways have accreditation self-evaluations and the peer review process been used to add value to the learning experience? How can the accreditation process assist in ensuring relevance and sustainability at a time of enormous change in higher education? How will changes on the national horizon impact institutions in the Western region? How must ACCJC adapt to those changes?

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
7:30 am - 5:00 pmPreconference Event Check-In / Registration Desk Open
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Presenters: Stephanie Droker, Senior Vice President, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges; Randy Beach, ACCJC Commissioner, Professor, Southwestern College; Ginni May, Treasurer, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Professor, Sacramento City College; Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss, ACCJC Commissioner, Professor, West Valley College

Room: Sequoia A

Who are those people who visit your campus once every six or seven years to conduct the peer review for accreditation? They are people just like you—volunteer faculty and administrators from institutions like yours. This day-long session will provide essential training for new peer reviewers and people who are seriously interested in volunteering. The training will review the basics of serving on an evaluation team and offer participants the opportunity to discuss the philosophy of accreditation and peer review, review the standards and sections of the Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (ISER), use case studies to prepare a simulated team report section, and discuss some of the situations that are commonly faced by evaluation teams.
12:00 pm - 4:00 pmSponsor Exhibits Setup and Check-in
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Presenters: Gohar Momjian, Vice President, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges; Danika Bowen, ACCJC Commissioner, Provost/Vice President and Accreditation Liaison Officer, Carrington College

Room: Grand Peninsula G

The role of Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) is important throughout the accreditation and peer review cycle. In this session, new ALOs will gain valuable, foundational information and insights into the responsibilities and satisfactions of serving an institution in this role.
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Presenter: Richard Winn, President, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Room: Grand Peninsula E

Conversations with the President about the challenges, strategies, plans, opportunities, and recent developments at an agency on the move.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pmConference Check-In / Registration Desk Open - Grand Peninsula Foyer
8:00 am - 10:00 amBeverage Break - Grand Peninsula Foyer
10:00 am - 12:00 pmPreconference Forums
Please note: these forums are open to conference attendees only.
Facilitators: Richard Winn, President, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges; Sonya Christian, Vice Chair, ACCJC Commission, President, Bakersfield College

Presenters: Brent Calvin, President, College of the Sequoias; Sunita Cooke, Superintendent/President, MiraCosta College; Keith Curry, President, Compton College; Nick Gomez, President, San Joaquin Valley College; Willard Lewallen, Superintendent/President, Hartnell College, Mary A.Y. Okada, President, Guam Community College

Room: Grand Peninsula F

Covering a range of critical leadership competencies, six college and district CEOs will each summarize take-away learnings from their own experiences. Participants can then interact with them to ensure relevant applications to their work. While prior registration is not required, this session is limited to Chief Executive Officers from member colleges and districts.