Bronx Community College's
4th Annual Conference on Community College Excellence
"Bridging the Gap: Evidence-based Practices"
January 19th, 2017
We are delighted to invite you to BCC’s Fourth Annual Conference on Community College Excellence. The theme of this year’s conference is "Bridging the Gap: Evidence-based Practices That Lead to Reflection, Redesign, and Transformation." It will provide an opportunity for colleagues to present on research and activities that improve outcomes for our students by focusing on issues that affect student success, institutional capacity, and service. Our community colleges are sites of experimentation, continuously engaging in addressing their core missions, responding to changing student bodies and an ever-shifting professional landscape for their graduates.
This conference began three years ago as a forum for campus conversations among our faculty and staff on challenges that impeded our students’ progress and initiatives that led to improvements in their success. It has grown as a showcase for initiatives that evidence improvements in teaching, programs, and services that impact learning, academic progress and graduation of our students. Overwhelming positive responses from participants led us to expand participation to our sister community colleges in CUNY last year. This year we are very excited to invite colleagues from all the CUNY community and four-year colleges to attend, present and collectively reflect on the mission of our educational institutions and our individual roles as educators, program directors, or staff.
We look forward to your participation in this exciting event.
Claudia V. Schrader, Ed. D.
Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs
Division of Academic and Student Success
We are delighted to have Dr. Eduardo Martí to present the keynote address.
Click below for more information on our Keynote Speaker
The conference program will be based on six broad tracks listed below. Examples of topics under each theme are listed. (Please submit separate proposals if interested in contributing your expertise to more than one track.)
- Best Practices in Partnering Programs With Pedagogy — Initiatives that integrate effective course programming and management with student -centered instruction that leads to active learning produce the best outcomes for our students. In this track, practitioners of effective programs describe what has worked for them and what challenges they have had to overcome to implement them. Sample topics: Programs and student-centered pedagogy designed to yield greater student success (ASAP, First Year Seminars, Learning Communities, etc.).
- Aligning Support And Services To Ensure Student Success — In this track, directors of administrative and service units can share their best practices that support student success by answering the following questions: How do we align institutional practices and capacities to serve our students better? Are we coordinating the functions and practices of our services to serve our students effectively while maintaining regulated protocols (FERPA, ADA, Title IV, etc.)? How do we address the emotional as well as academic needs of our students?
- Transforming the Learning Experience — This track examines what happens in the learning environment and how it can be reimagined to improve student learning. What are the best approaches to engage students in the learning process? How do we build and expand the instructional toolkit for faculty? What is the role of technology in the classroom and are institutions investing enough? What are the opportunities and challenges of hybrid and online instruction? Sample topics: Flipping the Classroom, Experiential Learning, Student-Centered Learning, Integrating Librarians into Courses, Effective Use of Tutors, Distance Learning, eLearning.
- Preparing our Incoming Students To Succeed — This track explores what radical measures have proven effective in preparing our incoming students. Can successful pilot initiatives be scaled up while retaining their effectiveness? What are the roles of pre-college programs such as CUNY Start and CLIP in addressing the remediation needs of our students?
- Preparing Our Students for After Graduation — Are we ensuring that our graduates will be ready to be successful for the next stage in their careers? Our community colleges must prepare our students to meet new challenges after they graduate, whether by providing experiential learning opportunities to improve their marketability and exposure to their chosen profession, or by ensuring a streamlined path to four-year degrees. Sample topics: Providing Essential Experiential Learning and Skills, Handshaking with Four Year Institutions—Aligning Curricula for better integration to CUNY’s 4-year institutions.
- Using Data To Inform Improvement — Mayor Ed Koch famously quipped “How’m I doing?” to any passerby on the streets of New York. He understood that constant feedback was essential to know what works and what can be improved. This track focuses on effective ways that data can be used to make decisions in guiding operations as well as in finding what particular obstacles impede progress and success in areas of Student Centered Learning, Services & Support, and in initiatives that promote Institutional Capacity, Growth & Transformation. Sample topics: Effective Key Performance Indicators and Metrics of Success, Assessment at All Levels (Institutional, Programmatic, Department, and Classroom).
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