March 10 - 13, 2013
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An exciting NEW feature of Innovations 2013 is the Master Seminar series, offering opportunities for conference attendees to engage with premiere leaders, scholars, writers, and researchers in the community college and higher education field. These presentations focus on the latest innovative programs, issues, and initiatives in community colleges, and provide direct connection with a community of learners dedicated to your areas of interest and professional development.

Each two-hour Master Seminar requires an additional $100 registration fee and should be reserved in advance. Register now to secure your place at these highly anticipated events. Space is limited.

Sunday Morning Master Seminars

Innovating With Competency Based Learning in Community Colleges
Mark Milliron
Sally Johnstone

From the early work of open exit/open entry labs to longstanding efforts in vocation education to more recent emporium models of developmental education, competency-based learning models are not new to community colleges. However, building entire credential program and delivery systems on this model is something new. Come learn about the early work of a host of community colleges that are partnering with Western Governors University, the nation’s largest competency-based learning provider, on a series of Department of Labor and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grants to build complete competency-based learning programs. We’ll explore the importance of (1) understanding the scope and philosophy of the model; (2) beginning work on the core elements—defining competencies, curating curricular resources, and matching assessment; (3) shaping the role of student and subject mentors; and (4) managing the change process. We’ll also unpack the structure and strategy behind community college and WGU articulation a reements that help bridge these programs into next-level credentials.

Mark Milliron, Chancellor, Western Governors University
Sally M. Johnstone, Vice President, Western Governors University

Student Success Pathways to Completion: Guidelines for Student and Institutional Success
Terry O'Banion

Based on his recent monograph—Access, Success, and Completion: A Primer for Community College Faculty, Staff, Administrators, and Trustees—and his work as a consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and dozens of community colleges, the presenter will set the context for the importance of the Completion Agenda and review six key programs and practices, based on research, that colleges are implementing to ensure student success and completion. The seminar will also include a review of six key conditions that must exist in community colleges if these programs and practices are to work. In this interactive session, participants will have opportunities to share their experiences and challenges.

Terry O'Banion, President Emeritus, League for Innovation


Sunday Afternoon Master Seminars

Leadership: The Human Touch
John Roueche

The presenter, with decades of experience, expertise, and research, will emphasize the human skills needed to manage the community college of tomorrow. While we know much about the science of leadership, very little has been written about the soft skills required. There is absolutely nothing “soft” about one’s ability to motivate and inspire followers. As James McGregor has often observed, “Without followers, there is no leader.”

John Roueche, President, Roueche Graduate Center, National American University

Leadership in the Crucible of Work: Reflections on the Inner Life of Leaders
Sanford Shugart

"Our work forms us more powerfully than we form it."  Based on his recently released book, the presenter will lead a discussion of this premise and explore the issues that can make the crucible of work a place of formation rather than deformation.

Sanford C. “Sandy” Shugart, President, Valencia College

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