Welcome to your professional home as a community college professional. I am Richard Monroe, the Student Engagement Manager for Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Missouri. I am extremely honored to serve you as the NASPA Community Colleges Division Director. The NASPA Community Colleges Division (CCD) is your home for professional development opportunities and resources that support our Community College professionals locally and beyond. Whether you are a new, mid-level, or seasoned higher education professional, no matter your professional walk, we are dedicated to assisting you in navigating the community college atmosphere. We strive to use our platform to serve and empower you as community college professionals.
Our commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion is embedded into our foundation and expressed through our voices. We are enthusiastic about sharing this voice through professional development and engagement opportunities as part of your growth and development as Community College Professionals through various webinars, educational opportunities, and our yearly Community College Institute. The CCD board is made up of individuals who are committed to serve you from new professionals to senior student affairs officers, as well as regional representatives, members of our Latinx/a/o Task Force, and representatives from our Latinx/a/o Task Force. As a board, we intend to keep researching, educating, and equipping you with the knowledge you need to be ready to assist other professionals as we navigate the effects that societal trends and challenges have on us personally and professionally and draw attention to those topics in the community.
Richard Monroe, CCD Director
Over the course of NASPA's 100-year existence, the Association has worked to incorporate all branches of higher education. A NASPA Community and Two-Year Colleges Network was established in 1989. The Network evolved into the Knowledge Community for Community and Two-Year Colleges in 2001. In order to explore the future of the Community and Two-Year Colleges constituency within NASPA, Dr. Gwen Dungy, then the organization's executive director, gathered representatives from that Knowledge Community as well as others in Austin, Texas, in January 2006. Dr. Maggie de la Teja, former National Chair of the Community and Two-Year Colleges Network and former At-Large Representative of the Knowledge Community, was chosen to be the National Chair of the newly formed Community and Two-Year Colleges Advisory Board at that milestone organizational meeting.
The NASPA Board of Directors authorized the creation of the new Community and Two-Year Colleges Division in March 2007 during the national conference, and Dr. de la Teja was approved as its first chair thereafter. The NASPA Board of Directors approved a further name change to the Community Colleges Division after March 2008. Since then, NASPA and the CCD have partnered in promoting the collaboration of professional staff with higher education experts in a variety of fields to learn how to support students, faculty, and staff as well as in keeping the field of student affairs innovative and inclusive of the needs of all types of community.
The Community Colleges Division seeks to provide a space for community college professionals to connect with one another while providing scholarship, advocacy, and engagement. We provide a venue for discussion, research, and the distribution of information about community colleges. The goals for the Community Colleges Division are to:
- Explore the impact of national issues in a community college context
- Identify and support the role of community colleges in providing student services and programming with diminishing resources
- Engage in and inform the profession about new research and practices regarding community college students and professionals
- Empower colleagues as they explore pathways and possibilities offered by community colleges
The Division welcomes the participation of any individual who either works at or has an interest in community colleges, and it offers a platform for discussion, learning, and innovation. We aspire to make the Community Colleges Division a place for graduate students, faculty, and student affairs professionals to connect and share knowledge and experience.
We at NASPA want to make sure that you are getting the information you need from the NASPA Community Colleges Division. Find out how to get connected!
CCD Fall Webinar Series
Join the CCD this fall for four high-content, scholarly webinars highlighting the work and support of community college students, faculty, and staff. The Webinar Series allows you and your teams to engage in high-quality, convenient professional development focused specifically on community college hot topics. This series can be purchased as a package or individually with the option to attend live or on-demand. The package option must be purchased in one transaction; single webinar transactions will not be refunded to purchase the package. All webinars are 60 minutes in length and will have the opportunity for Q&A. On-demand access will be available for 365 days. See below for each webinar’s details.
Purchase the webinars for your professional development or host a learning opportunity for your department or team. Purchased webinars will be embedded in your Dashboard on the NASPA Online Learning Community. Prices for the webinar options are as follows:
$149 (member; a $316 value)
$299 (non-member; a $716 value)
Learn More About Each Webinar
Webinar 1: Revisiting “Charting the Future of Student Affairs”: A Panel Discussion
Includes a Live Web Event on 09/26/2023 at 2:00 PM (EDT)
In March 2022, the Compass Report entitled Charting the Future of Student Affairs was released with five strategic imperatives for student affairs leaders to consider. This panel discusses the imperatives and how they have impacted their practice as leaders at their institution. Panel incudes: Mayra Olivares-Ureta, PhD; Will Bowlin, PhD; Gillian McKight-Tutein EdD; Edward F. Martinez, EdD.
Webinar 2: Student Affairs’ Role in Guided Pathways: Reimagining Student Onboarding with the Ask Connect Inspire Plan (ACIP) Framework
Includes a Live Web Event on 10/27/2023 at 2:00 PM (EDT)
Are you seeking innovative ways to transform your student onboarding process and create an exceptional experience for your incoming students? Join us for an engaging and insightful workshop on harnessing the power of the ACIP Framework to reimagine student onboarding and set the stage for success for community college students. Featuring: Hana Lahr, PhD; Shelitha Williams, EdD.
Webinar 3: How to Use Current Data Systems and Predictive Analytics to Improve Student Success
Includes a Live Web Event on 11/29/2023 at 2:00 PM (EST)
More data is not always the answer to improving student success. We will be exploring how existing data can be utilized to improve success, many times without the student asking for help. Featuring: President Mordecai Brownlee, EdD; William J. Dixon, EdD.
Webinar 4: Preparing for Tough Conversations and How to Get the Best Out of Your Team
Includes a Live Web Event on 12/06/2023 at 2:00 PM (EST)
President Emeritus Timothy A. Alvarez, Ph.D., will offer strategies for having crucial conversations with staff. With over 34 years of experience in Student Affairs and Presidential leadership roles in community colleges, Dr. Alvarez will share insight on having crucial and sometimes challenging conversations in the workplace while demonstrating compassion and grace.
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The Community Colleges Institute is a pre-conference workshop at the NASPA Annual Conference that allows staff and faculty to learn from and engage with one another on a variety of critical issues affecting student affairs professionals in the community college setting. The CCI provides community college professionals an opportunity to gather for 1.5 days for deep discussion on issues they can relate to.
The conference will be held in the Seattle Convention Center Summit Building (900 Pine Street, Seattle, WA, 98101) and the Hyatt Regency Seattle (808 Howell Street, Seattle, WA, 98101). Sleeping rooms will be available in surrounding hotels within walking distance of the Summit Building and the Hyatt. For more information on the NASPA Annual Conference, housing, and registration, please click here.
2024 Themes & Learning Outcomes
Disrupt, Innovate, and Transform: Community Colleges and the Future of Higher Education
Higher education continues to undergo a historical transition resulting from many recent events in the world and our country. These changes impact the structures, traditions, practices, and people within all higher education institutions. Moreover, societal ills that were not always predominant issues confronted by college leaders are now widely recognized as complications to students' retention and overall success. Personal and institutional commitments to address these modern issues require personnel seeking solutions to help students thrive and graduate. To a considerable extent, community colleges have already been responsive to this work. To expand it on a larger scale, however, community colleges must embrace new methodologies, programs, and services. They also have a duty to explore progressive pedagogies, novel approaches to technological use, and collaborative initiatives that enhance accessibility and the student experience.
With these issues in mind, the 2024 CCI will include and invite interactive, thought-provoking sessions that explore how community colleges can prosper amid the ever-changing educational landscape. CCI participants will have opportunities to engage in inclusive dialogue and develop ideas that will ensure that community colleges remain dynamic and effective contributors to higher education's evolution.
Call for Programs
The NASPA Community Colleges Division and 2024 CCI Planning Committee invite you to submit proposals for the 2024 Community College Institute. The Community College Institute allows community college professionals to gather for a deep discussion on issues they can relate to. The 2024 CCI will include and invite interactive, thought-provoking sessions that explore how community colleges can prosper amid the ever-changing educational landscape. CCI participants will have opportunities to engage in inclusive dialogue and develop ideas to ensure community colleges remain dynamic and effective contributors to higher education's evolution.
Program Submission Deadline: October 16, 2023
Notification of Program Submission Status: November 15, 2023
Programs should pertain to one of the below Learning Outcomes:
- Innovative practices/resources that aid digital access, online learning, or other technologically based outcomes
- Disruptive approaches that enhance student equity
- Transformative support services and institutional initiatives designed to improve student retention, completion rates, and/or personal growth and development
Presenters with accepted proposals must register for the Community College Institute and pay registration fees. Presenters will be notified of their program status by November 2023.
Call for Reviewers
We are seeking program proposal reviewers for the NASPA 2024 Community Colleges Institute. Reviewer applications are due by October 16, 2023. The program review period will conclude on November 6. Each reviewer will be assigned between 5-10 programs to review. Reviewers will thoroughly read the proposal, offer rankings, and written (anonymous) feedback.
Community Colleges Online Series (NCC Online)
The Community Colleges Online Series (NCC Online) occurs quarterly each year. These free online learning opportunities are designed to provide timely and cutting-edge professional development for student affairs practitioners at community colleges in an accessible, engaging format. A subset of Community Colleges Division Board members identifies the topics for the year each summer and then works to select content experts and panelists for the webcast. Our most recent NCC Online was the Community Colleges Divison Annual General Business Meeting. Together we will reflected on our accomplishments in 2022 and forecasted upcoming plans for 2023 and beyond!
Latinx/a/o Task Force
The Latinx/a/o Task Force to advance Latino student affairs professionals at community colleges seeks to advance current and aspiring student affairs professionals of Latino descent who work or wish to work in community colleges. The mission of the NASPA Community Colleges Division Latinx/a/o Task Force is to execute its plan, with an association-wide impact, to advance Latinos in the profession of student affairs who aspire to or currently work in community colleges If you are interested in potential opportunities to participate on the LTF, visit their web page for contact information and volunteer opportunities. For more information about joining the Latinx/a/o Task Force, contact Tania Velazquez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Colleges Division Milestones
- A NASPA Community and Two-Year College Network was established in 1989
- In 2001, the NASPA Community and Two-Year College Network evolved into a Knowledge Community
- In 2006, the Knowledge Community evolved into a Community and Two-Year Colleges Advisory Board
- The NASPA Board of Directors authorized the name change to Community and Two-Year Colleges Division in March 2007
- The CCD hosted a Community College Institute (annual conference pre-conference) for the first time, 2007
- The NASPA Board of Directors approved a further name change to Community Colleges Division after March 2008
- NCC On-Line was initiated which provided free call-in opportunities for community college professionals. Offered quarterly, these sixty-minute sessions include a presentation on a specific topic, materials, and time for questions and answers, 2011
- Establishment of Regional Award and National Community College Professional Award, 2011
- NASPA Board of Directors approved a new Community College Institutional Fee structure to better encourage institutional memberships, 2012
- NASPA sponsored for the first time a 3 day CCD board retreat in NYC, 2014
- The CCD was instrumental in securing access to the CCJRP as part of the overall NASPA membership, 2016
- The CCD created a Latinx/a/o Task Force (in 2014 at NYC CCD Summit) to address the needs of Latinx students and professionals working at Community Colleges. As a result, a new partnership between the CCD and the Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community was born, 2015
- Developed a CCD regional representative tool kit, 2017
- Launched a new national CCD Research Award, 2017
- The CCD established an intentional and direct social media/marketing presence, 2018
- A CCD special interest NASPA Foundation fund was created, 2019
- A CCD board leadership and on-boarding manual was developed, 2020
- The 2020 annual conference was canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
- The 2021 annual conference went virtual for the first time due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Community Colleges Division Directors
2022-2024, Richard Monroe
2020-2022, Edward Martinez
2017-2020, Kimberly Lowry
2016-2017, Quincy Martin III
2014-2016, Paulette Dalpes
2012-2014, Kathryn Mueller
2010-2012, John Laws
2008-2010, Debbie Kushibab
2007-2008, Magdalena de la Teja (chair)
CCD Professional Spotlight
2023 NASPA Community Colleges Research & Scholarship Award
Dr. Melissa Abeyta is a mother, partner, daughter, and first-generation scholar. Her significant research revolves around using an anti-deficit lens to explore the disparities formerly incarcerated and carceral system-impacted minoritized students encounter while attempting to achieve positive educational outcomes in postsecondary education. Specifically, she examines how formerly incarcerated Latino students have shed their carceral identities and transformed them into educational identities yet still experience deleterious institutional stigmatization as they navigate new norms. Her research uses multiple levels of analysis to understand how higher education policies, programs, and services support formerly incarcerated and system-impacted students.
Dr. Abeyta is a 3x San Diego State University alumnae earning an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, an M.A. in Postsecondary Educational Leadership specializing in Student Affairs, and B.A. in Communication and Chicana/o Studies. She was also a transfer student who earned her A.A. degree from Southwestern College. Dr. Abeyta is assistant professor in the organization and school leadership department in the college of education at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, TX.
The Community Colleges Division Board is comprised of a diverse set of community college professionals with a breadth of experience in the field. Through its Board, the Community Colleges Division supports the goals of NASPA by infusing the community college perspective into all NASPA programs, services, and publications.
Community Colleges Division Awards
2024 Community Colleges Division National Awards Are Now Open
NASPA continues its tradition of honoring prominent higher education and student affairs leaders for their contributions to the profession specifically regarding community colleges. The Community College Division Board invites you to nominate outstanding professionals this awards season. Nominations are open now through October 7, 2023.
NASPA Community College Professional Award
This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated leadership and a commitment to NASPA and/or the profession in relation to community colleges. Any NASPA member may nominate an individual for the NASPA Community College Professional Award. Nominations include a letter of nomination, the resume or vita of the nominee, and no more than one letter of support. Student affairs professionals in all positions at community colleges are eligible for this award.
NASPA Research and Scholarship Community College Award
This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in relation to community college research or scholarship. Any NASPA member may nominate an individual for the NASPA Research and Scholarship Community College Award. Nominations include a letter of nomination, the resume or vita of the nominee, and no more than one letter of support. Student affairs professionals in all positions at community colleges are eligible for this award.
Interested in Getting Involved?
We welcome the participation of any individual who either works at or has an interest in community colleges and we hope to be the place for discussion, learning, and innovation. We hope to make the Community Colleges Division a space for graduate students, faculty, and student affairs professionals to connect and share knowledge and experience.
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