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National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

  • First-Year Student Success in Community College Institute

Institute on First-Year Student Success in the Community College

With enrollments in community colleges on the decline, the quality of the first-year experience for students is critical to their success, whether they wish to obtain a certificate, earn an associate degree, or transfer to a four-year institution.

Registration will open Summer 2020

 The Institute on Sophomore Student Success originally scheduled for April 20-22, 2020 has been rescheduled to November 9-11, 2020 in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel concerns.


The Institute on First-Year Student Success in the Community College will provide attendees the opportunity to discuss the current role of the community college in higher education and develop an action plan for creating or enhancing pathways to community college student success. Interactive sessions are designed with practical application in mind so that participants will be ready to implement strategic initiatives when they return to campus.

Focused Topics

  • The American community college today
  • Understanding entering community college students
  • What works in student retention at community colleges
  • Academic advising/career development
  • Effective transfer initiatives: Preparing students to move on
  • Increasing the engagement, learning, and success of underprepared
  • Assessing the first-year experience at community colleges
  • Active learning strategies: A critical skill for success in the first year of college 


Institute Faculty to Include

  • Amy Baldwin, University of Central Arkansas
  • Tony Davis, Montgomery County Community College
  • Needham Yancey Gulley, Western Carolina University
  • Christina Hardin, Valencia College
  • Julie McLaughlin, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College



If you have any questions about the content of organization of this event, please contact the Conferences staff at Information about this Institute and other events sponsored by the Center can be found at

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