Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Academic Advisement Conference
We had another successful MCCCD Academic Advisement Conference at Mesa
Community College on February 23, 2018. There were more than 250 employees in
The Chancellor and Provost provided opening remarks, and Rob Johnstone (National
Center for Inquiry and Improvement, NCII) and Nathan Venske (Assistant Dean of
Student Services, Jackson Community College) shared critical best practices and
findings from the field. You can find the recording here.
- Sarah Banner, MCC
- David Hall, RSC
- Ray Ostos and Felicia Ganther, District Office
For more Transformation information and updates, please visit
https://transformation.maricopa.edu. You can also send your questions, comments, and
ideas to email@example.com.
Friday, March 9, 2018
Guided Pathways and Integrated Student Support Overview
Definition – Guided Pathways and Integrated Student Support
- Guided Pathways and Integrated Student Support is based on structured educational experiences that guide students from connection to graduation.
- This model helps clarify paths to student end goals, monitors student progress and intervenes to ensure students stay on track, and learn what they need to be successful.
Why the Need for Guided Pathways and Integrated Student Support?
Students face many challenges:
- Too many choices and little guidance
- Unclear path to end goals
- Excess/unnecessary credits earned
- Taking too much time to complete program
Friday, March 2, 2018
How To Get Involved
- Implementing transformation will require the skills and efforts of e v e r y o n e at MCCCD.
- This is not an initiative. It is a change in how Maricopa leads students and operates.
- To succeed, we will need the expertise, support, and input from every department within our organization.
- The foundation has been set and it is now up to all of us to build on that foundation, as we transform to better serve the needs of our students.
You can also send your questions, comments, and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, February 23, 2018
The Transformation ensures we are meeting the economic, workforce and educational needs of Maricopa County employers and residents:
- Transformation is focused on student success, alignment with industry, and enhanced operations and infrastructure.
- Shifting our culture to a system of colleges ensures that we are more entrepreneurial, increases accountability, efficiency and collaboration, and better leverages resources.
Friday, February 16, 2018
First NCII Workshop is a Huge Success
We recently held the first in a series of six workshops with the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement (NCII). This two day session on “Leadership for Transformational Change: Implementing Pathways at Scale” was held on February 1 ̶ 2 at Estrella Mountain Community College. The workshop was attended by the Chancellor, executive leadership, all college presidents, along with representation from faculty and support staff from all colleges and District.
NCII helps colleges launch and execute strategies to implement guided pathways. Much of their work involves providing consultation, training, workshops, and support. Dr. Rob Johnstone (founder and president of NCII) and his team presented and led discussions/breakout sessions during this two day event. Rob served as a director, dean, and provost in the California community college system for more than a decade. He also has worked on the ground with more than 350 colleges around the country on initiatives.
“The NCII team is very excited about the energy and commitment by MCCCD to transform the student experience and grow on the strong foundations that exits throughout the District.” ̶̶ Rob Johnstone, Founder, and President, NCII
The next NCII workshop (by invitation only) will be held on May 3 – 4 at South Mountain Community College.
NCII will also be conducting 44 site visits (2 per college and district) in 2018 and 2019 ̶ one each in the Spring and Fall.
Friday, February 9, 2018
Q. What are the Transformation goals and vision?
A. Our vision for Transformation is to transform the student experience to meet the education and employment needs of the community. Click here to view the goals for the three key areas of focus – Guided Pathways and Integrated Student Support, Industry Partnerships, and Enterprise Performance.
Friday, February 2, 2018
The CTE (Career and Technical Education) Faculty Conference, sponsored by the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction and Workforce Development, invites Maricopa's occupational/career and technical education residential and adjunct faculty, deans, department chairs, skill center instructors, and industry partners to participate in a frank discussion designed to highlight challenges, opportunities and priorities facing career and technical education. Attendees will participate with their colleagues from across the district to identify challenges and solutions to program growth and keeping their programs current with industry trends, exploration of best practices, and case studies.
Friday, January 26, 2018
Q. Why is there a need for Transformation?
A. The goal is to bring the necessary changes to our system that will allow us to better meet the educational and employment needs of the community through more effective deployment of resources, increased responsiveness, and collaborative innovation. The Transformation will allow us to improve how we bridge the gap between education and the job market. The result will be collaborative learning that benefits not only students, but also businesses and the community.
Our Transformation is focused on student success, alignment with industry, and sustainable operations and infrastructure. In an effort to support employers and enhance our students’ success, Maricopa Community Colleges is building a new model for engaging businesses and assisting students on a pathway to reaching their goals. Our vision is to transform the student experience to meet the education and employment needs of the community.
In order to be a national leader in higher education and a driving economic force in Arizona, we must embrace change, align our college system with current community needs and expectations, and “transform” the student experience.
Friday, January 19, 2018
On January 16, you should have received an electronic survey with ten questions regarding Transformation. If you did not receive this survey by email, you can access it here. The information provided from the results of your completed survey, will help us provide Transformation communication that you want and need to hear. The survey results are starting to come in and we will begin to provide answers to some of the questions you have asked in the survey. Moving forward, we will have a column in The Maricopan every week that will provide updates regarding Transformation.
Q. What is Transformation?
A. Our vision for Transformation is to transform the student experience to meet the education and employment needs of the community. The Transformation will focus on three key areas:
- Guided Pathways and Integrated Student Support:
Fully mapped out programs that align with career advancement or further education will be provided to students, with proactive academic and career advising at each stage of the student experience.
- Industry Partnerships:
Employer alliances will foster economic growth in key sectors of our community, while providing students with hands-on workplace experience. Regional industry “institutes” will be launched with single industry boards and a single point of entry by sector.
- Enterprise Performance:
Resources, efficiency and collaboration among colleges will be leveraged, and a comprehensive talent acquisition and management system will be implemented to support a culture of accountability and employee development.