2017 College Changes Everything Conference®
Call for Proposals and
Save the Date: July 20, 2017


Please mark your calendars to attend the seventh annual College Changes Everything (CCE) conference – the state’s premier college access and success event. This one day conference focuses on effective practices and showcases resources available to help with increasing college access and completion and career readiness for students in support of the state’s Goal 2025 – to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality college degrees and postsecondary credentials to 60% by the year 2025. The conference will take place at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Registration will open later this spring.

CCE 2017: Equity in College and Career Readiness Initiatives – Ensuring That All Students Are Equipped for Success

As we consider the various student populations that will help our state achieve Goal 2025, it's essential we recognize the different needs and requirements some populations have, as well as the obstacles and barriers they face. We must review policies, practices, and systems to ensure they include a pro-equity perspective and address the root causes of any inequities. In addition, we need to look at how we can reduce or eliminate opportunity gaps to improve outcomes for underrepresented students – including, but not limited to, low-income students, first-generation students, minority students, students with special needs, working adults, and laid-off adults – and how we can engage all students in ways that are inclusive, culturally responsive, and socially just. This year's conference provides the occasion to further examine our shared responsibility to ensure that we integrate and implement pro-equity practices in how we deliver the myriad of college access and success and career readiness efforts assisting students in our state. Our success as a state depends upon all students having the opportunities to reach their fullest potential.

One of the strengths of this conference is that it brings together a diverse audience from across the state: college access practitioners; high school leaders, counselors and case managers; college and university leaders and administrators; business and workforce leaders; and policymakers and elected officials interested in higher education. The conference also serves as an opportunity for stakeholders to improve their practice of collaboration and collective leadership as we work toward the state’s goal. Sessions presented by state and national leaders provide purposeful information and engage the audience in thoughtful discussions on the serious issues we face in reaching Goal 2025.

Call for Proposals

The Conference Planning Committee is making a call for interest session proposals for the 2017 conference. Help make this conference a valuable professional development experience by sharing your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your questions with colleagues from all over the state. Since we will have a broad group of stakeholders attending the conference, we are encouraging proposals that cover a wide range of themes related to college access and completion and career readiness. Such topics might include, but are not limited to: college and career readiness; student retention, persistence, and completion; education, business, and the economy; and college costs and affordability. Sessions should provide in-depth information, practical ideas, and specific strategies for the audience and demonstrate and promote positive steps taken to address college access and completion issues and sharing of specific lessons learned. Please complete the online session proposal form.

Deadline – Priority consideration will be given to completed session proposal forms submitted by March 17, 2017.

Non-Commercial Policy – Please note that sessions are to be noncommercial forums. Individuals should refrain from using brand names or endorsing specific products. Sessions are not to be used as a place for direct promotion of a product or service.

Presenter Compensation – The College Changes Everything conference does not provide any compensation for individuals accepted to serve as conference presenters. This includes compensation for travel-related expenses and hotel accommodations.

Conference Registration –Presenters are to register for the conference, and the registration fee is $40.00. Conference registration will open later this spring.

Questions about the conference and interest session can be directed to: isac.collegechangeseverything@isac.illinois.gov

Tinley Park Convention Center

The Tinley Park Convention Center is located just 30 miles from downtown Chicago at 18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park, IL 60477.

2017 College Changes Everything Planning Committee

  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Illinois Community College Board
  • Illinois State Board of Education
  • Illinois College Access Network
  • Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities
  • Advance Illinois
  • Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University
  • Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
  • Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University
  • Generations Serving Generations
  • Voices for Illinois Children
  • Women Employed

The College Changes Everything Conference is sponsored by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.