2013 College Changes Everything Conference Information

Tinley Park Convention Center
Tinley Park, Illinois
July 11, 2013 | 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Session 1A: Accelerating Opportunity/Illinois Career Advancement Pathways System (I-CAPS)

Session 1B: The Strong Link Between College and Career Readiness and Afterschool Programs – How to Build Strategic Partnerships with Afterschool Programs

Session 1C: The American Dream 2.0: How Leveraging Federal Financial Aid Can Improve Student Completion

Session 1D: Student Supports and Advising for Retention and Success

Session 1E: Scalable Solutions for First-Generation & Undocumented College Students

Session 2A: GED® or ESL Is Not Enough! CCC’s Pathways from Adult Education to College and Career Programs

Session 2B: Early College Credit Partnerships

Session 2C: Six Strategies of Communication to Increase Tuition Payment and Student Retention

Session 2D: Maximizing Postsecondary Opportunities for Students with a Disability or Impairment

Session 2E:  Engaging Municipal Leaders and Other Key Partners in Local Postsecondary Success Collaboratives

Session 3A: Early Intervention and Success Strategies in Math

Session 3B: Dual Degrees and Transfer Pathways

Session 3C: College Readiness/Achievement Gaps Data & Trends

Session 3D: Are you ready for Work? Career Connects, and NCRC Plus

Session 3E: Increasing Awareness, Access, & Success for College Readiness & Retention


Keynote Speaker: Greg Darnieder, U.S. Secretary of Education’s Senior Advisor, College Access Initiative

Please join us at the third statewide College Changes Everything conference to support Illinois as it works to reach its Goal 2025 to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high quality degrees and credentials to 60% by the year 2025.

You’ve seen the statistics: The United States lags other countries in higher education completion.  You’re aware of the personal and economic benefits of postsecondary education to both the individual and the nation – in effect how College Changes Everything for a student and our society. 

Attend this one day conference that focuses on effective practices and showcases resources available to help with college access and increasing college completion.    One of the strengths of this conference is that it brings together a diverse audience of stakeholders from across the state: college access practitioners; high school leaders, counselors and case managers; college and university leaders and administrators; and elected officials and policymakers interested in higher education. 

Greg Darnieder, U.S. Secretary of Education’s Senior Advisor on the College Access Initiative, will address the gathering, and interest sessions presented by state and national leaders will provide in-depth information, practical ideas, and specific strategies to address the important issues we face, such as:

  • Student Support Services
  • Retention
  • Remediation
  • Dual Degree/Dual Credit
  • College Readiness
  • Career Development
  • Civic and Municipal Engagement
  • Students with Special Needs
  • And more

There is no registration fee, so register today and come ready to spend the day with Illinois colleagues to share and learn best practices and policies that will lead the state to reach its 60% x 2025 Goal. 

Conference organized by:

Lt. Governor’s Office

Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Illinois Board of Higher Education

Illinois Community College Board

Illinois State Board of Education

Women Employed

Illinois College Access Network

Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities


Conference sponsored by:


07/11/2013 at the 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.

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