2018 College Changes Everything Conference®

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July 19, 2018
8am - 4:30pm
Tinley Park Convention Center
Tinley Park, Illinois

CCE 2018: Supporting Students’ Futures through College and Career Readiness Partnerships

At all levels of the education system and across all workforce sectors, what we call “student success” is truly a shared responsibility. 

  • High schools, colleges, universities, and other student-serving organizations continue to rethink and retool how they engage with students of all ages and how they partner with employers to realize a shared goal: providing students with the knowledge and opportunities to be successful along the transitions from education to employment.
  • More and more employers understand the importance of including education as part of a business strategy to help equip students with skills for career success and strengthen the overall talent pipeline.
  • National, state, and regional initiatives and strategies are strengthening education-employment relationships to provide students with the information, resources, and experiences to achieve their education, career, and life goals.

Morning Keynote Speaker

We're pleased to announce our conference keynote speaker, Dr. Mandy Savitz-Romer, senior lecturer in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Dr. Savitz-Romer is also the director of HGSE’s master’s program in Prevention Science and Practice and Certificate of Advanced Study in Counseling programs, which train future school counselors, school social workers and youth development staff. Her work examines how school and non-profit organizations structure postsecondary supports that address developmental skills and readiness. She writes and speaks extensively on college and career readiness and school-based counseling, specifically as it relates to students of color and first-generation college students. She is the co-author of “Ready, Willing, and Able: A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success” and “Technology and Engagement: Making Technology Work for First-Generation College Students.”

Agenda and Conference Session Presentations

Conference agenda information and presentations from interest sessions are found below. Breakout sessions were presented by state and national leaders and provided purposeful information that engaged the attendees in the critical issues we face, such as: student support services, retention, remediation, college readiness, career development, out of school programs, students with disabilities, nontraditional students, and more.

Check website later as additional interest session presentations and materials are continuing to be added.

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General Session Presentations

Interest Session Presentations and Materials

  • Session 1A:  District Case Study: Implementation of a Statewide College and Career Framework 
  • Session 1B:  Redefining Student and Academic Success: Coaching Models at National Louis University and College of Lake County 
  • Session 1C:  Understanding Life-Long Learning Transitions to Careers: A Longitudinal Perspective on Career Outcomes for High School Seniors 
  • Session 1E:  Transitional Math: Reducing Remediation While Increasing College Readiness 
  • Session 1G:  Consumer Guide to Higher Education and Student Loans
  • Session 1H:  Ensuring College Graduation Success 
  • Session 1J:  Civic Leadership Skills as Workforce Skills – How Service and Experiential Learning Can Lead to Workforce Development 
  • Session 2C:  What Does Professionalism Look Like: Bringing Inclusion to an Exclusive Concept
  • Session 2D:  Advising 201: Working with Returning Non-traditional Students 
  • Session 2E:  Get Ready! College and Career Ready 
  • Session 2F:  Progressive Pathways to Post-Secondary Success 
  • Session 2J:  The Persistence Gap: How might colleges’ values and biases impact student success and what can we do about it? 
  • Session 3B:  A Grow Your Own Engineering Partnership: NIU@RVC 
  • Session 3C:  Building Effective Partnerships to Improve College and Career Outcomes
  • Session 3E:  High School Healthcare Internships and So Can You: A Case Study 
  • Session 3F:  Understanding & Diversifying the Teaching Profession: Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois
  • Session 3G:  Statewide Implementation of the State Seal of Biliteracy 
  • Session 3H:  Financial Literacy as a Strategic Tool for College Choice, Readiness and Persistence 
  • Session 3I:  Governor State University & Crete Monee High School Partnering Up for Student Success
  • Session 3J: College and Career Programs Supporting Youth from Foster Care
  • Session 4A:  Redefining Engagement: Connections that Cultivate Persistence and Maximize the Campus Experience 
  • Session 4B:  Unequal Opportunity in Illinois: A Look at College Graduation
  • Session 4C: A Strengths-based Approach to Career Development
  • Session 4G:  When Money Is Just Part of the Problem: Hidden Barriers to Financial Aid 

Who Attends

One of the key strengths of this conference is that it brings together a diverse audience of stakeholders from across the state for a day of dialogue and sharing information, ideas, and best practices that promote access to postsecondary education, ensure degree or credential attainment, and provide career pathways. Attendees typically include, but are not limited to:

  • high school leaders, counselors, and case managers
  • college access practitioners
  • college and university leaders and administrators
  • leaders from state agencies, non-profits, foundations, and community-based organizations focused on educational opportunity and attainment and career pathways
  • business leaders
  • policymakers and elected officials interested in higher education and workforce development

The conference also serves as an opportunity for participants to renew existing relationships and develop new ones while improving collective leadership as we work toward Goal 2025.

Questions about the conference can be directed to isac.collegechangeseverything@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.

2018 College Changes Everything® Planning Committee

  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Illinois Community College Board
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • 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
  • ACT Now
  • Women Employed

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