2021 College Changes Everything Conference

Save the Date: Week of July 11, 2022

2022 CCE Conference: Moving Forward Together

Please mark your calendars for the 2022 College Changes Everything® (CCE) virtual conference taking place the week of July 11, 2022. The annual conference is the state's preeminent college access and success and career readiness event. This year’s online event will showcase best practices, collaborations, and resources available to promote and support student college and career readiness and to help Illinois reach its Goal 2025 – to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality degrees and postsecondary credentials to 60% by the year 2025.

This year's conference theme is Moving Forward Together. As we continue to adapt, pivot, and respond to the ongoing challenges and uncertainty the pandemic presents to our education system and the state’s workforce, it’s critical we keep up our efforts to find new and innovate ways to be champions for all learners and for Illinois to reach its Goal 2025. Stakeholders from all parts of a student's community must work together to support and provide them with the knowledge and opportunities to be successful along their education pathways and as they transition to employment. The call for proposals has closed, and we will have an agenda available later this spring.

A key strength of the conference is in bringing together a diverse audience from across the state to focus on educational opportunity and student success: college access practitioners; high school leaders, counselors, and case managers; college and university leaders and administrators; employers and workforce development professionals; policymakers and elected officials interested in higher education and career readiness; and learners themselves. The conference also serves as catalyst for discussions and an opportunity for attendees to improve their practice of collaboration and collective leadership as we work toward the Goal 2025. We hope you will attend the conference as we stand together as a group of like-minded professionals committed to improving outcomes for all learners.

Conference registration will open later this spring. There will be no registration fee to participate.

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2022 College Changes Everything Conference 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
  • 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.

Helping Illinois reach its Goal 2025: to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality college degrees and postsecondary credentials to 60% by the year 2025