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OLC Innovate Community College Summit 2019 – Exploring the Role of Online Learning in Social Mobility

About the Community College Summit

Community colleges have always been a critical vehicle for improving social mobility of underserved populations. This half-day event will invite you to engage with your community college peers to consider the role of online education within the mission of community colleges by re-imagining access and success in the context of real students. How might we leverage online learning and the collective knowledge of our community college peers to build bridges between college and the workplace, create a sense of belonging, design equitable experiences, serve rural populations and strive towards eradicating barriers to success? Join us!



7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast Available Spruce Lobby
7:45am - 8:30am Welcome / Opening Remarks

Sara Goldrick-Rab will join us virtually for opening remarks and deliver an inspirational message during breakfast:

Through Their Eyes: The Real Experiences of Community College Students
Sara Goldrick-Rab will discuss often- overlooked challenges facing many community college students, and describe how educators can support them.
Juniper A, B

Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Higher Ed Policy and Sociology at Temple University, Founder of the Hope Center
8:30am - 9:10am Re-Imagining Success Panel

It is not enough to enroll community college students in online programs, give them an online orientation, and set them free on their own to succeed! In this panel, student success defined as persistence to completion will be critically examined. Panelists will discuss equitable models that foster inclusivity by removing financial barriers and creating a sense of belonging for online students. A special emphasis will be placed on the role of the employer in the success of part-time, exclusively online students; the efficacy of work-based learning experiences; and the impact of empathy and connection in instructor-student relationships.
Three break-out sessions will follow the panel and explore.
Juniper A, B

Luke Dowden, Alamo Colleges District - Moderator

Haley Glover, Lumina Foundation

Michael Gage, Pueblo Community College

Michelle Pacansky-Brock, California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative, CVC/OEI-@ONE
9:15am - 10:00am Breakout Discussions:
Spruce 1, 2, 3
10:00am - 10:30am Break
10:30am - 11:10am Re-Imagining Access Panel

Are community colleges the solution to providing access to all students? What are community colleges doing to be the gateway to mobility and achieving the American dream? Providing access to high-quality, workforce-relevant, and affordable education is at the heart of the community college mission. Panelists will discuss specific strategies to address college affordability, describe efforts to erase equity gaps in access and degree and credential attainment, and share how a holistic support infrastructure that addresses non-academic barriers such as food insecurity, clothing, and financial literacy fosters student success in the classroom, online, and technology-enhanced learning environments, as well as in the community and workforce. Three break-out sessions will follow the panel and explore.
Juniper A, B

Tina Parscal, Colorado Community Colleges Online - Moderator

Joe Garcia, Chancellor of Colorado Community College System

Jory Hadsell, CA Community College California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative

Lisa Black, San Antonio College
11:15am - 12:00pm Breakout Discussions:
Spruce 1, 2, 3


All attendees wishing to attend the Community College (CC) Summit should indicate that they plan to participate in the CC Summit when prompted during the registration process. The CC Summit option is included in your OLC Innovate 2019 registration fee. There is no additional registration fee to participate in the summit.


Committee Members

  • Michelle Pacansky-Brock, California Community Colleges, California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative, Committee Chair
  • Luke Dowden, Alamo Colleges District
  • Maria Fieth, MERLOT, SkillsCommons
  • Gerry Hanley, MERLOT, CSU Office of the Chancellor
  • Tina Parscal, Colorado Community Colleges Online
  • Cathy Russell, University of Arizona