2015 Symposium Information

Event Agenda

7:30– 8:15 a.m.                                      Registration/Breakfast

8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m.  – 9:30 a.m.

Helping Them Go the Distance – The Impact of Financial Stability and Holistic Student Supports on Student Persistence and Completion

Dr. Michael Baston, Vice President, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Associate Provost, LaGuardia Community College

Words like “access” and “affordability” often suggest opportunities that don’t fully address the real cost of higher education for low income students — costs which greatly exceed tuition. While traditional financial aid sources, such as Pell grants, student loans, state financial aid programs and scholarships are important, a holistic student support infrastructure is critical for the persistence and completion of this growing segment attending America’s colleges and universities. This session will explore a more holistic approach to student supports including adequate and reliable access to nutrition, housing, transportation, childcare, and health care, in addition to traditional academic supports. The session will introduce practical strategies to narrowly tailor student supports based on institutional capacity and internal and external resource availability.

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.                             Break

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.                           Concurrent Sessions

Helping Students to “Become”

Dr. Daniel J. Keenan, Executive Director, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation

Each student is a unique, individual snowflake. Seriously. But we place them in an environment where they do the same thing, take the same tests, travel with the same cohort over the same period of time for the entirety of their childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. Rarely are students given an opportunity to explore who they are and, more
importantly, who they are becoming. Join Dr. Keenan, Executive Director of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, to hear about how we all can help students to become who they are meant to be.

I Know, You Know, We Know, Now What?: Stepping Out of the Matrix from Poverty to Promise—Helping Students Cross the Bridge

Karla Krodel, Director, Metro Credit Education Outreach, Youngstown State University

You have heard time and time again, “all students can succeed!” While this is true, no one ever talks about the road to success for the marginalized or under-resourced. Consider these questions: How do you help prepare all students for the 21st century? How do you help students understand their own agency? How do you help students see where they are in
context of their reality? Participants will leave this session with strategies on serving under-resourced students in higher education.

Perspectives on College Credit Plus: Earning Credit While in High School

Dr. Jennifer Dodd, Director of Operations and Development, Education Service Center of Cuyahoga County
Tim Dorsey,
Director of Enrollment Management, Cuyahoga Community College
Dr. Peter Meiksins,
Vice Provost for Academic Programs, Cleveland State University

This session is a panel discussion about the College Credit Plus program that is now replacing Postsecondary Enrollment Options. The panel will include representatives from two-year and four-year higher education institutions as well as high schools, focusing on the implications of College Credit Plus on students. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences and perceptions with the panel. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about pros and cons of participating in College Credit Plus.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.                         Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.                         Keynote 

The Achievement Gap v. The Opportunity Gap                

Dr. Kathy Lechman, Program Director, Diversity Development, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University

This session will discuss the connection between achievement and opportunity for students, including how to combat factors that make students “at risk.” The session will highlight the role and practices of good educators (both K-12 and ostsecondary instructors) in student persistence and will also look at how students can become “at risk.”        

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                        Break

12:00 p.m.—1:15 p.m.                          Lunch/Student Panel

Moderator: Dr. Kathy Lechman, Program Director, Diversity Development, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University
Student Participants: Amira Fruits, Junior, The Ohio State University, Whitney M. Young 2014 graduate; Santiago Chabrier, Chemical Engineering student, expected graduation 2017, Case Western Reserve University, Max S. Hayes 2013 graduate; Angel Figueroa, Fall 2015 freshman, The Ohio State University, Max S. Hayes 2015 graduate; Keihen Kitchen, Steelworker of the Future Program—Electrical, Cuyahoga Community College, MC2STEM 2013 graduate

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.                                     Break

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.                            Concurrent Sessions

What Happens to Our Students After High School?

Dr. Jason Smith, Senior Data Analyst, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Once a year, the Higher Education Compact shares its annual Dashboard Report to the Community, reporting on Cleveland Metropolitan School District students’ college readiness, access and persistence metrics. Throughout the year, the CMSD and the Compact look at many other metrics and data points that can lead to the implementation of specific program interventions or support for students. In this session, Dr. Jason Smith, senior data analyst with CMSD, will take a deeper dive into which high schools send the most graduates to college and where those graduates choose to enroll. Dr. Smith, whose background at the University of Alabama at Huntsville is in institutional research, will provide participants with a deepened understanding of the Compact’s data and the metrics involved in the College Success Dashboard.

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Best Practice Tools that Help Students Navigate Colleges and Careers

Grace Kilbane, Executive Director, Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board, Ohio Means Jobs
Brenda Davis Smith
, Associate Vice President, Programs, NOCHE

Finding an internship or job is a tough task these days for a college or even a high school student.  With so much information, where you can go to get a trusted perspective? Ohio Means Jobs is your one-stop source for all things related to employment. Personality tests, in-demand jobs in Ohio, programs to help you find that thing you want to do, and a database of opportunities here in Ohio. The Northeast Ohio Talent Exchange is a different kind of job and internship tool.  Designed to ease the process for candidates and employers, this tool asks candidates to rate their preferences on work style and skillset, leading to a match based on how well a candidate fits a position. With a track record of success, these two programs can help you (or those you want to help!) get started today. Participants will learn about available resources and how to take advantage of free tools that can help you – or help those you help – find the perfect experiential learning opportunity.

Understanding Mindsets

Dr. Bradley Morris, Associate Director, SOLE Center, Associate Professor, LDES, Kent State University

The old clichés tell us “if at first you don’t succeed, try try again.” Yet too many people (students, co-workers, teachers, parents) believe that if they don’t get it right the first time, they will never get it right. This mindset is rampant in our society and this session, led by Kent State University researcher Dr. Morris, will show why it is important to emphasize effort – and how we can go about building a culture of trying. Participants will walk away knowing that how we talk to each other – and to children – can have a tremendous impact, and participants will know just what formula to use to raise self-esteem and encourage others to be their best selves.

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.                                     Break

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.                                     Keynote

Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs in Metropolitan America

Dr. Laura Perna, Executive Director, Penn AHEAD Chair, Higher    Education Division, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

This session will examine the role of education in society, in particular looking at the role of higher education in preparing students for jobs. It will look at data to identify and discuss the magnitude of gaps currently seen between education and the
workforce, and will raise questions regarding what more can be done to prepare students for the working world after college.

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.                                     Break

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.                                     Concurrent Sessions

This is Not Your Mother’s Summer Job: A Look into Youth Employment

Eric Matheny, Senior Executive for Employment Services, Y.O.U.
Monica Lawson, Dean of Students, Saint Martin de Porres High School

Do you work with youth who are looking for employment and a step towards independence? Are you looking for the right opportunity for the youth you work with to develop work skills that will serve them in the future as they pursue their post-secondary education? This session will share best practices on advising students with respect to youth employment as an opportunity to explore careers and educational pathways toward those careers. Session participants will learn how to help students identify and explore who they are through youth employment opportunities; participants will also learn about youth employment opportunities in the area.

Best Practices in Using Naviance

Cheryl Jackson, Naviance Program Manager, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Naviance is the community investment that deepens the work of an advisor, career guide, tutor, and college counselor into a tool available for every student in grades 7 through 12. Understanding how to use Naviance – and why students and adults should be using it – is a critical step to ensuring our students are college and career ready.  Participants will learn about best practices for how to use, encourage others to use, and find ways to benefit from a tool that can help level the playing field in education.

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What’s New in High School Graduation

Brian Roget, Associate Director, Office of Curriculum and Assessment, Ohio Department of Education

BIG changes are in place to give Ohio’s high school students flexibility in earning their diplomas. Do you know the three options that students have to earn an Ohio high school diploma? Do you know what is “replacing” the Ohio Graduation Test? Learn from an expert at the Ohio Department of Education what the changes are, and how you can help students and families understand the different options for high school graduation.

4:30 p.m.                                                Adjourn