Opening Plenary Presentation
Sunday, July 9, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Dr. Darla M. Cooper, Director of Research and Evaluation for the Research and Planning Group (The RP Group) for the California Community Colleges 

“Student Support (Re)defined: What Students Say about the Support They Need to Succeed”
The Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges (RP Group) conducted Student Support (Re)defined between 2012 and 2014, asking nearly 900 students from 13 California community colleges what they think supports their educational success, paying special attention to what African Americans and Latinos cited as important to their achievement. The project’s director, Dr. Darla M. Cooper, will provide an overview of Student Support (Re)defined, highlighting the “six success factors” the RP Group identified through a review of relevant research on student success and support and which served as a framework for the study. After the presentation, there will be time for questions from the audience.

Monday Luncheon and Plenary Presentation
Monday, July 10, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Scott Berinato, Senior Editor at Harvard Business Review

"The Competitive Imperative for Good Charts"
Data visualization is no longer a nice-to-have skill for a few visually-minded people in your organization. Increasingly, the ability to effectively communicate through visuals is a must-have skill that will help organizations make sense of all the data they collect and then help others see the risks and opportunities in that data. In this session, Scott Berinato, author of Good Charts: The HBR Guide to Making Smarter, More Persuasive Data Visualizations, will discuss the competitive imperative, provide a fundamental framework for understanding what makes a good chart, and walk through several examples of how to turn ordinary, prosaic charts that show data into great visuals that communicate ideas. Question and answer will follow the session.

Closing Plenary Presentation
Tuesday, July 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Dr. Kevin Pollock, President, Montgomery County Community College

"IT: A Strategic Student Success Partner in Design, Implementation, and Assessment"
In the realm of student success, the potential of IT as a partner has only begun to be realized. This session is being presented by one of the authors of an upcoming SEMQ article of the same name; a community college president with over 35 years of student services and student success experience. He will provide insight into how to leverage a stronger partnership on campus and break down silos to create a stronger, cross-functional focus on the campus. Learn about the traditional role of IT; the evolution of IT and the connection to student success; IT and its future role; and recommendations for the future role of IT as tied to student success including: recruitment, admissions, retention and transfer.