Signature Initiatives

Professional Development Opportunities

Community Colleges Institute (CCI)

The CCI is a pre-conference workshop that allows staff and faculty to learn from and engage with one another on a variety of critical issues affecting student affairs professionals in the community college setting. In 2017, the CCI developed to include a number of concurrent sessions presented by and for community college professionals. The CCI provides community college professionals an opportunity to gather for 1.5 days for deep discussion on issues they can relate to.

Community Colleges Symposium Series (CCSS)

The CCSS expands opportunities for community college student affairs professionals to engage with one another within geographic areas. The CCSS provides low-cost, high-quality professional development events focused on skill building content delivered by experts covering the role of the community college in society, student development theory, adult learning theory, and inclusive service delivery designed to meet the needs of the diverse community college student population. NASPA staff work with campuses across the nation to identify those willing to host this 1 day drive-in for their region.

NASPA Community Colleges Online Series (NCC Online)

The NCC Online series occurs quarterly each year. These free online learning opportunities are designed to provide timely and cutting-edge professional development for student affairs practitioners at community colleges in an accessible, engaging format. A subset of Community Colleges Division Board members identifies the topics for the year each summer and then works to select content experts and panelists for the webcast.

NASPA CCD Latino/a Task Force

The Latino/a Task Force to advance Latino student affairs professionals at community colleges seeks to advance current and aspiring student affairs professionals of Latino descent who wish to work in community colleges. The mission of the NASPA Community Colleges Division Latino Task Force is to execute its plan, with an association-wide impact, to advance Latinos in the profession of student affairs who aspire to or currently work in community colleges.

National Awards

Community Colleges Professional Award

NASPA continues its tradition of honoring prominent higher education and student affairs leaders for their contributions to the profession specifically regarding community colleges. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated leadership and a commitment to NASPA and/or the profession in relation to community colleges. Student affairs professionals in all positions at community colleges are eligible for this award.

Community Colleges Research and Scholarship Award

By the conferral of this award NASPA continues its traditions of both honoring prominent research and scholarship in higher education and student affairs and supporting the community colleges sector. In order to support the goals of a strong research-based practice, this annual award is presented to an individual or team who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing research and scholarship on the topic of student affairs in the community college.