In NASPA’s 100-year history, the Association has sought to include all areas of higher education over the decades. What started as a Knowledge Community at NASPA was approved to become a Division within NASPA in 2007. Since then, NASPA and the CCD have created a partnership where professional staff can work alongside higher education professionals in various areas of the field to learn how to support students, faculty, staff, and to create opportunities to keep the field innovative and inclusive of the needs of all types of community college and two-year institutions.
The Community Colleges Division seeks to provide a space for community college professionals to connect with one another while providing scholarship, advocacy, and engagement. We provide a venue for discussion, research, and the distribution of information about community colleges. The goals for the Community Colleges Division are to:
- Explore the impact of national issues in a community college context
- Identify and support community colleges role in providing student services and programming with diminishing resources
- Engage in and inform the profession about new research and practices regarding community college students and professionals
- Empower colleagues as they explore pathways and possibilities offered by community colleges
The Division welcomes the participation of any individual who either works at or has an interest in community colleges, and it offers a platform for discussion, learning, and innovation. We aspire to make the Community Colleges Division a place for graduate students, faculty, and student affairs professionals to connect and share knowledge and experience.
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Community Colleges Institute (CCI)
The Community Colleges Institute is a pre-conference workshop at the NASPA Annual Conference 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. The CCI provides community college professionals an opportunity to gather for 1.5 days for deep discussion on issues they can relate to. The 2023 Call for Programs is now open!
The 2023 Institute will focus on the future of the Community College Student Affairs profession using as its framework and theme- Community Colleges as Engines of Economic and Social Mobility. We realize that community colleges’ roles, in part, are to provide access, education and skills enhancement to diverse learners often left out of the traditional academic arena, and to respond to the needs of the community. Today’s student seeks out community colleges as a pathway to university study, entrance to the work force or as a pathway to upward economic and/or social mobility. A student who is served well by community colleges has a roughly two-thirds chance of making it into the top 20% in terms of earnings, and therefore opportunity. Our job in community colleges is to learn who our current students are, what they need to become a credential earner as well as what they need to be successful professionals, citizens and neighbors.
The 2023 CCI Learning Outcomes
- Preparing Our Students for Tomorrow’s Workforce Using GPS as a Framework
- Re-engaging with Basic Needs, Mental Health and Wellness
- Telling the Community College Story
Community Colleges Online Series (NCC Online)
The Community Colleges Online Series (NCC Online) 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.
Latinx/a/o Task Force
The Latinx/a/o 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 Latinx/a/o 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 If your are interested in potential opportunities to participate on the LTF, visit their web page for contact information and volunteer opportunities.
Community College Symposium Series (CCSS)
The Community College Symposium Series (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.
Community Colleges Division Book Club
The CCD’s professional development team is pleased to continue its 2021-22 Book Club Series – “Equity by Design.”
Please join us on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 3:00 - 5:00 pm EST, as we discus our final book From Equity Talk to Equity Walk by Lindsey E. Malcom-Piqueux, Estela Mara Bensimon, and Tia Brown McNair.
Please sign up to join us at: https://forms.gle/aUmUttwTrz2jt8XW7
After three successful reading experiences, we encourage you to read the final selection coming up for an opportunity for community college professionals’ highly interactive discussions with colleagues across the country. We are using these carefully selected publications on DEI from varying vantage points. Participate in one or all four book club discussions designed to:
1. Provide participants with the tools to replicate these discussions at their institutions.
2. Identify how you personally can drive change, lead change, sustain change
3. Identify community stake holders within Community Colleges and identify those who can implement change
4. Identify how your institution translates DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) values into actions
5. Provide, through data, theory and best practice, a business case for prioritizing DEI
Participants are asked to order physical or electronic versions of these books in advance of the reading period and have copies handy during the discussion for reference if necessary. Online organizations such as Amazon can be used as sources for book purchase.
Careers in Student Affairs Month
The Community College Division invites you to join us on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at 12:00 PM EST for an NCC Online Webinar highlighting Careers in Student Affairs Month! We have recruited an experienced panel to discuss their student affairs journeys.
- Dr. Michele F. Yovanovich, Vice President for Student Affairs, Florida SouthWestern State College
- Dr. Edward F. Martinez, Associate Dean for Student Affairs/Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Suffolk County Community College
- Betzabel Martinez, Doctoral Student, Mt. San Antonio College
- Moderator: Richard Monroe, Student Engagement Manager, Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City and Director of the Community College Division
We hope you will join us for an interactive discussion on the present and future trajectory of student affairs within community colleges. Learn more about Careers in Student Affairs Month and check out all of the 2022 Webcasts. The Community Colleges Online Series (NCC Online) occurs quarterly and are designed to provide timely and cutting-edge professional development for student affairs practitioners at community colleges in an accessible, engaging format.
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The Community Colleges Division Board is comprised of a diverse set of community college professionals with a breadth of experience in the field. Through it's Board, the Community Colleges Division supports the goals of NASPA by infusing the community college perspective into all NASPA programs, services, and publications.
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