Community Colleges Division

Supporting the Profession Community Colleges Division

The NASPA Community Colleges Division (CCD) is a vibrant and engaging home for community college professionals. The CCD examines issues relevant to community college institutions and professionals and hosts a variety of professional development opportunities. The Division provides thought leadership to NASPA through advocacy for community colleges.

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History

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.


Mission

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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Signature Initiatives

 

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.

Register for the 2023 Community Colleges Insitute

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  

Learn more about the 2023 Commuity Colleges Institute

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.

Careers in Student Affairs Month

Thank you so much for everyone who registered and attended the 2022 Student Affairs Careers within Community Colleges Panel! We appreciate 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, and Richard Monroe, Student Engagement Manager, Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City and Director of the Community College Division, for joining us to chat about their Student Affair's Journey. 

Click Here to Watch the 2022 Student Affairs Careers within Community Colleges Panel

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Roster

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.

Community College Division Awards

NASPA continues its tradition of honoring prominent higher education and student affairs leaders for their contributions to the profession specifically regarding community colleges. The Community College Division Board invites you to nominate outstanding professionals for the NASPA Community College Professional Award and the NASPA Research and Scholarship Community College Award. Nominations are open now through December 15, 2022.

NASPA Community College Professional Award

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. Any NASPA member may nominate an individual for the NASPA Community College Professional Award. Nominations include a letter of nomination, the resume or vita of the nominee, and no more than one letter of support. Student affairs professionals in all positions at community colleges are eligible for this award.

This award is conferred upon a professional who has demonstrated the following:

  • A minimum of five years of experience as a student affairs professional leadership and a commitment to NASPA and/or the profession
  • Active involvement with the profession
  • Contributed to creating a community college campus environment that promotes student learning and personal development
  • An outstanding individual contribution to innovative and responsive services, and/or programs that address varied and emerging needs of community college students and/or community college student affairs professionals.

NASPA Research and Scholarship Community College Award

This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in relation to community college research or scholarship. Any NASPA member may nominate an individual for the NASPA Research and Scholarship Community College Award. Nominations include a letter of nomination, the resume or vita of the nominee, and no more than one letter of support. Student affairs professionals in all positions at community colleges are eligible for this award.

This award is conferred upon a professional who has demonstrated the following:

  • Aminimum of five years of experience as a student affairs professional
  • Leadership and a commitment to NASPA and/or the profession
  • Active involvement with the profession;
  • Contributed to creating a community college campus environment that promotes student learning and personal development
  • An outstanding individual contribution in innovative research and/or scholarship that addresses varied and emerging needs of community college students and/or community college student affairs professionals.

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Interested in Getting Involved?

We welcome the participation of any individual who either works at or has an interest in community colleges and we hope to be place for discussion, learning, and innovation. We hope 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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