2018 NASPA Annual Conference

Community Colleges Institute

The 2018 NASPA Community Colleges Institute provides participants with proven tools and strategies to accelerate the development of a campus climate and culture that supports the personal and academic success of the full range of students on campus.

RSVP: Space is Limited
Additional registration required

Saturday, March 3
12:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Sunday, March 4
8:00 am to 4:15 pm


Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown (Mezzanine Level)
201 N 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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2018 NASPA Community Colleges Institute: Pathways to Success

In the United States, 1,200 community colleges enroll over 10 million students each year - nearly half of the nation's undergraduates. Yet, fewer than 40 % of enrolled students complete an undergraduate degree within six years. This fact has put pressure on community colleges to improve academic and career outcomes for our students. To do so, community colleges must rethink the ways in which we organize programs of study, methods of instruction, and student support services.

The CCI is a pre-conference workshop that allows staff and faculty to do just that. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn from and engage with other community college professionals on a variety of critical issues that affect them. With the continued focused on student success and completion, community colleges are uniquely positioned to lead the way for student success. The planning committee encourages you to join us as we explore the various pathways to success for our students. 


Registration for the 2018 NASPA Community Colleges Institute is now open. The regular registration deadline will conclude on February 2, 2018

Register Now

Registration for the 2018 NASPA Community Colleges Institute is required in order to attend the pre-conference institute. There are two options for registering: CCI with Annual Conference Registration or registration for the CCI alone. 

When you navigate to the registration page, scroll until you see a section for Special and Extended Pre-Conference Sessions wherein you will find the CCI. 

Registration Fees

Institute+ Annual Conference
Member Type Early Bird Regular  Late
Member $175 $190 $205
Student/NUFP Member $175 $190 $205
Nonmember $205 $220 $235
Institute Only
Member Type Early Bird Regular  Late
Member $250 $265 $280
Student/NUFP Member $250 $265 $280
Nonmember $280 $295 $310

Program Schedule

The schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. You can view and download the PDF version of the detailed program schedule via the button below. Please note, the schedule is subject to change at any time.

Program Schedule Download

The Institute Planning Committee would like to express their gratitude to all who volunteered to review program proposals and select the content to be offered.

  • Institute Learning Outcomes

    Participants will be able to:

    • Articulate the issues, trends, and evidence-based practices in student affairs at community colleges including student learning and development; workforce development and community engagement; globalism; social justice; organizational and human resources; technology; and compliance and policy development;
    • Identify unique and innovative ways to advance the field and work of community college student affairs professionals;
    • Construct decision-making and planning processes based on data and evidence-based research;
    • Become familiar with the Professional Competencies for Student Affairs Educators and how these competencies apply to their daily work on community college campuses; and
    • Become familiar with institution-wide models that integrate guided academic and career pathways.
    • Understand the four essential practices of guided pathways models to include: clarifying paths to student end goals, helping students choose to enter a pathway, helping students to stay on a pathway, and ensuring students are learning. 

Keynote Speakers

The institute planning team is thrilled to welcome two phenomenal keynote speakers, Dr. Donald Guy Generals and Dr. Dhanfu Elston.

Donald Guy Generals, Ed.D.

Dr. Donald Guy Generals became the sixth President of Community College of Philadelphia on July 1, 2014.  As the chief executive officer, he guides Philadelphia’s only public institution of higher learning, which serves more than 35,000 credit and non-credit students from diverse social, cultural and educational backgrounds. Dr. Generals has twenty years of teaching experience. Dr. Generals serves on numerous boards in Philadelphia including the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia Works, Campus Philly, the Urban Affairs Coalition, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and Friends Select School. Dr. Generals writes and speaks on a range of educational issues. His book, Booker T. Washington, The Architect of Progressive Education, was published in 2013.

Dr. Generals earned his Ed.D. in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education at Rutgers University after earning both his M.A. in Urban Education/Community Service and his B.A. in Political Science at William Paterson College.  Additionally, he’s earned certificates in administrative leadership and educational management at Cornell and Harvard Universities. 

Dhanfu Elston, Ph.D.

Dr. Dhanfu E. Elston (pronounced: dah-nee-foo) serves as Complete College America’s Vice President of Strategy for Guided Pathways and Purpose First where he utilizes his campus expertise for practical application, implementation, and scaling of CCA strategies at institutions throughout the nation. He provides oversight of the Purpose First career choice grant, technology Seal of Approval, and scaling standards to close achievement gaps. Previously, he coordinated relationships with Governor’s Offices and higher education state-wide systems in their college completion efforts and spearheaded the national 15-To-Finish scale strategy. He has been recognized as an expert in college completion policy initiatives at institutions that educate highly diverse and underrepresented student populations.

Dr. Elston earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University where he conducted research in student retention, intercultural relations, learning communities, leadership development, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He earned both an M.A. in Educational Leadership and B.S. in Biology from Clark Atlanta University. 

Plan your trip

All Community Colleges Institute workshops and events will take place on the Mezzanine level of the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown. For a detailed floor plan of this level with breakout rooms highlighted, please click the button below.

Institute Hotel Mezzanine Floor Plan

Please note that the institute hotel is 0.5 miles away from the Philadelphia Convention Center and the Annual Conference Check-In. If you are attending both events, it is advised to check-in for the Annual Conference first, then walk to the Sheraton to check-in for the CCI (12 minute walk). A detailed walking map is below:

Special Thanks

Special thanks for the time, effort, and knowledge of the NASPA Community Colleges Institute Planning Committee:

Bette Simmons, Ed.D. 

NASPA Community Colleges Institute Director
Vice President of Student Development
County College of Morris

Katherine Doss

NASPA Community Colleges Institute Director-Elect
Dean of Student Success
Palo Alto College

Lisa O’Connor, Ed.D. Associate Director of Student Affairs
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College
Emmanuel Esperanza     Director of Registration and Records
Moraine Valley Community College
Michiko Kealoha Manager of Student Life and Leadership
Cañada College

Lynette Luckers

Assistant Professor/Counselor
Community College of Philadelphia
Aubria Phillips

Assistant Professor/Counselor
Community College of Philadelphia

Jeff Rose Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Delaware Technical Community College
Solomon Tention, Ed.D. Director of Student Engagement and Title IX Coordinator
South Louisiana Community College