NALEO California Statewide Policy Institute on Higher Education: Leadership to Meet the Needs of the 21st Century - NALEO Educational Fund

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September 22-23, 2017 | Carlsbad, CA


As the eighth largest economy in the world, California’s economic strength is rooted in its 40 million people and the diversity of its regional economies. With California being home to more than 15 million Latinos, the future of the country’s economic prosperity is dependent on Latino students being able to earn a quality postsecondary degree that will enable them to continue to drive long term economic growth for the state and the nation. The decisions being made today about how to best educate and prepare the largest population group in the state will result in long lasting effects.

For the state to meet the needs of the 21st Century, it is important that Latino policymakers become familiar with innovative and successful policies at the postsecondary level that drive Latino success in education and in the labor market. This two-day convening will bring together community college trustees and local workforce development board members throughout California. This Institute is part of the NALEO Education Leadership Initiative (NELI) which aims to provide Latino public servants with the enhanced capacity and governance skills they need to become effective advocates for their students, families, and communities from birth to college completion.

The Institute’s program will cover the following topics:

  • Cultivating Higher Education for a Strong Economy: Understanding the California Landscape
  • Strengthening Shared Leadership to Increase Student Success in Higher Education
  • Why Financial Aid Matters in Promoting College Access and Completion
  • Meeting California’s Need for College Graduates: Exploring Guided Pathways
  • The Economic Importance of a College Education: Building Partnerships to Drive Social Mobility Forward
  • Data Driven Decision Making: Using Labor Market Data to Improve Student Success
  • Opportunities Beyond WIOA: Leading Through Regional Collaboration and Systems Alignment
  • From Classroom to Industry: A Discussion on the Future of California’s Workforce
Participants will strengthen governance skills that support effective leadership, as well as receive timely information, learn best practices, and exchange legislative policies and ideas around the most effective ways to address pressing educational issues. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with colleagues and experts throughout the state and the country.

Sponsors

Title Sponsors




Investor Sponsor

Advance America

For more information please contact:

Uriel Alejo

Program Coordinator for Constituency Services
NALEO Educational Fund
Tel: (213) 747-7606 ext 4437
Email: ualejo@naleo.org

Schedule


7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Breakfast


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Welcome Remarks


9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Session I:

Cultivating Higher Education for a Strong Economy: Understanding the California Landscape


California’s economic power has traditionally been linked to the state’s three-tiered public higher education system, in which its 145 postsecondary institutions have operated as regional innovation and job creation hubs. However, the Public Policy Institute of California projects that by 2030, California will face a shortfall of 1.1 million graduates needed in the labor market if current graduation rates remain stagnant. With more than one million Latinos currently enrolled in postsecondary institutions across the state, it is evident that the future of the state’s economic prosperity is dependent on institutions being able to increase the number of Latino graduates who are prepared to meet the changing demands of the 21st Century. This session will provide participants with an update on current efforts being led by the state’s legislative body, all three systems of higher education, and privately funded initiatives that aim to close the degree attainment gap and prepare our future educated workforce.



11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Session II:

Strengthening Shared Leadership to Increase Student Success in Higher Education


Today's changing economic environment demands innovative and effective education policymaking and implementation from all levels of government in higher education. In addition, understanding the landscape of postsecondary institutions and the role of the chief executive officer, the academic senate, as well as the leadership roles of administrators and staff is important to ensure that a college’s shared governance structure thrives to serve its diverse student body. This session will equip policymakers with data trends on the diversity make-up of various leadership roles in institutions of higher education and highlight governing strategies that support institution-wide policies and practices that promote student success in the classroom and beyond.



12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Luncheon Program


2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Session III:

Why Financial Aid Matters in Promoting College Access and Completion


As college prices continue to be on the rise, students and their families are facing unprecedented challenges in financing the cost to complete a postsecondary degree. Despite these obstacles, students and their families continue to invest in higher education because it serves as a vehicle for social and economic mobility. Although federal, state, and institutional financial aid policies and investments demonstrate a commitment to higher education and in developing the future workforce, a wide range of affordability challenges still hinder students’ ability to attain a postsecondary degree. In this session, policymakers will receive an overview of California’s funding streams and explore promising approaches that facilitate degree completion at the institutional level.



3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Session IV:

Meeting California’s Need for College Graduates: Exploring Guided Pathways


In most institutions of higher education, students are left to navigate a complex array of student support services and academic programs to successfully attain a postsecondary degree. Oftentimes many students become discouraged and drop out because they do not see a clear path to meet their goals of attaining a postsecondary degree. Therefore, many states have begun to explore implementing the Guided Pathways Model. This approach calls for institutions of higher education to restructure academic and career pathways at a systemic scale that lead to students’ end goals of transfer and college completion. To build the institutional capacity needed to implement this model, policymakers and institutional leaders must collaborate and partner to “redesign” their institutions at all levels. This session will provide an overview of the guided pathways approach and highlight early findings from institutions implementing these reforms aiming to create clearer paths to student success.


5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Closing Remarks


5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Opening Reception

Hosts:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
State Farm™

Opening Reception Patrons:
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Walmart

Opening Reception Supporters:
Microsoft
Shell Oil Company

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Breakfast


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcome Remarks


9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Session V:

The Economic Importance of a College Education: Building Partnerships to Drive Social Mobility Forward


To adapt to rapidly-changing demands of current and emerging work sectors, institutions of higher education need agility and flexibility to respond to a changing workforce market landscape. In July 2013, the California legislature passed Assembly Bill 86, which established the California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) through the California Department of Education (CDE). The initiative funded new regional consortia led by K-12 educators, community colleges, and employers to establish career pathway programs intended to prepare students for high-skill, high-wage jobs in emerging and growing industry sectors in the local or regional economy. This session will provide an overview of CCPT and explore its role and effectiveness in aligning various stakeholder goals and processes in order to develop industry-informed career pathways that prepare students for the workforce.



10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Session VI:

Data Driven Decision Making: Using Labor Market Data to Improve Student Success


To increase the number of postsecondary degree holders with workforce market value, policymakers collect and analyze data to better inform how to allocate resources to increase the economic competitiveness of their students. This type of labor market data driven decision-making is more important than ever as policymakers are responsible for making institutional investments that also align around the growth of their local economies. While policymakers agree that data can play an important role in aligning institutional resources and determining programmatic changes, it can be difficult to determine which data are available and how they should be used to prioritize regional sector needs. In this session, participants will be provided with an overview of data trends that inform how various partners identify and forecast job sector growth to better target workforce incentive funds and allocate institutional resources that increase the success of all students.



12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Luncheon Program


1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Session VII:

Opportunities Beyond WIOA: Leading Through Regional Collaboration and Systems Alignment


The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires that regional partners strategically plan and coordinate the implementation of workforce and education services to better align investment decisions that drive workforce outcomes. While regional partnerships that bring cross-institutional and sector coordination are a promising strategy that can increase the economic mobility of students, there are many challenges that prevent coordinated alignment. In this session, participants will explore alignment strategies focused on student outcomes and employment needs to support the leadership development and capacity needed to coordinate regional efforts aimed to strengthen tomorrow’s workforce.



2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Session VIII:

From the Classroom to Industry: A Discussion on the Future of California’s Workforce


California’s higher education system is a driver for the progress and prosperity of the state’s economy. As the state’s economic and labor markets continue to change, education policymakers along with key stakeholders can work collaboratively to ensure that all students are ready to meet workforce and labor demands. This final session will offer policymakers with the opportunity to engage in a thoughtful discussion with key stakeholders from the various sectors to reflect on topics/sessions presented throughout the Policy Institute and explore actionable leadership opportunities to ensure students are equipped to meet the demands of a 21st Century.



3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Closing Remarks

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213-747-7606

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