2020 NASPA Annual Conference

Community Colleges Institute

NASPA's Community Colleges Institute (CCI) is the only pre-conference experience designed solely by and for our community college members. The CCI is your exclusive opportunity to engage with colleagues from across the country to accelerate your professional development and kick start your conference experience.

RSVP: Space is Limited
Additional registration required, RSVP required

Saturday, March 28
1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Sunday, March 29
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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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.

NASPA's Community Colleges Institute (CCI) is the best pre-conference workshop for those currently working at community colleges or for individuals interested in community colleges. A compact day and a half of learning offers attendees an enriching opportunity to come together and rethink the ways in which they organize programs of study, methods of instruction, and student support services. With the continued focused on student success and completion, community colleges are uniquely positioned to lead the way for student success.


Registration for the 2020 NASPA Community Colleges Institute is now open.  
Please note, the Annual Conference registration is an additional fee.

Register Here

Registration for the 2020 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
After 2/15
Member $200 $215 $230
Student/NUFP Member $200 $215 $230
Nonmember $230 $245 $260
Institute Only
Member Type Early Bird
After 2/15
Member $275 $290 $305
Student/NUFP Member $275 $290 $305
Nonmember $305 $320 $335

Call for Program Proposals

The CCI offers a unique opportunity for you to share your work with community college professionals from across the country. Consider submitting a proposal addressing our 2020 Institute themes and learning outcomes.

The deadline to submit is September 6, 2019.

Submit Your Proposal

Institute Themes & Learning Outcomes

  • As a result of attending the Community Colleges Institute, participants will be able to: 
    1. Leveraging Partnerships in Strategic Enrollment Management
      • Understand the main tenets of strategic enrollment including research, recruitment, and retention.
      • Analyze the importance of strategic enrollment management given current national trends including declines in funding and enrollments.
      • Articulate how campus and community partnerships contribute to overall enrollment goals.
    2. Utilizing Technology for Community College Engagement
      • Recognize the various ways technology can be used to increase community college student engagement. 
      • Articulate the importance of utilizing technology to collect and use data to improve student outcomes.
      • Describe the need for technology integration across various campus-wide platforms.
    3. Wraparound Services for Student Success
      • Identify various types of wraparound services (i.e. food, housing, mental health, child care, case management, career development, etc...)
      • Understand the need for holistic student support services throughout the student experience.
      • Explore community-based resources and partnerships that can be leveraged to ensure student success.

Institute Schedule

The planning committee has developed a 1.5 day schedule meant to engage and inspire action. You'll start Saturday setting the stage for the weekend, and following you'll learn from colleagues through our breakout sessions. On Sunday, you will have an opportunity to hear from our plenary speaker, attend breakout sessions, and spend time discussing career development and action planning for your campus. Topped off with plenty of networking opportunities, the Community Colleges Institute will provide you with motivational ideas, actionable steps, and opportunities to connect and learn from your peers.

You can download a PDF version of the schedule at a glance via the button below. 

Schedule at a Glance Download

Saturday, March 28, 2020

12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.             Institute Check-in Open
*Please note: all registrants must first obtain registration materials from the main annual conference check-in desk prior to arriving to the CCI*

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.             Institute Welcome and Address from NASPA President
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.             Setting the Stage
1:55 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.             Breakout Sessions I
3:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.             Breakout Sessions II
4:05 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.             Breakout Sessions III
5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.             Networking Reception
6:30 p.m.                            Optional Dinner & Dialogue Groups

Sunday, March 29, 2020

7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.             Institute Check-in Open
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.               Keynote Speaker
9:55 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.              Breakout Sessions IV
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.           Career Development/Progression Panel
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.             Networking Luncheon (provided)
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.                Action Planning
2:25 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.               Breakout Sessions V
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.                Institute Closing
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.             NASPA Annual Conference Opening Keynote and Reception
                                           If registered for the Annual Conference