2020 NASPA Annual Conference

2020 Community Colleges Institute

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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


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.  

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

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.

Keynote Speaker

Evelyn Waiwaiole

Evelyn Waiwaiole is the Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement (the Center) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT). Prior to this role, she served as the Executive Director at the Center for five years. She has spent the majority of her career at The University of Texas, serving as the Suanne Davis Roueche NISOD Director and Lecturer in the College of Education at UT and leading grant funded initiatives including the Bridges to Opportunity initiative and the MetLife Foundation Initiative on Student Success. She has also served as associate director of NISOD, college relations coordinator for the Center, and policy analyst for the Center for Community College Policy at the Education Commission of the States (ECS).

Evelyn earned a Doctorate from UT in higher education administration, with a specialization in community college leadership; a master’s in economics from The University of Oklahoma; and a bachelor’s in psychology from Texas A&M University

Institute Schedule

​​​​For a printable schedule, complete with breakout session workshops, click the link below. The table provides an at-a-glance overview of the Institute Programming.

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All Day

  • 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm

    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

  • 5:30 pm to

    Optional Dinner and Dialogue Groups


  • 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Institute Welcome and Address from NASPA President

  • 1:30 pm to 1:45 pm

    Setting the Stage

  • 1:55 pm to 2:50 pm

    Breakout Sessions I

  • 3:00 pm to 3:55 pm

    Breakout Sessions II

  • 4:05 pm to 5:00 pm

    Breakout Sessions III

All Day

  • 7:30 am to 12:00 pm

    Institute Check-in Open


  • 8:30 am to 9:45 am

    Keynote Speaker

  • 9:55 am to 10:50 am

    Breakout Sessions IV

  • 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Breakout Sessions V


  • 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

    Networking Luncheon (Provided)

  • 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

    Action Planning

  • 3:30 pm to 3:45 pm

    Institute Closing