2018 Governance Institute for Student Success
GISS-Western Pennsylvania

March 12-13, 2018,
Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA

THE BOARD’S ROLE IN STUDENT SUCCESS,
COMPLETION, EQUITY & WORKFORCE

Over forty-five (45) community college leaders and boards of trustees from four community colleges in Western Pennsylvania, participated in the 27th GISS institute, entitled The Board’ Role in Student Success, Completion, Equity and Workforce held on March 12-13, 2018, at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Of this number, nineteen (19) were trustees. Focused on reviewing data and key indicators of student success and completion, the remaining participants were campus presidents (4) and top administrative staff (15) from the following community colleges: Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC), Community College of Beaver County (CCBC), Butler County Community College (BCCC), and Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC).

GISS institute at the Community College of Allegheny County (CACC) in Pittsburgh, PA

On March 9-10, 2018, over 45 board members and top college executives from four colleges participated in a GISS institute at the Community College of Allegheny County (CACC) in Pittsburgh, PA, to help” move the needle” on student success.

High performing boards

ACCT President and CEO, J. Noah Brown, set the stage for the two-day board development event and provided the characteristics of high performing boards. Boards and CEOs were then able to review the results of their detailed board-self-assessments. Later, all attendees discussed topics such as moving the success agenda forward through data-informed policy and reviewed data collected on key student momentum points for their respective colleges.

Dr. Nick Neupauer, President of BCCC

Dr. Quintin Bullock, President of the Community College of Allegheny County

Colleges showcase good work

During the showcase session on What is Moving the Needle in Western Pennsylvania?, Dr. Nick Neupauer, President of BCCC, presented on the Town & Gown Initiative with the City of Butler. CCAC President and host for the event, Dr. Quintin Bullock, introduced Dr. Charlene Newkirk, During the showcase session on What is Moving the Needle in Western Pennsylvania? Dr. Nick Neupauer, President of BCCC, presented on the Town & Gown Initiative with the City of Butler. CCAC President and host for the event, Dr. Quintin Bullock, introduced Dr. Charlene Newkirk, South Campus President, and Kelli Maxwell, Dean of Students on the CCAC South Campus, who co-presented on Fighting Food Insecurity Amongst Community College Students, an extensive college-wide effort to keep students from being hungry.

Changing World of Work and Learning

Much of the institute focused on the changing dynamics in learning and in the upcoming workforce. GISS Director, Dr. Norma Goldstein, presented educational and economic profiles of the colleges and the State of Pennsylvania, including covering the impact of increasing automation and Pennsylvania’s skills gap. Guest speaker, Neal Holly, Assistant Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Development, Education Commission of the States, presented on The Future of Work and the Speed of Policy.

GISS presentation by J. Noah Brown, ACCT CEO, catches the attention of 45 college leaders from 4 community colleges in Western PA in March 2018.
Participants from the Community College of Beaver County are engaged and focused while reviewing their college’s data.
BCCC President Nick Neupauer, left, works with his board and executive staff members at the March GISS in Pittsburgh.
GISS Director, Norma Goldstein, catches a smile as she circulates around the room during the institute’s activities.
GISS Specialist, Jennifer Nunez, collects comments regarding roadblocks to student success as members of CCAC’s Board provide suggestions.
Sharing ideas and strategies occurs often at the GISS. Pictured above are CCAC Provost Stuart Blacklaw and WCCC Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kristy Bishop.
Westmoreland executive, Sydney Beeler, explains some operational details to Board members during a GISS activity.
Westmoreland County CC President, Dr. Tuesday Stanley, left at the head of the table, listens as WCCC Board members discuss student data.
A bird’s eye view of GISS participants from Butler County Community College (President Chris Reber, fourth on the right)
shows concentration on Noah Brown’s explanation of Board responsibilities.
CCBC administrators and President Chris Reber (middle) contribute to the discussion of solutions at the GISS.
Butler County Community College Board member Nancy Staible works with executive staff Sharla Anke, Dean of Institutional Research and Planning during the two-day institute.
From left to right, CCAC Board Chair, attorney Fred Thieman, joins in looking at a wall chart on roadblocks to student success and with Board Member and Provost Stuart Blacklaw.
CCAC Trustees, Executives, and President discuss student success policies.
CCAC Trustees, Executives, and President discuss student success policies.
CCAC Trustees, Executives, and President discuss student success policies.
CCAC Trustees, Executives, and President discuss student success policies.
CCAC Trustees, Executives, and President discuss student success policies.
CCAC Trustees, Executives, and President discuss student success policies.
ACCT CEO, J. Noah Brown, reviews national statistics with GISS participants.
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