Starfish Student Success Summit, Puyallup, WA

March 20, 2018 at Pierce College

Join Us

This invitation-only Student Success Summit, hosted by Starfish at Pierce College in Puyallup, WA, is designed to bring together student success practitioners from institutions interested in the potential of the Starfish Enterprise Success Platform to build capacity for student success at scale.

Together, we will have the opportunity to participate in lively discussions, best practice sharing, and interactive sessions around leveraging technology to close equity gaps, support guided pathways methodology, make data-informed decisions, and increase student and faculty engagement. 

We hope you can join us!

Starfish Student Success Summit Agenda

Monday, March 19th

5:00 - 7:00pm: Welcome Reception
Powerhouse Restaurant and Brewery
454 East Main Puyallup, WA 98372

Tuesday, March 20th
College Center Building
, Multipurpose Rooms A & B, located adjacent to the Dining Commons

8:00 - 8:45am: Registration

8:45 - 9:00am: Welcoming Remarks

9:00 - 10:15am: Momentum Pathways for Equity College Completion
Dr. Dhanfu E. Elston, Vice President of Strategy, Momentum Pathways and Purpose First, Complete College America

In an outcomes-based funding climate, colleges and universities must find new and innovative methods to contribute to the retention, progression, and graduation (RPG) efforts of their institutions. Complete College America, a national non-profit dedicated to increasing the number of Americans with quality career certificates or college degrees, continues to partner with an Alliance of states, campus leaders, and organizations to implement Momentum Pathways, Game Changer strategies, and proven practices to increase completion and attainment rates throughout the country. Technology has and can be an accelerator of student momentum in the national pathways movement.

10:30 - 11:45am: True Stories in Student Success: Engaging Faculty and Students
Carla Rosas; Director, Student Success & Retention Programs, ‎Los Medanos College

Los Medanos College, one of 114 California Community Colleges, knows first-hand how critical it is to engage faculty and students in student success initiatives. In this presentation, you’ll learn about their recipe for implementing student success technologies within a statewide initiative, and discover ideas for evaluating current systems, implementing at scale, engaging faculty with immediate reinforcement, and ways user adoption has evolved across campus.

11:45am - 12:30pm: Networking Lunch

12:30 - 1:45pm: Leveraging Technology to Close Equity Gaps 
Ellyn Artis, Director of Strategic Consulting Practice, Hobsons
Julia Zuercher, Strategic Account Executive, Starfish

Efforts designed to close performance gaps between and among student groups can be difficult to implement but are critical for transformational change in student success. We’ll use this interactive session to discuss what it means to put equity at the center of a college's strategy and how student success technology can improve and strengthen efforts to ensure equitable outcomes for all students.

2:00 - 3:30pm: Hey Washington, “Did We Just Become Best Friends?”
John Grant, Dean of Student Development, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Kelly Casperson, Manager, Early Alert System, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is excited to share lessons learned and best practices around the use of student success technology. Topics will include recommendations and mistakes to avoid in implementation, faculty buy-in, and more. We hope you will find inspiration and energy in this session to take your student success work to the next level.

3:45 - 4:30pm: A Vision for Guided Pathways – Starfish Demonstration (optional)
Julia Zuercher, Strategic Account Executive, Hobsons
Michael Dregalla, Vice President of Business Development, Pairin

Student success technology can be an integral part of an institution's Guided Pathways strategy by providing an accurate, holistic view of a student’s academic journey and helping institutions take meaningful, measurable action towards helping students identify, stay on, and complete their path. We’ll showcase a variety of tools and approaches that can identify students in need of assistance, help students establish a degree plan and receive proactive guidance, and empower students to engage more effectively with his campus community to get – and stay – on a pathway to success.

Travel and Logistics

The Summit will be held Pierce College, located at 1601 39th Ave SE, Puyallup, WA.
College Center Building - Multipurpose Rooms A & B, located adjacent to the Dining Commons

Campus parking information and maps can be found here.

The recommended hotel is:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Tacoma Puyallup
202 15th Avenue SW, Puyallup, WA, 98371

*There is no cost to attend the Starfish Student Success Summit.
**Please note this event is separate in content from the SBCTC event in early March. We anticipate content of the Starfish Summit will complement discussions at the SBCTC event.


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