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CCA On the Air

By Complete College America
Complete College America (CCA) is committed to being a bold voice in the higher education space elevating critical conversations that both actively and passively impact college completion. We find ourselves at a time when the need for these conversations has reached a heightened level of importance. As a convener of thought leaders, CCA's On the Air podcast provides access to the most innovative and effective higher education leaders and advocates through candid conversations.

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From College to Career: Implementing Equitable Programs that Advance Purpose First

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Part II: Navigating the Covid-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned & Equity Implications
CCA President Dr. Yolanda Watson Spiva is joined by Dr. F. DuBois Bowman, Dean of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, to discuss navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons learned, and the equity implications that face students amidst this health crisis.
30:41
April 05, 2022
Part I: Navigating the Covid-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned & Equity Implications
CCA President Dr. Yolanda Watson Spiva is joined by Dr. F. DuBois Bowman, Dean of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, to discuss navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons learned, and the equity implications that face students amidst this health crisis.
19:46
April 05, 2022
From College to Career: Implementing Equitable Programs that Advance Purpose First
CCA Strategy Director, Nikolas Huot, is joined by Dr. Jasmine Haywood, Strategy Director from the Lumina Foundation, and Dr. Lilly Massa-McKinley, Executive Director of the Kentucky Student Success Collaborative, to discuss the Kentucky Purpose First initiative.  The Kentucky Purpose First initiative: Emphasizes the importance of colleges connecting program learning outcomes to career competencies. Building out interventions to help students make informed decisions. Having programs be intentional to address the needs of students of color and other marginalized student groups. To learn more about the Kentucky Purpose First project, visit https://completecollege.org/kentucky-purpose-first/.
38:30
March 22, 2022
Supporting Student Success at Predominantly and Historically Black Community Colleges
Dr. Nia Haydel, Vice President of Alliance Engagement and Institutional Transformation at CCA, is joined by three guests: Dr. Richard Moss, Director of STEM Success at the University of Arkansas, Pulaski Technical College; Dr. Brandon Nichols, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Olive-Harvey College, and Dr. Amber Garrison Duncan, formerly Strategy Director at the Lumina Foundation, and currently the Executive Vice President at the Competency-Based Education Network. Please join us for this exciting conversation about Complete College America’s work to improve student success outcomes at Predominantly Black Community Colleges and Historically Black Community Colleges, in this two-year project, funded by the Lumina Foundation.
40:55
March 08, 2022
Connecting the Student: K12 performance assessment for college advising and placement
CCA Strategy Director, Brandon Protas, Ed.D., is joined by Dr. Monica Martinez, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Learning Policy Institute, to discuss the transformative nature of performance assessment implementation in college advising and placement processes. To learn more about the Learning Policy Institute and the Reimagining College Access initaitive that Dr. Martinez leads, please visit: https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/project/reimagining-college-access
38:06
February 22, 2022
Transforming Adult Student Lives with George Mason University's BIS Program
Strategy Director Nikolas Huot is joined by Kurt Lazaroff, Ph.D., BIS Academic Services Director and Professor, and Janet Ha Poirot, Term Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Academic Services in BIS. They discuss George Mason University’s exemplar program for adult learner engagement, the Bachelor of Individualized Study (or BIS) program. This unique program allows students to individualize their course selection, and craft their academic maps to fit their interests and career goals. Join them for their conversation about this exciting program.
38:38
December 13, 2021
Part II: Lasting Impacts: Longitudinal Results after Seven Years from a Study on Coreq with Statistics
CCA Strategy Director Brandon Protas,  Ed. D, is joined by Daniel Douglas, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Studies and Sociology at Trinity College; Alexandra Logue, Research Professor at The Center for Advanced Study in Education at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York; and Mari Watanabe-Rose, Director of Undergraduate Education Initiatives and Research in Office of Academic Affairs at The City University of New York. In this two-part podcast, our guests discuss their most recent work, "Community College Students Assessed as Needing Mathematics Remediation: Seven-Year Impacts of Corequisite Remediation with Statistics". Don't forget to catch Part I and Part II of this exciting and informative conversation.
27:40
November 22, 2021
Part I: Lasting Impacts: Longitudinal Results after Seven Years from a Study on Coreq with Statistics
CCA Strategy Director Brandon Protas, Ed. D, is joined by Daniel Douglas, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Studies and Sociology at Trinity College; Alexandra Logue, Research Professor at The Center for Advanced Study in Education at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York; and Mari Watanabe-Rose, Director of Undergraduate Education Initiatives and Research in Office of Academic Affairs at The City University of New York. In this two-part podcast, our guests discuss their most recent work, "Community College Students Assessed as Needing Mathematics Remediation: Seven-Year Impacts of Corequisite Remediation with Statistics". Don't forget to catch Part I and Part II of this exciting and informative conversation.
25:31
November 22, 2021
Access, Affordability, and Equity: The Dual Enrollment Pathway to College in Colorado
CCA Strategy Director Brandon Protas, Ed.D., is joined by Dr. Angie Paccione, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Tune in as they discuss Pathway to Affordability: Annual Report on Dual and Concurrent Enrollment in Colorado.
25:47
August 31, 2021
Davis Jenkins, Data, and the Future of Student Success in Community Colleges
CCA Vice President of Policy, Research and Advocacy is joined by Davis Jenkins, Senior Research Scholar, Community College Research Center (CCRC) to discuss data and the future of student success in community colleges. 
31:35
August 24, 2021
Reconciling America's Past to Create a More Inclusive Future
Katrina Caldwell, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Johns Hopkins University, joins Complete College America President Yolanda Watson Spiva, Ph.D. for a candid conversation on how leaders can reconcile with America's past to create a more inclusive future for higher education students.
32:22
July 20, 2021
Rethinking Higher Education with WGU President Scott Pulsipher
Complete College America President Yolanda Watson Spiva is joined by Western Governors University President Scott Pulsipher for a candid conversation on how higher education can meet the needs of today's student. 
31:36
July 07, 2021
Committing to Equitable Systemic Change
Committing to Equitable Systemic Change featuring Lais Martinez, Assistant Commissioner for EDI, Utah System of Higher Education and Virginia Madrid-Salazar, Strategies Lead, Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC) Listen in as we discuss a regional and state approach to turn equity into action from working being done in the state of Utah and the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC) in California.
34:23
June 22, 2021
Race Consciousness and Policy: An Analysis of California's AB 705
Adrian Trinidad, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Southern California Race & Equity Center joins CCA Strategy Director Brandon Protas, Ed.D., to share a critical race analysis of California's AB 705 and how its goals to impact racial equity are seen through policy and practice.
34:54
May 25, 2021
Meeting Students Where They Are with Concurrent Enrollment
Complete College America Strategy Director Brandon Protas, Ed., and Carla Mebane, Director, University of Missouri - Kansas City High School / College Dual Credit Partnership and Member at Large Representative on the NACEP Board - National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. talk through the different models of concurrent/dual enrollment, quality standards and the impact of race on successfully programming for high school students to take college classes
26:54
May 11, 2021
Course Sharing and Success Strategies
Complete College America (CCA) Strategy Director Nikolas Huot meets with Patrick Frasier, Vice President at Acadeum, and Robert Mitchell, Registrar at DIllard University, to discuss course sharing and its impact on student success and CCA strategies.
29:45
April 27, 2021
What's on the Horizon?: The National Institute for Student Success & The Impact on the Field
Complete College America (CCA) President Yolanda Watson Spiva, Ph.D. and Timothy Renick, Ph.D., Executive Director at the National Institute for Student Success at Georgia State University discuss evidence-based strategies designed to boost equitable outcomes. Spiva and Renick also discuss what to expect from the National Institute for Student Success (NISS) and opportunities for learning, support, and collaboration across the field. 
20:01
April 13, 2021
The Time is Now: Corequisite Support & Scaling Dev Ed Reform
CCA Strategy Director Brandon Protas speaks with Molly Sarubbi, Senior Project Manager at Strong Start to Finish, about the role of Corequisite Support in changing the landscape of developmental education around the country.
18:48
March 30, 2021
Education-to-Work: Improving the Health & Wealth of Students who are Essential Workers
Complete College America (CCA) President Yolanda Watson Spiva, Ph.D. and Futuro Health CEO Van Ton-Quinlivan  discuss the intersection between workforce & community college efforts and how this alignment improves the health and wealth of students who are essential workers.
37:39
March 16, 2021
2021 Sneak Peek: Meet the Strategy Directors
Complete College America (CCA) Strategy Directors Melanie Harris, Nikolas Huot, and Brandon Protas discuss their passion for student success and what they are looking forward to in 2021. 
20:36
February 02, 2021