CGCC Speaks at Student Success & Retention Conference

February 7, 2018

Columbia Gorge Community College was well represented at the 2018 Student Success & Retention Conference, which took place Feb. 1-2 in Portland. Community colleges across Oregon were represented.

Staff from CGCC's Student Services, Advising, Quality Council, Administration, Library Services as well as faculty attended the event, which focused on Inclusion, Innovation, and “Intersectionality,” which explores the relationship between discrimination, disadvantage and the interconnectedness of social groupings.

John Schoppert, CGCC’s Library Director, and Dr. Zip Krummel, chair of the Psychology Department, presented a breakout session on Open Education Resources: Building Retention through Institutional Collaborations, Schedule Icons, and Innovations in Pedagogy.

“My most important takeaway is that these are trying times” said CGCC Bookstore manager Rose Kelly. “In order to support our students in this environment we need to step up. We need to change the way we do things to accommodate the challenges of today. Our students face financial and emotional pressures; the conference was focused on strategies to assist and support them.”

The Student Success & Retention Conference is sponsored by The Oregon Student Success Center, Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) and Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). Keynote speaker Dr. Claude Steele opened the conference, speaking on “Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The Science of a Diverse Community.” Dr. Steele examined the pressures students of a social group confront and ways to alleviate these pressures, which have been shown to reduce students’ academic performance.

The conference had more than 30 breakout sessions covering a range of topics from the aforementioned OER session to Cultivating Student Resilience, Translating Coursework into Job Skills, Growth Mindset, Student Behavior, Building Veteran Success on Campus and many more.

“The opportunity to connect with colleagues across Oregon and learn from each other in these sessions is invaluable,” Kelly said. “During the sessions discussions of best practices, successes and challenges were shared. This work continues here at home, translating into student success and CGCC’s mission of serving our community by building dreams and transforming lives and providing lifelong educational programs.”