The Community College Embedded Institute (CCEI), organized specifically by and for community colleges, comprises a three-hour pre-conference workshop; pre-identified concurrent sessions relevant specifically to community colleges; and daily meetings for institute participants to share information, reflect on lessons learned from conference sessions, and create an informal regional learning community.
The hands-on CCEI pre-conference workshop will focus on tracking, assessing, and using data at community colleges to demonstrate service-learning and community and civic engagement (SL/CE) impacts and outcomes and make the case for institutional support for SL/CE. Participants will investigate such questions as: What data do community colleges collect and why? What is the value of SL/CE data? What instruments are used or needed? How and with whom are SL/CE outcomes shared and for what purpose? These might include program review, accreditation, strategic planning, retention, faculty buy-in, and community collaboration. The workshop facilitators are national SL/CE leaders who have worked closely with community colleges and conducted SL/CE research and assessment efforts. Participants will receive proven tools and resources during the workshop and develop an assessment action plan that will be fine-tuned during CCEI sessions over the course of the conference.
Gail Robinson, Principal, Gail Robinson Consulting Gail Robinson is an education consultant who works with college and university faculty, staff, and administrators to develop service learning and community engagement programs. She was the director of service learning for the American Association of Community Colleges from 1994 to 2012, where she managed federal and nonfederal grant programs, conducted national research on college service learning initiatives, and authored numerous publications. Since 2012 Ms. Robinson served as an advisor to the Community College National Center for Community Engagement, Innovations in Civic Participation, and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. She has consulted with several individual institutions and Campus Compact state affiliates, providing training and assistance to faculty and staff. She is a contributing author to Service-Learning at the American Community College: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan 2014). Ms. Robinson is a member of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification national advisory panel, and served on the board of directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement and the National Society for Experiential Education. She is based in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Barbara Holland, Researcher and Senior Scholar, Barbara Holland Consulting Barbara A. Holland, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized scholar focusing on organizational change in higher education with a focus on the effects of community engagement strategies. She has held senior leadership roles at academic institutions in the USA and Australia. Current academic affiliations include Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, University of North Carolina Greensboro, and University of Nebraska Omaha. She was Director of the Learn and Serve America National Clearinghouse for seven years, and has served on numerous boards of associations and scholarly journals. She has been a member of the National Advisory Panel for the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement since its launch in 2006. Her current work focuses on the development of more focused institutional strategic agendas of engagement through improved practices in monitoring, measuring and rewarding engagement activities and partnerships. Barbara resides in Portland, Oregon.
Mary Prentice, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Administration, New Mexico State University Mary Prentice began her educational career at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), where she taught psychology for 13 years. She served as the co-director of service learning during her last four years at the college. Dr. Prentice left CNM in 2000 to attend graduate school at the University of Texas-Austin. After serving as the dean of social sciences and public service at Illinois Valley Community College, she was hired as a faculty member in the Educational Leadership and Administration program at New Mexico State University, where she is currently an associate professor. Dr. Prentice’s area of scholarship over the past 12 years has focused on the impact of service learning in community colleges. Specifically, she has collaborated on research regarding service learning and its impact on student learning outcomes, on civic engagement development, and on student retention and persistence. Dr. Prentice is a contributing author to Service-Learning at the American Community College: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan 2014).