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All sessions will be held at
Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Campus Center, Room 503

Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Campus Center (3201 Southwest Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64111-2764)
October 30  
9:30 am  Arrive, check-in, and networking
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Program (includes lunch)
  Implementing a Postsecondary Leadership Team to Maximize College-Going Rates
Presenter: Veniese L. Bradley-Mitchell, Regional Director of Programs at the National College Advising Corps

The postsecondary leadership team is a highly engaged collaborative delivery model that establishes goals that are firmly supported by accountability. Within this meeting framework, all stakeholders together can develop and strategize around measureable and systemic postsecondary practices. The collaborative work of the team focuses on common metrics, which serves as a catalyst to build a college going culture within schools.

Participants will work in school teams so they can take their work back and implement at the school level. Participants will learn why a PSLT is critical, who should be on it, and how to utilize it to increase college-going rates.

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December 3  
7:00 – 7:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:30 – 9:00 am Program
  College Match and Under-matching: How This Is Critical to College Persistence and Completion
Presenters: Dr. Crystal Byndloss, Senior Associate, K-12 Education Policy Area and Alysha Rashid, College Match Adviser

The concept of “undermatching” on college enrollment was first coined by Melissa Roderick (Consortium on Chicago School Research). Research demonstrates that low-income and first-generation-college students frequently under-match by applying, being admitted to, and attending colleges that are not academically matched with their abilities and that academically capable students that enroll in academically demanding institutions for which they are eligible for admission. The MDRC has piloted a College Match program since 2010, first in Chicago and last new in New York City. Presenters from MDRC will share their work and findings from it so as to equip participants with strategies for working with students to lessen the amount of under-matching that may be occurring in their college admissions and enrollment decisions. Participants will gain an understanding of the concept of match and why it matters to student persistence and completion and also with strategies to use when advising students on college options.

The College Match project overview can be found at: and the two previously-published policy briefs can be found at: and MDRC is currently completing a third policy brief along with a how-to guide, both to be available this spring.

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March 31  
7:00 – 7:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:30 – 10:00 am Program (two topics for the price of one)
  Assessing and Implementing Strategies to Strengthen College-Going Culture
Presenters: Dr. Beth Tankersley-Bankhead, Executive Director, Missouri College Advising Corps, and SU Melt Center Volunteers and Center High School Team to include Sharon Ahuna, Assistant Principal, Center High School and MCAC college adviser, Leslie Smith

In 2011-12, a Stanford University-based research team studied the MCAC program and its impact on college-going culture in its partner high schools, 14 of 37 statewide now being in the Kansas City area. The result of this study is a typology for assessing four levels of college-going culture. At this session, the typology will be reviewed and information then focused on how to identify a schools’ current college-going culture level and strategies given to move it to the next strongest level. Participants will be provided with a research model to use when thinking about current college-going culture and also with concrete strategies to implement to further strengthen the culture.

Summer Melt: What is It and How to Counter It
Presenters: Victor Bradford, Missouri College Advising Corps College Transition and Retention Coach; Joni Burgess, recently retired Guidance Counselor from Staley High School in the North Kansas City School District and Dr. Laura Owen, Assistant Professor, School Counseling Program, San Diego State University

Research indicates that as many as 40% of high school graduates who are college-bound, including those that have paid deposits to the college, do not in fact enroll in college in fall or do not attend the intended campus. This phenomenon is labeled “summer melt”. Low-income and first-generation-college students are especially vulnerable to summer melt. Attend this session to learn more about summer melt, hear about programs occurring across the nation to lessen summer melt, and best practice strategies that can be implemented at the school or community level. Discussion will include an overview and results from the College Connection Center that operated in summer 2014 in Kansas City to serve students in KS and MO. Participants will gain an understanding of summer melt and the number of students impacted by it, hear of model programs, and learn strategies to implement in high school to help students transition successfully from high school to college enrollment.

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For more information, contact:
Dr. Beth Tankersley-Bankhead, Executive Director, Missouri College Advising Corps;; 573-884-1928.