Student Services Practitioners Spring Conference
Fosters ‘Liberation Now, Radical Actions for Today’
The historic Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Transfer Project and its Pathways Program Mapper that continues to break ground across the state for transfer reform is in the spotlight at another statewide convening with a presentation by CVHEC representatives during the 2023 Chief Student Services Officers Association (CSSO) Annual Spring Conference underway in Los Angeles this week.
The CVHEC panel, “The Central Valley #TransferProject: The Breakthrough We’ve Been Waiting For!” will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 at the Hyatt Regency LAX where California community college student services professionals will learn about the consortium’s pilot project — launched last year by UC Merced, Merced College and Bakersfield College — that provides new strategies to increase transfers.
The session will address how Program Mapper, a public internet-based software application, presents students with pre-approved course sequences aligning the community college Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) with the upper division requirements, by major, for successful degree completion.
Participants will hear about the groundbreaking collaboration of faculty and administrators to build this model and how it has been refined and replicated for implementation by several more Central Valley community colleges, said Stan A. Carrizosa Sr., president-emeritus of College of the Sequoias who currently serves as CVHEC southern regional coordinator and Transfer Project lead.
He will be joined by some of his Central Valley Transfer Project team made up of three colleagues with expertise in transfer issues: Dr. James Zimmerman, UC Merced associate vice provost; and Tom Burke, chancellor-emeritus of KCCD. (Burke also was recently appointed KCCD interim chancellor during the search for a new CEO after the appointment of Dr. Sonya Christian as chancellor of the California Community College System). Dr. Craig Hayward, Bakersfield College dean of Institutional Effectiveness also serves on the team.
Dr. Benjamín T. Durán Ed.D., executive director of Central Valley Higher Education Consortium and president-emeritus of Merced College will also be at the CSSO conference.
At the CSSO panel, they also will discuss a recent survey compiled for the project’s two pilot colleges – consortium members Bakersfield College and Merced College – showing a direct correlation between students using the Program Mapper and important student success metrics, Carrizosa said.
“Our Transfer Project Team now convenes representatives from CVHEC, the UC and CSU creating an intersegmental collaborative group that is indeed the first of its kind,” he added. “In most districts where we are engaging in this work, we are also reaching out to include local K-12/high school districts with their effort as they support students’ transition to college.”
He noted that CVHEC’s innovative Transfer Project has been featured at several statewide conferences and workshops including the Lumina Foundation State Policy Retreat 2022, the Association of Chief Business Officials and the annual convention of the Community College League of California.
The CSSO Association is a non-profit organization committed to “Ensuring Opportunities for Success for Every Student” in California’s Community College system. The CSSO Association’s Executive Board is composed of dedicated student services professionals who utilize their professional expertise to foster a professional learning community for student service leaders within the core values of equity, social justice, leadership and community.
The 2023 CSSO Annual Spring Conference March 13-15 is the association’s premiere event designed to present student services practitioners with the unique opportunity to create innovative ideas and receive valuable professional development that will enhance the success of the 1.8 million students in the California community college system.
This year’s conference, the first in-person in two years, seeks to establish new concepts with the theme “Liberation Now, Radical Actions for Today.”
Presenters are sharing evidence-based, action-oriented practices that relate to the conference theme as well as promote educational equity, social justice and liberatory actions within the Student Services framework for California Community Colleges.
“We welcome the opportunity to share this historic mission for transfer reform,” Carrizosa said. “This is in line with one of the underlying principles of the conference call-for-proposals: to present current practices that disrupt inequitable outcomes for community college students.”
For media inquiries about CVHEC projects, contact Tom Uribes at email@example.com or text 559.348.3278.
- CSSO Conference Agenda
- ‘First of its Kind’ CVHEC Transfer Project Gaining Statewide Interest
- The CVHEC Central Valley Transfer Project
- Pilot CVHEC/UC Merced Transfer Project improves process for students
- Charting Better Maps to Degrees
- CVHEC BLOG: ‘WHAT THE CV-HEC IS HAPPENING’ (Dec. 2021)
- CV-HEC BLOG: UC Enrollment Push Supported by CVHEC/UC Merced Transfer Project and New Mapper Software
- CVHEC NEWS: Lumina Policy Retreat Presentation
The Central Valley Higher Education Consortium is made up of 28 institutions of higher education in the Central Valley’s nine-county region from San Joaquin to Kern Counties (two Universities of California, three California State Universities, four independent universities, 15 community colleges and 4 multi-college community college districts). The presidents and chancellors of each member institution serve on the CVHEC Board of Directors which meets quarterly. The primary goal of the consortium is to increase the Central Valley’s certificate and degree attainment rates. CVHEC also serves as a regional convener on post-secondary equitable work that speaks in a single voice on higher education policy issues affecting our region such as but not limited to dual enrollment, transfer reform and open educational resources/zero textbook cost.