Call for Proposals: College Changes Everything Conference

Posted by State of Illinois on March 7, 2016

2016 College Changes Everything Conference

Call for Proposals and Save the Date: July 21, 2016

Please mark your calendars to attend the fifth annual College Changes Everything conference – the state’s premier college access and success event. This one day conference focuses on effective practices and showcases resources available to help with increasing college access and college completion for students in support of the state’s Goal 2025 – to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60% by the year 2025. The conference will take place at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Registration will open later this spring.
CCE 2016: Aligning Attainment with Employer Engagement and Economic Growth

The Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success underscores the critical role higher education plays in economic recovery and growth, particularly in ensuring our state has an educated workforce to meet the needs of business and industry. Illinois’ economic success requires providing college credentials aligned with current and future workforce needs at the state and regional levels. Engaging with employers more and highlighting the roles employers can play in helping students achieve success are essential in our collaborative effort to reach Goal 2025.

This year’s conference is an opportunity to further cultivate existing partnerships and develop new collaborations among educators and employers.

One of the strengths of this conference is that it brings together a diverse audience from across the state: college access practitioners; high school leaders, counselors and case managers; college and university leaders and administrators; and policymakers and elected officials interested in higher education. The conference also serves as an opportunity for stakeholders to improve their practice of collaboration and collective leadership as we work toward the state’s goal. Sessions presented by state and national leaders provide purposeful information and engage the audience in thoughtful discussions on the serious issues we face in reaching Goal 2025.

Call for Proposals

The Conference Planning Committee is making a call for proposals for the 2016 Conference. Help make this conference a valuable professional development experience by sharing your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your questions with colleagues from all over the state. Since we will have a broad group of stakeholders attending the conference, we are encouraging proposals that cover a wide range of themes related to college access and completion such as, but not limited to: college and career readiness; student retention, persistence, and completion; education, business, and the economy; and college costs and affordability. Sessions should provide in-depth information, practical ideas, and specific strategies for the audience and demonstrate and promote positive steps taken to address college access and completion issues and sharing of specific lessons learned. Please complete the attached session proposal form.

Deadline – Completed session proposal forms need to be submitted to the Conference Planning Committee by March 31, 2016, by emailing the form to:

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