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Welcome to the NISOD Webinar Series

Below you will find information about all of our upcoming webinars. NISOD Webinars are offered at no cost to individuals at NISOD Member Colleges and $25.00 (credit card payment only) for individuals at non-member colleges. You can check the Member College page to see if your college is a NISOD Member.

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The Retention Divide: Building New Cultural Bridges

Diminishing retention returns are a recurring topic in scholarly discourse. The topic of retention within the context of community colleges is particularly viable because the student demographic at those institutions continues to diversify. Research suggests that factors such as mentoring, financial aid, family support, and an institution’s culture can positively impact student persistence. In addition, a variety of strategies faculty members can incorporate into their courses may prove advantageous as students grapple with where they fit into an academic setting. This webinar explores how culture influences retention outcomes in a community college setting and how faculty members can become culturally-competent instructors.

Jeremiah E. Shipp, Adjunct Instructor, Academic Related, Guilford Technical Community College
Dr. Jeremiah E. Shipp earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems at Tennessee State University, his master’s degree in Biblical Studies at Piedmont International University, and his doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership at Texas A&M University-Commerce. His professional career began in the financial services industry where he worked for 15 years in various capacities. To fulfill a passion for teaching and leadership development, Dr. Shipp transitioned to higher education. At Guilford Technical Community College, he teaches hybrid courses for the Center for Academic Engagement and participates in the Faculty in Training Program. His teaching and research specializations include culturally-relevant pedagogy, leadership, instructional technology, and underrepresented minority groups.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mountain: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Central: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Eastern: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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Launching a Collegewide Online Course Quality Review Initiative

In the fall of 2017 we began the journey of adopting and implementing a peer-based online course quality review rubric and process with the goal of narrowing the gap between our traditional and online course student success rates. This journey involved faculty, union representatives, staff, and administrators who worked to pilot and launch the collegewide process in less than a year. Join us as we retrace the steps of our journey to launch this initiative. Webinar participants learn how to identify key stakeholders who can help implement a collegewide online course quality review process; how to obtain buy-in for, pilot, and rollout a collegewide process for reviewing online courses; and how to use the Open SUNY Course Quality Review rubric as a course design review tool.

Melissa Baysingar, Instructional Design Specialist, Harper College
In her role, Melissa assists online and traditional classroom faculty with designing courses, teaching strategies, and instructional technology. She has a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Western Illinois University. Prior to her current position, she was a fulltime accounting instructor in the Wisconsin Technical College system and an online course developer for Career Education in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Jenny Henrikson, Distance Education Instructional Design Specialist, Harper College.
Jenny works with faculty who are developing and modifying their courses. She also leads efforts to implement distance education quality and growth initiatives at Harper College. Jenny holds a master’s degree in Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to joining Harper College, Jenny worked in online course development and quality assurance at North Park University on the north side of Chicago, Illinois.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mountain: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Central: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Eastern: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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Opinion: It's Time to Reconsider The Role And Future of Community Colleges - Times of San Diego

timesofsandiego.com - At our local community colleges we call spring our “Smile Season.” In April and May, you begin to see a huge increase in the number of smiles at San Diego’s community colleges and in our continuing e…


Roueche Made Profound Difference

diverseeducation.com - They traveled from far and near to pay tribute to a community college pioneer. The list of the attendees at the memorial service read like a who’s who of the world of community colleges. There were f…


Community College Perceptions: Behind the Statistics | CampusLogic

campuslogic.com - Part 1 of Financial Aid: Crucial to Community College Student Success Nationwide By Amy Glynn, VP of Financial Aid and Community Initiatives April is National Community College Awareness Month—a time…


What Happens When 2-Year Schools Offer B.A. Degrees?

usnews.com - Broward College, traditionally a two-year community college, has offered four-year bachelor’s degrees since 2009. (J Pat Carter/AP) When Florida opened the door 17 years ago for two-year colleges to …


Millions in Federal Grants for Community College Students Left on the Table

ucdavis.edu - Millions of dollars in federal aid are left unclaimed by California community college students, according to a research brief released today by the Wheelhouse Center for Community College Leadership …