33rd Annual Conference
Achieving College Success Through Vision & Action | September 7-10, 2014 | Washington Marriott Wardman Park | Washington, D.C.

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Achieving College Success Through Vision & Action
33rd Annual Conference Program

33rd Annual Conference Program
Your attendance at the Council for Opportunity in Education's 33rd Annual Conference, “Achieving College Success through Vision and Action,” reflects your commitment to the ideals of college access and success for all. Programs like TRIO and GEAR UP provide low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities with the chance to succeed in obtaining a higher education, thus improving their own future, and that of our collective humanity.

This year’s conference features thought-provoking plenary and concurrent sessions to address the importance of and potential for educational opportunity. Our Conference Program Document is available for download (.pdf) is loaded with valuable information that will help both your programs and your students be more competitive professionally and personally.

Please note that this Conference Program was printed on July 15, 2014. Changes that have been made to the program since that date will be added to the mobile application and addendum found in COE's Annual Conference program bag.

Six Exciting Conference Strands All for You

Six strands have been specifically developed to provide you with the latest information on issues ranging from college retention of low-income students to preparing students for a technology rich job market.

For your convenience, the strands appear below. Specific sessions in the strands are noted on the Conference Overview and in the Specific Session descriptions in the Conference Program Document is available for download (.pdf). Please take full advantage of these sessions and come ready to share your ideas.

Poverty, Mobility, and Education

  • Working Institution-Wide to Assure Economic Stability for All Students
  • State Policies to Promote Student Success
  • Is the Universal Two-Year College Option a Solution to Increasing Equity in Higher Education and in the United States?
  • Learn the Basics of the College Cost Discussion So That You Can Represent Low-Income Students on Your Campus, in Your Community, and in Your State

Start Smart

  • The “Law” Is Behind You
  • When Should I Contact My Program Specialist?
  • Surround Yourself with Great People — Rule #1 for Running an Effective and Successful Program
  • TRIO History 101


  • Components of a Successful Structured First Year
  • Critical Components of Transfer Services: Assisting Students in Securing Admission to the Four-Year College and Program of Their Choice
  • How to Demonstrate That Your SSS Program Is Using Strategies That Are Evidence-Based
  • Connecting with the Council of Graduate Schools to Aid the Success of McNair Scholars
  • How to Incorporate the Principles of Universal Design to Increase Retention and Student Engagement


  • Communicating with Potential Donors and Partners
  • Collaborating with Faculty to Assure Student Success
  • Collaboration That Bridges the Gap — TRIO and Communities In Schools
  • Cross-Campus Collaboration for Student Success
  • Building Collaborative Relationships with State Agencies and Offices

Colorado State University/COE College Access and Success Certificate Program

  • College Match — Advising Students to Choose a College That Matches Their Aspirations
  • Applying College Student Development Theory to Postsecondary Project Design and Services
  • Organizational Behavior and Student Success
  • Access and Success Programs and Student Financial Aid — The Historical Framework of Expanding Access and Opportunity in Higher Education


  • Evaluating the Impact of Upward Bound — Looking Forward from Our History
  • How to Obtain and Use Data on Your TRIO Program
  • Tracking Students to Inform Program Approaches and Improve Outcomes
  • Creating a Culture of Data Use

Opening Plenary — Author Wil Haygood

Wil Haygood
Join us as award-winning author of The Butler — A Witness to History and Upward Bound alumnus, Wil Haygood, talks with three standing college presidents who are also Upward Bound alumni, to explore the influence Upward Bound had on their development as leaders in Higher Education.

FaciliatorWil Haygood, Reporter, Washington Post and Author of the The Butler — A Witness to History,
Washington, D.C.

DiscussantsEverette Freeman, President, Community College of Denver, Denver, CO;
Larry Anderson, President, Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College, Cloquet, MN; and
Carlos Colón, Chancellor, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico-Guayama Campus, Guayama, PR

Pre-Conference Sessions

To kick off the Council for Opportunity in Education's 33rd Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., we are offering the following pre-conference sessions to assist programs increase your performance in the areas of tracking, evaluation, plan of operation, compliance and presentation. All pre-conference sessions take place concurrently on Sunday, September 7th, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m — please only register for one. Each session is an additional fee of $100 except for the Engaging in Real World Offsite Education Experiences which is $225.

Pre-conference sessions can be registered online at the same time you register for the Annual Conference! Already registered? No worries. Please e-mail Angelica Vialpando at (angelica.vialpando@coenet.us) and she can provide you details on how to register.

Are You in Compliance?

Are you ready for a site visit? Do you know what's covered when the U.S. Department of Education performs a compliance review of your project? This workshop will examine three primary areas of compliance in your TRIO grant — participant eligibility, participant files, and allowable costs. In addition, presenters will outline the basic review model so you know what to expect in the event of a U.S. Department of Education program review. Review the basic principles of compliance and be prepared!

Strengthening Your Student Support Services Program in 2015

What are some effective ways to demonstrate your successes to your institutional administration and faculty? Do you have a systematic plan to deliver mandatory and permissible services to your participants? Does your evaluation plan incorporate the new EDGAR changes? These and other topics are critical to the effective management of your SSS program. Learn how key components of your program can be used to implement a holistic approach to promoting, managing, and evaluating your program.

Increasing Student Success by Using Tracking Data to Improve Program Performance

In a time of increased accountability for student outcomes, it is important to use data beyond the APR to improve programmatic efforts and practice. This climate challenges the college access and success community to reconsider our practice in the context of new information and data priorities. This session will walk you through ways create a system to collect student data for program improvement and increasing desired student outcomes. If TRIO professionals can use this information to identify the root of educational challenges and track progress, they can more readily develop action plans that will have a positive impact on their students. The session will also cover ways to translate data into goals, priorities, and strategies that are clearly linked to the institutional planning and decision making processes.

Computer Lab, Powering Your Presentation Beyond PowerPoint

[ Only 25 slots available. ] Earned your stripes on PowerPoint? You’re now prepared for the next generation of presentation tools to help you showcase your program to prospective students, partners, and colleagues, and institution leaders. While PowerPoint is still a staple of many presenters’ repertoire, there are new programs that will help you get your point across with heightened creativity. Participants will leave this three-hour workshop with the latest presentation tools and training in software alternatives such as Prezi, GoAnimate, and Sliderocket. Learn to use these various multimedia components to enhance your ability to engage various audiences and impress your students and colleagues.

Engaging in Real World Offsite Education Experiences

[ 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $225 fee includes lunch, entrance fee, and transportation. ] On this, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, TRIO professionals have the opportunity to emphasize to their students the link between educational opportunity, the civil rights movement and the federal TRIO Programs. For this pre-con, join us for a day at the Newseum. Museum staff will lead a professional development workshop (Making a Change — The First Amendment and the Civil Rights Movement), which explores how civil rights activists use the First Amendment to achieve their goals and bridges the gap between current and past social movements. Resources, materials, and strategies to bring your new knowledge back to your students will be provided. The day includes lunch in the Newseum Café and a self-guided tour of museum exhibits, including 1964 — Civil Rights at 50.