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NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series Host Application


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series

Distinctive for its open door admissions policies, workforce training and responses to changing needs in society, community and two-year colleges have secured their place in the history of higher education in America. Community colleges continue to be the primary door to accessibility and educational opportunity, while insuring diversity in post-secondary education.

The Community Colleges Symposium Series was designed specifically to address the needs of professionals and para-professionals working in community and two-year colleges. The Community Colleges Symposium Series will ensure continued quality services to the community college and its stakeholders.

NASPA stands ready to address the professional development needs of community college student affairs professionals by providing opportunitites to build skills and knowledge about student affairs to prepare them for future challenges. The programming, focused on skill building and delivered by content experts, will cover the role of the community college in society, student development theory, adult learning theory, and inclusive service delivery to ensure attendees are able to meet the needs of their diverse student populations.

Participants will:

  • contextualize the community college experience in the history of higher education;
  • apply student development theory and adult learning theory to current practice;
  • develop multicultural competence and envision ways services can be enhanced or expanded to meet the needs of the diverse community college population;
  • explore unique and innovative ways in which individuals can advance the field and work of community college student affairs professionals;
  • connect the Professional Competencies for Student Affairs Practitioners and NASPA’s Focus Areas to the professional development of community college student affairs administrators; and
  • utilize the NASPA Community Colleges Division to serve as a resource to support student affairs work and/or development at community colleges.

Previous Conference host institutions include Montgomery College in Germantown, Maryland; Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC; Eastfield College in Mesquite, TX, and Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, CO.

Host Institution Requirements

In order to host one of the events in the NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series, we ask that your institution commits to providing and coordinating the following services as able:

  • Provide a staff person to serve as the primary liaison to coordinate activities with NASPA staff.
  • Provide space on campus to host the program to include: one large room able to hold 100 people; two breakout rooms able to hold 50 people each; and an area for registration and meal service.
  • Sponsor A/V in meeting rooms.
  • Sponsor and coordinate catering for coffee/tea service in the morning and lunch in the afternoon.
  • Send an email announcement of the program to staff at the host institution, other local community colleges, and colleagues within your local professional network. This message should include registration information with a link to the program website. (NASPA will provide information for this announcement if needed.)
  • Assist in identifying local content experts and facilitators.
  • Assist in arranging a no-host, optional evening activity and/or campus tour for participants. 
General Information
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1. Why is your institution interested in hosting an event in the 2016-17 NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series?
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2. How will the attendees benefit from the event being held on your campus?
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3. What planned involvement from your student affairs staff do you see?
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4. How will your staff be able to assist with the planning and logistics of the event?
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5. Do you have onsite meeting facilities available to utilize for the event?
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6. Please describe the meeting facilities on your campus where the event would be hosted.
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7. Is there a hotel on or near campus? What is the distance and is it walkable or drivable?
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8. How many community colleges are located within driving distance of your campus?
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9. Please provide any additional information in consideration of your hosting application.
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Confirmation Information
By checking the box below, I am confirming that I am familiar with the NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series and have the support of my organization to host one of the events in the 2016-2017 academic year. In my role, I agree to be a part of the content advisory team and ensure that my organization fulfills its commitment.
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