Community College Baccalaureate Association
Research Symposium
February 28, 2020

Erickson Theatre
1524 Harvard Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 934-3052

10:00am Welcome & Introductions

Malcolm Grothe, Seattle College District & Debra Bragg, Community College Research Initiatives, University of Washington

Land Acknowledgment – Tanya Powers, Highline College

10:15am Why Research Matters to Community College Baccalaureates

Angela Kersenbrock, President, Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCBA)

10:40am New Insights but More Questions: National, Regional and State Results on the Scale and Impact of CCB Degrees

Panel Moderator: Debra Bragg, CCRI, University of Washington


·   National Landscape for CCB Degrees in the United States, Maria Claudia Soler, CCRI Research Consultant

·   Exploring the Midwest Landscape for CCB Degrees, Tim Harmon, Workforce Enterprise Services, LLC

·   College Leader and Institutional Perspectives of CCB Degrees, Ivy Love, New America

·   CCB Degree Enrollment and Completion in Washington, Elizabeth Apple Meza, CCRI, University of Washington

·   How Do Students Earning CCB Degrees Compare to Their Peers in Public Universities in Washington? Grant Blume, CCRI, University of Washington

11:50pm Lunch
12:30pm A Decade of Change: Lessons from Washington State on CCB Adoption and Implementation

Panel Moderator: Ali Esmaeili, South Texas College


·        Baccalaureate Education in Washington State after 10 Years of CCB Degree Conferrals, Mike Potter, Lake Washington Technical Institute

·        Applied Baccalaureate Graduate Outcomes in Washington State, Darby Kaikkenon, Washington State Community and Technical College Board


  ·        An Industry Sector-based Approach to Applied Baccalaureate Collaboration across Colleges, Stephanie McIrvin, Renton Technical College
1:30pm Digging Deeper: Listening and Learning from Student Voices Panel Moderator: Malcolm Grothe, Seattle College District Speakers:

·   Researching Students’ Experiences, Christian Bruhn, Centralia College

·   Students’ Experiences in Completing a Community College-based Applied Baccalaureate Degree, Gabrielle Gerhard, Seattle Central College

·   Giving Back, a Retention Influence of Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Women Community College Students, Tanya Powers, Highline College

2:30pm Taking Stock of CCB Research: What Stands Out? What’s Left Out? What Comes Next?

Moderator: Mary Alice McCarthy, New America


·     Carmen Dones, West Los Angeles College

·     Ali Esmaeili, South Texas College

·     Mike Hansen, Michigan Community College Association

3:00pm Adjourn


Submission Review Process:

  • CCBA members will blindly review each proposal based on the following criteria:
  • educational or scholarly significance
  • perspective or theoretical framework
  • methodology rigor and appropriateness
  • clarity of findings
  • appeal to CCBA membership

Selected presenters will be notified by January 21, 2020 with more details about the symposium agenda and timeline.

Cost $75.00 (lunch provided)
Register Here