2019 Keynote speaker

John King, President and CEO of The Education Trust

John B. King Jr. is the president and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close educational opportunity and achievement gaps. King served as U.S. Secretary of Education in the Obama administration. Prior to that role, King carried out the duties of Deputy Secretary, overseeing policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education, innovation, and agency operations. King joined the department following his post as New York State Education Commissioner. King began his career as a high school social studies teacher and middle school principal.



Registration Rates

  • Early Bird: $475 (available for the first 75 registrants)
  • General Registration: $550
  • Alliance Team Member Registration: $250*
  • Post-Conference Registration (for Saturday, 12/14): $150

*Alliance Team Members will have been notified of their special registration rate. Please wait for further instructions, and do not register through the general registration process.


Scaling What Works. Pursuing New Ideas. Together.

It started a decade ago with a mission – more Americans earning more degrees. That mission launched a movement, growing from a handful of change agents to a now 46-member strong national network of impatient reformers focused on student success, tested reforms and measurable results – a Completion Nation.

Ten years in, the mission remains. The needle is moving, but there is more to do. Populations are being left behind and equity gaps persist. It will take a collective effort to close them.

CCA is firmly focused on the next ten years of impact. That means doubling down on what works and forging ahead with comprehensive structural change. It means intentionally searching the field for new game-changing ideas and greater innovation and advocating for stronger policy to help drive these efforts. CCA has never worked alone, and it’s clearer than ever before that the completion crisis can only be solved together.

So, join the movement. Join the Completion Nation.


Preliminary Agenda

Thursday 12/12Friday 12/13Saturday 12/14 (Post-Conference Workshops)
1:00-2:30pm Opening Plenary7:45-8:45am Breakfast7:45-8:45am Breakfast
2:45-3:45pm Breakout Session I9:00-10:30am Morning Plenary9:00am-2:00pm Post-Conference Workshops
4:00-5:00pm Breakout Session II10:45-11:45am Breakout Session III
6:30-9:30pm Dinner Reception12:00-1:15pm Luncheon Keynote
1:30-2:30pm Breakout IV
2:45-3:45pm Breakout V
4:00-5:00pm Closing Keynote

Additional agenda details are forthcoming.

Request for Presentations

The request for proposal process is highly selective and we encourage applicants to carefully review the selection criteria and priority alignment. Strong proposals should align with one or more of the following: state policy and legislation development, achieving equitable outcomes for underrepresented student populations, and new innovations that can be replicated to accelerate the college completion movement.

Learn more and apply here.


Hotel Accommodations

8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85044

Conference room rate: $159 (excludes taxes and hotel fees)

Reservations: Register online, or at
(877) 800-4888
Mention “2019 Annual Convening” when booking.

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 Convening. Please refer to the sponsorship packet for more information. If you have questions, contact Monika Mala at mmala@completecollege.org.