CCA On the Air episodes are candid conversations with higher education leaders on a variety of topics related to student success, college completion, and advancing CCA’s mission and vision. These 20-25-minute conversations are released in podcasts bi-weekly on Tuesday mornings. We will continuously update this page and encourage you to bookmark and revisit this site for more information about this series, dates, and recordings.

Season 2

Episode 3: Advancing Equity with Developmental Education Reform

CCA President, Dr. Yolanda Watson Spiva is joined by Dr. Maxine Roberts, Executive Director of Strong Start to Finish, to speak about the great work that Strong Start to Finish has been doing in the advancing equity through developmental education reform. 

Episode 2: Life Transformation: Reflections on Early College 

CCA’s Strategy Director, Dr. Brandon Protas, is joined by Marián Vargas and Alejandra Garcia to speak from their personal experiences about the benefits and transformative aspects of dual enrollment programs. 

Episode 1: Connecting the Student: K12 Performance Assessment for College Advising and Placement

CCA’s Strategy Director, Dr. Brandon Protas, is joined by Dr. Monica Martinez, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Learning Policy Institute, to discuss the transformative nature of performance assessment implementation in college advising and placement practices. To learn more about the Learning Policy Institute and the Reimagining College Access initiative that Dr. Martinez leads, please visit: https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/project/reimagining-college-access.

Season 1

Episode 15: Transforming Adult Student Lives with George Mason University’s BIS Program

Strategy Director Nikolas Huot is joined by Kurt Lazaroff, Ph.D., BIS Academic Services Director and Professor Janet Ha Poirot, Term Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Academic Services in BIS. They discuss George Mason University’s exemplar program for adult learner engagement, the Bachelor of Individualized Study (or BIS) program. This unique program allows students to individualize their course selection, and craft their academic maps to fit their interests and career goals. Join them for their conversation about this exciting program.

Episode 14: Lasting Impacts: Longitudinal Results after Seven Years from a Study on Coreq with Statistics, Part 2

CCA Strategy Director Brandon Protas, Ed.D., is joined by Daniel Douglas, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Studies and Sociology at Trinity College; Alexandra Logue, Research Professor at The Center for Advanced Study in Education at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York; and Mari Watanabe-Rose, Director of Undergraduate Education Initiatives and Research in Office of Academic Affairs at The City University of New York. Tune in as they discuss their recent study, “Community College Students Assessed as Needing Mathematics Remediation: Seven-Year Impacts of Corequisite Remediation with Statistics.”

Episode 13: Lasting Impacts: Longitudinal Results after Seven Years from a Study on Coreq with Statistics, Part 1

CCA Strategy Director Brandon Protas, Ed.D., is joined by Daniel Douglas, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Studies and Sociology at Trinity College; Alexandra Logue, Research Professor at The Center for Advanced Study in Education at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York; and Mari Watanabe-Rose, Director of Undergraduate Education Initiatives and Research in Office of Academic Affairs at The City University of New York. Tune in as they discuss their recent study, “Community College Students Assessed as Needing Mathematics Remediation: Seven-Year Impacts of Corequisite Remediation with Statistics.”

Episode 12: Access, Affordability, and Equity: The Dual Enrollment Pathway to College in Colorado

CCA Strategy Director Brandon Protas, Ed.D., is joined by Dr. Angie Paccione, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Tune in as they discuss Pathway to Affordability: Annual Report on Dual and Concurrent Enrollment in Colorado.

Episode 11: Davis Jenkins, Data, and the Future of Student Success in Community Colleges

CCA Vice President of Policy, Research and Advocacy is joined by Davis Jenkins, Senior Research Scholar, Community College Research Center (CCRC) to discuss data and the future of student success in community colleges.

Episode 10: Reconciling America’s Past to Create a More Inclusive Future

Katrina Caldwell, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Johns Hopkins University, joins Complete College America President Yolanda Watson Spiva, Ph.D. for a candid conversation on how leaders can reconcile with America’s past to create a more inclusive future for higher education students.

Episode 9: Rethinking Higher Education with WGU President Scott Pulsipher

Complete College America President Yolanda Watson Spiva is joined by Western Governors University President Scott Pulsipher for a candid conversation on how higher education can meet the needs of today’s student.

Episode 8: Committing to Equitable Systemic Change

Featuring Lais Martinez, Assistant Commissioner for EDI, Utah System of Higher Education and Virginia Madrid-Salazar, Strategies Lead, Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC). Listen in as we discuss a regional and state approach to turn equity into action from working being done in the state of Utah and the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC) in California.

Episode 7: Race Consciousness and Policy: An Analysis of California’s AB 705

Adrian Trinidad, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Southern California Race & Equity Center joins CCA Strategy Director Brandon Protas, Ed.D., to share a critical race analysis of California’s AB 705 and how its goals to impact racial equity are seen through policy and practice.

Episode 6: Meeting Students Where They Are with Concurrent Enrollment (May 11, 2021)

Complete College America Strategy Director Brandon Protas, Ed.D., and Carla Mebane, Director, University of Missouri – Kansas City High School / College Dual Credit Partnership and Member at Large Representative on the NACEP Board – National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. talk through the different models of concurrent/dual enrollment, quality standards and the impact of race on successfully programming for high school students to take college classes.

Episode 5: Course Sharing and Success Strategies (April 27, 2021)

Complete College America (CCA) Strategy Director Nikolas Huot meets with Patrick Frasier, Vice President at Acadeum, and Robert Mitchell, Registrar at Dillard University, to discuss course sharing and its impact on student success and CCA strategies.

Episode 4: What’s on the Horizon? The National Institute for Student Success & the Impact on the Field (April 13, 2021)

CCA President Yolanda Watson Spiva, Ph.D. and Timothy Renick, Ph.D., Executive Director at the National Institute for Student Success discuss evidence-based strategies designed to boost equitable outcomes. Spiva and Renick also discuss what to expect from institute and opportunities for learning, support, and collaboration across the field.

Episode 3: The Time Is Now: Corequisite Support & Scaling Dev Ed Reform (March 30, 2021)

CCA Strategy Director Brandon Protas, Ed.D., speaks with Molly Sarubbi, Senior Project Manager at Strong Start to Finish, about the role of Corequisite Support in changing the landscape of developmental education around the country.

Episode 2: Education-to-Work: Improving the Health & Wealth of Students who are Essential Workers (March 16, 2021)

Complete College America (CCA) President Dr. Yolanda Watson Spiva meets with Futuro Health CEO Van Ton-Quinlivan to discuss the intersection between workforce & community college efforts and how this alignment improves the health and wealth of students who are essential workers.

Episode 1: Getting to Know You . . . Strategy Directors Edition (February 2, 2021)

Complete College America (CCA) Strategy Directors Melanie Harris, Nikolas Huot, and Brandon Protas discuss their passion for student success and what they are looking forward to in 2021.