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Adult Learner Convening

The Comebacker Convening:
Improving Adult Access & Success

The 2020 Comebacker Convening was held on February 6-7, 2020 at the Louisville Marriott East in Louisville Kentucky.  The event, which was co-sponsored by CPE and The Graduate! Network, focused on ways your campus can effectively recruit and serve the adult market.

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Conference Materials

Plenary Session Resources

Plenary sessions were held in the main ballroom.  Each were live-streamed on the CPE YouTube page, and the recording of each session have been split, formatted and linked below.  

Session Title Speaker/Moderator Slides Recording
Adult Completion Matters: The National Perspective Hadass Sheffer, The Graduate! Network Link Link
Kentucky’s Promise:  The Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Gloria McCall, KCTCS Link Link
Promises Kept: How Tennessee Reconnects Adults to Higher Education Mike Krause, Tennessee Higher Education Commission & Student Assistance Corp Link Link
55,000 Degrees and Beyond: Louisville’s Decade of Adult Attainment Mary Gwen Wheeler, 55,000 Degrees Link Link
Elevating Student Voice in Improvement Efforts Danette Howard, Lumina Foundation Link Link
Kentucky’s Big Attainment Goal: How We Get to 60% by 2030 Aaron Thompson, Ph.D., CPE President Link Link
Effective Employer Partnerships Dan Ash, The Graduate! Network N/A Link
The Case for the Adult-Friendly Institution Matt Bergman, University of Louisville Link Link

Breakout Session Resources 

Breakout sessions were held in smaller meeting rooms.  The sessions were not recorded or live-streamed.

Session Title Speaker/Moderator Slides
Helping Adults Navigate Multiple Pathways to College and Careers Tanya I. Garcia; facilitated by Lee Nimocks Link
Creating Data-Driven Implementations That Work for Comebackers Panel; facilitated by Hadass Sheffer Link
Making It Easier to Come Back Panel; facilitated by Matt Bergman N/A
Redesigning Academic Systems for Adults Nikolas Huot & Michelle Horton 


Best Practices for Advising Adults Cindy Firestein 


Strategic Partnerships for Community-Based Outreach Panel; facilitated by Bridgett Strickler 


Attracting and Retaining Underrepresented Populations Panel; facilitated by Kathy Zandona 


Breaking Down Non-Academic Barriers and Braiding Resources Panel; facilitated by Melissa Young 



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Last Updated 2/24/2020