Education for the New Student Majority: Collaborations, Innovations and Strategies for Completion

October 24–26, 2018
Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark, Austin, Texas

This Yes We Must Coalition National Conference will bring together post-secondary faculty, staff, and administrators, as well as other advocates for equity in higher education, to share strategies for successfully implementing change to increase college-degree attainment for low-income and other underrepresented students. We have a special interest in cross-institutional collaborations for scalable change.

What is working to improve the results for students from low-income backgrounds? Share and learn about the evidence-based strategies and policies that are making a difference in recruitment, enrollment, persistence, and completion.


  • Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation
    Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • The Teagle Foundation
  • College Possible
  • Greater Texas Foundation

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Yes We Must Coalition National Conference
Education for the New Student Majority:
Collaborations, Innovations and Strategies for Completion

October 24–26, 2018 · Austin, TX


Wednesday, October 24

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
YWMC Collaborative Projects Pre-Conference Meetings
12:00 – 1:00 pm: Teagle Liberal Arts and the Professions
1:00 – 2:00 pm: NSF S–STEM
2:00 – 3:00 pm: NSF I-USE
2:00 – 3:00 pm: Curricular Pathways Community of Practice
3:00 – 4:00 pm: The Wheel — YWMC Online Consortium
4:00 – 5:00 pm: YWMC Fellows Program
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Student Exchange Program
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Opening Reception and Welcome
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Opening Keynote Speaker and Dinner
Wil del Pilar, Vice President of Higher Education Policy and Practice, The Education Trust

Thursday, October 25

7:30 – 8:45 am

Carrie Carroll, Senior Partnerships Manager, Catalyze, College Possible

Chris Dowdy, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Paul Quinn College
Nithya Govindasamy, Dean of the Work Program, Paul Quinn College

Paul Gaszak, Dean of Academic Engagement, Robert Morris University Illinois

Karen Gross, Author, Educational Commentator, Senior Counsel, Finn Partners, Former President of University of Southern Vermont
Career Decision Making in First Semester Business Students: Focus 2 Results Analysis, Reflection and Self Knowledge
Wendy Hahn, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Business Program, College of Saint Elizabeth
Regina Riccioni, Chair of the Business and Health Administration Department and Director of the Graduate Programs in that Department, College of Saint Elizabeth
Nudging Them Along: Using GroupMe Messages To Promote Assignment Completion
Carolyn McClenny, Associate Professor of Education, Thomas University

Ginger Rodriquez, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Calumet College of St. Joseph
Streamlining Curriculum Pathways
Anthony Santamaria, Professor and Dean Arts and Sciences, College of Saint Elizabeth
Judy Cheatham, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Martin Methodist College
Tilokie Depoo, Chief Academic Officer and Dean, School for Business, Metropolitan College of New York

Mary Williams, Director, Panther STEPS, Associate Professor of Sociology, Claflin University

Winona Wynn, Associate Professor, Arts and Sciences, Heritage University
9:00 – 10:15 am
Plenary Session
Mamie Voight, Vice President of Policy Research Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
10:30 – 11:45 pm
Panel Session A
12:00 – 1:15pm
Lunch and Panel Discussion led by Dennis Littky, President, College Unbound
1:30 – 2:45 pm
Plenary Session
Uri Treisman, Executive Director, Charles A. Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin
3:00 – 4:15 pm
Panel Session B
4:30 – 5:30 pm
YWMC Annual Business Meeting
4:30 – 6:00 pm
6:15 – 8:00 pm
By-Invitation Strategy Dinner with Funders for YWMC Members (2 people per member institution). Others: dinner on your own.

Friday, October 26

7:30 – 8:45 am
Roundtable Discussions and Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 am
Funders’ Panel: Foundation Approaches to Intervening in Poverty
Scott Delassandro, Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Sue McMillin, President & CEO, Greater Texas Foundation
William Moses, Managing Partner, Education Program, The Kresge Foundation
Loni Bordoloi Pazich, Program Director,
The Teagle Foundation
10:45 – 12:00 pm
Panel Session C
12:00 pm
Box Lunches/Informal Conversation

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