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									Message from the President Elect...
Sustainability. Our Students. Our Profession. Our Community.”

This year seems more than appropriate to come together and discuss the sustainability of our
students, our profession and our community.

The 2009 NCSD National Conference will take place at the Inverness Hotel and Conference
Center in Englewood (Denver), Colorado. Visit for additional hotel
information. The conference dates are Thursday, October 22 thru Saturday 24, 2009 - please
mark your schedule.
This year we are also engaging more volunteers than we have in the past.

The 2009 Conference Core Committee is:
Conference Chairperson (Sandra Holst, Dutchess Community College, NY)
Pre-Conference Chairperson (Mary Holloway, Midlands Technical College, SC)
Sponsorships & Exhibits Chairperson (Subrina Taylor, Bunker Hill Community College, MA)
Conference Programs Chairperson (Eugene Henderson, Rockland Community College, NY)
Special Events & Speakers Chairperson (Keith Cornille, Madison Area Technical College, WI)

Please email me if               This Issue Features:
you would like to get involved on one of             1. President’s Message
these committees.                                    2. 2009 Conference
                                                     3-4. Highlights from Albany, NY
See you in Denver!
                                                     5. Welcoming Community Colleges
                                                         Initiative: Supporting Educational and
Joseph Watson, Ph.D.
NCSD President-Elect                                    Labor Market Success for LGBT Students
Vice President and Dean of Students and              6. Message from the Executive Director
Enrollment Management                                7-9. Government Relations Update
Columbia-Greene Community College, NY                9. National Office Staff Update
                                                     10. Unplanned Pregnancy Identified as an
                                                            Issue for Community College Students
                                                     11. 2008-09 Executive Board f Directors

Newsletter Editors: Elise Davis-McFarland, Ron Opp
Production Specialist: Carolyn Eaton

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                                Join us for the
          2009 NCSD Conference in Denver, Colorado
                    October 22-24, 2009
         “Sustainability. Our Students. Our Profession. Our Community.”

                                                      Denver and the Inverness
                                                     are very "green," they have
                                                      taken several steps to re-
                                                          main sustainable.

                                                for more information

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        Highlights from the Albany Conference

    NCSD members met last November in Albany, the Capital City of New York. The theme for the 2008 confer-
    ence was “Finding New Routes to Student Success”. The featured speakers helped to establish some of those
    routes. Gary Pavela, J.D. was the opening speaker. He writes law and policy newsletters to which over 1000
    colleges and universities subscribe. He also teaches at the University of Maryland and the University of Utah.
    The closing speaker was George R. Boggs, Ph.D. Dr. Boggs is president and chief executive officer of the
    American Association of Community Colleges. He spoke on current issues facing community colleges and
    how AACC and NCSD can address them.

    Prior to the conference, eleven emerging leaders assembled in Albany for the NCSD Community College
    Student Development Leadership Institute. Established in 2000, the Leadership Institute has graduated 148
    participants from across the United States and Canada. The Leadership Institute is designed to develop future
    leaders who aspire to take on senior leadership roles in student development within a community college set-
    ting. The 2008 class of emerging leaders from across the county was immersed in 2 ½ days of intense leader-
    ship skill-building activities from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon, including evenings. Training
    was provided by four senior student development administrators with the following goals:
    •      Develop and refine critical leadership skills
    •      Discuss issues on leadership vs. management, student development theory, professional development,
           and mentoring
    •      Build and foster a network of colleagues
    •      Identify the professional and personal rewards and costs associated with leadership
    •      Work on successful and challenging issues confronted on the job and share beneficial insights

     Participants were also afforded an opportunity to network with and gain valuable insight from NCSD’s Board
    members. The institute ended with the NCSD Board and National Office staff joining together with partici-
    pants in celebration of their successful completion of the Leadership Institute.

                                                  Leadership Institute has helped me to re-focus and to consider
                                                  my commitment to what I do. I have gained new ideas and
                                                  perspective that I will use to operate, interact with my staff and
                                                  channel my energy for the future.
                                                         -2008 Leadership Institute Participant

    Following the Leadership Institute, the NCSD National conference included five breakout sessions totaling
    23 presentations. The Dissertation of the Year Award winner was Sam Museus of the University of Massa-
    chusetts, Boston. Sam presented his research on institutional characteristics that contribute to the success of
    students of color. His dissertation is focused on exploring and examining the institutional characteristics that
    contribute to the success of students of color at one community college, one public comprehensive university,
    and one private doctoral university that have proven effective at Generating Ethnic Minority Success (the
    GEMS institutions). A collective case study of the three institutions was conducted to understand how various
    institutional cultures, policies, programs, and practices influenced the success of students of color on the three

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2008 Terry O’Banion Shared Journey
Exemplary Practice Award Winners
NCSD is pleased to announce the winners of the 2008 Terry O’Banion Shared Journey Exemplary Practice Awards sponsored by the
League for Innovation in the Community College!

This year, NCSD honored five programs from across the nation as finalists for the Terry O’Banion Shared Journey Exemplary Practice
Awards. These programs were invited to present during the NCSD Annual Conference in Albany last October where, via a competitive
process, three were chosen as the most outstanding programs.

We sincerely thank all who submitted nominations, served as reviewers, and presented and attended selected programs at our annual

Because of the importance of these awards to local community colleges and to the profession at large, we encourage you to learn more
about how you can nominate your best programs for this honor. More information can be found on the NCSD website at www.ncsdon- under the “Awards” tab.

                                   “A resource guide for those who counsel Latino students”

Program Contact: Leslie Navarro, Lizette Urbina, Sandra Saldana, Morton College

Program Description: A predominantly Hispanic, urban community college bridged the advocacy gap between high schools, first-
generation college students and families with the Morton College publication, “A Resource Guide for Those Who Counsel Latino
Students.” This unique guide was developed for those working with the growing Latino college student population.

                                                       “On track for college”

Program Contact: Tricia Kujawa, Lincoln Land Community College

Program Description: Student Services at Lincoln Land Community College has worked to reduce the number of underprepared
students matriculating to the community college through collaborations with both the Tech Prep and Mathematics departments. The
successes and challenges of two programs – On Track for College and Mathematics Articulation Forums – were described in this

         “ Registration renovation at Morton College: Re-building a successful enrollment management blueprint “

Lead Presenter: Sandra Saldana Co-Presenter: Lizette Urbina, Morton CollegeProgram Description:

Program Description: A historical transformation of enrollment services at an urban Latino institution, whose focus on community-
wide “greater good” educational initiatives serving primarily immigrant residents, has resulted in an overhaul of enrollment services
and created a model for educational pipeline awareness.

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NCSD Special Initiatives
                                       Welcoming Community Colleges Initiative:
          Supporting Educational and Labor Market Success for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Students

          According to the American Association of Community Colleges, across the United States nearly 1,200 community colleges
play a vital role in higher education: enrolling more than 11.5 million students and serving almost half the undergraduate students in
the country. These important postsecondary institutions serve a diversity of students, including many who are low-income, minority,
and first generation and provide a range of opportunities and services including open access to education, preparation for transfer to
4-year institutions, and workforce development and skills training.
          As innovative solutions to educational access and success have begun to take hold focused on race, ethnicity, and socioeco-
nomic status, there has been a notable absence of solutions to barriers to educational success for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans-
gender (LGBT) students on community college campuses. Baker in 1991 first called attention to the “invisible minority” of LGBT
students at two-year colleges. As a consequence, there may be far less attention to the needs of LBGT students at community colleges
in contrast to four-year institutions. For example, the National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education
(2005) reports over one hundred formally staffed LGBT resource centers operating in four-year institutions throughout the U.S. and
Canada, yet only one such center at a two-year community college. Since there is a notable absence in higher education literature on
LGBT students, it is difficult to truly understand their campus experiences (Ivory, 2005).
          In order to begin to address the needs of LGBT students in America’s community colleges, NCSD is partnering with the
Academy for Educational Development (AED) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to establish the “Welcoming Community
Colleges Initiative: Supporting Educational and Labor Market Success for LGBT Students.” The AED is an independent, nonprofit
organization committed to addressing human development, educational and workforce needs in the United States and throughout the
world through education, research, training, policy analysis, and innovative program design. The HRC, founded in 1980, advocates on
behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals
to office, and educates the public about LGBT issues.
          There are four main goals of the Welcoming Community Colleges Initiative: 1) to increase awareness and build a baseline
of knowledge of institutional policies, practices, and partnerships that promote or detract from LGBT students’ educational success 2)
to identify and address barriers for strengthening postsecondary outcomes for LGBT community college students, 3) develop techni-
cal assistance tools and guidance that will help to promote and sustain institutional change, and 4) implement and evaluate a model of
policies, practices, and partnerships that create a Welcoming Community College.
          To kick off the Initiative, a National Convening on Welcoming Community Colleges for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans-
gender (LGBT) Students to Support Educational and Labor Market Success will be held with community college leaders, faculty,
students, advocates, researchers, policy makers, funders and other key stakeholders. The Convening, the first of its kind in the nation
which is being planned for June 2009, will seek to build the foundation of knowledge about the community college climate and expe-
riences of LGBT populations, identify the barriers to access and academic success for these students, explore policies, practices, and
programs that address those barriers, and begin a national conversation on changing the paradigm that LGBT students are the invis-
ible minority on campus and seek solutions to advance the needs of LGBT students to ensure academic and labor market success. At
this meeting, the new Welcoming Community Colleges Initiative will be fully discussed to gain valuable input by thought leaders and
stakeholders to inform the implementation of the Initiative.
          Upon conclusion of the convening, a Welcoming Community College Advisory Board will be established, consisting of
community college leaders, faculty, and several LGBT community college students. The advisory board will help to provide strategic
insights on the initiative and offer suggestions on the project’s requirements, implementation of key tasks, evaluation approach and
tasks, potential impacts (e.g., on policy, institutional reform), and dissemination strategies and products.
More information on the Welcoming Community Colleges Initiative will be forthcoming as plans evolve for the national convening,
and soon thereafter as the advisory board is established. For immediate information, contact Dr. Henry B. Villareal, NCSD Board
Member at; Mindy Feldbaum, Director, Workforce Development, Academy for Educational Develop-
ment,; Dr. Melissa Green, NCSD Immediate Past President,; or Candace Gingrich,
Youth and Campus Outreach Senior Manager, Human Rights Campaign,
Baker, J. A., (1991). Gay nineties: Addressing the needs of homosexual community and junior college students and faculty. Community/Junior College, 15, 25-32.
Ivory, B. T. (2005). LBGT students in community college: Characteristics, challenges, and recommendations. New Directions for Students Services, 111, 61-69.
National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education (2005). Available at:

Submitted by: Henry B. Villareal, NCSD Board Member, February 15, 2009

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NCSD National Office Update

Message from Ron Opp, NCSD Executive Director...

         Having been the Executive Director of the National Office for a year and a half, I now have a much better under-
standing of what NCSD is and can be. First, let me say how proud the National Office staff is to be helping the members
of NCSD promote student success. You are all involved in the righteous cause of developing the talents of your students,
and we are delighted to be partnering with you in that cause.
         You have a considerable asset in the generosity of spirit and professionalism of your current NCSD Board. I have
found the NCSD board to be a group of individuals who give tirelessly of their time and talent on behalf of this organiza-
tion and its membership. You should be proud that you have chosen this group of consummate professionals to lead this
         As I have listened to individuals talk about why they like coming to the NCSD National Conference, I hear them
talk about the warm, welcoming feeling that they have coming to a conference of this size, the opportunities this confer-
ence affords to meet new professionals and to share best practices with one another, and the benefits of attending a confer-
ence where every session focuses on two-year college student development. These benefits are in sharp contrast to other
national student affairs conferences where the large size of the conference often leads to a less welcoming climate, and
where the focus on two-year colleges is often diluted by a much stronger focus on four-year colleges. NCSD is the ONLY
national conference that focuses exclusively on the student development needs of two-year college students, and we strive
to provide a warm, welcoming environment for you to discuss issues and to network with fellow professionals. We are
constantly striving to have the NCSD National Conference be your FIRST choice when you are thinking about profes-
sional development. Please carry the message about the significant benefits of attending the NCSD National Conference
to your colleagues in your home states and encourage them to attend this year’s conference in Denver.
         I also want to touch on growing the membership in NCSD. Growing the membership of an organization like
NCSD is vital to its health and vitality. The recruitment of new members is the primary task of any professional organiza-
tion, but the National Office and the NCSD Board alone cannot grow the membership. We need the help of all members
to recruit new individual and institutional members to NCSD. We need grass roots support for NCSD by each and every
current member if we are going to grow the organization. Word of mouth is always the most powerful form of recruit-
ment, so please take a moment to reach out to your network of colleagues to talk up the benefits of NCSD membership.
         As all of my students at the University of Toledo can tell you, I am a strong advocate of involvement theory. In
this context, the theory would suggest that the more time and energy you invest into NCSD, the more of your own talents
you will develop and the more satisfied you will be with NCSD. Please find a way to get involved in this organization.
There are multiple ways to get involved, from volunteering to serve on a committee, such as the Denver conference plan-
ning committee, the membership committee, the publications committee, or the Leadership Institute committee, to serving
as an officer or as a board member of the organization. Please consider how best to utilize your talents for the betterment
of NCSD, and you will find that you reap benefits of that involvement in proportion to the investment of your time and
         Finally, I want to ask that you provide the National Office and the NCSD Board with constant constructive feed-
back, about how well we are meeting your professional development needs. Any professional organization has to be able
to demonstrate value added in order to recruit new members and to retain current members. We need you to tell us what
else we can do to improve our value added. Many of you have memberships in a diverse range of professional organi-
zations. If there are things that other professional organizations are doing that you wish NCSD would do, please let us
know. We want NCSD to provide cutting-edge professional development, and we need your help in adding more value to
the services and professional development opportunities that we provide.

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Government Relations Update

By: Tom Walter

                                              Government Relations Update
                                         National Council on Student Development

Welcome to the latest Government Relations Update column in the Newsletter. While not a comprehensive source of
information, this column is hopefully a helpful resource, providing information about what is happening in Congress and
the United States Department of Education that will impact our work in Student Development. There will also be brief
summaries of important court cases that have implications for our work. Please send suggestions, especially topics you
would like to see addressed, to Tom Walter at


This is certainly an exciting time for the area of government relations in this country. After working on it for several extra
years, the nation finally has a new reauthorized Higher Education Act. Also, Washington has a new administration mov-
ing into place and a Congress that is ready and willing to work with that administration to solve the problems we have
been facing for quite some time. This column will briefly address both of these critical areas.

We will first look at the Higher Education Reauthorization Act. The bill was passed by Congress on July 31 and
signed into law on August 14, 2008. It applies to all institutions of higher education participating in any federal programs.
One area of concern, given that many of our institutions are planning on responding to the economic crisis our nation is
facing with tuition increases, is the cost containment provisions. Beginning July 1, 2011, the Department of Education
(ED) will be posting a list of the highest “net” tuition and lowest “net” tuition in the country for five categories of institu-
tions: less than two-year colleges, two-year colleges, four-year publics, four-year privates, and proprietary institutions.
The “net” tuition will be based upon the “average yearly price actually charged to first-time, full-time undergraduate
students receiving student aid at an institution of higher education after deducting aid.” Colleges will also be required to
publish their “net” costs, either using the ED figures or their own with an explanation of why their own is more accurate.
ED is also being required to include more information in its College Navigator and to make it more searchable.

In the accreditation arena, ED is expressly denied the authority to establish standards for the accrediting agencies to use to
monitor student achievement. However, the law does make requirements for the accrediting agencies. For example, they
must have an appeal body separate from the decision-making body, must provide for a “teach out plan” for unsuccess-
ful appeals, must respect the stated mission of the institution, must require proper identification of students taking online
courses, and must provide a public summary of all actions. The new law also re-defines the membership of the National
Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity: 6 members appointed by the Secretary of Education, 6 members ap-
pointed by the Senate, and 6 members appointed by the House.

In the area of financial aid, the new law authorizes a 100% increase in Pell Grants over the next four years (funding
requires separate action), expands the Pell Grant Program to include summer terms, students who lose a parent to combat
in Iraq or Afghanistan are eligible for the maximum Pell Grant, and graduate students may defer plus loans for six months
after the date they are last enrolled for at least half time. The FAFSA form will be simplified, requiring fewer questions.
Also, beginning July 1, 2010, students can be concurrently enrolled in secondary schools and colleges or in multiple col-
leges and still receive financial aid. ED is required to create a searchable website with financial aid, benefits, and service
information for veterans and benefit calculation for this population is also modified. There are several provisions to make
loan programs more transparent.

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Government Relations Update Continued

One somewhat disappointing feature of this reauthorization is the increase in reporting to ED and other disclosures. In
the area of campus safety, colleges will now be required to disclose information about agreements with law enforcement
agencies, provide for immediate response to emergencies (within 30 minutes), expand the definition of hate crimes to
be reported, disclose the results of some hearings to victims, and report information about students who pose a signifi-
cant risk of harm to the college community (ED must identify objective criteria for this). Colleges must also disclose to
students that unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials may subject them to civil and criminal penalties, describe
the penalties, establish safeguards such as bandwidth limitations to limit these activities, and offer alternatives to illegal
downloading. Institutions with on-campus housing will be required to keep a log of fires, including nature, date, time, and
location and publish detailed annual fire safety reports that are shared with the campus community as well as ED. Insti-
tutions will also be required to notify parents or other designated contact if a student is missing (ED will need to clearly
define this). Students must be notified of this policy. Institutions will also be required to report to ED concerning students
who lost financial aid because of drug convictions, plans to improve academic programs, and student data concerning
gender percentages, Pell Grant recipients, race/ethnicity, retention, graduation, and placement. Concerning textbooks,
faculty members will be required to disclose ISBN numbers and textbook costs to the extent possible. Publishers must
provide bundled and unbundled formats; information on price, and copyright dates for the last 3 editions; information on
substantial revisions between a new and a prior edition; information on availability in other formats; and information on
customization if available. Bookstores are encouraged to publish textbook information for each class as soon as possible,
develop programs for leasing books, make used books available, guarantee book buy-back, and provide alternative content
delivery programs.

The new ED will be working hard to develop implementation guidelines for all of the above issues. As always, it will use
a procedure called “negotiated rule-making” to accomplish this. ED will identify a panel of experts and its staff will de-
velop rules with this group to stipulate how colleges should apply each of these laws. These rules will then be published
in a draft form and the public will be allowed to comment. ED will review these comments and make any changes it sees
as appropriate and then those final rules will be published. Until that occurs, colleges are expected to make a good faith
effort to follow the law as published.

President Obama was elected on a mandate for change. However the first change he and his administration are
broadly dealing with is the economic crisis. The economy of this country is arguably in a crisis situation. The Obama
Administration recognizes that this is a complex problem and no single solution will solve it. However, the portion of
the solution that has the most public attention right now is the economic stimulus package that is working its way through
Congress. Both the House and the Senate passed separate versions of the funding bill and the overall bills were about $5
billion apart, with significant differences in their proposals for higher education funding. For example, the House pro-
poses a $15 billion increase for Pell Grants and the Senate only $13 billion. The House proposes a $490 million increase
in Work Study while the Senate proposes none. The House proposes a $6 billion infusion of money for construction in
Higher Education and the Senate only $3.5 billion. These and other differences were worked out in the Conference Com-
mittee. As of this writing, the compromise has been worked out and some of the details are becoming available. A fund
for higher education facility renovation was deleted, but the money designated to states to help them fund education pro-
grams at all levels was increased from $40 billion to $53.6 billion and allows states to use some of that money for educa-
tional facilities. This figure includes $5 billion in “bonus grants” for meeting key performance measures in education and
$8 billion for “other high priority needs such as public safety.” Increased funding for Pell Grants has not been made clear
as of yet, but the maximum grants will increase by $500 to $5,350 in 2009 and to $5,550 in 2010. The final bill includes
no increased funds for the Perkins Loan program, but does include an additional $200 million for Student Work Study and
sustains the $2,500 partially refundable tax credit for higher education expenses. There is also $4 billion for job training.

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Government Relations Update Continued
Back to President Obama, his pick for Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, indicates that “Education is . . . the civil
rights issue of our generation.” He sees his goal as to “. . . to enhance education in America, to lift our children and
families out of poverty, to help our students learn to contribute to the civility of our great American democracy, and to
strengthen our economy by producing a workforce that can make us as competitive as possible.” (
news/staff/bios/duncan.htm) Mr. Duncan previously served as the Superintendent of the Chicago School System. Prior to
that he worked in several different community agencies serving the needs of inner city youth and their families.

There are several planks in the President’s Education Agenda that relate to higher education. The plan calls for a major
expansion for Early Head Start and increased funding of Head Start. It also calls for a national commitment to hire ad-
ditional math and science teachers; increased funding for GEAR-UP, TRIO, and Upward Bound; establishing a national
“Make College a Reality” initiative that will increase college readiness levels; create the American Opportunity Tax Credit
that will ultimately assure that the first $4,000 of a college education is free for most Americans and will cover two-thirds
of the cost of tuition at the average public college; and simplifying the application process for financial aid by completely
eliminating the FAFSA and allowing families to apply for aid through their Federal Income Tax statement. There is also
a commitment to improve college opportunities for high school graduates with disabilities. (

The agenda for education of the Obama Administration is both ambitious and exciting. Stay tuned to the next issue of this
newsletter for the latest update on its progress.

Tom G. Walter, Ph.D. is Vice President for Student Development & Enrollment Management at Gainesville State College.
He is not a lawyer and nothing in this column should be construed as legal advice, which should always be obtained from
competent legal counsel.

Welcome to New NCSD National Office Staff...
David Beaumont joined the staff of NCSD in August of 2008 as a Consultant. David brings with him 20 years of experi-
ence in the fields of education, training and human services. Recent responsibilities include the leadership of instructional
and operational services for an urban comprehensive community college district in Wayne County, Michigan. He also
worked as Director of Special Student Initiatives at Washtenaw Community College where he developed an award win-
ning student support programs. At Monroe County Community College David served as Community College Presidential
Fellow. He is also the recipient of the Russell Center Scholarship and was selected and completed the League of Innova-
tions’ Executive Leadership Institute. David focus will be on leadership development, online learning and developing
other membership services.

Carolyn Eaton joined the national office staff in January 2009. She is a first-year Master’s student in the Higher Educa-
tion program. Carolyn’s background includes 8 years of event planning and admissions at Toledo Central Catholic High
School. She has served as an advisor to the University of Toledo Chi Omega chapter for 10 years assisting with chapter
programming. She has sat on the Chi Omega state and local alumnae boards and was the Chairman for the 2001 Chi
Omega State Day held in Toledo. Prior to her time at Central Catholic High School, Carolyn was a marketing and sales
representative for 13 years. Carolyn is in the NCSD National Office Monday-Thursday.

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Unplanned Pregnancy Identified as an Issue for Community College Students

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has initiated a new focus on community colleges. The
reason is based on research noting that over 2 million women 29 years old and younger report unplanned pregnancies.
One million of these pregnancies were to women in their 20’s. Additionally, two-thirds of the pregnancies in this group
were in the lowest income brackets (>200% poverty). Many of these women are enrolled in community colleges across
the country.

The National Campaign has initiated learning activities in order to provide more resources to community colleges in the
future. One of the most exciting ventures undertaken by the National Campaign is the awarding of significant grants to
three colleges this year, with more expected in the future. One of the awardees is Montgomery College (Takoma Park/
Silver Spring campus) in Maryland. The campaign wanted to know “Is unplanned pregnancy an issue for community
colleges?” and “If it is, how should we develop strategies to prevent unplanned pregnancies among community college

Jim Walters, director of Student Life, at the college, began with a learning activity, in the year prior to receiving the grant,
which helped inform the college about the next steps to take. Jim asked for volunteers to serve on a student panel to dis-
cuss unplanned pregnancy and its potential impact on their academic and life goals. Prior to this public event, Jim held a
focus group with campus student leaders to hear their perspectives and to develop questions for the panel.

Student Life at Montgomery College follows the leads provided by students to determine the student programming for
the year. Students identified unplanned pregnancy as an important issue for them. Students wanted more opportunity to
discuss relationships, sex, pregnancy prevention, etc. They thought that the college should provide more information on
its website, more opportunity for discussion in and out of class, additional health services, and more. (You can see a short
video of students from two community colleges discuss these issues on the National Campaign website http://www.then-

Conversations with students revealed that there is a disconnect between stated intentions (to avoid pregnancy) and actual
behavior (failure to use contraceptives, etc); a feeling that having a baby is hard, may disrupt your life, but makes you
grow up and become responsible; a feeling that if it happens, it happens; and a rejection of the notion that certain pre-
conditions should exist before having a child—financial security, stability, marriage, or even a long-term monogamous

If you are interested in involving your students in this conversation, consider a focus group with your students. You can
use the video mentioned earlier as a trigger for the discussion.

If you are planning to attend the AACC Conference in Phoenix, attend the session on April 7 at 8:45 to 9:45 at the Phoenix
Conference Center in room 226C to learn more from the grantees about their projects to address unplanned pregnancy in
community colleges.

By Mary Ellen Duncan, President Emerita, Howard Community College

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                                               2008-2009 Executive Board
President                                                           Past President
Faye Fullerton, Ed.D., VP, Student Services                         Melissa Green, Ph.D., VP, Student Affairs
Lincoln Land Community College                                      Rhodes State College
5250 Shepherd Rd., P.O. Box 19256                                   4240 Campus Drive
Springfield, IL 63794-9256                                          Lima, OH 45804
Ph: 217.786.2597        Email:              Phone: 419.995.8439     Email:

President Elect                                                     Secretary
Joe Watson, Ph.D., VP & Dean, Students/Enrollment                   L. Marshall Washington, VP for Student Services
Columbia-Greene Community College                                   Kellogg Community College
4400 Route 23                                                       450 North Avenie
Hudson, NY 12534                                                    Battle Creek, MI 49017
Phone: 518.828.4181    Email:                   Phone: 269.965.3931 x2627
George Smith, Vice-President for Student Services                   Communication & Publications Director
Edmonds Community College                                           Elise Davis-McFarland, VP, Student Services
20000 68th Avenue West                                              Trident Technical College
Lynnwood, WA 98036-5999                                             P.O. Box 118067
Phone: 425.640.1668                                                 Charleston, SC 29423-8067
Fax: 425.640.1159      E-mail:                      Phone: 843.574.6010
Membership & Marketing Director
Trevor Kubatzke, VP, Student & Educational Services                 At-Large Directors
Delta College                                                       Craig Kolins, Dean, Instruction & Student Dev.
1961 Delta Road                                                     Portland Community College
University Center, MI 48710                                         2305 SE 82nd and Division
Phone: 989.686.9339      Email:            Portland, OR 97216
                                                                    Ph: 503.788.6182                Email:
At-Large Directors
Henry Villareal, Ed.D., Dean Enrollment Services                    At-Large Directors
College of San Mateo                                                Pamela Flaherty, Dean of Students
1700 West Hillsdale Blvd.                                           Middlesex Community College
San Mateo, CA 94402                                                 591 Springs Road
Phone: 650.574.6590      Email:           Bedford, MA 01730
                                                                    Phone: 781.280.3630
At-Large Directors                                                  Email:
Tom Walter, Ph.D., VP, Student Dev & Enrollment Mgmt.
Gainesville State College
3820 Mundy Mill Rd., P.O. Box 1358
Gainesville, GA 30503-1358
Ph: 770.718.3877       Email:

                                                      NCSD National Office
                                                      The University of Toledo                           Consultant
                                                 2801 West Bancroft Street, MS 921                    David Beaumont
            Executive Director
                                                        Toledo, Ohio 43606                  E-mail:
                 Ron Opp
      E-mail:              E-mail:
                                              Phone: 419-530-4947 Fax: 419-530-4912                 Graduate Assistant
                                                                           Carolyn Eaton

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