Keynote Speakers Announced

J. Noah Brown
Keynote Speaker
Saturday, February 23, 12:00 Noon

Mission Creep or Mission Focused?:
 The Community College Baccalaureate Degree 
J. Noah Brown will be delivering the keynote address Saturday, February 23, at noon. J. Noah Brown has served as the president and chief executive officer of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) since 2005 and has worked for the association since 1996. He is a widely recognized and award-winning higher education policy and governance expert, author, and educator whose experience spans more than three decades. He has extensive experience in the nation's capital working and the nonprofit sector. He also serves on the faculty for the Doctorate in Community College Leadership program at Ferris State University in Michigan. Noah’s inaugural book, "First in the World: Community Colleges and America's Future", won the 2013 Bellwether Book Award.
Sameer Gadkaree Delivers Opening Keynote Address
Saturday, February 23
Sameer Gadkaree will provide the opening keynote address for the conference on Saturday morning. Sameer is a Senior Program Officer with The Joyce Foundation. He is a member of the Education and Economic Mobility team, leading grant-making in higher education and workforce development. The Joyce Foundation is a nonpartisan private foundation that invests in public policies and strategies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation. In addition to many other areas the Joyce Foundation supports policy research, development, and advocacy in Education and Economic Development.  The Joyce Foundation is a major funder who donated charitable distributions of $50 million in 2018.
New Feature at CCBA Conference
"Publishing Your Work"

Publishing your work in the field of community college baccalaureates is an important professional activity necessary to advance baccalaureate accessibility through community colleges. Many of you have unpublished dissertations, best practices, unique curriculum, or innovative program breakthroughs that are positively impacting our students. CCBA is pleased to announce we will be holding a Writing for Publication Workshop on Sunday morning with published authors and journal editors. Bring your ideas, best practices, rough drafts, and dissertation abstracts and let our authors guide you through the publishing maze. Disseminate your work and make a difference!
Energized board members are crucial to the success of CCBA. We are pleased to introduce our new Board Members. You are invited to meet the board at our cocktail reception Friday evening.
Dr. Juan E. Mejia
President for Branch Locations/ District Provost
Tyler Junior College
PO Box 9020
Tyler, TX 75711 1400
East Fifth St.
Tyler, TX 75798
Phone: (903) 510-2261
Chief Executive Officer
Organization for Associate Degree Nursing
5325 Toscana Way #6311
San Diego, CA 92122
Phone: (618)-531-8959

Mark Mitsui
Portland Community College
PO BOX 19000
Portland, OR 97280
Phone: (971) 722-4365

Christopher M. Mullin, Ph.D.
Higher Education Expert
2107 Ellicott Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Phone: (850) 661-5784
Number of Baccalaureate Degrees Awarded by Washington State Two-Year Colleges Continues to Grow!

"In the five years 2012 to 2016, the total number of Community College Baccalaureate degrees awarded in Washington State was 1,414.
  • In 2015, 309 degrees were awarded.
  • In 2016, 501 degrees were awarded.
  • The largest majority of these degrees were in IT, Healthcare, and Business."

Thanks go to Ivy Love for sharing this information!

Ivy Love
Policy Analyst, Center on Education and Skills
New America  |  Education Policy Program
740 15th Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005 |  Email

If you have research and/or data you'd like to share, please email us so we can share your info with members of CCBA!


This alert is from one of our friends from Washington State, Soo H. Park, Director of Program Development and Baccalaureate Opportunities at Columbia Basin College.

“One of our BAS graduates wanted to take the LSAT test and couldn’t find our institution, CBC (Columbia Basin College), under the bachelor program list on the application. CBC was only listed as a 2-year degree granting institution.
Our registrar contacted the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and requested that they list Columbia Basin College as a choice. While the LSAC is working on adding us, the student can still take the LSAT test because the bachelor program selection is not required at the time of testing.
This is being shared in case your institution encounters a similar situation!
The contact information used to resolve this matter is:

Coordinator, Law School Credential Services
Law School Admission Council
662 Penn Street,
Newtown, PA 18940
P: 215.968.1166 • F: 215.968 . 1374