2020: The Future of Learning

The Future of Learning: ACCJC Conversations Among Thought Leaders

December 2, 3, 7 and 8 | 2-4 PM (PST)

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), along with Bakersfield College, present an online seminar series in partnership with the California Community College system, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC), the Pacific Postsecondary Education Panel (PPEC), and the University of Hawaii Community Colleges.

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A Message from Sonya Christian

(((What will be the future of learning in a post-COVID world? How will we ensure that historically marginalized students who have been disproportionately impacted by these crises have the resources and support they need to succeed? Do we need to heighten our emphasis on the responsibilities of civic literacy and engagement for a healthy democracy?

These major, unpredictable circumstances accelerated change, making our online future become our present much more quickly than we might have ever imagined. I doubt any of us would have predicted in early March the extent to which our faculty would now be able to teach their subjects online, or the extent to which administrative paperwork could be done securely off-campus. However, it should have been no surprise that faced with these challenges, we would learn how to do what we do at a distance - and to do it well.

Because we've proven to ourselves that we can change, that we can adapt, I believe we're ready to explore a future of learning. I envision the learning happening in different spaces - not just in the classroom but also through lived experience- is both acknowledged and honored. This is the future of education and another step toward equity in learning.

Join us for a virtual "campfire" conversation about the now-present future of learning.


Dr. Sonya Christian
President, Bakersfield College


Wednesday, December 2

Session Videos (December 2)

  • Session I - "From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education"

    • Tia Brown McNair: Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Student Success, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
    • Kathleen Burke: Chancellor, South Orange County Community College District
    • Jessica Wojtysiak, Facilitator
  • Session II - "Learning to Stand Together: A Call for Higher Education to Bridge the American Divide Through Equity"
    • David French: Senior Editor, The Dispatch
    • Ned Doffoney: Chancellor Emeritus, North Orange County Community College District
    • Manny Mourtzanos, Facilitator

Thursday, December 3

Session Videos (December 3)


  • Session I - "Degrees That Matter: Moving Higher Education to a Learning Systems Paradigm"

    • Natasha Jankowski: Executive Director, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
    • Dolores Davison: President, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
    • Cheryl Aschenbach: Professor of English, Lassen Community College
    • Jessica Wojtysiak, Facilitator
  • Session II - "Learning with and from Community College Students' Knowledges, Skills and Work Experiences"
    • Cecilia Rios-Aguilar: Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, UCLA
    • Sally Pestana: Professor of Health Sciences, University of Hawaii
    • Craig Hayward, Facilitator

Monday, December 7

Session Videos (December 7)

  • Session I - "Creating a Learning Ecosystem using Competency-Based Education"
    • Deb Bushway: President and CEO, Northwestern Health Sciences University
    • Aisha Lowe: Vice Chancellor for Educational Services and Support, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
    • Erica Menchaca, Facilitator
  • Session II - "Microcredentials and Pathways Mapping - A New Currency of Mapping"
    • Wayne Skipper: Founder/CEO, Concentric Sky
    • Bill Moseley, Facilitator

Tuesday, December 8

Session Videos (December 8)

  • Session I: "The Fifth Wave: The Evolution of American Higher Education"
    • Michael Crow: President, Arizona State University
    • Randy Beach: Jaguar Pathways Faculty Coordinator, Southwestern College
  • Session II: "The Social Construction of Learning: A Student Perspective"
    • Sam Clarke and Connie Jiang: Students, Deep Springs College
    • Jennifer Vega La Serna: Vice President of Academic Services, College of the Sequoias
    • Nick Strobel, Facilitator


Wednesday, December 2

Tia Brown McNair

David French

Thursday, December 3

Natasha Jankowski

Cecilia Rios-Aguilar

Monday, December 7

Deb Bushway

Wayne Skipper

Tuesday, December 8

Michael Crow

Sam Clarke and Connie Jiang