Bakersfield College

2020: The Future of Learning

The Future of Learning: ACCJC Conversations Among Thought Leaders

Sonya Christian
Chair, ACCJC

Stephanie Droker
President, ACCJC

December 2, 3, 7 and 8 | 2-4 p.m. (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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University of Hawaii Community Colleges

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 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)

About Tia Brown McNair

From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education

Kathleen Burke
South Orange County Community College District

About Kathleen Burke

Jessica Wojtysiak

Session II - "Learning to Stand Together: A Call for Higher Education to Bridge the American Divide Through Equity"

Ned Doffoney
Chancellor Emeritus
North Orange County Community College District

About Ned Doffoney

Manny Mourtzanos

Thursday, 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

About Natasha Jankowski

Degrees That Matter: Moving Higher Education to a Learning Systems Paradigm

Dolores Davison
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges


Cheryl Aschenbach
Professor of English
Lassen Community College


Jessica Wojtysiak

Session II - "Learning with and from Community College Students' Knowledges, Skills and Work Experiences"

Cecilia Rios-Aguilar
Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion

About Cecilia Rios-Aguilar

Funds of Knowledge in Higher Education

Sally Pestana
Professor of Health Sciences
University of Hawaii

About Sally Pestana

Craig Hayward

Monday, December 7

Session I - "Creating a Learning Ecosystem using Competency-Based Education"

Deb Bushway
President and CEO
Northwestern Health Sciences University

About Deb Bushway

A Leader's Guide to Competency-Based Education: From Inception to Implementation

Aisha Lowe
Vice Chancellor for Educational Services and Support
California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

About Aisha Lowe

Erica Menchaca

Session II - "Microcredentials and Pathways Mapping - A New Currency of Mapping"

Bill Moseley

Tuesday, December 8

Session I: "The Fifth Wave: The Evolution of American Higher Education"

Randy Beach
Jaguar Pathways Faculty Coordinator
Southwestern College

About Randy Beach

Session II: "The Social Construction of Learning: A Student Perspective"

Sam Clarke and Connie Jiang
Deep Springs College

About Deep Springs College

Jennifer Vega La Serna
Vice President of Academic Services
College of the Sequoias

About Jennifer Vega La Serna

Nick Strobel