Summit on Access, Persistence and Completion for Underserved Students

September 27, 2019
University of Kansas, Edwards Campus

As institutions manage diminishing budgets, enrollment success is becoming even more vital at all levels of strategic planning. A holistic approach addressing the entire life cycle of a student’s matriculation to academic success is crucial. The Summit on Access, Persistence and Completion is designed to bring together faculty and staff to explore and dialogue on best practices that address critical issues related to access, persistence, and success for marginalized groups.

Sponsored by: the University of Kansas, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Legacy Group Online, and NASPA - Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education 

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This Summit will facilitate exchanging strategies, techniques and ideas to address access to education and completion for students from underserved populations. The Summit will draw staff and faculty in enrollment management, admissions, and diversity and equity areas who focus on recruitment, retention, and completion of students of color. 

You will be able to dialogue with other higher education leaders about issues regarding the equity and inclusion, and you will have the opportunity to gain insight on best practices and resources from presenters and speakers who have demonstrated success in recruiting and retaining underrepresented students.

We have an excellent line-up of keynote speakers and workshops that can help you with recruitment and retention. You will also meet, network and learn from other higher education professionals. Please register soon, as space is limited. 


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All of our speakers and presenters have demonstrated expertise and service to campuses and communities regarding issues of access, persistence, and completion, and they will share relevant and practice strategies and lessons.

Conference registration includes all materials and meals.  

Fri, Sep 27

7:45 AM – 8:30 AM
Registration and Poster Session
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Opening and Breakfast
Tanesha Ford, Director, Kauffman Scholars Program

Emanuel Cleaver II, Congressional Representative (D-MO 5th District)

Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher, Professor, Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership; Director, Office of Community College Research and Scholarship
9:50 AM – 10:50 AM
Enrollment Management Working Session
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Best Practice Working Sessions
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Network Luncheon Featured Speaker
Amelia Parnell, Vice President for Research and Policy, NASPA
1:20 PM – 2:10 PM
Best Practice Working Sessions
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Closing Featured Speaker
Jamie Washington, President and Founder, Washington Consulting Group


Pre-registration: $75

Registration includes meals and conference materials. 

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Robert N. Page, Jr.
NASPA Fellow
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Eric Thompson
Dean of Student Development, Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley
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Phone: 816.604.4114

Misty Chandler
Director of Student Services, University of Kansas Edwards Campus
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Phone: 913-897-8461


  • Amelia Parnell, Ph.D.

    Amelia Parnell, Ph.D.

    Vice President for Research and Policy
    NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

    Speaker Bio

  • Jamie Washington, Ph.D.

    Jamie Washington, Ph.D.

    President and Founder
    Washington Consulting Group

    Speaker Bio

  • Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher, Ph.D.

    Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher, Ph.D.

    Professor of Higher Education/Community College Leadership; Associate Head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadersh
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Speaker Bio


Thank you to our event sponsors, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the University of Kansas, NASPA, and The Legacy Group Online. 

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