Making a Comeback: Webinars for Policy Leaders

Education Strategy GroupThe Association of Community College Trustees and The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association are pleased to announce the continuation of the Making A Comeback series with three new webinars in the month of July. These online forums are designed to help state and institutional leaders anticipate and respond to challenges facing higher education due to COVID-19. 

We hope you will join us every other week beginning Wednesday, July 1. Registration links and additional details for each of these free events can be found below.

Reskilling Displaced Workers. Wednesday, July 1, 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT
Given the likelihood that many displaced workers will enroll in education and training, it is incumbent upon higher education to prioritize innovative delivery models to ensure these individuals can successfully – and quickly – attain the skills they need for immediate job placement.


  • Alex Johnson, President, Cuyahoga Community College
  • Zora Mulligan, Commissioner of Higher Education, Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development
  • Katherine Wheatle, Strategy Officer for Finance & Federal Policy, Lumina Foundation

Navigating Enrollment Shifts, Wednesday, July 15, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT
The economic challenges that students and their families face as a result of the pandemic will likely mean significant changes in postsecondary enrollment. While many traditional students may defer or cancel their plans to enroll, institutions will also likely see an influx of displaced workers returning to upskill. Where and how will enrollment shifts occur? What will these shifts mean for institutions’ finances, operations, and delivery models?


  • Wil Del Pilar, Vice President of Higher Education Policy & Practice, The Education Trust
  • Lee Lambert, Chancellor, Pima Community College
  • Additional panelist to be announced

Improving Online Education, Wednesday, July 29, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT
Even as some campuses move toward physical re-opening, institutions need to consider the longer-term potential and implications of virtual learning. As more institutions go online, how will institutions and systems ensure high-quality online learning opportunities?


  • Keith Curry, President, Compton College
  • Jon Sizemore, Associate Vice Chancellor for Distance Education and Innovation, University System of Georgia
  • Belle Wheelan, President, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College

Catch Up on Earlier Webinars

Planning for a Changing Labor Market

As labor markets shift due to COVID-19, recovery efforts will require new data analyses to identify in-demand sectors and align academic programs. A panel of experts shared insights and discuss available tools and resources.


  • Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education
  • Todd Oldham, Vice President, Economic and Workforce Development, Monroe Community College (NY)
  • Rob Sentz, Chief Innovation Officer, Emsi
Bridging K-12 to College Transitions

Academic disruption is likely to exacerbate pipeline leaks between systems, and traditionally underserved students are at greatest risk. In the short-term, higher education must rethink how to support students in this transition to ensure enrollment and success.


  • Kim Cook, Executive Director, National College Attainment Network
  • Anne Kress, President, Northern Virginia Community College
  • Aaron Thompson, President, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
Contingency Planning for the Fall

Although postsecondary credentials will increase in importance, enrollment may be harder to predict. Past precedent suggests many more adults will return to school, while academic disruptions this spring may make traditional student enrollments more unpredictable. Furthermore, most higher education leaders are unsure whether or not institutions will fully re-open in the fall. A panel of experts will discuss approaches for the upcoming semester.


  • Daniel Greenstein, Chancellor, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
  • Anton Reece, President, Western Kentucky Community and Technical College
  • Jan Yoshiwara, Executive Director, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges