2017 College Changes Everything Conference

Please mark your calendars to attend the seventh annual College Changes Everything® (CCE) conference – the state’s premier college access and success and career readiness event.

This year’s conference theme is: EQUITY IN COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS INITIATIVES – Ensuring That All Students Are Equipped for Success. As we consider the various student populations that will help our state achieve Goal 2025, it’s essential we recognize the different needs and requirements some populations have, as well as the obstacles and barriers they face. The conference takes place on July 20, 2017 at the Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois. Additional information about the conference can be found on the conference web site.

You can play an active role in shaping the conference by submitting an interest session proposal. Share your insights, experiences, and creative solutions by submitting an interest session proposal showcasing programs, resources, and partnerships impacting student success. The strength of the conference comes from sessions developed and led by dedicated professionals like you. We will have a broad group of stakeholders attending the conference, and we are encouraging proposals that cover a wide range of themes related to college access and completion such as, but not limited to: college and career readiness; student retention, persistence, and completion; education, business, and the economy; and college costs and affordability. Sessions should provide in-depth information, practical ideas, and specific strategies for the audience, and demonstrate and promote positive steps taken to address college access and completion issues and sharing of specific lessons learned. Please complete the online session proposal form by March 17, 2017 for priority consideration.