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Ascendium Education Solutions® -https://ascendiumeducationsolutions.org/

For more than 50 years, Ascendium Education Solutions® has made postsecondary education a reality for millions of people. We’re a nonprofit and the nation’s largest student loan guarantor, a provider of student success tools, and a philanthropy whose mission is to elevate opportunities and outcomes for learners from low-income backgrounds. We believe in the boundless power of education and support big dreams.

We provide the Attigo® suite of student success solutions. Our nationally recognized persistence and completion curriculum, student debt letter, default management counseling, and training for higher education professionals take student success initiatives to new heights. 


League for Innovation in the Community College - www.league.org 

The League is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. We host conferences and institutes, develop Web resources, conduct research, produce publications, provide services, and lead projects and initiatives with our member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies in our continuing efforts to make a positive difference for students and communities.


Laurie Hazard, Ed.D., Educator - Counselor - Consultant 

Laurie is the Assistant Dean for Student Success and teaches in the applied psychology department at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. Her research is focused on personality traits and attitudinal variables that mediate achievement motivation. At Bryant, she is responsible for the administration and development of programs and curricula aimed at student success and retention. She oversees the University’s Academic Center for Excellence and Writing Center, Undergraduate Advising, Study Abroad, and the First-Year Gateway Experience. She has been designing curricula for FYE and study skills courses for over twenty years.  In addition to motivational speaking for students, Laurie does faculty and staff development, and has been a higher education consultant for the past fifteen years. Laurie is the co-author of Your Freshman Is Off To College: A Month-by-Month Guide to the First Year, for parents of new college students


  National Council on Student Development -  www.ncsd-aacc.com/

The National Council on Student Development provides professional development for higher education student development professionals. Further, it supports the understanding of and respect for all community college students and professionals through advocacy and education.


College Reading & Learning Association - www.crla.net

CRLA (formerly WCRLA) is a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring at the college/adult level. CRLA is inherently diverse in membership. CRLA’s most vital function and overall purpose is to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, methods, and information to improve student learning and to facilitate the professional growth of its members.  Members give practical application to their research and promote the implementation of innovative strategies to enhance student learning. In a spirit of community, members share their own successful experiences with others so that all may benefit.


No Greater Odds Movement/Documentary - nogreaterodds.com 

No Greater Odds is a powerful documentary that follows the inspirational stories of five community college students at the College of Southern Nevada. Barbara, Carlos, Jaklin, Monique and Tyrone each struggle with complicated family issues, financial difficulties and other personal obstacles as they seek to better their lives and futures through higher education.  No Greater Odds challenges misconceptions, ignites passion for higher education and inspires audiences to understand how community colleges lead the way with passion, purpose and a charge to educate future generations of our nation. By sharing these stories of struggle and triumph, college students will understand that the way their story ends depends on how it begins – because for them, there are No Greater Odds.



Screening for Mental Health, Inc. - www.MentalHealthScreening.org

Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH), the pioneer of large-scale mental health screening for the public, provides innovative mental health and substance abuse resources, linking those in need with quality treatment options. SMH programs educate, raise awareness, and screen individuals for common mental and behavioral health disorders and suicide.


noda websiteNational Orientation Directors Association - www.nodaweb.org

The mission of the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) is to provide education, leadership and professional development in the fields of college student orientation, transition, and retention. The Association's core purpose is to create a community of practice that defines and enriches the fields of orientation, transition, and retention.


TRPP Associates - www.trppassociates.com

Our approach uses the TRPP Model to find solutions across higher education and provides the foundation for an integrated plan for achieving best practice. Throughout our careers we have developed, implemented, and evaluated programs and services in higher education. Our work includes learning center design and development, student support services, faculty development, effective leadership, and curriculum design and delivery. This deep and rich legacy is the foundation for addressing new and continuing challenges in different educational contexts.


Thomas Brown - www.tbrownassociates.com

Thomas (Tom) Brown is a lifelong student and academic affairs educator with an impressive record of effectiveness in creating academic and student affairs programs that promote increased learning, achievement, and success. Tom served as Dean of Advising Services/Special Programs at Saint Mary’s College of California, was a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the National Academic Advising Association, and was chairperson of the Pre-Law Advisors National Council. Tom is currently Managing Principal of a consulting network that assists campuses to increase student success, build inclusive communities, and manage change.


The Institute for Health and Human Potential - www.ihhp.com

The Institute for Health and Human Potential (IHHP) is a global research and learning company that specializes in helping organizations and leaders leverage the science of performing under pressure. We offer Training, Assessments, Coaching, Keynotes and the New York Times bestselling book, Performing Under Pressure. Our expertise is sought by Fortune 500 companies, the world’s top business schools, the U.S. Military, and Olympic medalists.


SmarterServices - www.smarterservices.com

SmarterServices’ mission is to organize and analyze data that empowers people to make smarter decisions. SmarterServices analyzes data about students, faculty, teachers, employees, and courses. We provide SmarterMeasure: online learning readiness indicator; SmarterSurveys: end-of-course survey management service; SmarterFaculty: database of online faculty; and SmarterProctors: database of test proctors.


Occupational Training Solutions - www.otsinfo.com

Occupational Training Solutions (OTS) is the leading provider of products for caregiver, nurse, and nurse aide training. We pride ourselves on improving patient care through education. Our customers save time and money with concise on-demand training, prevention of nosocomial infections, and reduction in patient care errors. OTS was started by two sisters who saw a need for improving patient care standards and are passionate about being part of the solution.