MCC hosts regional higher-ed Summit on Access, Persistence and Completion

It was a full house for the annual Summit on Access, Persistence and Completion for Under-represented Populations, hosted by Metropolitan Community College.

summit4More than 200 participants from  MCC and the surrounding academic community shared in the experience Sept. 16.

The event was held on the MCC-Penn Valley campus, with opening remarks by MCC Chancellor Mark James.

The goal of the summit is to provide faculty and staff at regional institutions the opportunity to discuss and share programs, ideas, strategies and best practices that support recruitment and retention of under-represented populations.

The summit was sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the University of Kansas and MCC, with support from U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II’s office.

“Our colleges and universities, here in the Kansas City metro and around the country, must come together to find ways to serve and support students from all backgrounds,” Cleaver says. “I commend our regional institutions on the efforts in these areas, and I am encouraged by their efforts to do more.”

The event’s logistics were managed by Robert Page, MCC’s executive director of inclusion and engagement, who works for the Chancellor’s Office and Kathy Walter-Mack,MCC chief of staff.

Photos from the event:



Keynote speakers were:

  • Dr. Dwaun Warmack, president, Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis
  • Dr. Jillian Kinzie, associate director, NSSE Institute for Effective Educational Practice and the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research
Dr. Warmack talks institutional change, from academic advisers to student success coaches.


Dr. Kinzie encourages checking in with students and giving them feedback at the three-week mark into the school year, especially for first-year students.

Breakout sessions included enrollment management conversations, as well as best-practice considerations:

MCC’s Robert Page, executive director of inclusion and engagement, leads a discussion on campus-focused recruitment programs for students of color.
A packed room at one of several enrollment management breakout sessions