Summit gives educators a chance to strategize on access, persistence and completion

MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty discussed equity at the opening session of the Summit on Access, Persistence and Completion.

“Be bold, and have those courageous conversations to make a real impact on the students we serve,” MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty told college educators at the Kansas-Missouri Summit on Access, Persistence and Completion.

Dr. Beatty gave the welcome address at the Sept. 15 event at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. The Summit is sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Metropolitan Community College and the University of Kansas.

“This is my space,” Dr. Beatty said in her presentation on championing student success through the lens of equity. She explained that conversations about persistence and access are vital to student success. She looks at data and encourages colleagues to use such information to support decisions.

MCC’s speakers at the event also included Robert Page, executive director of inclusion and engagement, who led an enrollment management working session on “Infusing Diversity Into Your Recruitment and Retention Plans.”  MCC-Penn Valley’s Eric Thompson was a concurrent session speaker on “Four Year and Community College Partnerships: A Pipeline to Academic Success.”

MCC employees on the event’s planning committee were Thompson, Jessica Contreras Calderon and Sierra Warren.

The event’s goal is to give faculty and staff at regional institutions the opportunity to discuss and share programs, ideas, strategies and best practices that support student recruitment and retention. For more about the Summit, visit

Opening featured speaker Dr. Tia Brown McNair with the Association of American Colleges and Universities shared the importance of facing inconvenient truths when shaping student success tools.