Community College Spotlight: Edtech at 2 year schools

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33% of college students in the U.S. are enrolled in community colleges but as few as 22 (http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/Community-College-FAQs.html)% go on to graduate. Despite extremely low retention rates, few edtech companies are focused on this student population.

Join us to find out how edtech is currently impacting community colleges; what's working, what's not, what's needed for the future.

We have a great line-up of panelists:

Alexandra Meis, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Kinvolved (https://www.kinvolved.com/)

Kinvolved has developed an app that records, analyzes, and communicates attendance data. The company is a Finalist for the Robin Hood Foundation $5M College Success Prize which recognizes the most promising technology interventions to help community college students continue their studies and attain their associate degree. Alex was recently named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Education and is a 2012 Education Pioneers Fellow.

Gina Sipley, Instructor, Nassau Community College, SUNY

Gina (http://about.me/ginasipley)is a tenure track Instructor of Reading and Basic Education at Nassau CC and a PhD student studying Digital Literacies and Gaming at Hofstra University. She writes about EdTech for Al Jazeera America (http://america.aljazeera.com/profiles/s/gina-sipley.html),EdSurge (https://www.edsurge.com/gina-sipley-mercer-hall), Mic (http://mic.com/profiles/46713/gina-sipley) and is a nationally recognized Teacher of the Future.

Professor David Finegold, Chief Acadamic Officer, American Honors (https://americanhonors.org)

David is the founding Chief Academic Officer for American Honors, a new organization devoted to expanding opportunities and lowering the costs for talented students to obtain a high quality undergraduate education by building honors colleges at leading community colleges, combined with 2 + 2 pathways to the the leading public and private US universities.

Melinda Mechur Karp - Assistant Director, Community College Research Center (http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/), Teachers College, Columbia University

Melinda is a leading expert on smoothing students' transition into college and supporting them once there. Over the past 15 years at the Community College Research Center, she has led studies examining advising, counseling, and support services; college 101 courses; and dual enrollment programs.

Join us for a memorable night of great networking, drinking and learning!

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