The Community College Advisory Panel (CCAP)
The Community College Advisory Panel (CCAP) was established to assist the College Board in better serving community colleges and the many students whose access to higher education is through this sector. CCAP promotes national recognition of the role of community colleges in providing access to higher education. It encourages increased participation of community colleges in College Board membership, meetings, governance and advisory activities in order to build partnerships with schools and other sectors of higher education on behalf of educational excellence for all students.
Membership for 2020-2021
President, Linn-Benton Community College
"I am honored to be a member of the College Board’s Community College Advisory Panel and to work with my colleagues across the country on critical community college issues. To me, community colleges are the great equalizers of American society. In our colleges, all students - regardless of skill level or ability to pay - are welcomed and celebrated. We are the bridge to the middle class because we help people find their place in the changing economy. From small classes with experienced instructors to high-tech facilities in emerging industries, community colleges offer something for all learners. On a personal level, I am a first-generation college graduate, and my dad finished his associate’s degree in his 40s after raising a family (like many community college students). Our lives have been transformed by education, and these experiences motivate me to help community college students reap the benefits of being transformed by education. I’m pleased to work with the College Board to help expand the role of community colleges in its policies and practices, especially related to access, affordability, and equity. "
— Lisa Avery
President, Guttman Community College
"National attention centers on community colleges and their commitment to academic achievement and success. With half of all American undergraduates studying at community colleges and with those institutions serving students who reflect the diversity of our country, that attention is warranted. It is an honor to serve with leaders from community colleges on the Advisory Panel, charged by The College Board with articulating and supporting policies and practices that enhance student success."
– Scott Evenbeck
Chancellor, Alamo Colleges District
"I am honored to be afforded the opportunity to serve on the College Board’s Community College Advisory Panel. At the Alamo Colleges District we believe education is the great equalizer, leading to social and economic mobility for our students and our community. Community colleges provide the access for that upward mobility. I look forward to collaborating with the distinguished leaders on the panel about critical issues of importance to student success at the Alamo Colleges District, as well as all community colleges"
— Mike Flores
Elmer J. Guy,
President, Navajo Technical College
"I am pleased to serve as a member of CCAP. As a leader of a higher education institution devoted to addressing the postsecondary education needs of Native American students, I look forward to advancing the voice of our students with my CCAP and College Board colleagues. More than ever, our nation needs a well-educated citizenry that represents the diversity of our nation. CCAP and the College Board are important contributors to this goal.”
— Elmer J. Guy
Joyce Judy, Chair
President, Community College of Vermont
"I am honored to join the College Board’s Community College Advisory Panel, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to address the major issues facing community colleges across the country. As the only community college in the state of Vermont, CCV is in a unique position to provide access to quality, affordable higher education to every Vermonter. We work extensively with partners in the business community to design programs that help strengthen the workforce as well as fuel economic development and innovation. CCV is also the state leader in developing opportunities for high school students to take college classes in an effort to close the gap between high school graduation and college matriculation. I am excited to work with the other members of the panel to navigate many of today’s higher education challenges, and to raise awareness of community colleges and the strength and influence we bring to building a strong future for all."
— Joyce Judy
Chancellor, Rancho Santiago Community College District
"It is an honor and a privilege to join the College Board’s Community College Advisory Panel (CCAP). Community colleges have consistently risen to meet the challenges we face—whether it is working with students who are disadvantaged, first generation, older, part time, or immigrants. Community colleges have historically provided the education necessary for both a productive life for individuals and the communities they serve. Now, we have a new mission—a mission to prepare students to compete successfully in the 21st century economy of knowledge and to participate in society. We need to focus on getting students across the finish line with degrees and certificates, or helping them transfer on to further education, in order to achieve our ultimate goal of educating the workforce of the future."
– Marvin Martinez
Vice President, Kentucky Community and Technical College System
Community colleges offer postsecondary education and training opportunities for millions of Americans. The mission of community colleges has transformed over the years, due to the complexity of the institutions and the multitude of constituencies, programs, and services. Many community colleges are comprehensive, encompassing multiple missions, while others are more narrowly focused with one mission. These variations lay the groundwork for a more productive discussion about strengthening its future. Ensuring access, success, and postsecondary completion must be preserved.
– Gloria McCall
Nancy J. McCallin,
Retired, Colorado Community College System
"I am honored to be on the College Board’s Community College Advisory Panel. One of the critical challenges of the 21st century is to increase educational attainment. Yet, as a nation, we are at risk of having future generations less educated than their parents. If we do not address alignment of our K–12 and higher education systems, we will not be competitive in the global economy. Remediation needs of postsecondary students continue to worsen and need to be addressed in order to increase educational attainment. I hope to align assessment with the common core to provide an authentic assessment to ensure students move quickly through the remediation sequence and into a program that leads to a skilled workforce.”
— Nancy J. McCallin
Chancellor, Foothill-DeAnza Community College District
"I want to extend my sincerest thanks to my friends and colleagues who currently serve on the Community College Advisory Panel for having submitted my name to serve with them. The changing landscape of American higher education and the unpredictability of the future of work offer us some unprecedented challenges that are as exciting as they are massive. I am honored to be part of a team that is well positioned to address these challenges."
— Judy Miner
President, Grand Rapids Community College
"A successful community college is relevant and responsive to the people it serves. We meet people where they are, and guide them along their chosen pathway to earn credits toward degrees, to transfer to a four-year institution, to gain in-demand career skills that lead to rewarding careers, or for some students, all of the above. By doing so, we daily affirm the importance of lifelong learning. A strong community college works in close collaboration with K-12 districts, university partners, community organizations and employers to provide opportunities to all by helping people overcome barriers and stay current so that our economies grow and thrive. I'm proud to be president of Grand Rapids Community College, and honored to serve on the College Board's Community College Advisory Panel! Together, we can make a tremendous impact on our communities- at home, and across our nation."
— Bill Pink
Chief Academic Officer, Maine Community College System
I am honored to be asked to serve on the Community College Advisory Panel. Community colleges play a critical role in ensuring that our country has a workforce with the advanced education and training necessary to meet the needs of the 21st century economy. Now more than ever, higher education and K–12 educators need to work closely together to raise aspirations, provide opportunity, and address the barriers that keep students from achieving their goals. The College Board is an important partner in our work in Maine to identify and bridge the skills gap and increase student success. I look forward to working with colleagues on the CCAP and the College Board in moving forward our shared agenda of access and success. It’s an important time for community colleges.
– Janet Sortor