About Yolanda Watson Spiva

Dr. Watson Spiva’s nearly 25-year career in postsecondary education spans a range of executive leadership, general management, federal government, public affairs, operations and academic officer positions. She is the President of Complete College America. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, CCA is a bold national advocate for dramatically increasing college completion rates and closing equity gaps by working with states, systems, institutions, and partners to scale highly effective structural reforms and promote policies that improve student success. CCA has become a national leader in the movement to dramatically increase the percent of individuals with a postsecondary credential. Complete College America is organized as an Alliance of 47 states, territories, and higher education consortia where executives have committed to ambitious goals of increasing college completion rates, tracking progress toward their goals and implementing a set of evidence-based practices or “Game Changers” that have proven to dramatically increase college completion rates. She is the former President & CEO of College Success Foundation (CSF), a national nonprofit college readiness, access, success, and scholarship organization headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, which serves nearly 12,000 low-income students, annually, through an integrated system of academic, financial, social and emotional supports to help them access and complete a postsecondary education.

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Volunteer Opportunities

As a conference volunteer, not only will you help to make the AHSIE 12th Annual Best Practices Conference a success, volunteering will help you meet new people, get recognition for yourself and your institution, as well as provide a service to the higher education community. Our opportunities are designed for a variety of interests, skills, and time commitments.

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Program Topics

We aim to provide relevant information on topics that affect all Hispanic-Serving Institutes. Topics for this year’s conference include Academic Student Support Programs, Project Management, Institutionalization, and Data-Driven Evaluation, and more.

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