NCC set to host conference

New England governors and college leadership teams will come together at Nashua Community College Nov. 28 – 29 for the next Governance Institute for Student Success.

The Governance Institute for Student Success helps leaders in higher education make the best decisions for student success backed by hard data.

“It’s important that people understand that trustees work hard to learn how to make data-informed decisions in their governing roles,” said Norma Goldstein, Director of the GISS and Special Projects. “There’s a great deal at stake for students, staff and the communities they serve. This GISS for the New England states is one way the Association of Community College Trustees brings board members and top college executives together to look at their data and to consider and often commit to student success best practices that they learn about at the institute.”

New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts institutional teams have all been invited to attend the event at Nashua Community College. The GISS is a leadership training event of the Association of Community College Trustees for community college trustees, chancellors, presidents, and other top college leaders. Programming will cover the importance of evidence-informed governance to support student success, equity, completion, and workforce priorities for New England.

The institute’s goals are to promote healthy board functioning, to give a venue for state and regional talks on New England’s future workforce, discussion on best practices for student success policies, and to facilitate action plans for student success and career readiness.

Leadership from Nashua Community College and the Community College System of New Hampshire will be participating in the two-day event on campus this month. CCSNH Chancellor Ross Gittell, CCSNH Board Chair Jeremy Hitchcock, and myself will be there to welcome the GISS attendees and to join the collaboration.

The GISS November conference is organized by the New England Board of Higher Education, the Association of Community College Trustees, Strada Education Network, and Nashua Community College.

More information about the GISS can be found online at:

Lucille Jordan is president of Nashua Community College, located at 505 Amherst St. in Nashua.