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2018 Invitational State Systems GISS

Event date:
Feb-5-2018 (10:00 am)
Event End Date:
Feb-6-2018 (4:00 pm)
Registration Deadline:


for a Governance Institute for Student Success (GISS)

February 5 – 6, 2018

Lawson State College in Birmingham, Alabama

The 2018 State System GISS will be a national gathering of state governing boards from across the country for a two-day institute.


In partnership with the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) with support from the Strada Network is hosting a nationally acclaimed institute designed expressly for boards for state systems, universities governing boards responsible for community colleges, and technical college system boards and their leaders. Guided by ACCT’s national expertise, state and system leaders will engage in thoughtful and courageous conversations around the importance of effective and data-informed policies design to support student success, equity, completion and workforce preparation for their states.


The Governance Institute for Student Success (GISS) has designed an exclusive institute that will create connections between higher education results and economic development for state system leaders. 


The Institute will be held at Lawson State College in Birmingham, Alabama.



  • Monday, February 5, 2018, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Includes Breakfast and lunch) 
  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Includes Breakfast and Lunch)



We encourage whole boards to attend, but at least three or more trustees and the State System CEO/Chancellor/President and college presidents.  Having representatives from senior system and college staff and research officers attend is highly recommended. 

REGISTRATION:   Click here to register now for this dynamic event!  


COST:  With appreciation to Strada Education Network, registration and meals are complimentary during the Invitational GISS institute. Participating boards and colleges are responsible for their own associated travel expenses.

MEALSInstitute meals are provided by the courtesy of Alabama Community College System. They will provide breakfast and lunches for the two days.

TRAVEL AND LODGING:  Participating state systems are responsible for all travel and lodging arrangements and associated costs. Below is a list of some of the local hotels near the airport, and the college.


  • Drury Inn & Suites Birmingham Southwest

160 State Farm Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35209
Phone: (205) 940-9500
12 Miles from Airport  What is the name of the airport?
6 Miles from Lawson State College

  • Hilton Garden Inn

520 Wildwood Circle
Birmingham, AL 35209
Phone: (205) 314-0274
12 Miles from Airport
6 Miles from Lawson State College

  • Hampton Inn Birmingham I-65/Lakeshore Drive

30 State Farm Parkway, 
Birmingham, Alabama, 35209, USA  
Phone: 205-313-2060
10 Miles from Airport
6.5 Miles from Lawson State College


Please contact Dr. Norma Goldstein This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 202-775-6488 should you have any questions about the program. 



Visit for more information about the GISS. We look forward to seeing you in February!