Get ready for the 13th Annual On Course National Conference, in Anaheim, California!
April 12-14, 2018

“FABULOUS conference!” Al Trujillo, Palomar College, CA

Join us to exchange and celebrate best practices in student success…from immediately usable instructional and counseling strategies to campus-wide programs that increase retention and student academic success. Learn great new strategies from educators who are changing the lives of their students and transforming their colleges into learner-centered institutions. Best of all, you won’t just hear about how to empower your students to become active, responsible learners. You’ll experience it!

Thanks to the 500 educators who made the 2017 On Course National Conference an overwhelming success. Since the 2018 conference is limited to 500 attendees, please REGISTER NOW to ensure your space.

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“I always tell people that this is the best conference to attend because you learn so many ways to help your students and yourself!”
– Janine Rudnick, El Paso Community College, TX

“I took more away from this conference than I did from my last 3 conferences, combined!” – Kathy Hanneken, Mesa Community College, AZ

Registration Details

The conference registration fee includes:

  • An opening and closing session with distinguished presenters
  • Your choice of at least 50 learner-centered break-out sessions
  • Hot buffet breakfast, Friday and Saturday
  • Lunch on Friday
  • Beverage and snack breaks
  • All conference materials
  • Discounted parking on site
  • Friday reception and musical entertainment

Pre-Conference day includes hot buffet breakfast, lunch, beverage and snack breaks, and all pre-conference materials.

Who Should Attend

Whether you’ve been working with On Course strategies for years or just care deeply about the success of your students, attend this powerful professional development conference. Expect to experience and learn proven strategies you can implement immediately to help your students reach more of their potential in college…and in life.

The On Course National Conference is ideal for:

  • Instructors and coordinators of student success and FYE programs
  • Faculty from all academic disciplines
  • Counselors, retention specialists, TRIO personnel, and student affairs staff
  • Administrators looking for proven approaches for improving student academic success and retention


Reserve Your 2018 Room

* Conference Registration ONLY (April 13-14, 2018) Early Bird Pricing: $495 (ends on February 12, 2018) Regular Pricing: $595
* Conference Registration with Pre-Conference: Save $65 when adding a pre-conference! (April 12-14, 2018) Early Bird Pricing: $725 (ends on February 12, 2018) Regular Pricing: $825
* Pre-Conference Registration ONLY (April 12, 2018): $295
Group Rates
* Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount on registration fees.
* Groups of 25 or more receive a 15% discount on registration fees.
To receive a group discount code, please contact us at conference@oncourseworkshop.com.


Testimonial Color

This is a big conference with a small conference feel. The atmosphere was positive, collegial, and helpful. Lots of variety in topics. So many sessions sounded good it was often difficult to choose. Obviously so much thought and planning went into everything! –Kristie Daniel-DiGregorio, El Camino College, CA

I loved the great experiential sessions, a terrific conference staff always ready to help, and participants so friendly and willing to share. This conference is what all conferences should aspire to be! –Marianne Auten, Paradise Valley Community College, AZ

This is the best conference I attend because I come away with real, practical, usable ideas and activities and everyone is so willing to share. –RuthAnn S. North, Faculty, Success Strategies, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, WI


Email: conference@oncourseworkshop.com

Office Address:
61 Renato Court, Suite 21A
Redwood City, California 94061

(650) 365-7623


Steering Committee


Compass Blue Skip Downing, Founder, On Course
Compass Green Jonathan Brennan, Faculty, English, Mission College, CA (Chair)
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Compass Yellow Essie Childers, Faculty, Education and Reading, Blinn College, TX
Compass Green Mark McBride, Communications/College Success, Eastern Florida State College, FL
Compass Red DeRhonda McWaine, Faculty/Student Success Coordinator, San Jacinto College, TX
Compass Yellow Robin Middleton, Emerita Faculty, Student Development, Jamestown Community College, NY
Compass Blue Deb Poese, Director, School of Education and Faculty, Mathematics, Montgomery College, MD
Compass Green Kim Rainstar, Faculty, English as Second Language, University of California, Irvine (Extension), CA
Compass Red Al Trujillo, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Earth, Space, & Aviation Sciences, Palomar College, CA
Compass Yellow Nic Voge, Associate Director, Learning Center, McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning, Princeton University, NJ
Compass Green LuAnn Wood, Faculty, Reading/Student Success and Student Success Coordinator, Century College, MN
Compass Red Eileen Zamora, Emerita Faculty, English, Southwestern College, CA

On Course recognizes the contributions of the late Kathy Berggren, Faculty, Communications, Cornell University, NY

The On Course Steering Committee would like to acknowledge our sponsors for the 2018 On Course Conference:

El Camino College | National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) | Long Beach City College | Santiago Canyon College |
Riverside City College | Moreno Valley College | Norco College | Copper Mountain College