Registration for Dirigo 2023 has now closed. Please contact with any questions.


June 14 & 15, 2023
Eastern Maine Community College
354 Hogan Road

DIRIGO 2023 will offer you and your MCCS colleagues the opportunity to learn from and workshop with national higher education experts and some of the state's industry leaders, collaborate with others from among Maine's public higher education institutions to share best practices and address common challenges, and connect with one another to advance strategic efforts designed to help more students enroll and achieve academic success. Please explore this page for additional event details and highlights, and return often for updates. 

Registration for Dirigo 2023 is now closed. Please contact with any questions. 

Please follow this link to register

Online Reservations:

For nearby hotels (across Hogan Road down Haskell Road)
Go to: Hilton Garden Inn and use group code EDC under Special Rates or
Go to: Hampton Inn and use group code: EDC under Special Rates

Phone Reservations:

For Comfort Inn (across I-95 near the Bangor Mall)
Call: 207-990-0888 and use the word Dirigo for the event rate

Please reserve your room at your earliest convenience. DIRIGO 2023 Rates are based on room availability, and blocks reserved for our event will be released to the general public on May 30. The MCCS and your college will split the cost of rooms only at the event rate (50% MCCS/50% College). Any expenses accrued during your stay beyond the room charge at the event rate will be the responsibility of the guest, and you may be asked to provide a credit card number for such incidentals.  

Cancellation policy: 
Guests are required to contact the hotel directly to cancel reservations. Failure to do so at least two days before arrival will result in charges to the guest (and will not be reimbursed).

To Modify Reservations, contact your hotel directly as follows:
Hilton Garden Inn: Ashley Ireland - 207-262-0099; 
Hampton Inn: Ashley Ireland - 207-262-0099; 
Comfort Inn Bangor: Sarah Eremita - 207-990-0888 
Courtyard Marriott Bangor: Erica Whitten - 207-299-9073; 

Be sure your room remains at the MCCS DIRIGO Rate.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2023 
A convening of the MCCS, University of Maine System, and Maine Maritime Academy. Speakers will include Tim Renick, Founding Executive Director of Georgia’s State University’s new National Institute for Student Success, and Brandon Protas, Assistant Vice President for Alliance Engagement and Meacie Fairfax, Strategy Director from Complete College America (CCA). This first workday will culminate in a reception that invites some of our major industry partners to discuss the many ways our colleges currently support and can continue to address the state’s economic needs. And as you might expect, you’ll be treated to an evening of delicious food and delightful merriment at our BBQ and Basket extravaganza.  

Thursday, June 15, 2023 
MCCS participants will reconvene on Thursday to hear from President Daigler about MCCS plans, projects, and priorities, followed by John Fink, Senior Research Associate and Program Lead from the Community College Research Center (CCRC). Opportunities will abound to connect with your MCCS colleagues to dive more deeply into how we can even more effectively support our students and one another, with the prior day's guests from CCA and CCRC staying on to help facilitate those discussions. DIRIGO 2023 will conclude Thursday afternoon as you bring new tools and takeaways back to your respective campuses and keep these important conversations going.  

Links to Speaker Bios

Details subject to change



Wednesday, June 14

8:00 – 9:00

Arrival & Registration (continental breakfast available)

9:00 - 9:30


9:30 - 10:45

Tim Renick

Founding Executive Director of Georgia State University’s new National Institute for Student Success

10:45 – 11:00


11:00 - 12:15

Workshops by Topic


Tim Renick - A Deeper Dive for college presidents only

Math Pathways Update

Using Data to Identify Barriers to Student Success & Completion

Guided Pathways – Ask & Connect 

12:30 - 1:30


1:30 - 2:30

Brandon Protas, Assistant Vice President for Alliance Engagement and Meacie Fairfax, Strategy Director for Complete College America

2:30 - 2:45


2:45 – 4:00

Workshops by Topic


Brandon Protas, cont. – Examining our shared goals using data about Maine

Encouraging Access - from OER to Course Design 

Meacie Fairfax, cont. - Next Steps on Key Strategies

Guided Pathways – A Case Study

4:00 – 4:15


4:15 - 5:15

The MCCS’ Role in Maine’s Economy
A panel discussion with Industry Leaders

5:15 - 6:00

Social Time

6:00 – 8:00

MCCS BBQ and baskets


Thursday, June 15

7:00 – 8:00

Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00

State of the System - President Daigler

9:00 – 10:30

John Fink
Senior Research Associate and Program Lead, Community College Research Center

10:30 – 10:45



Workshops by Topic


John Fink, cont. – A deeper dive into the data of the MCCS

Working Smarter with Each Other

Early College in the MCCS

Mapping Multiple Paths through MCCS Offerings

12:00 – 1:00


1:00 – 2:30

Affinity Workgroup Sessions
Collaborate with your MCCS counterparts

2:30 – 2:45


2:45 – 3:30

Identifying Key Takeaways and Planning Next Steps

3:30 – 4:00