October 23, 2017

Diversity Benefits Everyone Interview: Angela P. McGlynn

DBE interviews prominent scholars and leaders from around the country and features them on its website. This interview features Ms.  Angela Provitera McGlynn Professor Emeritus, Mercer County Community College.

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Angela McGlynn

DBE: We understand you’ve written a book to help campuses educate and graduate low income, first generation and students of color. What motivated you to write this book and how will it help campuses do just that?

Angela Provitera McGlynn: Yes, the book is entitled, Envisioning equity: Educating and Graduating Low-income, First-generation, and Minority College Students.  It was published by Atwood Publishing in 2011.  I taught psychology at a community college for 35 years and as most people know, the community college population is very heterogeneous and diverse.  I taught students who were well prepared for college and very bright.  They chose to attend a community college for the first two years primarily because of the lower cost as compared with a four-year institution and because it was close to home.  Many other students were adult learners returning to school to change careers or simply to pursue life-long learning.  And then there were many students who were the first in their families to attend college.  Many were from low-income families and many belonged to minority groups that have been traditionally under-represented in higher education.  I saw in my teaching that this last group – first-generation, low-income, and minority students, populations that often overlap, were at risk for completing their degrees.  I wanted to change their trajectories not only by my teaching but also by pursuing research about institutional factors that would make a difference in terms of their academic success.

My book explains pedagogical strategies for college teachers that promote student success for all students but seem to have an even bigger impact on at-risk students. Additionally, the final third section of the book entitled, “Improving Graduation Rates through Institutional Commitment,” depicts practices, policies, and strategies that can enhance academic success for this population in particular. In fact, I provide a checklist created by Shulock et al. 2010) for how governors, legislatures, P-12 School Boards, Postsecondary Boards and Postsecondary Coordinating Boards could all play a role in promoting student success.   The chapter mentioned above emphasizes the role college administrators can play not only at their own institutions but also in partnering with high schools so as to ensure better preparedness of students to do college-level work. [Read more...]

Diversity Benefits Everyone Interview: Dr. Deryl Davis Fulmer

DBE interviews prominent scholars and leaders from around the country and features them on its website. 

Deryl Davis FulmerThis interview is with Dr. Deryl Davis Fulmer Vice President of Academic Affairs at Halifax Community College in Weldon, North Carolina.

DBE: Dr. Fulmer, as Vice President of Academic Affairs  you have a great deal of responsibility for all things academic including faculty hiring, approval of new course offerings, assessment, retention, diversity, and the list goes on. We’d like to talk to you about diversity and inclusion and similar issues in this interview. Tell us about what you’ve learned to help college leaders make diversity work on campus.

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Diversity Benefits Everyone Interview: Derek Johnson

DBE interviews prominent scholars and leaders from around the country and features them on its website.

derekjohnsonThis month our topic deals with the recruitment and retention of ALANA students and our guest is Derek Johnson, Assistant Director of Admissions at Edgewood College in Madison, WI. Mr. Johnson is also the founder of the Association of Professional Admission Counselors of Color (APACC).

DBE: We understand that you’ve created some pretty innovative recruitment and retention programs on campus. Can you describe one or two and are they programs that other campuses could adopt?

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