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Kay McClenney Kicks-Off PPCC Student Success & Retention Summit

Allison Swickard, January 4, 2013

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Jan. 4, 2013 –Kay McClenney, Ph.D., an influential international expert on community colleges, student success and college completion, will kick-off the Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) spring Professional Development Student Success & Retention Summit, Jan. 7, as the event’s keynote speaker.

“At PPCC we strive toward reaching our vision of ‘Students succeed at PPCC.’ Bringing Dr. McClenney, a sought after community college expert, to our campus will help advance our vision, as well as accomplish our unifying goal of perfecting a student’s first-year college experience,” said Bree Langemo, PPCC dean, Division of Business, Public Service and Social Science.

The week before the start of each fall and spring semester, PPCC embarks on Professional Development Week. This year the college’s Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) reformatted the experience, renaming it the Student Success and Retention Summit. A collaborative learning experience full of workshops and sessions geared toward increasing teaching and learning excellence, the event is open to all faculty and staff. The week’s activities are focused around McClenney and her book, “Students Speak - Are We Listening?” All participants received this publication and will be able to participate in ongoing workshops throughout the spring semester.

McClenney is currently the director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement and a faculty member in the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin. The Center conducts the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) and has surveyed nearly 2 million community college students at more than 800 colleges in 50 states. McClenney also directs the Center’s Initiative on Student Success, a long-term student focus group research initiative supported by the MetLife Foundation and Houston Endowment, Inc. 

Additionally, McClenney has served as a consultant to education institutions, state higher education systems, state government and professional associations in 47 states and internationally. She has worn the hat of community college educator, during which she was a faculty member, program director, system administrator and interim CEO. She also co-chairs AACC’s 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. 

An author of numerous publications on education issues, strategic planning, accountability, student success and leadership, McClenney’s work has lead her to receive the PBS O’Banion Prize for contributions to teaching and learning in America, the 2009 Mildred Bulpitt Woman of the Year Award from the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, the 2009 International Leadership Award from NISOD and the 2011 National Leadership Award from AACC.

Allison Swickard

Exec. Dir., Marketing & Communication

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