The higher education program at William & Mary’s School of Education was represented by six faculty, students, and alumni who presented at the annual 2014 conference of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC), held in Washington DC.
Dr. Lydia Leporte, PhD ’13 presented her paper, “Realizing Federal Policy Outcomes of the Post-9/11 GI Bill: TCC Veterans’ and Active Duty/Reservist Perceptions.” Professor Pamela Eddy presented her paper titled, “Re-visioning Community College Leadership: Making Your Heart Sing.”
Professor Eddy also collaborated with PhD student Jamison Miller on their paper, “Using Data for Decision-making: The Case in Virginia.” Dr. Eddy also collaborated with EdD student Tiffany Pugh on a paper tilted, “State Policy Issues on STEM Education.” PhD student Jamison Miller presented his roundtable session paper, “Basic Skills for the Information Age: Incorporating Digital Competencies Across Curricula.”
Two doctoral students presented posters at the conference. Debra-Ann Butler presented her poster, “Win/Win Community College (CC)/Community-Based Organization (CBO) Training Partnerships,” and LaVerne Ellerbe presented her poster, “Faculty Expectations for Student Success in Community College Developmental Math.”
Doctoral student Debra-Ann Butler reflected on the CSCC 2014 conference, “It was my first time attending the conference and my first poster presentation. It was a great experience and I would highly recommend it for those interested in community colleges. The plenary session was my favorite. The panel of current community college presidents’ discussion on areas for future research study and the need for practicality and implementation ideas was the most informative.”
Doctoral student LaVerne Ellerbe added her thoughts on the CSCC 2014 conference, “Attending the CSCC conference was a good opportunity to interact with established and upcoming community college scholars and practitioners. From the round table discussions on research, careers, and scholarship to the panel of college presidents, the topics were engaging, current, and relevant. I presented findings from my field research on faculty expectations for student success in community college developmental math during the poster session. As a result of this participation, I have an opportunity to submit the peer-reviewed research for publication. The size of the conference and caliber of attendees created an atmosphere that was conducive to learning.”