College Completion symposium brings together area community college leaders

College Completion: Focus on Community Colleges, a symposium co-sponsored by the UNT Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education and the Tarrant County College District (TCC) was on Nov. 1, 2012 at the TCC Trinity River Campus in downtown Fort Worth. This symposium was designed to provide North Texas community college leaders an opportunity to reflect on national and state initiatives on student degree completion and to discuss the issue of completion with peers from throughout the North Texas region.

Approximately 115 participants were welcomed to the symposium by Dean Jerry Thomas and TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley. Dr. Beverly Bower, Director of the Priest Center and professor in Counseling and Higher Education, introduced speakers: Dr. Christopher Mullin, American Association of Community Colleges Program Director for Policy Analysis who moderated the discussion of information presented by panelists Deborah Santiago, Co-founder & Vice President for Policy and Research for the Washington, DC based non-profit research organization Excelencia in Education; Dr.Gerardo de los Santos, CEO and President of the League for Innovation in the Community College; and Amy Welch, State Director for the Texas Completes initiative, part of the Office of Completion at Lone Star College System.