Monday, Oct 8: 1:45-3:15 Plenary 2: (excellence)
Today’s session on excellence was about student engagement, and going above and beyond the lettergrade. It was heavily involved in having a personal stake in student work and helping them to achieve all that they could. As our program focuses heavily upon constant improvement within the realm of craft, presentation, professionality and process, this was a strong affirmation of a job well done.
Dr. Sanford C. “Sandy” Shugart began his career in higher education in North Carolina, graduating from UNC-CH with a Ph.D. and serving as Vice President for Program Services in the NC Community College System from 1983 to 1990. In this role, he helped create this very conference in the mid-1980s. Later he served as President of North Harris College in greater Houston, TX and, for the past 13 years, President of Valencia College. The Aspen Institute recognized Valencia as one of the best community colleges in America with the inaugural Aspen Award last December. Valencia is best known as a leader in the learning college and the college completion movements and has achieved student completion rates that are three times that of their peer colleges. Dr. Shugart is internationally known as a speaker on student learning, college improvement strategies, and servant leadership. He is a published poet and songwriter and recently published a book called In the Crucible of Work: Essays on the Interior Lives of Leaders.