The Role of a Healthy College Culture in Fostering Student Success
Symposium: Organizational Culture
Kristina Binard, Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Student Success, Front Range Community College, CO
Debbra Esparza, Executive Director, Organizational Development, Lone Star College System, TX
Shyamal Tiwari, Professor, Performing Arts, Bergen Community College, NJ
Allatia Harris, Vice Chancellor, Strategic Initiatives, Community Relations, and Diversity, San Jacinto College District, TX
This was a very interesting round table. Allatia moderated as the schools talked about healthy college culture and student success. It included minor break-out sessions in which I was the only teacher at a table full of administrators. Lone Start College seemed to have the most advanced materials, being a nice and honest contemporary competitor with us. Shyamal made a very funny joke about how 5 years from now everything might change as we’d all be in the second Trump presidency. That was very, very humorous indeed, and almost everyone was laughing.
We focused in on what things were great about our colleges, which initiatives were truly assisting our students, and what they future would bring. It was very hands on. Interspersed within these team items we heard from each individual college, including a story from Bergen Community College about how the community and the school gathered together to raise funds for a student who’d had his upright bass stolen, and short movies about how students with recent wheelchair injuries would not let physical handicaps stop them from achieving the education that would build the careers which would set the cornerstones of their lives.