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The podcast where we visit with faculty, administrators, policymakers, researchers - really, anyone making a difference in the lives of students at community colleges. It's a partnership between the Texas Success Center and the Texas Community College Teachers Association.

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The podcast where we visit with faculty, administrators, policymakers, researchers - really, anyone making a difference in the lives of students at community colleges. It's a partnership between the Texas Success Center and the Texas Community College Teachers Association.

    Founder and President, National Center for Inquiry and Improvement (Rob Johnstone)

    Founder and President, National Center for Inquiry and Improvement (Rob Johnstone)

    Rob served for more than a decade as a director, dean, and provost in the California community college system, before branching out to  begin his work helping a number of colleges, as well as regional and national organizations, navigate their way through his challenging new landscape.

    • 48 min
    Deputy Chancellor and College President (Laurel Williamson)

    Deputy Chancellor and College President (Laurel Williamson)

    The San Jacinto College District has received considerable national attention for the work they've done to improve student outcomes. They've worked with philanthropy, partners in the Houston area, researchers and, crucially, they've formed teams across the institution to look closely at what's happening that inhibits student success or keeps them moving forward. 
    A key figure in this work has been Laurel Williamson, Deputy Chancellor and College President at the District. It's been her role to oversee many of these efforts, and help make sure things are done in an integrated way.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Senator Florence Shapiro

    Senator Florence Shapiro

    I sat down a few weeks ago, in Dallas, with Senator Florence Shapiro, former chair of the Senate Education Committee. She's now working with the Texas Association of Community Colleges to help communicate their message to members of the Texas Legislature. You can tell, right away in our conversation, how deeply she cares about these issues and the students at our institutions. 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    A Systems Approach to Student Success (Wynn Rosser)

    A Systems Approach to Student Success (Wynn Rosser)

    How do we encourage the adoption of good idea? How to we create a culture that promotes and internalizes positive change? Wynn Rosser, the president and CEO of the Template foundation, has spent the better part of his career wrestling with these questions.
    Resources mentioned on today's episode:
    The Fifth Discipline, Peter M. Senge
    The Fifth Discipline Field Book, Peter M. Senge
    Trying Hard Is Not Good Enough, Mark Friedman

    • 58 min
    Education and the Workforce: A National Perspective (Tanya Garcia)

    Education and the Workforce: A National Perspective (Tanya Garcia)

    Tanya Garcia is the Associate Director of Postsecondary Policy Research at the Center for Education in the Workforce at Georgetown University. She’s working to support states integrating postsecondary and labor market data to improve policy and practice. She hopes her work and the work of the Center can help institutions understand and make better decisions at the intersection between the academy and the workplace.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Designing Student Services for Student Success (Nathan Venske)

    Designing Student Services for Student Success (Nathan Venske)

    Nathan Venske is the Associate Dean of Student Services at Jackson College in Michigan. He and his colleagues have devoted a great deal of time and energy to improving the experience their students have. They've received some grants to support these efforts, and they've had a chance to look closely at what they're doing from the student's perspective. 

    • 48 min

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