Last week we kicked off the Fall 2015 semester with our traditional convocation featuring keynote speaker Bruno Sarda and his compelling remarks about global, corporate, and systemic sustainability. His presentation supports our specific efforts around sustainable practices and curricular initiatives, as well as an amazing illustration that the “power of learning” will lead to positive social change.
We have two overriding themes for the 2015-2016 academic year: improving student persistence and completion, and bringing learning alive through the power of positive social change. Throughout the year, watch for updates on the PVCC HLC Persistence and Completion* three-year project, the new Puma Pathway program, and the development and implementation of expanded critical thinking learning across the general education curriculum.
Lastly, at convocation, I referenced how community college degree/certificate completion and university transfer plays a significant role in helping close the growing economic equity gap in America. To learn more read Nicholas Kristof’s op-ed in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/09/opinion/sunday/nicholas-kristof-usa-land-of-limitations.html?_r=0 and visit the compelling website “Inequality for All” at http://inequalityforall.com/ Through active and engaged learning our persistence and completion rates continue to rise – as will students’ lifelong economic viability.
Thank you for your continued valuable work and 2015-2016 will be a great year for PVCC!
*See the HLC Persistence and Completion Academy website for more information about the structure and goals of this three-year commitment https://www.hlcommission.org/About-the-Commission/persistence-completion-academy-experience.html