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Paralegal Studies Program
Receives ABA Approval
MCC's Paralegal Studies
Program has received
approval from the
American Bar
Association (ABA),
making it the only
paralegal program with
ABA approval in Middlesex County and
one of only six in the state.
"American Bar Association approval is
`the gold standard' for paralegal programs,"
said Professor Deborah Walsh,
Coordinator of MCC's Paralegal Studies
Program. "ABA approval places Middlesex
in an elite group of colleges, and indicates
that we have an ongoing commitment to
provide the best courses and materials for
our students," she said. There are only 13
ABA-approved programs in the six New
England states, Walsh added.
ABA approval requires extensive
assessment and documentation, as well as
on-campus visits by teams of lawyers and
paralegal educators, according to Walsh.
"One of the keys to obtaining ABA
approval is a demonstration that students
are learning practical legal skills. All of our
courses emphasize hands-on assignments
and prepare students to work in the field
immediately upon graduation," she said.
For more information about Paralegal
Studies, contact Deborah Walsh at 781-
280-3341 or
MCC to Participate in
National Student Success
Middlesex has been
chosen by the
Association of American
Colleges and
Universities (AACU) as
one of 12 community
colleges to lead a new
initiative funded by the MetLife
Foundation as part of its commitment to
improving the success of community
college students. This new initiative, titled
Developing a Community College Student
Roadmap: From Entrance to Engagement
in Educational Achievement and Success,
will support and expand effective student
success strategies.
The 12 leadership institutions will develop
a national model for creating proactive
programs of academic support. The
programs will be tied to expected learning
outcomes that teach students how to
become active partners in their quest for
educational success. The project seeks to
"connect the dots" among the varied
student-support programs and create
roadmaps for success.
"Middlesex is pleased to be included in the
select group of colleges chosen for this
important national initiative," said Elise
Martin, MCC Assistant Dean of
Assessment. "We will work together to
identify and pilot models of integration of
academic support linked to student success
and aligned with our institutions' student
learning outcomes."
For more information about the Roadmap
Project at Middlesex, contact Elise Martin
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professor in 1976. President Houlihan
quickly named her Dean of the Business
Department, and in 1988 Dobelle
promoted her to Dean of Administration
and Finance.
"No doubt about it, if Carole hadn't
succeeded Evan, I don't think the college
would be what it is today," said Molly
Sheehy, Dean of MCC's Lowell Campus.
President Cowan was appointed MCC's
third president in late 1990. Under her
leadership, Middlesex has truly
"Carole really strengthened our
relationships with the business
community, and with neighboring public
and private colleges and universities,"
said Falcetta.
Cowan also has very high standards when
it comes to the physical plant, Sheehy
added. "The way the college looks today
is a credit to her."
According to Alves, President Cowan
keeps one thing upmost in her mind:
student success.
"Every big decision or major discussion
always comes back to one question:
`What impact will this have on our
students?' " said Alves. "In Carole's book,
students come first."
According to Sheehy, Cowan has a
unique combination of skills. "Carole is
strong in academics, strong in interacting
with the external community, and she
has the financial background," she said.
"Plus, she's a strong leader, so people
want to work for her."
College presidents typically have
strengths in only one or two of these
areas, said Sheehy. "It's rare to have all of
those skills in one person," she said.
"Carole is one of the best college
presidents in the country," said Falcetta.
"She grew up in the trenches as a
classroom teacher and has been a
brilliant president."
Kathy Register