Middlesex already has seen changes, she said. Twenty-two courses have been reformed, and more than 3,500 students have enrolled in the revamped courses, said Andreadis. More than 300 Educational Plans have been created by students and their advisors. Over all, the Strategies for Success pilot group of students showed an 83 percent persistence rate, compared to a 71 percent rate for the control group, she said. Andreadis expects to see student success rates climb even higher once the college’s 400+ part-time faculty members are fully trained in Strategies for Success. That training will happen over the next few months, and is part of a new push to improve professional development at the college – another part of the new associate provost’s job description. In addition to focusing on professional development for full-time faculty, this spring Andreadis is overseeing a major effort to improve professional development opportunities for part-time faculty. “Our part-time faculty members play a critical role at Middlesex and are deeply devoted to student success,” she said. “It’s important that they feel acknowledged as important and valued members of the college community.” The third aspect of Andreadis’ new position involves the promotion of K-16 partnerships. In that role, she’s in charge of collaborating with public schools, as well as other public and private colleges and universities. “We want to make sure our students are academically prepared when they arrive, and well prepared when they transfer,” she said, “And, we also want to maximize their transfer opportunities.” After almost 20 years at Middlesex, Andreadis believes she has found a nearperfect position. “This job couldn’t be more rewarding,” said Andreadis. “Education is absolutely critical to our society. I get to promote student success so that people who attend this college can have a better life. Who wouldn’t want to do that?” Kathy Register [Faculty/Staff Focus] Criminal Justice Professor Publishes Another Media Literacy Textbook Peyton Paxson, Professor of Criminal Justice, recently published a new title in his media literacy textbook series. Mass Communications & Media Studies: An Introduction serves as a primary text for media-studies courses at two-year colleges. By taking a broad survey of the mass-media industry and the role it plays in society, Paxson’s book distinguishes itself from textbooks that focus solely on communications theory. He is also the author of a series of nine supplemental texts for high school and middle schools, titled Media Literacy: Thinking Critically About ... _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Economics Blog Makes the Grade Economics Professor Rob Kaulfuss writes, BeyondEconomics.org, a blog that is listed as one of the Top 49 Economics Blogs with Visual Aids by Online MBA. The organization first recognized his blog posts covering the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kaulfuss’ blog is a collection of information sources, reference material, and discussion postings about economic and political issues. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Showcasing Assessment & Civic Engagement at MCC A recent issue of Diversity & Democracy, published by the American Association of Colleges & Universities, features an article, titled Improving Civic Engagement by Assessing Students' Needs, co-authored by Clea Andreadis, Associate Provost for Instruction & Assessment; Kimberly Burns, Associate Dean for K-16 Partnerships; Elise Martin, Associate Dean for Assessment; and Rebecca Newell, Director of Leadership Development & Student Activities. Read the article online by visiting: http://www.diversityweb.org/DiversityDemocracy/vol14no1/andreadis.cfm __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ MCC Music Faculty and Students Appear in Concord’s Anniversary Production Music Professor Susan Dill served as vocal director for a recent production of Song on the Wind, one of several special events celebrating the 375th anniversary of the town of Concord. Dill also sang the role of Squaw Sachem, widow of Nanepashemet, chief of the Massachusetts tribe. MCC music student David Jubinsky played Simon Willard, an early trader and one of the co-founders of Concord. MCC alumnae Cory Lane Anderson choreographed the show, and Havilah Gray was a dancer and member of the ensemble. |10| Profiles