NCTC faculty participate in leadership conference

Elizabeth F. Dieter | Oct 18, 2017

On September 29-30, 2017, four NCTC Faculty members attended the 37th Texas Community College Teachers Association Leadership Conference in Georgetown, Texas. The Leadership Conference is an annual event which brings together community college leaders from across the state to exchange ideas and information with colleagues, guest speakers, the TCCTA lobbyist Beaman Floyd, and education law specialists. 

The NCTC attendees were Robin Jett, President of the NCTC Faculty Senate, Dr. Cherly Furdge, TCCTA State Professional Development Committee member, Dr. Pat Ledbetter, TCCTA Campus Representative and State Legislative Committee member, and Jane England, TCCTA Campus Representative and State Nominating Committee Member. 

The Conference opened on Friday with a legislative update by TCCTA lobbyist Beaman Floyd followed by a Peer Discussions Workshop facilitated by TCCTA Director Richard Moore. At the Friday evening Dinner, Rex Peebles, Assistant Commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, discussed the 60x30 initiative and noted that the attainment of marketable skills is integral to all degrees. For example Dr. Peebles asserted that Humanities and Social Science degrees as well as Technical and Math degrees have value in the market place and that students acquire more than knowledge of the subject matter in the process of earning each degree. Peebles said, “60 x 30 (the statewide program to increase the number of Texans with post-secondary degrees) simply asks that each discipline identify 2 or 3 of those skills.” 

Saturday morning Ledbetter and England attended a Campus Representatives breakfast where they were introduced to Association Member Benefits Advisors who explained new benefits and discounts that are available to TCCTA members. 

Following the breakfast, University of Texas Vice Chancellors David Troutman and Wanda Mercer discussed problems and possible solutions for Dual Credit issues such as program quality, transferability, funding, access and equity. In the second presentation Kathleen Cleary, Associate Provost of Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio, and Cynthia Ferrell, Executive Director of the Texas Success Center compared and contrasted current Guided Pathways policies and statistics. NCTC Faculty Senate President Robin Jett said, “Guided Pathways is, simply jargon for creating informed degree plans. College instructors should take a more active approach to helping students determine their pathways.” 

The conference concluded with a lunch program in which Attorney Jay Brim discussed legal issues and court decisions and answered questions from the audience. 

During the Leadership Conference participants had opportunities for informal discussions relating to subjects examined in the presentations. Jett attended the conference for the first time and found the event “inspiring.” She noted “Due to the interactive sessions, I was able to learn how others, and myself, identify the term ‘inclusion.’ This discussion led to very informative sessions on Dual Credit and Guided Pathways.”

 

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Four NCTC Faculty members attended the 37th Texas Community College Teachers Association Leadership Conference in Georgetown, Texas. Pictured left to right are Robin Jett, Jane England, Dr. Pat Ledbetter, and Dr. Cherly Furdge