Over 180 attend Buchholz Lecture on community college student success

Lecture

From community college students to college presidents, over 180 individuals from 24 different organizations attended the free 2014 Don A. Buchholz lecture earlier this semester. The main speaker was Deborah Floyd, Professor of Higher Education and Interim Dean of the graduate school at Florida Atlantic University.

"It was a pleasure for the Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education to sponsor the 2014 Don A. Buchholz Lecture and to have the opportunity to bring together community college practitioners from across North Texas to network and share ideas," said Beverly Bower, the Don A. Buchholz Endowed Chair, Director of the Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education and Professor in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education. "Dr. Deborah Floyd gave use much food for thought in her presentation as she documented the how the student affairs philosophy has evolved over the last 30-40 years as community colleges serve the changing needs of postsecondary students."

In her lecture titled, "Old Wine in New Bottles: Student Affairs Leadership Challenges," Floyd focused on the history and proven research related to principles in student affairs and led a discussion about pertinent issues for the future of community colleges, including:

  • importance of contributing to research;
  • a one size model does not fit all institutions; and
  • understanding and shaping the campus culture.

"I enjoyed this event because I was able to network with various levels of community college leaders while engaging in a meaningful dialogue regarding student success," said Janice Hicks, a doctoral student in the college’s higher education program. "The speaker truly highlighted that we, Student Affairs practitioners, should always ensure that students are the focus of our work."

Originally posted on www.coe.unt.edu:

Free lecture to focus on community college student success
Don A. Buchholz Lecture Series:
Student Affairs Leadership Challenges
Dr. Deborah L. Floyd will present "Old Wine in New Bottles: Student Affairs Leadership Challenges"

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
1:00 -3:00 p.m.
Gateway Center Ballroom
University of North Texas

FloydDeborah Floyd, right, a professor of higher education and interim dean of the graduate school at Florida Atlantic University, will present "Old wine in new wine bottles" at the 2014 Don A. Buchholz Lecture from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 4at the Gateway Center Ballroom.

Floyd will discuss how some longstanding practices in student affairs are being redesigned to better meet the needs of community college students and how community colleges can expand their focus from access to both access and success.

"Student support and success is probably the most important responsibility of any higher education institution. This is particularly true of community colleges," said Beverly Bower, the Don A. Buchholz Endowed Chair, Director of the Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education and Professor in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education. "The Bill J. Priest Center is pleased to be able to support a dialog on this topic, bringing together community college professionals and other interested individuals to share ideas and learn from each other in ways that will benefit community college students."

Floyd has served 35 years at multiple levels of higher education, including as a community college president, a vice president for student affairs and a dean of students. She has also served as an officer with the National Council on Student Development, the National Council on Community Services and Continuing Education, American Association of Community Colleges Small Rural Commission, AACC Emerging Trends and Research Commission and the Council for the Study of Community Colleges. Her publications include more than 55 articles, books and chapters on topics ranging from student affairs/student development programs to the roles and challenges of community college presidents.

The free lecture is sponsored by the Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education and is open to the public. Community college professionals and students, university higher education programs, UNT student affairs professionals and community members are encouraged to attend.

RSVP requested by January 27, 2014 to Sue Young. Please include name, position title, institution and email address of attendees. There is a $5 campus parking fee.

About the Bill J. Priest Center for Community College
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