Mary Jo Boyer
Vice Provost and Vice President
Chester County Operations
Vice Provost for Student and Instructional Support Services
Executive Secretary to the Provost
Administrative Assistant, CAS Office
Center to Promote Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Welcome from the Provost
On behalf of all faculty, staff, administration and students, I am pleased to welcome you to Delaware County Community College. This institution is competency and outcomes based, and prides itself on excellence in teaching.
This fall the College will once again be bustling with activity. Faculty will again be involved in various programs to increase student success and retention. One of these programs is the Academy for Collegiate Excellence (ACE) which is an integrated, full-time, first-semester program that operates as a learning community around the theme of social justice. Other programs include Conferencing, Mentoring, and Early Alert. Student success is a College priority, and all of us must involve ourselves in the conversation and programs which revolve around improving student retention and educational goal achievement. I encourage you to become involved in these important initiatives.
Education has been in the news. Assessment and data-driven decision making are two of the driving forces in higher education. The division meetings, in-service sessions and professional development need to focus each of our efforts in these areas. Whether it is course assessment, program review, or collectively answering the questions of "what the associate degree" qualifies and enables a graduate to do, each of us will be asked to respond in a meaningful way to the questions of why and how. We will be talking about these topics at faculty forums held throughout the year.
Personal professional development exists at the College in several ways. Both Temple University and Widener University will be offering graduate coursework on campus this academic year. Temple's program is geared more toward instruction while Widener's is aimed at leadership in higher education. A Leadership Academy is also available to all employees. This non-credit program meets two times a month and is open to all employees. Its purpose is to provide a general overview of leadership within the community college system and gives the participants an understanding of the various working parts of the higher educational organization.
At the heart of your professional growth at the College is the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning led by faculty member Dr. Diane Picciani. Tina Payne, Tina Shaffer and Lori Wushensky work with Diane to assist faculty with designing instruction, the use of technology and assessment options. Topics/projects of interest include the: Faculty Fellows Program, Mini-grants, Honors program, writing across the curriculum, Field Experience Committee, and the Faculty Institutes.
Yes, this will be an exciting year and any one of us in the Provost's office would be glad to assist you. Contact information is listed at the top of the page.
Ginny Carter, Ed.D.