Ensure a student centered community college


Ensure a student centered community college

A conversation with HACC’s President John “Ski” Sygielski on how leaders can move toward a more student focused community college while navigating current challenges.

Community college leaders have experienced unprecedented challenges across the spring. As we look toward the next academic year, ensuring a student centered community college is paramount. How can college leadership do this amidst the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, economic crisis, and racial injustices facing their communities? One campus president shares his story.

Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), central Pennsylvania’s community college, partnered with EAB’s Community College Executive Research Forum in 2011 and implemented Navigate, EAB’s student success technology, in 2016. “We truly have become student focused,” explains HACC’s president, John “Ski” Sygielski. Listen to the interview to learn how HACC build this student-centric community. We also explore the following questions:

  • What role do community college leaders play in eradicating racism?
  • How will COVID-19 affect enrollment strategies this fall?
  • How does partnership with EAB help address the challenges community colleges face?
  • How do you get the most out of your student success technology?
  • How do students, staff, and faculty feel about Navigate?

President Sygielski offers up recommendations for evaluating student success technology and discusses how his institution’s partnership with EAB helped to build a student centered community college by extending staff resources with robust research, best-practices, and technology to improve student success outcomes.

You’ll also discover what HACC learned during technology implementation and how other college leaders can successfully introduce and scale technology on campus. This video is a great resource for community college leaders whose top strategy for the 2021 academic year is to become a more student focused community – all while navigating the numerous challenges colleges are currently facing.

“[EAB is] a portable colleague of ours when it comes to student affairs, or academic affairs, or strategic planning. It really is amazing how EAB really has a toolkit for just about everything we need.”

John “Ski” Sygielski, President, Harrisburg Area Community College

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