Release Date July 21
Daniel Hubbard, director of institutional research at Brookhaven College, is co-chair of the Third Annual Outcomes and Assessment Conference. The conference is Saturday, September 19th, at Collin County Community College’s Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, and is hosted by the North Texas Community College Consortium (NTCCC) Institutional Research group. Daniel has been chairing the NTCCC’s Institutional Research group for the past year. Every other year the group provides information concerning SACS, and this year the focus is on re-accreditation. The programs will be focusing on SACS reaffirmation topics such as substantive change, institutional effectiveness, college finance, faculty credentialing, the reaffirmation process, etc. The deadline for submissions for the presentations has been extended to July 31st and additional information about the agenda and program details will be forthcoming as the dates for the event draw closer. The keynote speaker for the conference is Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
The Brookhaven College School of the Arts has confirmed Capitol Steps, a nationally renowned comedy group, for the fall spotlight performance. Just in time for the election year, Capitol Steps members will share their satire and comedy on September 5th at 8 p.m. Capitol Steps started as a group of legislative staffers preparing a skit for the office holiday party, and has grown to include 28 albums, television and radio performances and more than 4,500 live shows around the country. Capitol Steps has been televised on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their “Politics Takes a Holiday” radio specials. The program is always evolving to keep up with current events. Most of the cast members have worked on Capitol Hill; some for Democrats, some for Republicans, and others for politicians who firmly straddle the fence. Tickets go on sale August 18th through the college box office (972.860.4118 or bhcBoxOffice@dcccd.edu).
Several employees from Brookhaven College attended the Accuplacer National Conference in Florida, June 26-28. Accuplacer will be releasing a new platform next spring and the conference this year focused on the benefits and additions of the new version. Kermit Plowman, information systems/LAN support manager; Winnie Clarke, Testing Center director; Chris Cyriaque, ESOL professor; Elena Webb, instructional learning lab coordinator; and Delryn Fleming, English professor, attended the conference. Training sessions focused on how to use the many enhanced features of the system. Professor Fleming was part of a panel presenting information about the changes made to WritePlacer, the assessment instrument used to place students into English courses. The new system will have new prompts, which can be used to measure critical thinking.
Summer Term I courses were completed by thirty-four (34) 11th-grade students in the Early College High School at Brookhaven College. The students began their assimilation into regularly scheduled college courses this summer and were enrolled in a variety of core curriculum courses including art appreciation, music appreciation and beginning physical fitness. Similar Summer Term II courses are underway for twenty-three (23) additional students.
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