AMARILLO -- Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, vice president of academic affairs at Amarillo College, was selected to receive the 2013 Instructional Leadership Award from the National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA).
The award is based on demonstrated leadership in such areas as student outcomes assessment, curricular transformation and institutional effectiveness.
The award will be conferred at the NCIA awards luncheon March 26 in Ponte Vedra, Florida.
Some of Lowery-Hart's accomplishments:
- AC has become the first No Excuses post-secondary school in the nation and has been accepted into Achieving the Dream, a selective nationwide consortium of elite community colleges committed to accelerating student success.
- A community-wide conversation on poverty and has been at the forefront of ACs focus on the needs of AC students living in poverty. He has led efforts at the College to establish a Food Pantry and the hiring of a social services coordinator.
- He continues to spearhead course-redesign efforts at AC, where student-success rates are on the rise so far in both English and mathematics. His Coaches-Champions initiative connects at-risk students with community and College mentors, and retention rates have soared as a result. An early-alert system connects at-risk students with tutors and advising interventions.
- AC has expanded its Honors Program, launched a First-Year Seminar for new students and put in place strategies to accelerate developmental coursework.
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