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Dr. Lisa Matye Edwards honored by EAB

ACC Vice President for Student Affairs Lisa Matye Edwards receiving EAB Visionary Leadership Award
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Arapahoe Community College Vice President for Student Affairs Lisa Matye Edwards, PhD, has been selected as the 2019 winner of the EAB Visionary Leadership Award.

The award was presented earlier this week at CONNECTED19, EAB's annual student success collaborative summit that brings together nearly 900 leaders from the country’s most progressive community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. The Visionary Leadership Award recognizes an individual who – through leadership, vision, and commitment to innovation – has helped their institution see significant, positive change through faculty/staff engagement, process improvement, results-orientation, and major cultural transformation.

In the spring of 2019, Dr. Matye Edwards was selected to join the 2019-20 cohort of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Presidential Fellowship aims to develop a cadre of exceptional leaders who can transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success while maintaining broad access. The Aspen Presidential Fellowship centers on three broad themes: leading for impact, leading transformational change, and partnering for collective action.

EAB’s Student Success Management System, Navigate, is a comprehensive academic planning tool implemented by ACC in 2017 to develop case-management academic advising, shifting the paradigm of the academic advising model from transactional to relational. The platform features a scheduling tool, progress reports, early alerts and text nudges for upcoming appointments.

Nearly 10,000 students have logged in to Navigate during the past year at ACC, with almost 20,000 appointments created during that span. Navigate positions students to focus on their pathway, stay on track, and reduce their time/cost to degree completion.

"Navigate is really helpful,” said Madison Smith, a Criminal Justice student at ACC. “I can make advising appointments easily, and the planner tool helps me look at the classes required for my major and lets me register for them automatically. I think it’s a great tool for every college student."

Dr. Matye Edwards' award is accompanied by a $1,500 stipend designated for ACC student scholarships. Learn more about how ACC students will be randomly selected to receive an EAB scholarship simply by registering on time for the upcoming Spring 2020 semester.

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