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Seeking to Boost Student Success in Appalachia

March 21, 2024 1-minute read
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As part of its mission to improve outcomes for rural students in its region, Community Colleges of Appalachia (CCA) has developed a Rural Educators Academy that provides a structured learning experience with insights for college leaders, educators and staff that can help transform campus cultures and boost student outcomes.

“I would have loved to have this opportunity, to have a team from my college participate in something like this, particularly as it involved faculty,” says Kevin Boys, longtime president of Southern State Community College (Ohio), who in 2022 became executive director of CCA, which is an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges.

He provided his testimony as part of the team that wrote the proposal to provide professional development geared toward better understanding students and promoting their success.

“The concept was to involve staff, faculty and leadership at the college to come together to better understand the students we serve and provide an environment where students across Appalachia could succeed,” he says.

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