Invited Speaker Presentations


Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students are Learning

Presenters: Coral Noonan-Terry, Program Manager, Special Projects Center for Community College Student Engagement; Tia Brown McNair, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the TRHT Campus Centers, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Association of American Colleges & Universities

Hundreds of colleges across the country are implementing the guided pathways framework to advance student success. Early evaluations have shown considerable progress on the first three pillars of the framework, (1) clarify the paths, (2) help students get on a path and (3) help students stay on their path. The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), in collaboration with the Center for Community College Student Engagement (Center) at the University of Texas at Austin, are currently working with twenty community colleges to build institutional capacity and to develop resources that will help institutions strengthen their efforts to advance work on the fourth pillar, ensure students are learning, as part of the Guided Pathways framework. This session will discuss project activities and strategies to ensure students are learning including the design of a scalable, research-based teaching, learning, and assessment model.

About Coral Noonan-Terry

Coral Noonan-Terry is the Program Manager of Special Projects at the Center, leading the Center's involvement in AACC's Guided Pathways Project, California Guided Pathways Project, Ensure Students Are Learning, The Working Learner, Students in Need, and Student Financial Health. Prior to joining the Center, she was the Vice President and Dean of the Roueche Graduate Center at National American University (NAU), overseeing NAU’s master’s programs. She also served as the Interim Director, Associate Director, and Conference and Partnership Coordinator at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). Under her leadership, NISOD’s Conference was the largest conference to focus on community college issues in the country for six years consecutively. She directed the Technology Leadership Academy, a Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology Catalyst grant. Under her leadership, the Technology Leadership Academy was recognized as a model online learning community by the U.S. Distance Education Report. Dr. Noonan-Terry is a teacher at heart and has taught bilingual special education through graduate levels, and her expertise is in working with limited English proficient students with disabilities. She started her teaching career as a Developmental Communications (ESL) instructor at Austin Community College. Dr. Noonan-Terry earned her Bachelors of Science degree in elementary bilingual special education; Master of Arts in Multicultural Special Education; a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration, in the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) at The University of Texas at Austin and was named a Distinguished Graduate of the CCLP; and a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute hosted by the League for Innovation in the Community College.

About Tia Brown McNair

Dr. Tia Brown McNair is the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Centers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC. She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact educational practices, and student success. McNair also directs AAC&U’s Summer Institutes on High-Impact Educational Practices and Student Success, and Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation Campus Centers. McNair currently serves as the project director for several AAC&U initiatives: "Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Centers," "Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students are Learning," and “Purposeful Pathways: Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence.” McNair also oversees AAC&U’s yearly Thematic Conferences. She is the lead author of the books From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education (January 2020) and Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (July 2016). McNair is a co-author on the publication Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices. McNair’s previous projects include chairing AAC&U’s Equity Working Group that was part of the General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) project that represented a large-scale, systematic effort to provide “design principles” for 21st-century learning and long-term student success; “Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Success,” "Advancing Underserved Student Success through Faculty Intentionality in Problem-Centered Learning,” "Advancing Roadmaps for Community College Leadership to Improve Student Learning and Success,” and "Developing a Community College Roadmap”. Prior to joining AAC&U, McNair served as the Assistant Director of the National College Access Network (NCAN) in Washington, DC. McNair’s previous experience also includes serving as a Social Scientist/Assistant Program Director in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Director of University Relations at the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia; the Statewide Coordinator for the Educational Talent Search Project at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; and the Interim Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment Services at West Virginia State University. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at several institutions where she taught first-year English courses. McNair earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and English at James Madison University and holds an M.A. in English from Radford University and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University.


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