I have over 27 years of experience in higher education research beginning with sleep deprivation, catecholamine reactivity, facial expressions, and quality of nursing work life. I worked on local and national research projects. I also taught teachers how to conduct research and how to evaluate their teaching as part of the Teacher of Adults Certificate Program at a community college. Currently, my passion is with improving student success in community colleges, especially as it relates to equity and guided pathways. Together with an exceptional team at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC), every year we work on over 300 research, evaluation, and planning projects that impact students and their communities. This work comprises locally-defined research as well as state-wide and national research. I am proud of the contributions we make toward improving students success for our College.
Going beyond the College District, I am one of the original members of the team who in 2006 began the California Strengthening Student Success Conference that yearly hosts over 900 practitioners from across the United States. I am honored to lead the integrated planning work of the Research and Planning Group (RP Group) for California Community Colleges to support the state’s efforts connected with the Chancellor’s Vision for Success goals. I am also a past peer reviewer for many research articles and conference presentations for national and state-wide prominent institutional research organizations. I published in peer reviewed academic journals and books and won awards for my work.In service to the California community colleges, I am also a peer reviewer for accreditation visiting teams for the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). I am proud to have contributed to seven accreditation site visits:
- Cerro Coso College,
- Hartnell College,
- Woodland College (Candidacy for College Accreditation),
- Santa Ana College,
- Los Angeles Harbor College (Team Chair for Follow-up Visit),
- Federated State of Micronesia College, and
- Madera Community College Center (Candidacy for College Accreditation).