Dr. Peggy Peterson has been selected to serve as Pulaski Technical College's Title III Coordinator/Activity Director to oversee the use of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Strengthening Institutions Program.
Pulaski Tech was awarded a $399,955 grant, which is renewable for five years for a total of $1,999,767.
The Strengthening Institutions program provides grants to institutions of higher education to improve their academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability, and to strengthen their ability to make a substantial contribution to the higher education resources of the nation.
Dr. Peterson is an experienced community college faculty member and administrator. She currently directs PTC's TRIO Scholars (Student Support Services) project. Recently she served as vice president for academic and student affairs at Washington State Community College in Marietta, Ohio. Her broad background in five community colleges will be an asset in overseeing the Title III grant activities. Additional positions funded by the Title III grant will be advertised in the near future.
There are three components to the Title III activity: course redesign in developmental and "gateway" courses, development of a comprehensive advising system, and development of an endowment fund.
On Oct. 20-22, Dr. Peterson, Vice President for Instruction Purnell Henderson, and three faculty members from the Education and Academic Success division attended a course redesign workshop in San Diego. Faculty members were Kim Halpern, Leslie Johnston, and Nancy Reedy. The workshop presented the efforts of the National Center for Academic Transformation to support models of course re-design that use technology and other alternatives to deliver courses more effectively.