Student Services Leaders Honored with Community College Spirit Award

Yesterday, during its annual New Jersey Community College Awards Ceremony, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges presented the 2014 Community College Spirit Award to County College of Morris Vice President Student Development & Enrollment Management Dr. Bette Simmons, Hudson County Community College Vice President North Hudson Center & Student Affairs Dr. Paula Pando and Brookdale Community College Dean of Enrollment Development and Student Affairs Richard Pfeffer for their exemplary service to New Jersey’s community colleges.

“Since its inauguration in 1993, the Community College Spirit Award has been an honor bestowed to those who embody the community college spirit – perseverance, dedication and excellence,” said NJCCC Chairman Bakari G. Lee, Esq.

Simmons, Pando and Pfeffer were recognized for their work in leading New Jersey’s community colleges in transforming their student services programs to improve student completion in associate degree and certificate programs. Specifically, they co-authored a statewide white paper, “Concept Paper on Student Services that Support Student Success & College Completion,” which features best practices the colleges can adopt to improve student engagement, including student education plans, early warning systems, student success courses, peer tutoring programs, and peer mentoring programs.

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