WICHITA — Cowley College President Dennis Rittle was among a panel of experts discussing the opportunities and challenges facing education during an education round table Aug. 25 at the Wichita Business Journal.

Wichita Business Journal round table
Photo by Rama Peroo/Cowley College

The other panelists were former Cowley College Vice President of Academic Affairs Sheree Utash, who now is the president of Wichita Area Technical College; Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College in Hillsboro; Amy Bragg Carey, president of Friends University in Wichita; and Rick Muma, senior associate vice president of academic affairs and strategic enrollment management at Wichita State University.

Bill Roy, editor of the Wichita Business Journal, served as moderator during the discussion. Roy said that when covering business and industry, it is important for the Wichita Business Journal to be able to better understand those involved.

“The connection between higher education and business is crucial,” Roy said. “For us to be able to get educational leaders together, to better understand the challenges and issues they deal with, will help enhance those relationships.”

The education leaders spoke of the impacts of their institutions in their respective regions. Rittle specifically spoke on this topic from the comprehensive two-year college viewpoint.

The leaders also spoke about their partnerships in the community and with other institutions, as well as the transformative things that are happening within their respective schools.

Rittle discussed how introducing collegiate coursework to students while in high school positively impacts their long-term college success. He also shared his thoughts on the role that predictive analytics serve in advancing student success in higher education, as well as the types of partnerships and articulation agreements that can be advanced between two-year colleges and universities to promote student success.

Rittle also shared information about:

  • Cowley College’s recent signing of a 2+2 articulation agreement in engineering with Wichita State University;
  • the college’s extensive community service work;
  • the Cowley Promise, which is a general tuition and fee guarantee for students entering or enrolled at Cowley College during the 2017-18 academic year;
  • the Oct. 11 groundbreaking ceremony set to take place at 1 p.m. at the Sumner County campus in Wellington;
  • the importance of creating student life experiences to increase student persistence;
  • the High School: Pell ‘Dual Enrollment’ Program, which allows students taking college-credit courses at Cowley College to access Federal Pell Grants while attending high school.

A full article about the education round table will appear in the Sept. 15 issue of the Wichita Business Journal.

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.

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