Efforts to improve student success at Montgomery County Community College taught officials important lessons, which can apply to other initiatives as well.
As the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Digital Officer, Dr. Schwartz is responsible for academic and administrative technology and technology-supported process improvements. In addition to her technology focus, Dr. Schwartz provides leadership support for the College’s Student Success initiatives such as Guided Pathways, College Sustainability initiatives and oversees Institutional Research. Dr. Schwartz is an active member and contributor to EDUCAUSE and a variety of organizations, including The Pathway School Board of Directors, KINBER Board of Directors, and The Rotary Club of Blue Bell. Dr. Schwartz holds an A.A.S. from Montgomery County Community College, a B.S. from St. Joseph’s University, a M.S. in Information Technology from Villanova University, and a Ph.D. in Education, with specialization in Community College Leadership, from Walden University.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that colleges and universities are far more agile and resilient than many previously believed. How do we sustain our technology advancements into the future?
Targeting five ambitious goals in a condensed time period led to some successes—and some shortfalls—but the key outcome was a model of data-informed intervention, accountability, and transparency for undertaking equitable, systems-level changes.