Efforts to improve student success at Montgomery County Community College taught officials important lessons, which can apply to other initiatives as well.
Mr. Needles currently serves as Vice President of Student Services at Montgomery County Community College.
Mr. Needles joined the College serving as Dean of Business and Entrepreneurial Initiatives overseeing academic and professional business programs, the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Culinary Arts Institute, Virtual Campus, and Center for Workforce Development. He has also served as Strategic Advisor to the President, and is a graduate of the League for Innovation's Executive Leadership Institute.
Previously, Mr. Needles served as Dean of the Institute for Business and Information Technology at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington. Prior to that appointment he served as Assistant Dean for Strategy and Planning at UMKC’s Bloch School of Management and also as Programs Manager for UMKC’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Mr. Needles began his career in education at the University of Miami School of Business Administration where he was Assistant to the Dean for Planning and Assessment.
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.
Predictive analytics is no silver bullet, but given time and resources, it can yield impressive results.