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College Instructor Named as 2019 DREAM Fellow


Katie Bowman Culler, a Math Instructor at Surry Community College, was recently named a 2019 DREAM Fellow. She is one of eight NC State Education Doctoral students to receive this honor at the Achieving the Dream's annual conference held in February.

The DREAM Fellows participated in the conference to take note of key concepts and trends relevant to advancing higher education. This conference brings together policy-makers, investors, thought leaders and practitioners from colleges across the U.S. to discuss strategies for issues community colleges face like equity, increasing student success, increasing capacity for data analysis, program evaluation, and student-centered data-informed decision-making.

"I applied to be a DREAM Fellow and was then selected from a pool of applicants to be a 2019 Fellow for Achieving the Dream. The theme of DREAM 2019 was equity, and I was placed in the Guided Pathways Pillar. Each session at the conference promoted equitable student success, and the series of concurrent sessions I attended described some ways in which equity can be promoted and monitored at an institution, ” Culler said. “This conference was incredible and exposed me to strategies that other community colleges nationwide are using to implement pathways including what worked and what wasn't successful. I also learned about some emerging technology, partnership strategies, and data analysis all with a focus on equitable student success. I'll be presenting on DREAM 2019 at the SCC Faculty Poster Session in April and providing further information on how I plan to incorporate what I learned into my work here at Surry Community College."

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