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August 25, 2017


Higher education leaders take part in Wichita Business Journal Round Table


Higher education leaders take part in Wichita Business Journal Round TableCowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle was among a panel of experts discussing the opportunities and challenges facing education during an Education Round Table held Friday, August 25 at the Wichita Business Journal.

Along with Dr. Rittle, other panelists were former Cowley College vice president of academic affairs Sheree Utash, who is now the president at Wichita Area Technical College; Dr. Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College; Dr. Amy Bragg Carey, president of Friends University; 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 the moderator during the discussion. Mr. Roy said 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,” Mr. 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 and how their schools impact their areas of the state. Dr. Rittle spoke on this topic from the comprehensive two-year college viewpoint.

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

Dr. Rittle discussed how introducing collegian coursework to students while in high school impacts their long-term college success. He also shared his thoughts on the role predictive analytics serves 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.  

Dr. Rittle shared information on 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 October 11 groundbreaking ceremony set to take place at the Sumner Campus in Wellington, KS at 1 p.m.; the importance of creating student life experiences to increase student persistence, and 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 on the Education Roundtable will appear in the September 15 issue of the Wichita Business Journal.