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Simpson strives to eliminate student success barriers

Casey M Fryda

Tuesday January 30, 2018
Dr. Colleen Simpson  joined NWTC as vice president for Student Services. She comes to the College from the City University of New York (CUNY), where she has more than 20 years of experience in administration and instruction. Her areas of achievement and expertise include leadership and management, strategic planning, student retention/success initiatives, program management and administration, grant writing, enrollment management, and program development and assessment. Dr. Colleen Simpson, Vice President of Students Services
 
Dr. Simpson brings a passion for finding ways to help students enter, persist and achieve their goals in college. In fact, she said she chose NWTC because of the College’s focus on student success and “intentional commitment to move the needle in terms of retention and completion.”
 
“My vision is to eliminate the barriers that affect student success,” she said, “to always look at the whole package when students apply to college. We have to make sure that the student actually makes it from enrollment to graduation, eliminating barriers and evaluating our customer service approach.”
 
Dr. Simpson most recently directed Retention and Student Success at Bronx Community College, leading and managing a comprehensive program of services promoting access, support, engagement and student success. She worked closely with faculty and department chairs to develop and support a shared vision for student success. 
 

Dr. Simpson has been the recipient of grants and many awards. She has presented at local and national conferences focusing on student success, retention, enrollment management and academic advisement. Dr. Simpson earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy from Fordham University and her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and B.B.A. in International Marketing from Baruch College.  
 
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