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“Everything at the Fischler School is state-of-the-art. When I studied there, the university brought in lecturers from around the country, giving us access to the top professionals in our field. We weren’t learning esoteric theory from a decade-old textbook; we were addressing the hot-button issues in education today. Most importantly, I was able to take what I learned in the classroom and apply it immediately to solve problems in my workplace.

At the time, I was serving as dean of students at Florida Keys Community College in Key West, and we were having difficulties with persistence and retention. After relevant discussions and research practicums, I was able to create and administer a series of surveys that drew insights directly from our students, which significantly improved the work we were doing in student affairs.

When I was looking for a doctoral program, I consulted many community college professors, and they all agreed that the administrators doing the most meaningful research were Fischler School alumni. Since my experience there, I can certainly attest to that.”

Ann McGee is president of Seminole Community College (SCC) in Sanford, Florida, and the recipient of the 2006 Association of Community College Trustees’ Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Officer Award. During her 11-year tenure at SCC, enrollment has grown by 40 percent, and the number of successful graduates has increased by 67 percent. When McGee is not leading over 30,000 students, she is busy as an author and frequent public speaker and serves on various state and national education boards.

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