Former MCCC President Karen Stout Appointed to National Council for the Humanities – Mainline Media News


The Montgomery County Community College Board of Trustees and College President Victoria Bastecki-Perez congratulate Karen Stout on her appointment by President Biden to the National Council for the Humanities, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“The entire Montco family and I congratulate Dr. Stout on this prestigious appointment,” Bastecki-Perez said. “As we have seen here at MCCC, his lifelong work in support of community colleges and student success combined with his passion for the humanities and his profound impact on the prosperity of the economy make She is an excellent candidate for this role. We are delighted for her and wish her much success. »

On behalf of Montgomery County Community College and its Board of Trustees, President Victoria Bastecki-Perez congratulates Dr. Karen Stout, President Emeritus, on her appointment to the National Council for the Humanities. Dr. Stout (left) is pictured with Dr. Bastecki-Perez during the presidential inauguration ceremony for Dr. Bastecki-Perez on April 16, 2021. (Photo by David DeBalko)

Stout was nominated by President Biden in November 2021 and confirmed by the US Senate in May 2022, according to the NEH statement. She was sworn in on June 15. The 26-member board meets three times a year to review grant applications and advise the NEH president. Members serve staggered six-year terms.

Stout, the current President and CEO of Achieving the Dream Inc. and President Emeritus of MCCC, is a strong supporter of humanities in higher education, and this was integral to her student success initiatives during of his 14 years in college. from 2001 to 2015. In addition to integrating the arts on MCCC campuses and into its academic programs, Stout engaged the community at large by spearheading Creative Montco, a civic initiative developed to shape the future cultural and economy of Montgomery. County communities.

“Dr. Stout knows that the arts are a powerful catalyst that can help strengthen communities and civic engagement and strengthen the economy,” said Margot Clark, who serves on the MCCC Board of Directors as Secretary. assistant and worked with Stout when she was president.”The college continues to promote the creative arts through both its academic and community programming.”

MCCC’s Lively Arts Series, Lecture Series and Fine Arts Galleries welcome over 12,000 patrons each year. Currently, the MCCC theater is undergoing a major renovation to expand and improve its seating and performance areas and incorporate additional gallery space. The renewed theater is expected to open in early 2023. The MCCC campuses also offer art, theater, dance and music students the opportunity to share their talents with the community using the galleries and theater, as well as the Black Box Theater at the Blue Bell Campus and the Community Hall in the South Hall of the Pottstown Campus.

“Dr. Stout is an innovative and visionary champion of student success, as we saw firsthand when she was president here at Montco and now on a much larger scale with Achieving the Dream,” said Marcel L Groen, who has served on the MCCC Board of Trustees since 2009. and is currently the Treasurer.”Because of her passion and dedication, the College Board of Trustees granted her President Emeritus status in 2015 and the College has named the Blue Bell campus student success center the Karen A. Stout Student Success Center.”

Under Stout’s leadership, the college redesigned the core curriculum with 13 key skills in the arts and humanities to provide students with a comprehensive educational foundation. Core competencies aim to help students develop strong communication, problem-solving, and learning skills that enable them to succeed in the global community, as well as in their careers or further education.

“At MCCC, we take a holistic approach in intentionally designing the educational experience to equip students with the skills needed to succeed in today’s and tomorrow’s job markets, including critical thinking, analytical skills and effective communication, all of which are part of the core curriculum,” said Catherine Carsley, Professor of English at MCCC. “The curriculum reform conducted under Dr. Stout is helping students become lifelong learners and engaged citizens.”

In addition to the core curriculum revamp, MCCC launched an Honors Curriculum and a Study Abroad Program under Stout. The honors program is open to highly motivated and academically talented students in associate degree transfer programs. The program provides intellectual enrichment, experiential learning, and leadership through community service. Likewise, the study abroad program provided students with immersive opportunities to engage with another culture for in-depth learning.

During Stout’s tenure, the college received a $150,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop and implement an Integrated Planning and Advisory Services (IPAS) approach. IPAS provided technology support for the redesign of student registration and academic advising processes to improve how the College engages students in educational planning, advising, coaching and intervention targeted.

The College then received a $100,000 Next Generation Learning Challenge (NGLC) grant funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and managed by EDUCAUSE for a business model incubator project. Through this grant, MCCC has developed a MOOC (massive, open, online course) to help students gain financial, civic, and digital literacy. By acquiring these skills, students are able to overcome obstacles that prevent them from achieving their educational goals.

In 2013-2014, while Stout was president of the MCCC, the college formed a steering committee of more than 120 faculty, administrators, students, and staff to conduct an intensive self-study in preparation for the College’s reaccreditation by the Commission of the Middle States on higher education. On June 25, 2015, MSCHE reaffirmed MCCC accreditation with multiple commendations. MCCC has met the 14 Characteristics of Excellence required for accreditation and has complied with all relevant federal regulations. This finding represents the best possible outcome of the self-assessment process, and MCCC was not required to follow up with additional reports to the Commission. Only 20% of MSCHE-accredited facilities get action with no follow-up required.

Throughout the 14 years Stout served as President, MCCC revitalized facilities, redesigned programs, and streamlined student support services to enhance the educational experience and improve student access, retention, and completion.


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