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Pellissippi State Community College

Pellissippi State Community College

Pellissippi State is a vital institution accustomed to transformation and growth. Since its founding in 1974 as State Technical Institute at Knoxville, the College has expanded the teaching of technology, the use of technology in instruction, and the transfer of technology to local business and industry in support of regional economic development. The College continues to support and develop career/technical associate’s degrees and institutional certificates, university parallel associate’s degree programs, and continuing education opportunities for the citizens of Knox, Blount, and surrounding counties. In partnership with the community, the College sustains the effort toward an ever-improving quality of life for residents of East Tennessee. The mission of Pellissippi State Community College is to serve its community by providing college-level and non-credit courses and learning support instruction using a variety of delivery methods, training and workforce development, and opportunities for life, civic and cultural enrichment.

  • Sharon Burlingame,
  • Gitti Negahban,
  • Faith Watson
Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University

Penn State's Department of Computer Science and Engineering, formed in 1993, combines the strengths of the Department of Computer Science and the Computer Engineering Program. The computer science component originated in the 1960's, and the computer engineering program in the 1980's. Faculty emphasize the theoretical and practical application of computation and computer systems to the needs of society. Research interests cover the broad areas of architecture, computational theory, computer applications, and software systems. With more than a decade of experience in advancing their diversity goals through strategic planning and a rich history of valuing diversity, Penn State is among the national leaders in higher education in diversity strategic planning. Promoting equity and inclusivity in higher education is not only the right thing to do; it is also the strategic thing to do.

  • Jan Mahar,
  • Jungwoo Ryoo,
  • Anna Squicciarini,
  • Jeffrey Stone,
  • Eileen Trauth

Piedmont Virginia Community College

Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) is a nonresidential two-year institution of higher education that serves Central Virginia - principally residents of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. We are one of 23 community colleges in Virginia that comprise the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).

PVCC is committed to providing access to a college education for all who can benefit, an opportunity for each student to reach his or her potential and excellence in our programs and services.

The mission of the Business, Mathematics & Technologies Division is to provide transfer preparation and workforce development curricula of the highest academic quality so students may successfully enter the workforce or continue their education at four-year colleges and universities.

  • Bruce Robinson
Pierce College - Los Angeles

Pierce College - Los Angeles

Pierce College is setting the pace in community college education, preparing students to take their place or to retrain in industries at the forefront of technological advances. The creation of the 15-week semester plan led to higher enrollment, better learning and better retention. With two five-week summer sessions and one five-week winter session, students are enjoying the opportunity to move more quickly through the curriculum with greater academic success. Pierce combines academic excellence with a friendly and helpful faculty and staff. It has a solid reputation for being a student-friendly institution, offering students high-quality and challenging education that will prepare them for university or vocational work. Pierce students benefit from smaller class sizes and lower tuition than a four-year university. Pierce College is proud to be recognized as one of the most respected community colleges and transfer institutions in California.

  • Natalia Grigoriants

Portland Community College

From training our community’s workforce to preparing students for four-year schools to leading the way in educational success and completion, the work we do at Portland Community College today is at the heart of our region’s success tomorrow.

As the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, PCC serves more than 93,000 full-time and part-time students. We fill a unique role, one that offers high quality education and opportunities for our students, which in turn contributes to the vibrancy of Portland’s economic community.

  • Dan Dougherty,
  • Cara Tang
Portland State University

Portland State University

Portland State University vision is to be an internationally recognized urban university known for excellence in student learning, innovative research, and community engagement that contributes to the economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and quality of life in the Portland region and beyond. The mission of Portland State University is to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural and economic qualities of urban life by providing access throughout the life span to a quality liberal education for undergraduates and an appropriate array of professional and graduate programs especially relevant to metropolitan areas. The University conducts research and community service that support a high quality educational environment and reflect issues important to the region. It actively promotes the development of a network of educational institutions to serve the community.

  • Lois Delcambre
Prairie View A&M University

Prairie View A&M University

Prairie View A&M University is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service. It is committed to achieving relevance in each component of its mission by addressing issues and proposing solutions through programs and services designed to respond to the needs and aspirations of individuals, families, organizations, agencies, schools, and communities--both rural and urban. Prairie View A&M University is a state-assisted institution by legislative designation, serving a diverse ethnic and socioeconomic population, and a land-grant institution by federal statute. Though the University's service area has generally extended throughout Texas and the world, the University's target service area for offering undergraduate and graduate programs of study includes the Texas Gulf Coast Region and urban Texas centers. The University's research foci include extending knowledge in all disciplines offered and incorporating research-based experiences in both undergraduate and graduate students' academic development.

  • Kiranmai Bellam
Princeton University

Princeton University

Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching. Princeton has been at the forefront of computing since Alan Turing, Alonzo Church and John von Neumann were among its residents. The department has experienced significant growth over the last few years, and is now home to 30 faculty, with strong groups in theory, systems, graphics/media, programming languages, computational science, security, AI, and computational biology.

  • Adam Finkelstein,
  • Brandi Jones,
  • Margaret Martonosi,
  • Jennifer Rexford,
  • Kevin Wayne
Purdue University

Purdue University

Purdue University has a tradition of ethical conduct spanning its history. As a land-grant institution, they demonstrate their responsiveness to their constituencies and extend to them access to their knowledge resources. They nurture relationships with other partners in education who support their vision or join us to foster common interests. They integrate their mission with their responsibilities. They contribute their knowledge resources impartially in serving their public purposes. As faculty, students, staff, and administrators, they are a community of dedicated learners, scholars, professionals, and practitioners - all contributing their talents to uphold their standards, and improve themselves and the broader community in which they live and work. Their responsibilities and obligations toward the advancement of learning, discovery, and engagement in the University and in Indiana extend to their nation and the world.

  • Gary Bertoline,
  • Sonia Fahmy,
  • Alka Harriger,
  • Tracy Harrington-Atkinson,
  • Chad Laux,
  • Dawn Laux,
  • Sally Luzader,
  • Alejandra Magana,
  • Julie Mariga,
  • Fatma Mili,
  • James Mohler,
  • Antonia Munguia,
  • Sunil Prabhakar,
  • Phil Sands,
  • Nicole Towner

Queen’s University

Queen’s University is a community, 170 years of tradition, academic excellence, research, and beautiful waterfront campus made of limestone buildings and modern facilities. But more than anything Queen’s is people. We are researchers, scholars, artists, professors and students with an ambitious spirit who want to develop ideas that can make a difference in the world. People who imagine together what the future could be and work together to realize it.

Queen’s is one of Canada’s oldest degree-granting institutions, and has influenced Canadian higher education since 1841 when it was established by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria. Located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, it is a mid-sized university with several faculties, colleges and professional schools, as well as the Bader International Study Centre located in Herstmonceux, East Sussex, United Kingdom. Queen’s balances excellence in undergraduate studies with well-established and innovative graduate programs, all within a dynamic learning environment. 

  • Wendy Powley

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