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Hardy selected as Network Guided Pathways Coach

Jan 16, 2019

Hardy selected among three Arkansans as Network Guided Pathways Coach


Debbie Hardy, director of Student Success & Institutional Effectiveness and Perkins coordinator at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA), has been selected one of only three Arkansans to serve as a Student Success Center (SSC) Network Guided Pathways Coach.

Coaches have been selected from across the U.S. by their state’s SSC executive director to participate in a year-long training program. Jobs for the Future (JFF) and Achieving the Dream (ATD) are partnering to provide this unique program with the purpose of building in-state ability to send coaches to community colleges through the Student Success Center to execute and support SSC-identified guided pathways implementation efforts at colleges in their state.

The coaches will work with Center and institutional staff to create the circumstances necessary for and to inspire transformational change, while supporting collaboration and communications between the Center and participating colleges.              

Excited about this opportunity, Hardy said, “I am very honored to be selected as one of Arkansas’ Student Success Center Network Guided Pathways coaches. Our students face multiple challenges and barriers to stay in school and complete their degree. The transformative work that community colleges and the state success centers are involved in will help address the challenges and barriers for our students, colleges and communities in Arkansas.”

The Student Success Center is a statewide association that supports community colleges’ efforts to develop guided pathways to increasing student completion rates. Fifteen Student Success Centers make up the national SSC Network. Through this important work, participating colleges have the opportunity to share resources and learn from each other as they work toward meeting state and college completion goals.

In her current position at PCCUA, Hardy’s areas of responsibility encompasses student success, assessment/institutional effectiveness, campus food pantry operations, student orientation, leadership development training, financial and career coaching training, Perkins Grant management, food pantry grants, and Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). Her efforts also include work on numerous committees/teams including instruction and curriculum; strategic planning/institutional effectiveness, Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Achieving the Dream (ATD), Working Student Success Network (WSSN), Holistic Student Support (HSS), and Staff Senate.

Her professional service includes membership in the Arkansas Association of Colleges, graduation from the Arkansas Association of Two Year College (AATYC) Leadership Institute, service as a Career Development Facilitator- (CDF Trainer), membership in the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the Association of Chapter Advisors for Phi Theta Kappa, past board member of AATYC, service on the Phillips County Delta Bridge Leadership Goal Team and past president and executive board member of Arkansas Association of Women in Two-Year Colleges (AAWTC) and the Arkansas Council for Women in Higher Education (ACWHE).

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and also holds special certification as a financial coaching trainer and a Personality Styles trainer.