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November 2015

The Center for Postsecondary Success Announces two new board members

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Center for Postsecondary Success is pleased to announce the addition of two new board members to the Center’s advisory board. Michelle Asha Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, and Madeline Pumariega, chancellor of the Florida College System within the Florida Department of Education, joined the Center’s board in September 2015.

Michelle Asha Cooper has a rich experience in postsecondary education. With an expertise in a diverse array of higher education issues, Cooper’s work encompasses many topics including higher education reform, financial aid simplification and policy, student success outcomes, institutional accountability, diversity and equity, and other higher education trends and policies. Cooper became the second president of the Institute of Higher Education Policy in 2008.

Earlier this year, Madeline Pumariega was named chancellor of the Florida College System, a 28-school state college system. Pumariega has a wide range of experience within the higher education community, specifically in Florida, as she was the former president of the Wolfson Campus at Miami Dade College and previous president and chief executive officer of the non-profit, Take Stock in Children. Pumariega is known for her passion for helping Florida students achieve their educational goals.

The Center’s advisory board is composed of prominent researchers, policy makers, practitioners and representatives from philanthropy. Board members suggest research ideas, comment on Center publications, advise on Center activities and strategic directions, assist with the dissemination of Center publications and external communications, and participate in other relevant Center activities.

The mission of the Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS) is to provide support for, and foster collaboration among, those who are interested in conducting research on student success in postsecondary education, and to identify and evaluate institutional, state, and federal policies and programs that may serve to improve student success.


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