Speaker/Consultant Carol Copenhaver
Carol Copenhaver has almost 30 years experience in higher education, progressing from faculty member to senior vice president of Educational and Student Services at St. Petersburg College in Florida. She was a division chair for business and technology, and during that time provided the leadership for the integration of technology into the curriculum. As division chair, she initiated the Corporate Training Services program, which has become one of the most respected in Florida and the nation. Copenhaver was responsible for initiating the development and marketing of technology certification programs, including A+, CISCO, Oracle, and CISSP. These programs have grown to be huge money generators at the college due to the innovative fee structure and faculty compensation structure she developed.
As her career progressed, Copenhaver was associate vice president for Educational and Student Services, assisting nationally known and respected leaders in managing Educational and Student Services, including Bill Law, now president of St. Petersburg College, and Roy Church, currently president of Lorain Community College. As part of this position, she gained expertise in curriculum development and documentation, including the development and assessment of measurable learning outcomes.
After serving in positions at Dekalb College in Atlanta and Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland, Copenhaver returned to St. Petersburg College to become vice president, and a few years later senior vice president, of Academic and Student Services. She was responsible for the provosts on five campuses; faculty development; accreditation, including the development of assessment plans for all programs; all student services functions, including the registrar, counseling, career centers, and the student portion of the ERP; the grants office; the National Institute for Criminal Justice; the National Institute for Terrorism Preparedness; and the Counter Drug Task Force. Copenhaver continued to have responsibility for Corporate Training and Continuing Education, leading the development of one of the largest College for Kids programs in the nation. During this time, she also provided leadership to the development of an e-Campus operation that delivers a large number of online courses and programs. This program received many national awards, including best program, best course, and best faculty member. E-Campus eventually became the largest campus at the college and includes one of the nation’s first all electronic libraries.
Copenhaver led the early efforts of the college to expand to offering bachelor’s degrees. This included writing the proposal to the State Board of Community Colleges, curriculum development, and the hiring of deans. This program has grown tremendously, now offering 25 bachelor’s degrees. Related to this effort, she led the initiation of a University Partnership Center, which partners with other universities in and out of the state to offer bachelor’s, master's, and doctoral degrees to Pinellas County residents.
Copenhaver has been engaged in consulting this last year, with consulting contracts at Vincennes University to evaluate its assessment plan, at Sinclair Community College to provide assistance in reorganizing its Workforce Development and Corporate Services program, and at Georgia Highlands College to do a community needs assessment and develop a proposal for submission to the Georgia Board of Regents for approval to become a bachelor’s degree granting college.
Carol Copenhaver is available to help your college with
- Conversion from a two-year to a four-year college, including community needs assessment and preparation of document for state approval as well as curriculum development
- Development of a leadership program for internal staff
- Development of specific assessment activities for student learning
- Evaluation of assessment plans
- Preparation for regional accrediting association visits
- Evaluation and development of corporate training/workforce development programs
- Assessment and development of information technology workforce development programs
- Ramping up an online learning program for credit and noncredit programs
- Curriculum development processes and procedures and evaluation and approval of such proposals
- General education review and development
- Academic and student services organization
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