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CHAVEZ ATTENDS INAUGURATION OF TC PRESIDENT THOMAS


CHAVEZ ATTENDS INAUGURATION OF TC PRESIDENT THOMAS




Dr. Chavez was invited to the inauguration and pre-inauguration conference of Thomas R. Bailey as President of Teachers College, Columbia University – the nation’s first and largest graduate school of education, psychology and health. At his inauguration Dr. Bailey stated that we must “write a new chapter” by working across fields and disciplines to develop truly comprehensive solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

Thomas R. Bailey, former director of the Community College Research Center and a labor economist regarded as one of the nation’s leading authorities on community colleges, detailed a plan for Teachers College to better marshal its resources to “build smarter, more productive, and more just societies” and create “a world with pathways for all to flourish.” Success is imperative, he told an audience of nearly 1,000 alumni, students, faculty and friends of TC, “first, because our nation and our world need our knowledge, expertise, and graduates more urgently than ever before...”

Bailey called the current moment “unquestionably troubling times – not a period of 'we,' as it should be, but rather one of 'us and them.''' He cited global issues such as the rise of repressive regimes, growing intolerance and the othering of fellow human beings, and domestic ones such as a widening gap between haves and have nots, and the de facto re-segregation of American schools.

In offering a blueprint for achieving what he called “the power of we,” Bailey drew on his own past experience in leading TC’s Community College Research Center, which, during his tenure, played a major role in shifting the nation’s two-year colleges from merely providing education access to a focus on ensuring that students complete their degrees and emerge with the skills to succeed in work and life. After years of studying different strategies, and helping to pilot-test many of them, Bailey and his associates developed Guided Pathways, a comprehensive strategy (since adopted by more than a fifth of the nation’s community colleges) that addresses all of students’ needs.




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