HOUSTON – Lone Star College-University Park was named one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (Diverse) magazine. Of more than 1,100 community colleges nationwide, 18 were selected for their outstanding practices in employee recognition, meeting community needs and professional development.
“LSC-University Park is honored to be recognized as an institution that empowers its faculty and staff to grow personally and professionally,” said Dr. Shah Ardalan, LSC-University Park president. “Our commitment to diversity and inclusion reflects our institutional cultural beliefs that are a part of who we are and fuel everything we do. We represent and address the needs, values and goals of all our stakeholders, including the staff and faculty who play a vital role in preparing our students for success.”
According to “Profiles of the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges” published in the May 17, 2018, issue of Diverse, the study examines practices and administrative organization used by two-year colleges “to increase faculty and staff diversity, to foster a sense of belonging for staff and to equip college educators for their work with students.”
“LSC-University Park is made of many individuals who exemplify professionalism and commitment to student success,” said Ardalan. “Each employee has a voice and actively participates in setting strategies that effect positive change in our students, college and community.”
Walter G. Bumphus, Ph.D., president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, extended his congratulations to Dr. Ardalan and the college.
“Your institution has made a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives, which is to be commended,” Dr. Bumphus wrote. “I have no doubt that [Dr. Ardalan’s] guidance played a huge part in the college receiving this recognition.”
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