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Developmental Ed. Faculty Earn NADE Awards

PCC Developmental Studies faculty pose for a group photo in March 2011. From left to right, they are: Jennifer Gurley, Dustin Sharp, Glynis Mullins, Cheri White, Darlene Smith-Worthington, Edwin Franklin, Becky Knapp, Hilda Barrow, Jessica Blake, Regina Garcia, Sallie Stone, Jennifer Leigh, William White, Allison Flowers and Elizabeth Turnage.

WINTERVILLE—The National Association for Developmental Education held its annual conference in Washington, D.C., last month and recognized Pitt Community College with several awards.

PCC administrators announced this week that NADE presented the college’s Developmental Studies Department with the 2011 John Champaign Memorial Award for Outstanding Developmental Education Program. It also bestowed instructor Hilda Barrow with the 2011 Henry Young Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to NADE.

Pitt received the Champaign Award as a result of its commitment to student excellence and faculty development. The award is based upon recognized program quality by peers and campus administrators, quality of service to students, and demonstrated effectiveness through achievement of objective criteria.

“We’re affectionately known in North Carolina as ‘The Pitt Machine,’” Barrow said. “Our Developmental Studies faculty are highly regarded and sought as consultants and experts in the field.

“… Their commitment to student access and success is evident in exceeding the state's critical success factors, which measure student achievement in developmental and subsequent courses.”

Barrow, who is PCC’s Developmental Studies department chair, received the Henry Young Award in recognition of her NADE leadership service and contributions to the organization’s growth.

Barrow served as NADE’s president from 2006 to 2007. In that capacity, she oversaw the organization’s quarterly board meetings and served as an advocate for developmental educators worldwide.

A Greene County native, Barrow has worked at PCC for 20 years and in developmental education for 30. She calls it the most important area of higher education, saying it is the "gateway for thousands of students who would not otherwise have access to a college education.”

Barrow’s accomplishments at PCC include helping develop an integrated reading/writing curriculum and leading the restructuring of the college’s Developmental Studies Department, which includes English, math and study skills. She has also helped secure grants to coordinate developmental education in Pitt County high schools and PCC.

In addition to PCC’s awards, the N.C. Association for Developmental Education won NADE’s 2011 Curtis Miles Award. The honor is presented annually to an established NADE chapter in recognition of excellence through service, conferences, political advocacy and professional development.

Founded in 1976, NADE has more than 2,400 members with a mission of helping “underprepared students prepare, prepared students advance, and advanced students excel.” The association provides scholarships and works to improve the theory and practice of developmental education at all educational levels.

NADE is also responsible for certifying developmental programs at schools across the country. Gaining NADE’s seal of approval, Barrow says, is “very prestigious and difficult to obtain.”


03/23/2011