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Dr. Ronald


Dr. Ronald Head was formerly program director at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), where he taught a number of courses, including one on institutional effectiveness. He has extensive experience in institutional effectiveness, institutional research, and accreditation, having edited a volume in the New Directions for Community College series on institutional effectiveness, presented at numerous conferences, and consulted with a number of community colleges.

Prior to working UMUC, Dr. Head served for 10 years as a special consultant on institutional effectiveness and accreditation at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Virginia, and prior to that, he served for nearly 20 years as executive director of planning and information technology at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has also taught a number of doctoral education courses for the University of Phoenix, as well as undergraduate classes in English and computer science. Dr. Head is a former president of the Southeastern Association of Community College Research (SACCR).

Ph.D. (Higher Education); M.A. (English) | University of Virginia

B.A. (English, with honors) | Washington & Lee University

Past Experience
Professor and Program Director | University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland

Consultant | Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Virginia

Executive Director of Planning and Information Technology | Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, Virginia

How has education changed your life/your family?

College provided an intellectual awakening in that it opened my eyes to subjects and ideas that challenged the way I saw the world. An indifferent student at the beginning, I was an eager learner by the end and was happy to broaden my horizons even further through graduate school. It has been an honor to share what I have learned with my students in the courses I have taught and with the community colleges I have coached in Achieving the Dream.

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