As I reflect on what has surely been the most unusual semester of my 30-year career in education, I am immensely proud of our students, faculty, and staff for everything we have accomplished together.
In spite of the global challenges we all faced, this academic year marked another year of accomplishments for the College. It was a significant year in terms of academic accomplishment, student initiative and faculty development.
In 2002, when online education was not popular for traditional colleges, I clearly understood that online education would provide access to more students in the Black Belt and surrounding areas where transportation was often a barrier. Because of this transition, the college was able to make a seamless transition during the COVID-19 outbreak. Because a well-established online infrastructure was already in place, the faculty was able to place emphasis on making student engagement the top priority in this transition.
his past semester brought unprecedented challenges our way, but our students were able to sprint to the finish line—even in the most difficult times. We are so proud of you and confident that you will continue to inspire us all even in the most difficult times. We are so proud of you and confident that you will continue to inspire us all.
I also want to take the opportunity to recognize the outstanding graduates of our Class of 2020. They graciously accepted and adapted to the unprecedented challenges this past semester brought us, but and their resilience and perseverance was evident —even in the most difficult times. On behalf of our students, full and part-time faculty and staff, we thank you and all our friends, colleagues, associates, partners, business and industry for your continued interest and support to the programs and services we offer at this institution.
We hope you will enjoy reading about our significant milestones and I wish you and your families a safe year.
James M. Mitchell
James M. Mitchell, Ed.D.