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Learning Assistance Director receives AIR Fellowship
By Kelley M. Arnold
Director of News & Public Information
|Dr. Bill Denni, right, director of learning assistance at Brewton-Parker College, is recognized by Association for Institutional Research (AIR) representative Nina Glisson, as one of five educators selected for the annual AIR Fellowship to the AIR Summer Institute on First-Year Assessment, held in Savannah June 10-12. (Photo provided.)
MOUNT VERNON – Dr. Bill Denni, director of learning assistance at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga., was one of five educators who received a fellowship to attend the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Summer Institute on First-Year Assessment, held in Savannah June 10-12.
The fellowship is co-sponsored by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, based at the University of South Carolina. Through a collaborative effort, the National Resource Center and the AIR awards up to five fellowships a year, which cover the registration costs for the Institute. This is the first time Dr. Denni has received this fellowship.
Dr. Denni reports the information he gathered from the Institute broadened his understanding of the “freshman experience”, and he plans to use several new applications from the Institute in the programs he develops at BPC for its incoming freshmen.
“As Director of Learning Assistance, I am responsible for managing, developing and assessing both our developmental courses for incoming freshmen and our freshman seminar (COL 102). In addition to networking, attending the Institute was important to me in learning what other liberal arts colleges and universities are doing to assess and improve their freshman seminars,” said Dr. Denni. “The workshops and sessions provided me with information and strategies that can help me assess and improve our freshman seminar and first-year writing programs so that they, in turn, may help increase student success and retention at Brewton-Parker College, as well as satisfy our accreditation team when we are reviewed and increase the positive reputation of the college.”
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in South Georgia. Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, the college offers 37 majors and 23 minors of study in a caring, Christian environment that nurtures the whole student.