Betty Fortune

Executive Director for Student Success and Completion

Houston Community College

Betty Fortune

Executive Director for Student Success and Completion

Houston Community College

Betty Fortune serves as the Executive Director for Success and Completion at the Houston Community College District Office, where she coordinates evidence-based student success and completion support programs, oversees several other district-wide programs and evaluations, and is a key point person for maintaining communication with both internal and external stakeholders.

Prior to this role, Betty served at Houston Community College, Southwest as the Department Chair of Developmental Studies, Dean of Instruction, and finally Executive Dean of Instruction and Student Services. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education at Southern University Baton Rouge, her Master of Education at Prairie View A&M, and her Doctorate of Education and Higher Education Administration at Texas Southern University.

Betty’s areas of expertise are Corequisite Support, academic mapping and meta-majors.

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15 to Finish

Boost the number of students who are on track for on-time graduation by encouraging enrollment in 15 credits each semester (30 credits per year, including summers). Financial aid dollars, as well as institutional process and practice, should support that standard.

Math Pathways

Ensure all students enroll in and complete gateway math in their first year by designing math courses that are aligned with the skills students need for their chosen program of study.

Corequisite Support

Increase gateway course completion within the first year by enrolling entering students into the college-level math and English courses, providing those who need additional help a concurrent course or lab that offers just-in-time academic support.

Momentum Year

Build momentum so students meet first-year benchmarks: informed choice of meta major or major, enrollment in 30 credits with nine in the program of study and completion of gateway courses. Provide early support and guidance for decision making, using interest assessments and labor-market data.

Academic Maps with Proactive Advising

Default students onto highly-structured academic maps that include 15 credits per semester (or 30 per year), indicate milestone and pre-requisite courses, and empower advisors to effectively monitor progress and provide intervention as needed.

A Better Deal for Returning Adults

Increase degree attainment by inviting adult learners back to complete their education, providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment and predictable schedules. Give credit for prior learning and experience and additional support to help students navigate the system.

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