Brandon Protas

Strategy Director

Complete College America

Brandon Protas

Strategy Director

Complete College America

Brandon Protas serves as a Strategy Director with Complete College America. He has spent his career working in public education with particular focus on developing educational opportunities for students historically underserved in higher education.

Prior to joining Complete College America, Brandon worked for nine years as the Director of College Pathways at Community College of Denver (CCD). There he oversaw a dedicated staff that more than doubled the size of the concurrent enrollment program helping to address gaps in the academic pipeline that exist for students of color and first generation students. During his time at the college, Brandon led multiple college-wide initiatives, including leading CCD to become the first college or university in the state to be accredited through the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). He also served on both the NACEP and Colorado concurrent enrollment advisory boards.

Earlier in his career, Brandon worked for more than a decade in the Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) in Tucson, Arizona. His experience in K-12 education includes social work and counseling services, community building and college readiness programming. For his doctoral dissertation, he conducted a program analysis of the SUSD AVID program which is designed to prepare students for college success.

Brandon earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Brown University, a Master of Social Work from Arizona Sate University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

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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.

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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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