Latitia McCane

Dean of Academic Services

Bishop State

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Latitia McCane

Dean of Academic Services

Bishop State

Latitia McCane is Dean of Academic Services at Bishop State. She enjoys developing learning communities that put students on a guided pathway for student success. She worked closely with CCA to implement 15 to Finish at BSCC and have presented at local, state, and national conferences about guided pathways and structured scheduling. Early in her career, Dr. McCane was a chemist and conducted research in organic and synthetic organic chemistry. She has been employed by Ciba Geigy Chemicals, Rohm and Haas Chemical Company, Millipore Cooperation, and Zeneca Agricultural Products. She was a research assistant at Alabama State University through the Minority Biomedical Research Support Program (MBRS) where she earned her Bachelors in chemistry, recipient of the Patricia Harris Fellowship at Texas Southern University where she earned a Masters in chemistry and fellowship recipient at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, where she earned a Masters in organic chemistry. She earned a Ph.D. from Lacrosse University in Education Administration and a Ph.D in Urban Higher Education Administration from Jackson State University. Dr. McCane has participated in the Leadership Academy through the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Leadership Alabama, Leadership Atmore, and the American Association of Community Colleges leadership training for instructional deans. Dr. McCane has served on committees for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

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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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