Marjory Thrash


Pearl River Community College

Marjory Thrash


Pearl River Community College

AS ECCC, BS USM, MS.Ed. MSU, post-graduate work USM, UNT, UCF, Towson State U
Former technical writer/editor/DoD Classified Materials specialist for various defense contractors
Former Grades 7-12 and GED English instructor at a public alternative school serving 11 public high schools.
Since 2000 classroom and online instructor for developmental through sophomore level English courses.
One of the first online instructors for MSVCC
2015 MSVCC online instructor of the year
First at my college to offer 8 weeks courses as a path to move developmental students past 2 levels of developmental English in 1 semester.
First at my college to integrate flipped instruction in the English classroom.
Piloted various projects, leading to co-requisite instruction for English, all leading to PRCC being first college in Mississippi to drop developmental English in favor of co-requisite instruction.
Awarded 2018-2019 Z-Grant to develop American Literature I without using a textbook and integrating universal course design.


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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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