Education chiefs tell of bucking trends – Odessa American

by | Jun 30, 2022 | Education

Stressing innovation, cooperation and hard work, presidents of Odessa College and University of Texas Permian Basin, along with the Ector County ISD superintendent talked success and struggles.
Held in the Zant Community Room at the Salisbury Campus Center at OC, the occasion was The Texas Tribune’s Great Student Resignation. Speakers were OC President Gregory Williams, UTPB President Sandra Woodley and ECISD Superintendent Scott Muri.
Texas Tribune Co-Founder and CEO Evan Smith was the moderator. It was in person and livestreamed.
Bucking the trend of declining higher education enrollment, Woodley and Williams noted the hard work of faculty and staff, quality virtual instruction and retail politics — getting out to students and families to let them know it’s the right time to be in higher education.
Topics also included the college-going culture in this region and the state, what the pandemic in year three did to enrollments in four-year schools and community colleges and to the progress that the state’s public school districts have been making in getting their young charges to think about higher ed “as the logical next step on the journey to become our future workforce, our future voters and the future stewards of our democracy …,” Smith said.
Superintendent of the Ector County Independent School District Scott Muri, center right, answers a question from Texas Tribune C …

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