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Montgomery College’s Dr. Sanjay Rai Named National Council of Instructional Administrators Chief Academic Officer of the Year

The National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA), headquartered at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, has named the winner of its 2018 Chief Academic Officer (CAO) of the Year competition. NCIA has selected Dr. Sanjay Rai, senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Montgomery College, as their CAO of the Year for 2018.

NCIA is a professional organization and affiliate council in the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). NCIA serves as the national voice for professionals involved in instructional administration in the community college and committed to providing leadership, advocacy, innovation and professional development opportunities to its members for the improvement of teaching and learning.

Dr. Rai thanked “the remarkable team of faculty, staff, and administrators” he has had the opportunity to work with to achieve the best outcomes for Montgomery College students. “It is an honor and privilege to work with such outstanding colleagues and to work for an institution that is focused on the success of all students,” he said.

The award recognizes instructional administrators who have served as CAO for more than three years. Nomination packets were evaluated by a panel of community college practitioners from across the country using the following five AACC Competencies for Community College Leaders: Organizational Strategy, Institutional Finance, Research, Fundraising and Resource Management, Communication, Collaboration and Community College Advocacy.

Dr. Rai’s nomination packet addressed the following student success and completion initiatives that have driven the College and the division over the last four years:

  • The development and implementation of the Academic Master Plan;
  • the redesign of General Studies and developmental English and math programs;
  • the transition to the new ELAP program;
  • the development of online degrees and the use of open educational resources;
  • the deepening of MCPS partnerships with the Early College and Middle College programs;
  • a dramatic increase in dual enrollment;
  • the awarding of $25M in USDOL grants;
  • the development of MC’s digital catalog and the creation of new programs and certificates.

The initiatives above were led by faculty, administrators, and staff at Montgomery College.

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