JCSU’s Metropolitan College of Professional Studies hosts the National ANTSHE Conference and brings home the ANTSHE President’s Scholarship Award 2018

March 15 through 17, 2018 marked a milestone in the history of Johnson C. Smith University’s Metropolitan College of Professional Studies, as it hosted the National ANTSHE Conference. The Association of Non Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANSTSHE), with the assistance of JCSU’s ANTSHE members, brought together the brightest minds in academia to create new strategies that will propel adult learners to success.

This year the theme of the conference was “The Fight for Academic Equity: Creating Social Cohesiveness between the Adult Learner and College”. An interdisciplinary group of experts and students came together from over 50 colleges to take advantage of more than 40 sessions, including three keynote speakers, two spotlight speakers, a round table discussion, and panel discussions.

The General Chair of the conference and President of ANTSHE, Dr. R. Lee Viar IV, thanked Johnson C. Smith University’s staff, faculty and students for their hard work in putting together the event. JCSU’s President, Dr. Clarence D. Armbrister, celebrated the occasion and said that “JCSU proudly touts the accomplishments of our nontraditional students, primarily housed in the Metropolitan College of Professional Studies and Master of Social Work programs.”

On March 17th, the third and last day of the conference, the 2018 ANTSHE Scholarship Awards recipients were announced.  The President’s Scholarship was granted to JCSU’s Metropolitan College Business Administration – Management Major, Tracy Sullivan. The ANTSHE Awards promote nontraditional student success in higher education by recognizing students and individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to create adult learner programs and environments that encourage, motivate, and provide the resources and aide needed for adult learner success.

Mrs. Sullivan was thrilled to receive this honor and committed to continue excelling and getting involved with her adult learner community. “I would like to continue demonstrating to myself and my peers that there are no limits when it comes to achieving your goals for higher education and professional development at any age. I look forward to the day when I can pay it forward to another nontraditional student,” said Sullivan.

John Bannister, ANTSHE Scholarship Officer and Instructional Designer at JCSU’s Metropolitan College, led the conference coordination efforts. “Serving as the host for this year’s conference is a victory for JCSU and a very important personal accomplishment. By sharing ideas, knowledge and best practices, the whole country will see that we are a community of students, faculty and staff committed to being thought leaders in nontraditional student education,” added Mr. Bannister.

Dr. Laura Colson McLean, Dean of JCSU’s Metropolitan College of Professional Studies, reconfirmed the College’s commitment to serve the nontraditional students in higher education and to continue creating tools and opportunities that fit their specific needs.

For more information about ANTSHE and the ANTSHE Awards, please visit www.myantshe.org/ANTSHEAwards.

Tracy Sullivan is a Business –Management Major at JCSU’s Metropolitan College of Professional Studies. Mrs. Sullivan is the 2018 Recipient of the ANTSHE President’s Scholarship and is planning to graduate in May, 2019.

Tracy Sullivan is a Business –Management Major at JCSU’s Metropolitan College of Professional Studies. Mrs. Sullivan is the 2018 Recipient of the ANTSHE President’s Scholarship and is planning to graduate in May, 2019.

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