The Things We Do Not See

The Things We Do Not See

Notes from the President Chris Gray, Ph.D. | Founding President, Erie County Community College of Pennsylvania  As promised, I’m continuing my discussion of barriers faced by community college students in this post. In many ways, cognitive hurdles provide easier...
Hurdles Shouldn’t Be a Thing

Hurdles Shouldn’t Be a Thing

Notes from the President Chris Gray, Ph.D. | Founding President, Erie County Community College of Pennsylvania  Watching the Olympics every four years, I find myself marveling at the amount of strength and focus it takes for these trained athletes to leap...
What Actually Is an Associate’s Degree?

What Actually Is an Associate’s Degree?

Notes from the President Chris Gray, Ph.D. | Founding President, Erie County Community College of Pennsylvania  EC3PA is built differently than the other institutions of higher learning here in Erie County. In these posts, we’ve discussed some of the differences,...
So Who’s “Typical” Anyway?

So Who’s “Typical” Anyway?

Notes from the President Chris Gray, Ph.D. | Founding President, Erie County Community College of Pennsylvania  Higher education usually operates on a “typical student” model, and most strategic institutional discussions are built upon a particular set of...
You May Ask Yourself…How Did We Get Here?

You May Ask Yourself…How Did We Get Here?

Notes from the President Chris Gray, Ph.D. | Founding President, Erie County Community College of Pennsylvania Founding a community college is not simply a matter of just deciding to start one.  A quick glance at a map of the commonwealth’s fourteen extant...
Just Start

Just Start

Notes from the President Chris Gray, Ph.D. | Founding President, Erie County Community College of Pennsylvania I’m not supposed to be here.  A kid from central Illinois from a family with no college education is not supposed to become a theatre professor and then...