Doctoral Student Spotlights

Bart Grachan

Higher Education Administration

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
I chose this program because it allows me to really explore the areas that impact the students I work with, and create applied research that can benefit those students and similar students elsewhere. The ability to focus in on what my professional interests and responsibilities are, in a very useful and practical way, was very attractive to me.
A hobby I have is:
Actually, I'm looking forward to discovering hobbies again, someday!
Person in my field I most admire:
The late Barbra Townsend did some remarkable work in the research of community college students, and their transitional success, very different work than many others in the field.
Most important issue or challenge that my profession will face in the coming decade is:
Community colleges are facing massive enrollments, but the path to four-year schools remains far too difficult.
Favorite course as a doctoral student:
Weirdly, I've really enjoyed the Theoretical Perspectives course (I've always felt very "applied"), but the Community College was a very revealing course for me, too.
Kind of professional setting that most interests me when I graduate:
Continuing in administration, working to provide access to students.
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
Have made a difference!

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Westford, MA
Career Goals:
Upper-level administration
Other professional or service activities:
Served as President of the New York State Transfer and Articulation Association (NYSTAA)