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Transformational Change in Community Colleges - Becoming an Equity-Centered Institution

Session Overview

This video was part of the July 2021 REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit

Co-Authors of “Transformational Change in Community Colleges” Christine McPhail and Kimberly Beatty, joined by moderator Kelvin Bentley will discuss transformations in Community Colleges and practical approaches to implementing an equity agenda in higher education. 


Dr. Christine McPhail

President | St. Augustine’s University

Dr. Christine McPhail is a nationally recognized thought leader in higher education and co-author of Transformational Change in the Community Colleges, Becoming an Equity-Centered Institution, providing step by step approaches to integrate equity-centered principles into practices and policies to implement or improve equity work into the organizational culture.

Kimberly Beatty, Ed.D.

Chancellor | Metropolitan Community College

Dr. Kimberly Beatty began her tenure as Metropolitan Community College’s eighth chancellor on July 1, 2017. She came to MCC from Houston Community College, the nation’s fourth-largest community college system, where she served as vice chancellor for instructional services and chief academic officer.

A champion of access and equity, she is devoted to the community college mission of providing access to higher education for all. “I am passionate about the community I serve and excited about the ability to provide higher education access to the underprivileged and underrepresented,” Dr. Beatty says.
Dr. Beatty is equally committed to workforce development in Kansas City. She prioritizes building relationships with business and industry leaders to ensure that the College is offering educational opportunities that will lead to the credentials that students need to start their careers.

Dr. Beatty has served on a number of boards at the state and national levels. She has demonstrated a strong commitment to student success and diversity, and a passion for strengthening the pipeline of college-ready students entering community college.

A three-time graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Dr. Beatty received a B.A. in English, an M.A. in English, and an Ed.D. in higher education, with a specialization in community college leadership. She brought to MCC 28 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education, including 21 years of progressive leadership experience at community colleges in California, Virginia and Texas. She has also served as a tenured associate professor in English.

Kelvin Bently 

Digital Learning Consultant

Kelvin has over 19 years of experience serving as a leader of online learning initiatives for 2- and 4-year institutions as well as past and current experience as a digital learning consultant for companies that include the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Tyton Partners, Entangled Solutions, Blackboard and Eduventures. He has written recent articles in digital learning in publications including Inside Higher Education and Educause Review.