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Valuing Readiness Over Traditional College Placement

Session Overview

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

Nationwide, colleges are improving recruitment and retention by reducing barriers to gateway courses in math and English. Learn about emerging models for placement, bridge, and just-in-time review in Texas and Arizona that are leveraging adaptive technology to support student transitions in new ways.


Anna Mays

Professor | Dallas College Community colleges

Anna Mays is Vice Provost of Educational Partnerships at Dallas College, a consolidated community college with seven college campuses.  She was previously Associate Vice Chancellor of Educational Policy.

Dr. Rosslyn Knight

District Director, Developmental Education | Maricopa Community Colleges

Dr. Rosslyn Knight currently serves as District Director of Developmental Education for the Maricopa Community College District.  Dr. Knight brings over 25 years of experience in both K-12 and higher education environments.  Prior to her current role, Dr. Knight served as Faculty Chair of Reading and ESL for Rio Salado College beginning in 2013. Dr. Knight joined the Maricopa Colleges as an adjunct faculty member in 2003, teaching ESL, college level, and developmental reading courses.

Dr. Knight has previously worked as a teacher, site-based literacy coach and district level literacy specialist within two local school districts. Additionally, Dr. Knight has worked internationally with programs in Sierra Leone, West Africa teaching English as a Second Language to elementary aged children and adult learners.

Dr. Knight holds a Doctor of Education in community college leadership with an emphasis on equity and social justice, from San Diego State University, a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Language and Literacy, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Vanderbilt University.

Dani Pedrotti

Director of Membership Development | The NROC Project

Dani Pedrotti works closely with the institutional members of The NROC Project, a community dedicated to exploring new ways to meet learners where they are.  Together, we imagine, develop, test, and refine technologies that improve student success. Learn more at