Academic Affairs


Academic  Affairs

Coordinates career and college readiness initiatives, the common course numbering system, concurrent enrollment, as well as system-wide academic initiatives. This takes the form of coordinating system-wide committees such as the Adjunct Instructor Taskforce, State Faculty Advisory Council (SFAC), State Faculty Curriculum Committee (SFCC), and the VP Council. Other initiatives include Transfer & Articulation, and credentials known as Digital Badges.

    Landon Pirius, Vice Chancellor Academic & Student Affairs

     

    Landon Pirius, Vice Chancellor Academic & Student Affairs, Landon.Pirius@cccs.edu

     

    Landon K. Pirius is the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the Colorado Community College System (CCCS). Landon serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the Colorado Community College System providing strategic leadership related to all aspects of academic affairs, student affairs, and institutional research. Landon also provides leadership and coordination among college Presidents and college Vice Presidents, and works closely with other System and college staff to improve, expand, evaluate and promote academic and student affairs leadership resulting in excellence in teaching, learning, thinking, experiencing, and succeeding for all students. Landon leads diversity, equity, and inclusivity initiatives aimed at exceptional teaching and learning.

     

    Prior to his current position, Landon was the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at North Hennepin Community College in Minnesota where he was committed to building a collaborative culture of student success, data-driven decision-making, strategic planning, and continuous quality improvement. Landon also served in a variety of leadership roles at Inver Hills Community College, Minnesota State University, Mankato, and Walden University, and as an adjunct faculty member at different institutions. Landon completed his undergraduate degree in Russian Studies and Environmental Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. His focus in graduate school was on comparative and international development education. In his free time, Landon enjoys spending time with his family, obstacle course racing, cooking, gardening, traveling, and playing video games.

    Sarah Heath, Associate Vice Chancellor for Career and Technical Education

    Sarah Heath, Associate Vice Chancellor for Career and Technical Education

    Michael Macklin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Workforce Development

    Michael Macklin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Workforce Development

    Michael Macklin serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Workforce Development. In his role, he works to coordinate academic affairs and workforce development initiatives across CCCS interfacing with state agencies, philanthropic organizations, colleges, and corporate partners. His current efforts are focused on the intersection of business and education through career connected learning and apprenticeships. Prior to joining CCCS Mr. Macklin spent 10 years at Colorado State University. He started his career in student affairs as a graduate program recruiter and moved to academic affairs in online and professional education as the Director of Professional and Noncredit Programs where he launched Colorado State University’s digital badge program.

    Danen Jobe, Director of Academic Programs and Curriculum

    Danen Jobe, Director of Academic Programs and Curriculum

    Melissa Martin, Director of Workforce Development

    Melissa Martin, Director of Workforce Development

    Kendra Rodriguez, Skill Advance Colorado Program Director

    Kendra Rodriguez, Skill Advance Colorado Program Director

    Lauren Victor, Director of CTE Accountability

    Lauren VictorLauren Victor, Director of CTE Accountability

    As Director of CTE Accountability, Lauren Victor oversees the Career & Technical Education web-based systems; data collection cycles and processes; and data reporting for middle school, high school, and postsecondary CTE programs across the state. Using her analytic skills and P20W experience, Lauren provides leadership to help guide CTE data and policy.

    Prior to joining CCCS in 2017, she worked at the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Workforce Development Council where she provided expertise on issues related to education and workforce development for the state. During that time she authored the annual Colorado Talent Pipeline Report, collaborating with state agencies and partners to craft multi-faceted analysis of talent-related issues in Colorado. Lauren’s background also includes managing and leading various flavors of experiential learning programs both in the States and abroad.

    Lauren received her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Denver, M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Washington, and B.A. in English and French from the University of Michigan. When not on the job, you can find Lauren practicing yoga, cooking, traveling, indulging her cat, reading, or playing outside.

    Tammy Ward, Director of Concurrent Enrollment Initiatives

    Tammy Ward, Director of Concurrent Enrollment Initiatives

    Councils & Committees

    Councils & Committees include the Adjunct Instructor Taskforce, State Faculty Advisory Council (SFAC), State Faculty Curriculum Committee (SFCC), and the VP Council.  These groups have members from all the community colleges, and work to solve problems at the system level.

    Adjunct Instructor Taskforce

    The CCCS Adjunct Instructors Task Force was convened on June 13, 2014. Dr. McCallin attended the first meeting, charging the group with carefully examining the issues identified in the 2014 CCCS Adjunct Instructor Survey, reviewing trends regionally and nationally, and proposing options for System implementation.

    Adjunct Instructor Taskforce 

    State Faculty Advisory Council (SFAC)

    The principal mission of SFAC is to promote and support quality instruction in the Colorado Community College System. The State Faculty Advisory Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Board and to the President of the System and acts as a liaison capacity between the college faculties and the Board.

    SFAC 

    State Faculty Curriculum Committee (SFCC)

    The State Faculty Curriculum Committee (SFCC) will advise and make recommendation to the Education Services Curriculum Committee on curriculum.

    SFCC 

    VP Council

    The VP Council is comprised of Chief Academic Officers (CAOs) and Chief Student Affairs Officers (CSAOs) from across the 13 state system community colleges and the Colorado Community College System office.

    Common Course Numbering System

    CCNS has been developed to facilitate ease of transfer for community college students from one community college to the other and from the community college to the four-year educational institutions and more.

    CCNS

    Career & College Readiness Initiatives

    Our Career & College Readiness Initiatives provide resources and strategies for preparing students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed for the 21st century workforce.

    Career & College Readiness Initiatives

    Concurrent Enrollment

    Concurrent enrollment programs allow well- prepared students to earn credit at the secondary and postsecondary levels simultaneously.

    Concurrent Enrollment

    Transfer & Articulation

    Whether you are transferring to or from a community college or a four year institution, we are here to help you transition!

    Transfer & Articulation

    Badges

    Digital Badges offer a new way to display industry-recognized, employment focused credentials that validate core employability and technical skills for all Industries.

    Digital Badges