ARRC believes that high-quality professional development opportunities are essential to enhancing research on regional colleges, as well as improving professional practice for campus leaders and administrative staff.

ARRC Professional Development

ARRC Professional Development is the umbrella under which we offer virtual and in-person training workshops on a range of topics. The activities build upon a tradition of summer residential learning on Appalachian State University's focused on developmental education and learning assistance. As a function within ARRC, professional development will have an expanded topical focus, in addition to offering virtual and regional site-based delivery. For questions regarding ARRC Professional Development, please contact Dr. Patti Levine Brown, ARRC’s Assistant Director for Professional Development, at


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Understanding Adult Learner Motivations to (Re)Enroll

May 5, 2022 1:00 PM
May 5, 2022 2:00 PM
May 5, 2022
1:00 pm
May 5, 2022
2:00 pm

This webinar will be a panel discussion among several experts and practitioners working to support returning adult students in postsecondary education.

Terri Taylor is strategy director for innovation and discovery at Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Working from Lumina’s office in Washington, D.C., Taylor leads the foundation’s efforts focused on increasing adult learner (re)enrollment in bachelor’s programs and building out the foundation’s internal innovation capacity.

Dr. Doria "Kathy" Stitts is Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, Dean of the University College, and faculty in the Marketing program at Winston-Salem State University. In her role at WSSU, she has been leading work as a grantee in Lumina’s HBCU Adult Learner Initiative, particularly on how to improve onboarding for adult learners.

Ida Hermosillo is the Director of Network Engagement at Growing Inland Achievement. Ida and her colleagues have been working on reaching adult learners at a regional level in the Inland Empire in California, working with four- and two-year institutions alike.

Andy Carlson has almost 20 years of experience in public policy, advocacy, grant writing, research, and project implementation and management. He is a recognized expert in higher education finance and programs supporting adult learners, maintaining a national network across state higher education leaders, policy organizations, and foundations.

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ARRC is also available to provide customized training on a contract basis, and we will work with you to understand your training needs and identify appropriate experts in the field. If your organization is looking for workshops targeted to new employee orientation, staff development, student worker training, and various levels of campus leaders, please contact us at so that we may discuss your needs and goals to design the best training experience for you.