Dr. Patti Levine Brown joined the faculty of Appalachian State University's Higher Education Graduate Program from Florida State College at Jacksonville. She recently served as the Interim Director of the National Center for Developmental Education, as well as an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies, teaching graduate courses in the Adult and Developmental Education and College and University Leadership concentrations. A graduate of the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas – Austin, Patti is a former reporter, English and reading instructor, political activist, and project administrator. She is also the Past President of the Florida College Reading Council, former board member of the Florida Developmental Education Association, and a Past President of the National Organization for Student Success (formerly NADE). Patti is a graduate of the Kellogg Institute through which she also became a certified developmental educator. She has worked with the NCDE as a Kellogg Institute presenter and as a consultant to community colleges. Additionally, she has published numerous articles and supplementary texts related to the field of developmental education.
It is important to me to be part of a research collaborative with a primary mission of encouraging a deeper understanding and appreciation for the services provided by regional colleges. Adding to the body of knowledge that presently exists on rural-serving institutions is paramount if we, as higher education professionals, truly want to offer increased opportunities for access, employment, and the general well-being of students who live in rural communities and attend these institutions. Nationwide, we hear a lot about the term social justice; however, it is unclear what higher education institutions are doing to fight economic, political, and social inequities for its students. ARRC was formed to provide current data that can help address the varied inequities that regional colleges encounter.
• Ph.D. Higher Education Administration, Community College Leadership Concentration, University of Texas at Austin
• Ed.S. Higher Education, Developmental Education Concentration, Appalachian State University
• MPA, University of North Florida
• BA, Liberal Studies and Communications, University of North Florida
• AA, General Education Studies, Florida Junior College