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First cohort from Alamo Colleges completes higher education degree program

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The first cohort of students in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies’ Alamo Colleges Cohort completed the Master of Education in Higher Education Administration program this past August. They participated in the university’s commencement ceremonies this past May.

The cohort, the first of its kind in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, was comprised of employees from all five of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District. All of the courses for the program, which began in August of 2015, were held at San Antonio College.

“The cohort was a teacher’s dream because the students were experienced professionals with keen interest in learning ways to be better at their jobs,” said Dr. Richard Drum, senior lecturer in the department and cohort facilitator. “I hope the students gained a better understanding of the ‘bigger picture’ and how different departments of an institution impact each other. “I also hope they gained an appreciation for the contributions they make to the students and their institutions.”

Recently, the cohort was recognized by the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees for their commitment to their own professional development in order to better serve the students at the Alamo Colleges.

“I was proud and felt accomplished as we were recognized in front of the Board of Trustees,” said Aracely Bowling, cohort member and certified advisor at Palo Alto College. “I also felt thankful to the Alamo Colleges for giving our employees the opportunity to further ourselves within education. I hope to give back to them in a higher leadership position everything that learned and experienced within the cohort. I will never forget the unique experience I had in the UTSA cohort alongside my Alamo Colleges colleagues.”

The cohort is currently enrolling for the spring semester. Interested applicants from the Alamo Colleges should contact Dr. Richard Drum at

Learn more about the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Learn more about the Alamo Colleges District.

Photos courtesy of Dr. Maricela Oliva, ELPS


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