Dr. Tina Parscal, Colorado Community College System associate vice chancellor for CCCOnline and academic affairs, was recently recognized by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Cooperative for Education Technologies (WCET) for her outstanding leadership in digital learning.
Dr. Parscal won WCET’s Dick Jonsen & Mollie McGill Award for her dedication to mentoring colleagues in the eLearning community and exceptional service to digital learning students. In her role at CCCS, Dr. Parscal leads CCCOnline, the online consortium of the 13 CCCS community colleges, and oversees systemwide academic technologies and collaboration.
“Dr. Parscal has been an avid supporter of WCET and its mission for many years and has served in many leadership roles,” said Mollie McGill, the former deputy director of WCET. “The guidance and wisdom she shares is invaluable—all while leading a comprehensive statewide online program. She contributes thought-leadership, humor, and action to the benefit of the entire WCET community.”
Over her career, Dr. Parscal has held numerous academic and administrative leadership roles in higher education, including provost and chief academic officer, dean, and faculty. She is an expert in open educational resources, instructional design and innovation, teaching and learning, and innovative models that enhance the student learning experience.
It’s an honor to be recognized as a contributor in the digital community where we, as educators, have made great leaps toward equitable access to education. Digital learning can be the catalyst to change the lives of individuals, their families, and communities.
Dr. Parscal, who grew up in Maui, Hawaii, has seen the transformative impact of digital learning firsthand. She watched her mother earn her associate degree—and later, her bachelor’s degree—taking weekend classes taught by professors flown in from a neighboring island. Since then, she’s been inspired to improve access to education through digital technology.
“Today’s students have many choices of learning modalities because of the vision and innovation of the digital learning community and the support we receive from WCET,” she said. “It’s an honor to be recognized as a contributor in the digital community where we, as educators, have made great leaps toward equitable access to education. Digital learning can be the catalyst to change the lives of individuals, their families, and communities.”