Dr. Melvin Newson

CCC’s Newson Presents at Conference

Coahoma’s very own Dr. Melvin T. Newson, special populations coordinator – Division of Career and Technical Education, recently presented at the 2018 AERA Annual Meeting. The meeting centered around the topic, “Student Engagement in Technical Programs at Community Colleges and the Impact on Persistence.”

CCC’s Newson Presents at Conference

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Thu May 3, 2018

Dr. Melvin Newson

Coahoma’s very own Dr. Melvin T. Newson, special populations coordinator – Division of Career and Technical Education, recently presented at the 2018 AERA Annual Meeting. The meeting centered around the topic, “Student Engagement in Technical Programs at Community Colleges and the Impact on Persistence.”

The purpose of the study is to explore factors that may contribute to or inhibit student engagement in technical programs at community colleges and their relationship to persistence. The researchers utilized the results of the 2014 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) three-year cohort survey. The participants for the study were students who attended community colleges that participated in the survey. The quantitative methodology design of this study employed a logistic regression statistical analysis.

The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of education researchers in the world, attended each year by more than 14,000 AERA members, scholars from aligned fields and disciplines, policy experts, and practitioners.

Each year the event showcases ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas, from early education through higher education.

Newsome is honored to have been included amongst the esteemed group of presenters and sees the opportunity as a career highlight; inspiring him to give back, achieve more, and strive for future successes.

“It was truly an honor to have my research accepted for presentation at this year’s annual AERA conference.  AERA is one of the most prominent and largest educational research organization in the world,” said Newson. “To have been amongst some of the well-known researchers inspires me to work harder.”

The program included more than 2,500 sessions; including major addresses and lectures, “presidential” sessions featuring panel discussions and speakers on key issues, research and science policy sessions, and research paper presentations.