mcpssuper. A TV Show hosted by Superintendent Joshua Starr


Posted: March 20, 2014; Length: 16:39 minutes 

Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success

This episode features a comprehensive look at the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) Program, whose goal is to provide a seamless pathway from high school through college completion. ACES is a collaborative program among Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, and the Universities at Shady Grove. ACES will focus on identifying and supporting students who are underrepresented in higher education and those who are the first in their family to attend college.

See a video here about other Higher Education Partnerships.

Meet the guests featured in this edition

Dr. DeRionne-Pollard 

Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, President of Montgomery College

Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, president of Montgomery College, is committed to empowering students to change their lives and enriching the life of the community. She sees ACES as the pathway for education that will have a profound impact on individuals' futures. Montgomery College, one of Maryland's largest undergraduate institutions, serves nearly 60,000 credit and noncredit students annually. Dr. Pollard began her career as an English professor at the College of Lake County (Ill.). She previously served as president of Las Positas College in California. Dr. Pollard received her Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies in higher education from Loyola University Chicago and her M.A. and B.A. in English from Iowa State University.

Dr.Stewart Edelstein

Dr. Stewart Edelstein, Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University System of Maryland

The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) is a consortium of nine Maryland public universities serving 4,000 students and offering more than 80 bachelor’s and graduate degrees on one campus in Montgomery County. Further growth is planned with the construction of a new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Facility, which will expand degrees in health and technology fields and result in doubling the number of students served by the campus. USG, under Dr. Edelstein’s leadership, works closely with Montgomery College and Montgomery County Public Schools to better articulate curriculum planning and college access and completion initiatives within the county.