In September 2004, Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges first shared his vision for the Colleges with civic leaders. At the time, Dr. Glasper attracted more than 600 people to the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix to share his vision for the Maricopa Community Colleges in a presentation titled “Beyond Boundaries.” Now, he has built on that vision with “Beyond Boundaries II.”
As a result of the first Beyond Boundaries presentation, Chancellor Glasper instituted “Maricopa Learns Through Service,” a program allowing District employees to spend up to six hours a month doing volunteer work for community-based organizations. In addition, the presentation resulted in creation of the educational empowerment zone. In its early stages of development, the zone will allow the District to create new partnerships to reach out to communities to provide education, training and other opportunities.
Beyond Boundaries II, made public in late 2006, is the Chancellor’s statement of beliefs.
In addition, the Chancellor is working with the Maricopa Community Colleges to establish a series of faculty-led dialogues to find answers to some key questions:
Among other opportunities for improvement, the Chancellor cited the need to better align high school and college curricula the development of additional initiatives such as the District’s ACE program to ensure that high school students stay in school; to work hard to ensure that as many students as possible complete their full two years in the District’s colleges before transferring to four-year universities; and to create consistent, predictable transfer requirements.