National Dropout Prevention Center Names Five Additional Research Fellows

National Dropout Prevention Center Names Five Additional Research Fellows

Fellows Crucial to Nationwide Dropout Prevention Research

Anderson, SC—(September 17, 2018)—The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) announces the addition of five Research Fellows who will join existing NDPC Research Fellows from across the nation. Fellows are selected based on academic research and expertise in dropout prevention. Their work enhances and moves forward dropout prevention initiatives nationwide. Founded in June 2012, Research Fellows’ contributions have ranged from a published meta-analysis related to dropout prevention to research presentations to academic research and publications, all centered around cutting-edge dropout prevention initiatives.

Recently named as NDPC Research Fellows and their associated institutions of higher learning are Dr. Gloria Boutte, Professor, University of South Carolina; Dr. Beverly Cross, Holder of the Chair of Excellence in the College of Education, University of Memphis, TN; Dr. Randy Heinrich, Professor, Argosy University, Phoenix, AZ; Dr. Randy Nelson, Department Chair, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL; and Dr. Dina Pacis, Chair, Educational Administration, School Counseling/Psychology, National University, San Diego, CA. In their roles with NDPC, Research Fellows have the opportunity to engage in and publish dropout prevention research, present their work at national conferences, and serve as content experts for NDPC initiatives.

These Research Fellows join existing Research Fellows, Dr. Shanan Chappell-Moots, Old Dominion University; Dr. Jennie Farmer, Clemson University; Dr. David Fleming, Clemson University; Dr. Kathy Headley, Clemson University; Dr. Eurmon Hervey, Southern University; Dr. Greg Hickman, Walden University; Dr. Patrick O’Connor, Kent State; Dr. Robert Shumer, University of Minnesota; and Dr. Dee Stegelin, Professor Emeritus, Clemson University, who serves as current NDPC Research Fellows Chair.

NDPC Research Fellows will convene at the National Dropout Prevention Conference in Columbus. Ohio, on Monday, October 28, 2018, to coordinate future initiatives and research for the coming year.

About the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC)
The NDPC was begun in 1986 as a clearinghouse on issues related to dropout prevention and to offer strategies designed to increase the graduation rate in America’s schools. Over the years, the NDPC has become a well-established national resource for sharing solutions for student success. It does so through its clearinghouse function, active research and evaluation projects, publications, and through a variety of professional development activities. The organization’s Web site——is the nation’s leading resource in providing effective, research-based solutions to engaging students and reducing dropout. NDPC conducts a variety of third-party evaluations and Program Assessment and Reviews (PARs) for schools and districts nationwide. By promoting awareness of successful programs and policies related to dropout prevention, the NDPC impacts education from the local to the national level.


For Additional Information Contact:
Lynn Dunlap
National Dropout Prevention Center
Phone: 864-642-6372 Ext.105
Email: ldunlap@

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