Press Release

BHCC’s VP Administration & Finance John Pitcher Selected As HUB Leader NACUBO Ascendium Student Success Grant

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) John Pitcher, Vice President, Administration & Finance, is among business and academic leaders selected to participate as a HUB Leader for the planning and implementation of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Ascendium Student Success Grant, a $1.1 million planning grant from Ascendium Education Group. This grant will develop an infrastructure for a multi-institution, multi-initiative process focused on student success at colleges and universities. The grant will fund NACUBO’s work with institutions that enroll high percentages of typically underserved students, including community colleges, smaller, rural institutions, and small to mid-size public institutions.

NACUBO’s work will establish collaborative practices for academic leaders to identify and realize how their institutions can learn financially sustainable practices and achieve returns on investment (ROI) by funding student success reforms.

“This nation-wide project comes at a crucial time in higher education,” said BHCC Vice President John Pitcher. “This data will guide the institutions and create strategic investment models that help our students succeed.”

As a HUB Leader, Pitcher will play a key role in guiding virtual ideation exercises to identify and analyze opportunities for change, and ultimately design business models that achieve more equitable student completion rates. Insights will be gathered from approximately 100 institutions. Findings from the project will be presented in July 2021.

Read the Press Release on the NACUBO Ascendium Student Success Grant

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About Bunker Hill Community College
With more than 50 years of academic excellence, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is Massachusetts' largest community college, annually welcoming a diverse community of around 16,000 students. With campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, BHCC extends its reach across several locations in Greater Boston. The College offers associate degrees and certificates, early college and dual enrollment, community education, corporate training, and industry-specific training programs. BHCC is celebrated for its diversity, boasting a student body where 65% identify as people of color and more than half are women. The College also embraces a global perspective, with over 600 international students representing 90 countries and conversing in more than 65 languages. Our commitment to diversity is further reflected in BHCC's designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).