Crosson receives Distinguished Achievement Award

Professor emerita Patricia Crosson, (MEd 1972, EdD 1974) who served as department chair in the College of Education, director of the Institute for Education Policy, deputy provost, and interim provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at UMass Amherst, is among three to receive the Distinguished Achievement Awards at the May 8, 2015 undergraduate commencement. She retired in 2001 and is now Senior Advisor for Academic Policy for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

Crosson also has a leadership role in the Vision Project, which proposes to unite public higher education campuses by setting clear and transparent goals for the State’s higher education institutions and providing accountability to the Commonwealth by publicly reporting the outcomes.  For the Vision Project, she is also leading a team of campus specialists in implementing a Board of Higher Education policy on civic learning. This group will recommend a series of system-wide data collection activities that will allow Massachusetts to publicly report the levels of civic learning coursework and co-curricular activity on campuses and in the system as a whole.

The Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes individuals for their exceptional achievements in a chosen profession, for demonstrated leadership, and for other exemplary accomplishments that merit the special recognition of the university.

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