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Dr. Walter May selected to participate in national committee

By Erika Neldner

WALESKA, GA (Nov. 10, 2017) - Reinhardt University’s very own Dr. Walter May will serve on a committee to create the Student Voice Index with the National Campus Leadership Council.

He was selected to serve on the NCLC’s Technical Advisory Committee to work on the national research project in partnership with the Gates Foundation.

“I am thrilled to be part of this national research project that will examine student engagement in institutional decision-making in higher education,” May said. “The project was developed with the goal of developing a metric that will assess the extent to which colleges and universities engage and empower student leaders in shared governance.”

According to documents from the NCLC, the Student Voice Index will provide a clearer picture of how colleges and universities empower student leaders in governance and provide a roadmap for how institutions can implement best practices in student engagement.

As a participant, Dr. May will participate in monthly calls, provide feedback on the research plan, survey questions and general project activities and help uplift the Student Voice Index through professional or industry channels.

“I was invited to participate in the project by Andy MacCracken, executive director and co-founder of the National Campus Leadership Council, in part due to my research on student governance during doctoral studies, as well as my experience advising a student government association at a private institution,” May said.

He said the project is imperative to higher education to “capitalize on student voice as a means to improve recruitment and retention of students and enhance the learning that occurs not only in the classroom but beyond the classroom walls.”

“It is crucial that we as leaders seek to better understand the ways in which institutions empower student leaders and to create comprehensive and holistic leadership and learning opportunities for our students.”

Dr. May is the assistant dean of students and director of student activities for Reinhardt University. He joined Reinhardt in 2001 and enjoys working alongside students as they develop as well-rounded individuals ready for their professional careers. May earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from Millsaps University and a Master of Arts in higher education and student personnel from the University of Mississippi. He received his doctorate degree in educational policy studies from Georgia State University. His dissertation focused on the experience of students who serve as student government presidents.

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Dr. Walter May

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