MCC-Longview welcomes Karen Goos to the position of dean of student development. Goos formerly served as the associate dean of student development at MCC-Blue River where she provided overall leadership and direction to the campus community involving all student development areas to maximize student learning and development. She has worked for MCC for over seven years, serving as registrar for Blue River, enrollment services manager for all five MCC campuses and college relations coordinator at MCC-Maple Woods.
“We are very excited about Karen joining our administrative team at Longview,” says MCC-Longview President Fred Grogan. “Karen brings to us extensive experience in student development at MCC, having held positions at two campuses and the administrative center. Most importantly, Karen is clearly dedicated to student success, is bright and articulate, and eager to make a difference for our students.”
Goos is a graduate of Doane College with a bachelor of arts in elementary and middle school education and holds a master of science from University of Central Missouri in exercise science. She intends to use her background to provide opportunities for a diverse student population to be involved in campus in a variety of activities. She believes that keeping students healthy and involved will keep them on campus and in school. “Involved students increase retention and completion rates,” says Goos. Her confident statement hails from experience. Goos has overseen academic progress in former positions with three Midwestern college track teams.
Getting to know the staff and learning about Longview will be Goos’ top priority in the first few months in her new position. “The staff and I will then be able to work as a team to tackle issues that arise,” Goos remarked.
Higher education is clearly important to Goos, as she continues to pursue her own. Currently working on a doctorate from University of Missouri in educational leadership and policy analysis, she says she was inspired by her students at Maple Woods. She saw many of them attending classes while working full-time and having families. “If they can do this, so can I,” Goos states.
Her doctoral work involves studying peer mentoring and how it improves student completion. She has done case studies of community colleges that do peer mentoring and has found it to be a high impact area affecting student involvement. Goos intends to bring those best practices to MCC.
Longview will welcome Goos to the campus with a reception in the President’s Conference Room in the Campus Center on Thursday, Oct. 11, 1-2:30 p.m.