Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
Reporter: Marc Schoder
PORTALES—VK Bussen, math instructor and Title V Math Plus Coordinator at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, has received certification as a Developmental Education Specialist from the Kellogg Institute for the Training and Certification of Developmental Educators.
Ms. Bussen was one of 45 educators selected from all over the country to participate in the Kellogg Institute and the certification process during the 2003–2004 academic year. The Kellogg Institute is for earning certification in developmental education for college professionals, faculty and administrators who are involved with developmental education.
"I attended the institute during the entire month of July 2003 on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.," says Ms. Bussen, mathematics instructor/coordinator of Title V Math Plus at Eastern. Ms. Bussen says that she didn't get into the program just on her own merits. "Dr. (Patrice) Caldwell and Dean (Thurman) Elder gave references and recommendations regarding ENMU and for me as well."
The research project that Ms. Bussen authored was a review of the entire developmental mathematics program and services at Eastern. "A program review first observes and assesses, then uses the results to make recommendations based on research based best practices to our institution," says Ms. Bussen. "I was given the 'exemplary' status based on the wide scope of the research project, the organized presentation of the report and, because of the 'professional job' on the review of literature, which I learned from Dr. Mark Isham!" adds Ms. Bussen.
The exemplary projects are put on display and will be kept in the resource library for future Kellogg participants to use as a model.
"Considering the experience, education and professionalism of the participants that I was with, I was honored to be included in the Institute and ecstatic to receive the exemplary status," says Ms. Bussen.