Dr. Terri Manning

Dr. Terri Manning is a Strategic Data and Technology Coach at Achieving the Dream Inc. In her role, she works with colleges across the country to build capacity within their student success initiatives, service-providing units and research/data structures. Terri began coaching with Achieving the Dream in 2005 and has coached 20+ colleges in 15 states.
Terri comes to ATD after retiring from Central Piedmont Community College where she was the Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Research Services and CEO of the Center for Applied Research. In her role at the college, she managed the institutional research department, the institutional effectiveness department and quality assurance.  As founder and CEO of the Center for Applied Research, one of only two self-supporting research centers in the U.S. housed in a community college, she delivered consulting and training, conducted research and evaluation studies relating to student success, costs in higher education, and program evaluation for federal grants. The Center had applied research and evaluation projects that were funded by the US Department of Education, Department of Labor, the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and the John T. Gorman Foundation.

Before she joined Central Piedmont Community College, Terri was an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she taught graduate courses in research methods, assessment, program planning, evaluation and a variety of health behavior areas.

Terri is an institutional effectiveness consultant, hosted 10 annual institutes on best practices in institutional effectiveness and has served on offsite and onsite visiting teams for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She continues to work with colleges on accreditation issues.

Terri has published one book (how to write a thesis or dissertation), contributed multiple chapters to issues of New Directions For The Community College and published 10+ journal articles. She is a national speaker on generations having delivered 125+ keynotes, training sessions and conference presentations on the topic in the last 15 years.

Terri earned an Ed.D. in Higher Education with an emphasis in Health Behavior in 1990 and a Masters in Health Sciences in 1987 from Oklahoma State University. Her bachelors is in foreign language from the University of Oklahoma.

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