Dr. Laurie Fladd

Dr. Laurie Fladd is a Director of Holistic Student Supports at Achieving the Dream, Inc.  In this role, Laurie is responsible for the strategic leadership and implementation of ATD’s coaching services related to holistic student supports, advising redesign, and transformative institutional change.  This role also involves assisting colleges in improving the student experience through the intentional development of scalable comprehensive support services.

Prior to working at ATD, Laurie has spent her career as a practitioner in the community college serving in Science and Mathematics as an adjunct instructor, full time instructor, Department Head, and Associate Dean. She was recognized as the Manager/Educator of the Year for the South Carolina Technical Education Association in 2016. Other roles include the co-chair of the General Education Committee, a member of the SACSCOC evaluator team, and Chair of the Advising Task Force for TTC’s Pathways work. Most recently, she has served Trident Technical College as the Director of Academic Advising and the project director of the iPASS grant. As project director Laurie and her team worked across academic affairs and student services to transform the student onboarding and advising experience. This transformation involved change leadership at all levels and extensive structural changes involving new software, new positions, and a new Student Hub. The grant also served as the impetus for process changes included new training protocols, implementation of year-round registration, introduction of a new First Year Experience course, and new onboarding processes that transitioned students from a central Navigator to a more specified academic/faculty advisor.

Laurie holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Clemson University. Her dissertation examined distance learning in a community college setting and how student satisfaction varies with interaction. She has an M.S. in Molecular Biology from Clarkson University, and a B.S. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Rochester.

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