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Meanwhile, she has also succeeded in greatly
increasing the options for students headed
to four-year schools to earn their bachelor's
degrees in many professions. RACC now has
dual-admission agreements with well-respected
colleges and universities in Reading, Kutztown
and Philadelphia. Many other institutions
fully-accept RACC core curriculum credits
Weitz continues to lift women's prospects
both as students and future professionals.
"RACC's student population is 60 percent
female," the president said, "and 79 percent of
its employees are women. By the very nature
of how we operate, we are impacting women's
lives." Asked if she, as a pioneer in education,
had a particular memory of advocating for
women on campus, she recalls a time in a
particular job years ago where female colleagues
pointed out to her that they were making
less than men for particular tasks. "We got
together and went to see the president. We
were polite about it, but we were scared to
death!" she said. "They actually agreed." The
difference was incremental, she noted. "I think
women just need to be sensitive to helping
"RACC's student population is
60 percent female, and 79 percent
of its employees are women."
each other and doing the best job they can.
It's important for young men to see women
in high positions." And in fact, community
colleges are one of the first places where
women broke the glass ceiling, beginning
in the 1970s. Today about 36 percent of
community colleges have women presidents,
according to InsideHigherEd.com.
Her greatest joy in the past 11 years? "What
I will remember most are the faces of our
students!" Weitz said.
Where does Weitz believe community
colleges will be in ten years? "I predict they
will increasingly be the college of choice
for a larger segment of students coming
directly from high school," due to their
economy and excellent support services
for students. In fact, "almost half the states
now allow community colleges to award
bachelor's degrees in specialized programs."
Pennsylvania is not yet one of them, but she
believes that will change. Online education
will also increase, allowing more students to
take more classes.
On July 1, Weitz will hand over the
reins at RACC to President-elect Dr. Susan
Looney, currently senior vice president of
academic affairs and provost. It will be a
woman-to-woman succession; "I know she's
going to do a wonderful job." And Anna Weitz,
who originally hails from Portland, ME, will
stay in Berks County, which she now calls
home, do some work with the Wyomissing
Foundation, which makes strategic investments to meet community needs, remain
active in the community, and - "catch up
on my reading!"
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