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Beth Arman


   Beth Arman
   Doctoral Candidate
   NCWE Consultant



 Beth Arman has over twenty years of experience as a college administrator, with expertise in both credit and continuing education workforce programs. She served as a dean at Renton Technical College (RTC), a medium-sized technical college in Washington State, and a director at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), a very large community college in Maryland. At both institutions, she was awarded state, federal, and foundation grants to expand and institutionalize best practices in workforce development.

While at the College’s system office, she led efforts in the development of faculty policy including the move to a system of faculty rank and promotion; development of the College’s libraries; assessment of student learning; and system-wide development of the College’s distance learning efforts. In addition, Nickoli coordinated the past two ten-year system-wide accreditation self-studies for continuing accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.

At RTC, Beth was part of a group that created Washington State’s first associate degrees based in part on apprenticeship coursework. She created the Construction Center of Excellence, which provides statewide leadership for colleges, business, labor, apprenticeship, and others involved in construction industry. At CCBC, she helped develop a prior learning assessment handbook and co-wrote the college’s successful Excellence in Assessment application, the only community college in the country to receive such a designation. In addition to her administrative expertise, Beth has also been a faculty member, job developer, and a program director at a local AFL-CIO.

Beth is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy, with a concentration in Higher Education Policy, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy, with a concentration in Human Resources, Labor, and Education from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from the University of Michigan.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Accreditation
  • Advisory committees
  • Apprenticeship
  • Articulation agreements with high schools, universities, and industry
  • Curriculum development
  • Engaging employers, organized labor, and industry associations
  • Grant writing and management
  • Guided pathways
  • Integrated basic education and skills training (I-BEST) and other contextualized programs
  • Partnerships with government and community-based organizations
  • Prior learning assessment
  • Public policy and legislation affecting community colleges


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