Laura Hope

Ms. Laura Hope has been a community college educator for 29 years, focusing her career on developmental education and student access and success. She served as the Title V Director for the first two years of this grant, and for the previous Title V grant. She was a founder of Chaffey College’s Puente Project, emphasizing university transfer for Latino students, architect of Chaffey’s comprehensive Success Center effort and the college’s Associate Degree program for prison inmates at the California Institute for Women in Chino. Both of these programs have garnered regional awards and national attention. In 2000, Ms. Hope was elected Faculty Lecturer of the Year at Chaffey and in 2007 honored with an Excellence Award from NISOD. As a dean, Ms. Hope has provided leadership to all of the activities support by the California Basic Skills Initiative. Those activities include Early Alert, a Reading/Writing Success Center, and the Faculty Success Center, an expansive professional development initiative designed to improve instructional effectiveness for adult underprepared learners. In addition to her work at Chaffey College, Ms. Hope worked as a researcher for the Research and Planning Group (RPG) of California and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.  Most recently, Hope was the Executive Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Support at the California Community Colleges’ Chancellor’s Office, leading major efforts on developmental education reform and guided pathways.  Currently, she is the Acting Associate Superintendent of Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness at Chaffey College.