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Michael E. Bryan, Ed.D.
In his role as Coordinator for the Office of Student Outcomes Assessment at Tidewater Community College, Dr. Bryan enjoys collaborating with administrators, faculty, staff and students. As TCC enhances its culture of evidence and assessment's role in curriculum planning, he stresses two guiding concepts which are coined "Baby Steps" and "M&M". “Baby Steps” is a metaphor used to describe the assessment reporting process. As with a child's growth, assessment is a continuous process and a gradual sequencing from one stage of development to another. Rome wasn't built in a day, nor should our assessment activities. The "M&M" rule calls for the need to balance manageability with meaningfulness. For instance, when writing outcomes and identifying assessment measures, the data collection process must be manageable yet produce meaningful results. H encourages his colleagues to follow the "S.O.D." principle that calls for curriculum planners to transform informal, ad hoc, and undocumented data collection and analysis processes into those that are Systematic, Organized, and Documented. This can be achieved by creating short, simple tracking forms such as check-off lists, event logs, or other systematic rubrics.

In addition to his responsibilities in directing the college's outcomes assessment efforts, Dr. Bryan teaches as an adjunct for the Division for Business, Public Services, and Technologies at the Chesapeake Campus. He developed a faculty webpage for use with the 3 courses he teaches (ACC 215: Computerized Accounting; CHD 230: Behavior Management for School Age Child Care; and EDU 200: Introduction to Teaching as a Profession). Between 2008-2010, he served as Chair of the Administrative Association. His interest in educational leadership, governance, and professional development are perfectly aligned with the direction and needs of the Association. During his tenure, he designed the popular Administrator Book Club. To address an important aspect of student life and the collegiate experience at TCC, Dr. Bryan founded the TCC College-wide Golf Club during spring 2009. The club was intended to provide TCC students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to interact while improving their level of play. Equally important, the club allows participants to the engage in a healthy, active lifestyle.

In his spare time, Dr. Bryan enjoys karaoke, cultivating his vegetable and flower gardens, acrylic painting, freshwater fishing, and spending time with his family. He and his children enjoy learning matrial arts at Chesapeake Tae Kwon Do. He is active in Freemasonry, having served as Chaplain and Lodge Education Officer at his Lodge, and currently is the elected President of Great Bridge #257 AF&AM Charity Fund Inc. Dr. Bryan has published papers on Masonic topics, and is now researching Masonic philanthropy. His Bikes/Balls-for-Books Reading Incentive Program at Southeastern Elementary was covered in the Virginia Masonic Herald (Fall 2011 issue) and the Virginian-Pilot Chesapeake Clipper (June 3, 2012). Dr. Bryan is very active at Southeastern Elementary, where he has served as a member of the Southeastern Elementary PTA Board, but now focuses on volunteering in the classroom and supporting the school's grantwriting endeavors.

He holds a MEd in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Missouri (2011), an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000), a MS in Secondary/Business Education from Dowling College (1997), and a BBA in Public Accounting from Hofstra University (1992). Dr. Bryan is a licensed and experienced public school Business educator and central office administrator, and a trained and licensed Principal and Superintendent in North Carolina and Commonwealth of Virginia.

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