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Student Handbook - About Harper College

Welcome Message from the President

Welcome to Harper College! We’re delighted you’re part of our community.Dr Avis Proctor Profile Photo

Since my journey as Harper College’s sixth president began in summer 2019, I’ve seen first-hand what a vibrant, diverse and resilient campus community this is. Our students represent a myriad of backgrounds and come with all kinds of aspirations.

Whether you’re planning to transfer and earn a four-year degree, be marketable in the workforce, retool your skills or enrich yourself as a lifelong learner, you’ll find that Harper’s faculty and staff have an unwavering commitment to helping students realize their full potential.

That dedication has never been more evident than during these unprecedented times. Our college community remains very much connected, whether students are on campus or learning in an online environment, boosted by a variety of virtual support services including academic advising, counseling, tutoring, campus recreation and wellness events, job placement assistance and library resources.

We are also committed to reducing barriers that can impede a student’s ability to succeed academically and personally. The college has embarked on an intentional effort to identify and address students’ basic needs such as housing, food and transportation insecurity. We partner with area high schools to help students come to Harper well-prepared and engage with local employers to ensure our programs meet their changing workforce needs.

Our efforts have led to record progress in graduation numbers and graduation rates. From these strengths, I know we will continue to do great things on behalf of our students and the community. I encourage you to take advantage of the wealth of opportunities that Harper College offers. We truly are the community’s college, and we look forward to being an active partner in helping you achieve your goals.

Dr. Avis Proctor
President, Harper College

Last Updated: 5/1/20