Nimisha Raval

Dr. Nimisha Raval

Part-time Faculty, Mathematics

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Biography

Students enroll in a postsecondary institution with an intention to attain a credential and obtain a lucrative career. However, many times these students end up stopping or dropping out of college because of personal hardships or inability to successfully balance educational, personal and work obligations since they may not have sufficient resources or support to help juggle everything going on in their life. Lack of degree attainment may be a result of multiple factors and not just relative to academic deficiencies. Dr. Nimisha Raval wants to design and scale educational improvement initiatives that provide adequate and equitable services to aid these students in successfully managing the challenges encountered along the academic pathway and in turn, enhance student retention and completion. 

Raval's most recent accomplishment is leading the design, development, implementation, training, scaling and analysis of in-house web-based Technical College System Georgia’s Early Alert Management System (TEAMS) to identify, intervene, and sustain students at-risk of attrition. The application was successfully launched across all 22 technical colleges in the state of Georgia and has helped more than 43,000 students between AY 2015–AY 2018. She has efficiently performed as the core team leader in strategic and educational enhancement planning for system-wide student success initiatives such as Complete College Georgia (CCG), Achieving the Dream and Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). She also initiated the Learning Support Redesign, adult education’s Accelerated Opportunities (AO), and programs like Street to Success and Upward Bound. She effectively launched Raising Expectations of Achievement Organization (REACH) after analyzing data portraying larger achievement gaps amongst first-time first-generation African-American males. 

While teaching the course competencies, Raval strongly believes in reinforcing problem solving, critical thinking, quantitative reasoning and interpersonal skills that would help students throughout their life. Students may or may not have the resources that she was privileged with so she deems it to be her responsibility to incorporate various avenues in teaching methodologies to engage students and in turn, generate successful learning outcomes. 

Education

  • Doctorate – leadership – Valdosta State University
  • Master's – applied mathematics – Western Michigan University
  • Master's – pure mathematics – The M.S. University of Baroda
  • Bachelor's – mathematics, minors in physics and chemistry – The M.S. University of Baroda

Distinctions

  • Responsible for the First in the World grant – award amount of $3.2 million.