Amy Baldwin is a renowned educator and educational entrepreneur. She wrote the first, ground- breaking student success textbook for community colleges and the first student success textbook for first-generation students. In response to nationwide demand, in 2011 she co-founded Educational Frontiers Group (EFG) with Steve Piscitelli, which provides educational services, such as consulting, professional development, and educational novelties. As a result of her work and thought-leader role with national initiatives such as Complete College America, Achieving the Dream, and the Developmental Education Initiative, she has become one of the most sought-after keynote speakers and workshop facilitators on student success and engagement topics. After 18 years as an award-winning community college professor, she now serves as Director of University College at the University of Central Arkansas. She is committed to and gained considerable acclaim for her efforts toward helping students get in, get through, get out, and get paid.
Amy completed her Ed.D. in higher education administration at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The focus of her research is on African-American male student success at the community college. From 2011-2013, she directed the Complete College America grant for nine institutions in Arkansas. Her past work included serving as co-director of her college’s Achieving the Dream initiative and as a technical assistance provider (TAP) to the Developmental Education Initiative (DEI), funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has provided assessment and leadership by serving as a lead evaluator for Quality Enhancement Projects for several community colleges through the accreditation organization SACS-COC.
Amy has presented over 100 conference presentations, pre-conference and in-service workshops, webinars, and keynotes on student success topics including student engagement, social media, college culture and transition, critical thinking, and academic success. Her trade-marked t-shirt “It’s in the Syllabus™” received mention in an Inside Higher Ed article in October 2013, and her “It’s in the Syllabus™” mantra continues to inspire faculty and staff to help students learn how to be successful in college and hold them accountable for that success.