(Santa Ana, CA) - Rancho Santiago Community College District has named Archana Bhandari as director of academic support at Santa Ana College. Bhandari manages technology support services for academic programs, classrooms, and instructional labs. As part of her role, Bhandari will evaluate hardware, software and network needs for all academic programs. In addition, she will research the application of new technology and assist in establishing and administering standards for instructional technology development, deployment, and operation.
Bhandari, a Huntington Beach resident, brings 17 years of experience in academic support leadership; planning, implementation and evaluation of instructional technology; managing technology initiatives; and training faculty in instruction technology tools, trends, and best practices. Previously, she served as director of instructional technology for the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work, Baltimore, Maryland. In that role, she led technology policy and procedures for the school, helped determine technology system choices, provided technology support for courses, and recommended multimedia solutions. Prior to that, she served as director of the Faculty Resource Center and academic technology specialist for Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, Maryland. There, she managed the technology needs of the faculty and the technology training lab.
Bhandari earned an M.S. in Management Information Systems from Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland. She also holds a graduate diploma in higher education from UNITEC, Institute of Technology, New Zealand. Her areas of study were adult learning and teaching, advanced learning strategies, research and supervision, flexible and open learning, learning technologies, and education research.
About Rancho Santiago Community College District
Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College are public community colleges of the Rancho Santiago Community College District, which serves the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Villa Park, and portions of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, and Tustin. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, and customized training for business and industry.
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