Bernita Sims-Tucker, PhD

Senior Associate Consultant

Noel-Levitz associate consultant Bernita Sims-TuckerDr. Bernita Sims-Tucker offers 30 years of experience in higher education and has served in various academic and administrative positions, including director of retention, director of teacher education and program coordinator. She consults for Ruffalo Noel Levitz and is currently assistant vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.

Dr. Sims-Tucker has ten years of experience in student retention, in addition to her years of experience with first-year experience programs, educational assessment, general education curriculum redesign, and academic advising. Previous experience for Dr. Sims-Tucker includes work with several at-risk student populations. At the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, her success has included an 86 percent first-to-second year return rate for students in the freshman studies program she created and implemented.

Awards, publications, and education

Dr. Sims-Tucker has been awarded several federal and state grants to conduct extensive research on a number of retention issues, including the effects of student frustration levels, the diagnosis of learning disabilities, and cultural differences in educating the deaf. She has also published five articles documenting the results of her research. Dr. Sims-Tucker has given more than 100 presentations to regional and national education organizations, and in 1996 was named University of Maryland, Eastern Shore's Outstanding Woman of the Year.

Dr. Sims-Tucker received a PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

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