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How Do We Retain Students in Times of Crisis? An Interview with Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, president of Benedict College

In this episode of In The Margins, David Pluviose talks one-on-one with Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, president of Benedict College. Take a glimpse into the processes behind running an Historically Black College/University (HBCU) in Columbia, South Carolina, as they discuss her leadership journey with Benedict College and how she has helped its students navigate their way through the pandemic. Dr. Artis also shares the motivation behind her involvement in higher education and leadership, as well as her most valuable lesson learned from leading Benedict College through COVID.


  • Dr. Artis’ transition from law into higher education and leadership.
  • Biggest lessons learned from leading amidst a pandemic.
  • How COVID has impacted student retention at Benedict College.
  • Efforts towards highlighting the value proposition of higher education.
  • Future hopes and goals for Benedict College.


“The idea that you can change someone’s life in an hour and fifteen minutes twice a week was a heady notion for me and certainly much more rewarding than anything I had experienced in the practice of law.”

“You know what the future of work looks like, and it is not hourly, low-wage trades.
It is critical thinking, higher-order thinking skills, the ability to solve problems. People have yet to
be replaced by machines, nor will they ever. Students with a baccalaureate degree are in the best position to take those jobs.”


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