Carol Cutler White, MPA, Ph.D.

Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence for Increasing College Aspirations and Enrollment Behaviors

Carol Cutler White holds a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis with a concentration in Workforce and Human Resource Education from North Carolina State University. Dr. White is currently an Assistant Professor of Community College Leadership at Mississippi State University. With over 20 years as a practitioner in higher education, workforce and economic development, Dr. White’s expertise lies in strategic systems thinking to improve outcomes. From 2013-2018, Dr. White lead college access and success initiatives for the University of North Carolina System in Chapel Hill, NC where she initiated and launched the GEAR UP VR app. The UNC System is the first in the nation to create a 360-degree immersive campus tour of all 16 constituent institutions. From 2007-2013, Dr. Cutler White conceptualized and directed the Future Forward College to seed innovation and systemic change at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, NC. Dr. White also served as Dean of Sponsored Programs and Federal Relations assisting Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen Scott with strategic planning for federal grant funding and U.S. House and Senate relations in support of the college’s policy agenda. The college received over $18 million in federal, state, and foundation funding under Dr. White’s leadership and Wake Tech continues to lead community colleges across the nation in innovation and student success.

Dr. White’s research interests include community college governance and politics, technology applications for college access and student success, socio-networked learning and civic engagement, data driven decision making and change management in secondary and postsecondary education, and the expanding (and future) role of community colleges in the higher education and workforce development landscape.