Tracy Harrell

Arkansas Division of Higher Education

Tracy Harrell is the Chief Program Development Officer for the Arkansas Division of Higher Education, where she evaluates and certifies programmatic change for all 33 of Arkansas’ public colleges and universities. She brings more than 17 years of experience in higher education to the division.

Beginning her career in 2006 at Southeast Arkansas College, Tracy served in various roles during her 15 years with the college, including Lead Mathematics Instructor, Compliance Officer, and Dean. Nothing brought her more joy than educating students with little to no mathematical confidence and watching them overcome those difficulties under her instruction.

Tracy joined the Arkansas Division of Higher Education in February 2022. Aside from her primary responsibilities, she is also involved in many projects such as Arkansas Math Pathways for Success, Multiple Measures Assessment research with the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness, and the Southern Regional Data Collaborative Credentials of Value Work Group.

Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She attributes her keen eye for detail and inquisitive nature to her education in mathematics.

When Tracy and her husband aren’t chasing their four children, she enjoys reading, listening to true crime podcasts, home improvement projects, and relaxing by the pool.

What do you hope to learn from the CCGE Fellows program? Many Arkansas public institutions have created stackable credentials over the past few years. I hope to obtain the skills and knowledge required to advise our institutions on how to integrate 21st century skills, multiple entry/exit points, and credit for work-based learning into existing and future pathways.