california community college consultantbio

Matthew C. Lee has a passion for planning and research, a love of history and of teaching, and an intense critical interest in improving student learning and the learning environment. Over nearly two decades at Pasadena City College (PCC), he rose from Computer Liaison Officer to Dean of Institutional Planning and Research. Along the way, he managed several student services offices, served as Accreditation Liaison Officer, chaired the statewide Matriculation Advisory Committee, and taught US history. His major accomplishments included the following:

  • Founded and managed the Institutional Planning and Research Office
  • Spearheaded creation and implementation of the College’s first comprehensive strategic planning and resource allocation process
  • Coordinated the development and implementation of innovative programs in both student services and instruction to facilitate student success
  • Helped design, and managed implementation of, new and enhanced student records systems and procedures
  • Improved data integrity significantly, and recommended College-wide computing priorities
  • Evaluated all College policies and procedures and recommended enhancements of structure and content
  • Contributed to difficult deliberations and decision-making at the highest levels as one of six members of the President’s Executive Committee
  • Became an acknowledged expert on applicable Federal law and Education Code and Title 5 provisions

Matthew left PCC in 2000 to set up his own consulting business. Since then, he has applied his expertise to a wide range of issues and projects for clients, including the following:

  • Accreditation
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Program Review
  • Integrated Planning: Strategic Planning, Educational Master Planning, and Unit Planning and Resource Allocation
  • Institutional Research and Evaluation of Programs and Services
  • Interim Management
  • Campus Climate and Shared Governance
  • Professional Learning and Leadership Development
  • Policies and Procedures Evaluation
  • Student Services Operations

An organizer and planner at his core, Matthew has gained a solid reputation as an all-around problem-solver and troubleshooter. Executive and middle managers, faculty, and staff appreciate the fact that he maintains an institutional perspective even as he digs deep into the details of the project at hand. They also know that he respects their time.

Between clients, Matthew loves working with his son on their 1958 Chevy project car, and reading just about anything.

Matthew holds an AB in psychology from Yale University, an MA in educational psychology from the University of Texas, and a PhD in American history from UCLA.