Archana Bhandari Joins HCCC as Executive Director of Online Learning

Posted: 2/1/2019
Jennifer Christopher, 201-360-4061, jchristopher@hccc.edu

Ms. Bhandari will lead the HCCC Online Learning program.

February 1, 2019, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Dr. Chris Reber announced that Archana Bhandari has been appointed Executive Director of Online Learning.

“We understand and embrace the value of technology in today’s world, and Ms. Bhandari’s extensive experience will help the College develop new, fully online programs and shape best practices in online education, a strategic priority for HCCC. She will provide leadership to strengthen our technology infrastructure and allow our students to experience and utilize the latest and best technologies,” Dr. Reber said. “Her expertise in advising, guiding, planning, and creating online and technology-supported resources and incorporating them into curricula will be important as we offer students expanded options in achieving their academic goals through online and hybrid studies.”

Ms. Bhandari has a unique combination of leadership, technical expertise and teaching experience. She comes to HCCC from Santa Ana College – part of the Rancho Santiago Community College District in California – where she was Director of Academic Support. In that position, she provided leadership for technology infrastructure, information technology systems hardware and software. In addition, she spearheaded technology policy review and recommendations. She significantly contributed to the District’s strategic plan for technology and was involved with the Distance Learning community in its migration to Canvas, the online learning platform.

At the University of Maryland School of Social Work from 2009 to 2015, Ms. Bhandari served as Director of the Instructional Technology Department and gained extensive experience in developing hybrid and technology-enhanced course offerings and established rubrics for online courses. She was also responsible for creating online and technology-supported resources for students and new faculty, as well as developing self-paced online new programs to assist faculty in technology use.

From 2004 to 2009 Ms. Bhandari was the Academic Technology Specialist for Notre Dame University of Baltimore. There, she managed the faculty’s technology needs and worked closely with a team of directors to guide the development of the university’s ongoing technological improvement projects.

Archana Bhandari holds a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Bowie State University in Maryland, and a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education from Unitec Institute of Technology. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree from University of Delhi (New Delhi, India), a Computer Software and Applications Certificate from the National Institute of Information Technology (New Delhi, India), and an Information Systems Analyst Certificate from Bowie State University. She brings to HCCC a wealth of knowledge about online learning and is highly respected by her peers and supervisors.