Sarah F. Parsons was recently awarded her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Plymouth State University. As an educator I have two passions. First, I am passionate about the need to empower students to motivate them to engage with their learning and see themselves as successful. I am equally passionate about the need to create learning environments that are flexible and responsive so every student walks into an authentic and meaningful learning environment. I have worked on creating this type of learning models at various levels of education from middle school through college. At Plymouth State University we are utilizing a cluster model to remove the isolation of departmental education in favor of more integration of academic content.