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Leadership

Oversight Committee

renu khator Renu Khator
Chancellor, University of Houston System
President, University of Houston
william staples William Staples
President
University of Houston Clear Lake
Michael Olivas Michael Olivas
Interim President
University of Houston Downtown
austin lane Austin Lane
President
Texas Southern University
cesar maldonado Cesar Maldonado
Chancellor
Houston Community College System
steve head Stephen Head
Chancellor
Lone Star College System
brenda hellyer Brenda Hellyer
Chancellor
San Jacinto College District
betty mccrohan Betty McCrohan
President
Wharton County Junior College

Institution Team Leaders

paula myrick short Paula Myrick Short
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Houston System
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Houston
carl stockton Carl A. Stockton
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
University of Houston Clear Lake
ed hugetz Ed Hugetz
Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
University of Houston Downtown
Bobby Wilson Bobby Wilson
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Texas Southern University
kimberly beatty Kimberly Beatty
Vice Chancellor of Instructional Services, Chief Academic Officer
Houston Community College System
Alicia Harvey-Smith Alicia Harvey-Smith
Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
Lone Star College System
laurel williamson Laurel Williamson
Deputy Chancellor and President
San Jacinto College District
Leigh Ann Collins
Vice President of Instruction
Wharton County Junior College

Institutional Teams

Photos of the participating institutional members were taken at the Fall Planning Academy on September 10-11, 2015.

University of Houston

university of houston institutional group

University of Houston
Name Title
Steven Craig Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Maureen Grimes Croft Associate Provost, Strategic Enrollment Planning
Martha Dunkelberger Undergraduate Committee Chair; Clinical Assistant Professor, CLASS-Communication Disorders
Brooke Durbin Executive Project Director, Houston GPS
Wyman Herendeen Chair and Professor, English 
Leigh Hollyer Lecturer, Mathematics
Teri Elkins Longacre Vice Provost and Dean, Undergraduate Student Success
Dan Maxwell Associate Vice Chancellor and Vice President, Student Affairs
Jeff Morgan Associate Provost, Education Innovation and Technology 
Paula Myrick Short Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Chris Stanich Associate Vice Chancellor and Associate Provost,  Institutional Planning & Analysis
Dan E. Wells Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 

University of Houston Clear Lake

institutional group uh clear lake

University of Houston Clear Lake 
Name Title
Yvette Bendeck Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management
Darlene Biggers Associate Vice President, Student Services
Nelson Carter Lecturer, Mathematics
Zbigniew J. Czajkiewicz Dean, School of Science and Computer Engineering 
Tom  Fox Associate Professor, Mathematics Education
David Garrison Associate Professor, School of Science and Computer Engineering; President, Faculty Senate
Mrinal Mugdh Varma Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs
Tim Richardson Executive Director, Student Success Center
Crystal Seahorn Assistant Professor, Writing; Coordinator, First Year Composition
Rick Short Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Cynthia Ustoy Functional Lead, PeopleSoft

University of Houston Downtown

institutional group uh downtown

University of Houston Downtown 
Name Title
Joe Barajas Functional Analyst, Registrar
Chris Birchak Dean, University College
Ermelinda DeLa Vina Professor and Associate Dean, The Colleges of Sciences and Technology (Devel Math)
Sara Farris Associate Professor, English (Developmental English)
Charlie Finch Assistant Dean, University College
DoVeanna Fulton Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Faiza Khoja Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Management, Marketing and Business Administration
Tomikia LeGrande Associate Vice President, Student Affairs
Souraya Mitri Senior Research Associate, Institutional Effectiveness
Ryan Pepper President, Faculty Senate
Tim Redl Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Hossein Shahrokhi Associate Vice President, Information Technology
Jemma Sylvester-Caesar Director, FTIC Retention Services
Carol Tucker Director, Institutional Research
Akif Uzman Interim Dean, College of Sciences and Technology
William Waller Associate Dean and Professor, University College (Developmental Math)
Wendy Wilson Executive Director

Houston Community College System

institutional group hcc

Houston Community College System 
Name Title
Susan Fife Department Chair, Developmental Math
Betty Fortune Executive Director, Success and Completion
Marisol Garza Program Manager, Advising
Susan Goll Faculty Senate, Instructional Services
Mario Heredia Director, Research Support Services
Jaime Hernandez Department Chair, Math
Steve Levey Associate Vice Chancellor, Instructional Services
Desmond Lewis Department Chair, Developmental English/INRW-Integrated Reading/Writing
Catherine O'brien Associate Vice Chancellor, College Readiness
Martha Oburn Executive Director, Research and Innovation
Fheryl Prestage Executive Director, Information Technology/Application Development
Ritu Raju Faculty Senate, Vice President; Department Chair, Communications
Juan Carlos Reina Physics
Tim Sever Dean, Mathematics
Cheryl Sterling Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Success-Student Services

Lone Star College System

institutional group lone star college

Lone Star College System 
Name Title
Mario Berry Associate Vice Chancellor, Enterprise Apps
John Burghduff Math Curriculum Team Chair and Cy-Fair Math Chair
Kimberly Carter President, Faculty Senate, LSC-Tomball
Zack Coapland Vice President for Student Success, LSC-UP
Stephanie Doyen Department Chair and Professor, Math
Paula Khalaf President, Faculty Senate, LSC-UP
Mike Krall Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
Jamie Posey Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Completion
Keri Rogers Special Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor
Wendell Williams Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Success

San Jacinto College District

institutional group san jacinto college

San Jancinto College District 
Name Title
Michelle Callaway Lead Research Programmer Analyst; Research and Institutional Effectiveness
Pamela Campbell Assistant Vice Chancellor, Educational Partnerships
Suzanne DeBlanc Director, Enterprise Services
Rebecca Goosen Associate Vice Chancellor for College Preparatory
April Kearns Coordinator, Banner Student Services
Matthew Lewis Professor, Mathematics  (Math Pathways TF)
Marco Lozano Senior Research Analyst
Shelley Rinehart Interim Dean of Student Development; Educational Planning and Counseling
Joanna Zimmermann Interim Vice President, Student Services

Wharton County Junior College

institutional group wharton county junior college

Wharton County Junior College 
Name Title
Julie Aaronson Manager of Student Recruitment
Phyllis Appling Faculty, College Readiness-Reading
Leigh Ann  Collins Vice President of Instruction
Susan Denman-Briones Director Academic Advising/Counseling
Sara Fira Campus Coordinator for GPS
GG Hunt Division Chair of Math, Readiness, and Justice   (Math Pathways TF)
Dan  Jones Dean of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness
Dave Leenhouts Vice President of Student Success
Sherry Liu Faculty, College Readiness-Math
Jennifer Mauch Math Department Chair
Robin Nealy Department Head, College Readiness
Karen Priesler Registrar/Acting Director of Admissions and Registration
Kristin Ross Academic Advisor
Amanda Shelton Division Chair of Social and Behavioral Science
Kay Shoppa Legislative Assistant to the President
Natalie Stavinoha Coordinator of Instructional Retention  
Pam Youngblood Vice President of Technology and Institutional Research

Task Force Groups

Photos of the participating institutional members were taken at the Fall Planning Academy on September 10-11, 2015. Individuals marked with an asterisk are chairs of their task force group.

Corequisite-Remediation

corequisite remediation task force group

Corequisite-Remediation
Institution Name Title
WCJC Phyllis Appling Faculty, College Readiness-Reading
UHCL Darlene Biggers Associate Vice President, Student Services
LSCS Kimberly Carter President, Faculty Senate, LSC-Tomball
UH Martha Dunkelberger Undergraduate Committee Chair; Clinical Assistant Professor, CLASS-Communication Disorders
UH Brooke Durbin Executive Project Director, Houston GPS
UHD Sara Farris Associate Professor, English (Developmental English)
UHCL Tom Fox Associate Professor, Mathematics Education (Math Pathways TF)
SJCD Rebecca Goosen* Associate Vice Chancellor for College Preparatory
UH Wyman Herendeen Chair and Professor, English 
HCCS Jaime Hernandez Department Chair, Math
LSCS Paula Khalaf President, Faculty Senate, LSC-UP
HCCS Desmond Lewis Department Chair, Developmental English/INRW-Integrated Reading/Writing
SJCD Marco Lozano Senior Research Analyst
WCJC Robin Nealy Department Head, College Readiness
HCCS Catherine O'brien Associate Vice Chancellor, College Readiness
UHD Ryan Pepper President, Faculty Senate
UHCL Crystal Seahorn Assistant Professor, Writing; Coordinator, First Year Composition
CCA Sarah Tucker Content Expert – Remediation Reform (WV Council for Community & Technical Colleges)
CCA Bruce Vandal Senior Vice President of Results, Complete College America
UHD William Waller Associate Dean and Professor, University College (Developmental Math)
UH Dan E. Wells Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 

Math Alignment to Majors

math alignment to majors task force group

Math Alignment to Majors 
Institution Name Title
LSCS John Burghduff Math Curriculum Team Chair and Cy-Fair Math Chair
UHCL Nelson Carter Lecturer, Mathematics
LSCS Stephanie Doyen Department Chair and Professor, Math
UH Brooke Durbin Executive Project Director, Houston GPS
CCA Henry Fernandez Vice President, Complete College America
HCCS Susan Fife Department Chair, Developmental Math
UH Leigh Hollyer Lecturer, Mathematics
SJCD Matthew Lewis Professor, Mathematics
WCJC Sherry Liu Faculty, College Readiness-Math
WCJC Jennifer Mauch Math Department Chair
CCA Monette McIver Content Expert – Math Alignment (Dana Center)
UH Jeff Morgan* Associate Provost, Education Innovation and Technology
UHD Tim Redl Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics 
HCCS Juan Carlos Reina Physics
CCA Casey Sacks  Content Expert – Math Alignment (Dana Center)
HCCS Tim Sever Dean, Mathematics
UHD Akif Uzman Interim Dean, College of Sciences and Technology

Meta-Majors, Default Degree Maps with Critical Path Courses

meta majors task force group

Meta-Majors, Default Degree Maps with Critical Path Courses 
Institution Name Title
CCA Larry Abele Content Expert  - Meta-Majors, Maps (Inst Academic Lead)
SJCD Pamela Campbell* Assistant Vice Chancellor, Educational Partnerships
UH Maureen Grimes Croft Associate Provost, Strategic Enrollment Planning
UHCL Zbigniew J. Czajkiewicz Dean, School of Science and Computer Engineering 
CCA Rachelle Merkel Diaz Associate Director of Alliance Engagement, Complete College America
UH Brooke Durbin Executive Project Director, Houston GPS
UHD DoVeanna Fulton Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
HCCS Susan Goll Faculty Senate, Instructional Services
UHD Faiza Khoja Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Management, Marketing and Business Administration
UHCL Mrinal Mugdh Varma Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs
LSCS Jamie Posey Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Completion
HCCS Ritu Raju Faculty Senate, Vice President; Department Chair, Communications
WCJC Amanda Shelton Division Chair of Social and Behavioral Science
WCJC Natalie Stavinoha Coordinator of Instructional Retention  
UHD Jemma Sylvester-Caesar Director, FTIC Retention Services

Proactive Advising and Informed Choice

proactive advising task force group

Proactive Advising and Informed Choice
Institution Name Title
WCJC Julie Aaronson Manager of Student Recruitment
UHCL Yvette Bendeck Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management
UHD Chris Birchak Dean, University College
CCA Brian Bosworth Content Expert – Coaching & Proactive Advising (Futureworks)
CCA Carol Cohan Content Expert – Coaching & Proactive Advising (Georgia State University)
UHD Ermelinda DeLa Vina Professor and Associate Dean, The Colleges of Sciences and Technology (Devel Math)
WCJC Susan Denman-Briones Director Academic Advising/Counseling
UH Brooke Durbin Executive Project Director, Houston GPS
CCA Dhanfu Elston Vice President, Complete College America
UHD Charlie Finch Assistant Dean, University College
HCCS Marisol Garza Program Manager, Advising
WCJC Dave Leenhouts Vice President of Student Success
UH Teri Elkins Longacre* Vice Provost and Dean, Undergraduate Student Success
UHD Souraya Mitri Senior Research Associate, Institutional Effectiveness
UHCL Tim Richardson Executive Director, Student Success Center
SJCD Shelley Rinehart Interim Dean of Student Development; Educational Planning and Counseling
HCCS Cheryl Sterling Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Success-Student Services
LSCS Wendell Williams Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Success
UHD Wendy Wilson Executive Director

Structured Schedules

structured schedules task force group

Structured Schedules 
Institution Name Title
SJCD Michelle Callaway Lead Research Programmer Analyst; Research and Institutional Effectiveness
LSCS Zack Coapland Vice President for Student Success, LSC-UP
WCJC Leigh Ann  Collins Vice President of Instruction
UH Brooke Durbin Executive Director, Houston GPS
CCA Sarah Durham Content Expert – Structured Schedules (Tennessee College of Applied Technology)
WCJC Sara Fira Campus Coordinator for GPS
UHCL David Garrison Associate Professor, School of Science and Computer Engineering; President, Faculty Senate
WCJC GG Hunt Division Chair of Math, Readiness, and Justice
CCA Julie Johnson Vice President, Strategy, Complete College America
UHD Tomikia LeGrande* Associate Vice President, Student Affairs
HCCS Steve Levey Associate Vice Chancellor, Instructional Services
UH Dan Maxwell* Associate Vice Chancellor and Vice President, Student Affairs
HCCS Martha Oburn Executive Director, Research and Innovation
LSCS Keri Rogers Special Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor 
UHCL Rick Short Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
CCA Ellen Weed Content Expert - Structured Schedules
SJCD Joanna Zimmermann Interim Vice President, Student Services

Technology

technology task force group

Technology
Institution Name Title
UHD Joe Barajas Functional Analyst, Registrar
LSCS Mario Berry Associate Vice Chancellor, Enterprise Apps
SJCD Suzanne DeBlanc Director, Enterprise Services
UH Brooke Durbin Executive Project Director, Houston GPS
HCCS Mario Heredia Director, Research Support Services
CCA Blake Johnson Director of Communications, Complete College America
SJCD April Kearns Coordinator, Banner Student Services
LSCS Mike Krall Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
HCCS Fheryl Prestage Executive Director, Information Technology/Application Development
WCJC Karen Priesler Registrar/Acting Director of Admissions and Registration
CCA Gary Rodwell Content Expert – Technology (University of Hawai’i System)
WCJC Kristin Ross Academic Advisor
UHD Hossein Shahrokhi Associate Vice President, Information Technology
UH Chris Stanich* Associate Vice Chancellor and Associate Provost,  Institutional Planning & Analysis
UHD Carol Tucker Director, Institutional Research
UHCL Cynthia Ustoy Functional Lead, PeopleSoft
WCJC Pam Youngblood Vice President of Technology and Institutional Research

Content Experts

LARRY ABELE is a national authority on the use of student and institutional data to redesign academic programs and student support systems. As the Director of the Institute for Academic Leadership at the State University System of Florida and Provost at Florida State University, he has improved retention and graduation rates through a strong commitment to data-driven actions and focused attention to details. Abele has demonstrated that success and progress requires many actions sustained over a long period of time. Some examples of successful actions he has been involved with include creating Freshmen Interest Groups; adding a “Successful Learning Strategy” course; adding tutors, both drop-in and by appointment, for certain courses; adding advisors; and adding coaches. To the extent possible, each of these actions was tested with randomized, controlled trials. 

BRIAN BOSWORTH is the founder and President of FutureWorks, a private consulting and policy research firm based in Seattle, Washington and working nationally and internationally on postsecondary education and regional economic development.  Before establishing FutureWorks in 1999, Bosworth's experience in economic and education policy and practice included eleven years of international development assistance work in Latin America and twelve years of executive leadership responsibility for state-based economic growth programs in the U.S.  He helped establish and served for eight years as co-principal of Regional Technology Strategies, a national non-profit organization working in technology and skill-based economic development.  Bosworth also worked for several years as an independent consultant with a number of national, state, and regional economic development groups.  

CAROL COHEN is the Director of the newly created University Advisement Center at Georgia State University.  The goal of the Center is to support academic progression by providing timely information related to degree programs and the academic resources that are available to students through a predictive analytics platform.  An expert on intrusive advising, Cohen instituted mandatory advising for all freshmen students, successfully implemented a markers advising system to track progression and established tracking and communication processes to ensure that the advisement needs of students were being met. Prior to the creation of the University Advisement Center, Cohen was the Director of Freshmen Advising at Georgia State.   In 1990, Cohen began her career in academic advising within the Georgia State Athletic Department, implementing the first ever academic support program designed for student-athlete development.   Cohen served in various roles within the Athletic Department completing her tenure there as Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator in 2008. She received her bachelor’s degree from Berry College, and her master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Georgia State University.

SARAH DURHAM is the Student Services Coordinator for the Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Dickson, one of the 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology. She holds a Masters in Education and Bachelors in Business Administration. As Student Services Coordinator, she works with all aspects of student recruitment, admissions, and mentoring/counseling. Previously, Durham taught full-time in multiple learning environments, including an open enrollment, structured schedule training program. She serves as a representative and advocate of the mission of the TCAT system.

MONETTE McIVER is the manager of higher education services for the Charles A. Dana Center, providing leadership, guidance, and continuity across all higher education resources offered by the Center. In this role, she leads the Center’s national higher education developmental mathematics reform initiative, the New Mathways Project. McIver supports the ongoing effort to work at scale within Texas and develop and implement a plan for expansion to other states. McIver has more than 20 years of experience in education. She most recently served as a consulting director for the Center for Systems Transformation at McREL International, where she oversaw and supported work in school and systems improvement. She completed her doctorate and M.A. at the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. McIver earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Spelman College.

GARY RODWELL is the Architect and lead programmer for the STAR Academic Pathway system at The University of Hawai’i.  He along with an outstanding team have developed a revolutionary enterprise wide software platform that is able to quantify and evaluate each point along a student’s academic path and illustrate all these points together as the students narrative/pathway. His software has been the subject of multiple awards, newspaper articles and recent grants. Rodwell believes students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni should rightfully expect to receive significant educational and business value from their investment in information technology. Evidence of the sustainable success of STAR can be seen in the wide spread usage of STAR throughout the UH campuses with the average number of student logins a day in the range of 1,000-10,000.  Rodwell’s educational background is in Electrical Engineering, prior to being with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, he was working with British Telecom and Chubb Australia on engineering projects.

CASEY SACKS has worked at the Colorado Community College System office for six years in Academic Affairs. She leads special programs, grants and resource development for the System. In 2011, Sacks was charged with leading a group of faculty and staff to redesign developmental education for 13 colleges. That effort resulted in policy that eliminated long, multi-course sequences in reading, English, and math. Sacks completed her Ph.D. in higher education administration at Bowling Green State University in Ohio specializing in institutional planning. She volunteers as a mediator for her county court system and is an active Rotarian. And she is an avid polo player – horses not water. 

SARAH TUCKER is the Interim Chancellor of the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education. Prior to her current role, Tucker served as Vice Chancellor of the Community and Technical College System of WV, and the Director of Planning and Research for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and Community and Technical College System of West Virginia. Her work focuses on college access, particularly for first‐generation rural students, and redesigning developmental education. She completed her doctorate at the School of Education at the University of Michigan in 2010. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she was a behavioral specialist and general education teacher in an adolescent girls group home. Tucker earned a B.A. in Psychology from Harvard University and a M.A. in Quantitative Research Methodology from the University of Michigan.

In addition to her duties in the central office, Tucker serves on numerous state‐wide committees and councils dealing with workforce development, economic development, and other issues relating to community and technical college education.

ELLEN WEED consults nationally with community colleges, universities, and state systems in higher education. Her expertise is in the areas of student success and institutional effectiveness-accreditation. Prior to relocating to Texas, she had dedicated over 30 years of leadership and service in various roles at the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) System, one of the nation’s largest higher education systems. During her tenure, she served as Associate and Assistant Vice Chancellor for the TBR System, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Nashville State Community College, and Chief Academic Officer at Nashville State Technical Institute. She directed the TBR System’s Block Scheduling Cohort Initiative: Advancing Structured Learning Communities, which received multi-year funding from the Lumina Foundation.  Over the years she was instrumental in helping shape the landscape for community colleges in Tennessee, so much to the point that last March the TBR System approved a recommendation to name the faculty office building at Nashville State Community College in her honor. Dr. Weed is the recipient of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges Meritorious Service Award. To date, she has served on more than 50 committees, many of which she chaired, for SACS.