Texas Association for Higher Education Assessment Conference

October 1 & 2, 2019

Marriott Plaza San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas

"Continuous Improvement:The Mission, The Battle, The Myth"

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Conference Mission

The goal of this conference is to bring together higher education professionals across Texas and the surrounding states to share ideas and information about accreditation and assessment.


Registration for the 2019 conference is now open! Click here to reserve your spot.

This year, we are offering conference t-shirts for purchase so you can support TxAHEA year-round! The shirts will be a soft cotton-blend and will be available in a unisex v-neck and crew neck option in the color black heather. You can view the t-shirt design and choose your shirt style and size on the conference registration form. The cost per shirt will be $15. Click here to look at the T-shirts.

Conference Schedule

Below is a the general agenda for the conference, you can also print the general agenda.

8:00-9:00 AM Registration and Breakfast

9:00-9:50AM Concurrent Sessions #1

  • From A-to-Z-to-A: Juried Assessment of General Education Outcomes, Chris Duke & Michelle Selk, San Jacinto College (BEG/GE)
  • Leading Comprehensive Academic and Administrative Program Reviews, Beth Wuest & Lisa Garza, Texas State University (INT/ALL)
  • Urban Legends, Fables and Myths: A Guide to Assessment, Sheri H. Barrett, Johnson County Community College, Kansas (BEG/UG)
  • Creating a Culture of Assessment Throughout a Division, Joseph Coppola, Palo Alto College (INT/TECH)
  • Collaborative Approach to Student Learning in General Education Courses, Jeanne Qvarnstrom, EdD, Alejandra Villalobos Melendez & Libby Newman, Sul Ross State University (INT/ALL)

10:00-10:50 AM Concurrent Sessions #2

  • Signature Assignments and Assessment: A Collaborative Approach, Rachel Garcia, Barbara Brown & Yesenis Chavez, San Jacinto College (INT/GE)
  • Career Connect: Lessons Learned- Marketable Skills and Evidence of Student Success, Scott Peecksen, University of North Texas (INT/ALL)
  • Faculty Credentialing is not a Lone Star Activity: The Necessity for Collaboration, Jennifer Hughes, Texas Tech University (INT/ALL)
  • Key Assignments: Gateway to Faculty Support for Assessment, Julie McDevitt & Rena Denham, Palo Alto College (INT/GE)
  • Five Years and a Cloud of Dust! Best Practices As You Seek to Show Continuous Improvement for your Fifth-Year SACSCOC Report, Dan Stroud, West Texas A&M University, Mark McClendon, Midwestern State University, Amber Malinovsky, Weave Educate (INT/ALL)

11:00-11:50 AM Concurrent Sessions #3

12:00-1:30 PM Lunch and Keynote Speaker

  • Seeking Meaning Beyond Compliance Leveraging Assessment to Communicate Institutional Value, Ashley Finley, Senior Advisor to the President & Vice President of Strategic Planning and Partnerships, AAC&U

1:30-2:20 PM Concurrent Sessions #4

  • Aligning State and Accreditation Standards across a Program of Study, Laura Trujillo-Jenks, Sarah McMahan & Rebecca R. Fredrickson, Texas Women’s University (INT/ALL)
  • A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Instructional Assessment Best Practices, Dr. Charles Desassure, Jay Green, C. Paige McMinn, Natalie Russell, Kim Jackson, moderated by Marlon Mote, Tarrant County College District (BEG/GE)
  • Validity in Course-Level Assessment of Student Learning: Measuring What you Intend to Measure, David Allen, Texas A&M International University
  • Seeing the Big Picture: A Qualitative Analysis of Improvement Actions Across the Institution, Kimberly Faris & Elizabeth Vogt, University of North Texas (INT/ALL)
  • Creating Sustainable Assessment for Student Learning: Solid Foundations, Resources, and Effective Processes (Part One), Justin Jutting & Tami Dewes, Western Dakota Tech, South Dakota (EXP/TECH)

2:30-3:00 PM Snack/Vendor Time

3:00-3:50 PM Concurrent Session #5

  • Combining the LMS Platform with A Technology Based Competency Tracking Tool to Meet Accreditation Standards, Gayle Prybutok & Rebecca Knight, University of North Texas (INT/ALL)
  • Assessment Partnerships to Inform and Improve Student Success, Jori Sechrist, Cynthia A. Martin, Christina H. Wilson & Cynthia Rutledge Ferguson, McMurry University (EXP/ALL)
  • Analyzing and Reporting VALUE Rubric Data to Colleagues, Paul T. Henley, PhD, Stephen F. Austin State University (INT/GE)
  • Data-Driven Action Plans for Student Success, Karla Moore & Andrea Gibson, Daytona State College, Florida (INT/UG)
  • Creating Sustainable Assessment of Student Learning: Solid Foundations, Resources, and Sustainable Professional Development (Part Two), Justin Jutting & Tami Dewes, Western Dakota Tech, South Dakota (EXP/TECH)

6:30-8:00 PM Reception

8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast Buffet

9:00-9:50 AM Concurrent Sessions #6

  • Master Teacher Certification: Exploring Strategies for Inclusive Teaching at the Alamo Colleges District, Stacy Ybarra Evans, Alamo Colleges, & Diane Lerma, Palo Alto College (EXP/ALL)
  • Our Own Self-Study: Exploring how Assessment Professionals Describe "The Battle" with Faculty Compliance, Jennifer Hughes, Texas Tech University (EXP/ALL)
  • Strengthening the Quality of Assessment Practices: A Comparison of Meta-Assessment and Peer Review Data, Mary Cheek, Alison Soeder & Tracy Stewart, Texas A&M University-Commerce (EXP/ALL)
  • What do you do When the Entire Assessment Team Leaves Within One Month?! David Allen, Karol Batey & Siobhan A. Quinn, Texas A&M International University (BEG/ALL)
  • Advancing Strategies for Continuous Improvement at Persistence Challenged Institutions of Higher Learning, Dan Stroud, West Texas A&M Univeristy & Mark McClendon, Midwestern State University (INT/UG)

10:00-10:50 AM Concurrent Session #7

  • TxAHEA Planning Committee Meeting
  • Rethinking Our Approach to Creating a Culture of Assessment, Tia A. Minnis, Virginia State University (INT/ALL)
  • The TLU Attitudes, Beliefs, and Mindsets Questionnaire, Michael Lewis Czuchry, PhD, Texas Lutheran University (INT/GE)
  • Assessment of Faculty Mentoring Program using Validated Survey Instruments, Erin O'Toole, University of North Texas (BEG/ALL)
  • Assessing and Interdisciplinary Program Using High Impact e-Portfolio Assignments, Marcus Tanner & Sarah Schwintz, Texas Tech University (INT/GE)

11:00-11:50 AM Concurrent Session #8

  • Student Evaluation of Teaching: Still Awful After All These Years, Reem Alsunaydi & Dr. Arthur E. Hernandez, University of the Incarnate Word (INT/GE)
  • Using Student Complaint Data to Support and Enhance Faculty Development Efforts, Jennifer Green, Galen College of Nursing (BEG/ALL)
  • Collaborative Core Assessment at a Large Research University: Processes and Results, Laura Costello, PhD, Jennifer Morgan, LMSW & Hillary Procknow, PhD, University of Texas at Austin (EXP/GE)
  • The Missing Link between Planning and Outcomes Assessment, Lisa Garza, Texas State University (INT/ALL)
  • Our Students, Our Faculty, Our Courses: Integrating Assessment into Dual Credit, Lisa K. Zottarelli, Sobia Khan & Dr. Tiffany Cox Hernandez, San Antonio College (BEG/GE)

12:00 PM Conference Ends

Hotel and Lodging Information

Marriott Plaza San Antonio

555 South Alamo Street

San Antonio, Texas 78205



September 30th – October 2nd

Reservations should be made before September 16, 2019 to take advantage of the Conference Rate (based on availability).

Only 15 minutes from the airport and 2 blocks from the iconic River Walk!

Click here to book your room with the conference rate.

Keynote Speaker

Headshot of Ashley Finley.

Ashley Finley, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor to the President & Vice President of Strategic Planning and Partnerships
Association of American Colleges & Universities

"Seeking Meaning Beyond Compliance Leveraging Assessment to Communicate Institutional Value"

Click here to learn more about Dr. Finley.

Learn more about San Antonio

Although you’ll probably never want to leave the fabulous surrounds of the Marriott Plaza hotel, San Antonio holds many treasures in store for the curious adventurer.

The Marriott Plaza offers spacious, newly refurbished rooms with the vast majority having outdoor seating on a balcony. Its lush courtyard includes outdoor dining, a relaxing pool and spa with its very own peacock strolling the premise waiting for a photographic moment.

Walk across the street to Hemisfair Park, home of the Institute of Texas Cultures and Tower of the Americas. A quick stroll north of the hotel leads to the La Villita Historic Arts Village, the Briscoe Western Art Museum, and of course, the infamous Riverwalk and Alamo. A short walk south of the hotel leads to Southtown, an eclectic assortment of restaurants, cafes and galleries.

And some of the most popular places to eat in San Antonio are within walking distance – Dough Pizzeria across the street, Chart House in the Tower of the Americas for an aerial view of downtown San Antonio, Rosarios Mexican restaurant in Southtown, Bliss for upscale, contemporary American cuisine, and the endless array of eateries on the Riverwalk.

With all the things to do and so many ways to relax in San Antonio, you may want to spend a couple extra days.

We sincerely hope you’ll join us for the 2019 Texas Association for Higher Education Assessment Conference in San Antonio. You won’t be disappointed!

Visit the Chamber of Commerce website to learn more about things to do in San Antonio

Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities.

Click here if you want to be a sponsor.

Gold Sponsor
LEAP Tx Logo, Link to LEAP TX's website
Logo and link to Xitracs website

Logo and link to Weave
UNT Logo, Link to the Univeristy of North Texas Home Page

Link to Texas Tech Office of Planning and Assessment homepage

Bronze Sponsor
Institute for Competency-based Education A&M Commerce
Link to AEFIS (Assessment, Evaluation, Feedback & Intervention System) homepage
Tableau logo linked to Tableau's homepage

Partner Institutions

Executive Committee

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Jennifer S. Hughes, Ph.D.


Texas Tech University

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Lea Campbell, Ph.D.


University of Houston Downtown

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Kahlie Callison


Texas Tech University

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Michelle Selk, Ph.D.


San Jacinto College

Planning Committee Members

Dr. David Allen | Texas A&M International University

Ms. Tramaine Anderson | Tarrant County College

Ms. Mary Cheek | Texas A&M University – Commerce

Ms. Anne Coltman | North Central Texas College

Ms. Rebecca Escoto | Dallas Community College

Dr. Kim Faris | University of North Texas

Ms. Brandy Hawkins | Angelo State University

Dr. Paul Henley | Stephen F. Austin State University

Mr. Mark Knowles | Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Ms. Stephanie Legree-Roberts | Central Texas College

Ms. Julie McDevitt | Palo Alto College

Dr. Si Millican | University of Texas at San Antonio

Mr. Marlon Mote | Tarrant County College

Ms. Sandy Otto | North Central Texas College

Dr. Stacy Pfluger | Angelina College

Ms. Ashley Pruitt | Texas Tech University

Dr. Terry A. Senne | Texas Woman’s University

Mr. Kenny Shatley | Texas Tech University

Ms. Alison Soeder | Texas A&M University – Commerce

Ms. Libby Spradlin | Texas Tech University

Dr. Dan Stroud | West Texas A&M University

Mr. Paul Turcotte | Texas A&M University – Central Texas

Ms. Elizabeth Vogt | University of North Texas

Dr. Teri Walker | College of the Mainland

Dr. G. Brent Wallace | North Central Texas College

Dr. Catheryn J. Weitman | Texas A&M International University

Dr. Beth Wuest | Texas State University

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