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As budgets continue to tighten and accountability increases, higher education leaders and decision makers are being asked to adopt and operate in a "culture of evidence." This session will focus on how institutions can positively impact student success while maintaining the commitment to access. We will define a "culture of evidence" and identify strategies for building institution-wide commitment to addressing student success issues by using quantitative and qualitative data to better understand the barriers students are facing as they attempt to navigate our institutions. We will also discuss methods for data collection and analysis to assess existing programs and the impact on student success. Participants will leave with tools and strategies for building evaluations, models and assessment plans that measure the impact of our strategies and interventions regarding student outcomes.
Luzelma G. Canales, Ph.D. is executive director for RGV FOCUS, a collaboration with Educate Texas. In this capacity, she is providing leadership for a large-scale collective impact initiative launched to transform college readiness, access, and success across a four-county region in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. The collaborative is comprised of over forty partners including five postsecondary institutions, eleven school districts, two workforce boards, private funders, and numerous community-based organizations and nonprofits. In this role, Dr. Canales is responsible for working with cross-sector partners to build a common agenda, adopt progress measures, and leverage existing assets to build mutually reinforcing activities to increase postsecondary success. Prior to joining Educate Texas, Dr. Canales served as a community college and university administrator for over twenty-five years. During her time in higher education she provided oversight for resource development, compliance, organizational development, community engagement, continuing education, workforce development, corporate training, and adult basic education. Dr. Canales also served as the lead for numerous national reform initiatives including Achieving the Dream (ATD), Breaking Through, and several Excelencia in Education initiatives from 2004 to 2011. In 2009, Luzelma was invited to join an elite group of professionals as an ATD Data Coach and is currently working with colleges in Illinois, California, and a tribal college in Arizona/New Mexico. She also worked with UT-Austin and Texas community colleges to on the Success by the Numbers initiative to assist colleges in enhancing their decision making processes to include strong uses of data to improve student outcomes. Luzelma is the President of AACT (Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas), a non-profit, non-patrician organization formed to increase voter turnout in the RGV. She also serves on the board of Vanguard Academy, a charter school with a fine arts focus.
Luzelma holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pan American University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas – Pan American, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University – College Station.
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