Student Success Luncheon Friday, February 28th

Friday, 1:00-4:15 pm

Attend the complimentary Adobe sponsored luncheon kicked off by Justin Hodgson, Associate Professor of Digital Rhetoric, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana with an interactive presentation on Digital Literacy in the Classroom. Following Justin's session, we’re bringing together notable leaders from higher education, healthcare, and journalism to share their thoughts and experiences.

Student Success and Digital Literacy Program

Empowering Students through Creative Technologies: A Digital Literacy Primer

Digital literacy and digital creativity is important in higher education. By using compelling student examples, this short presentation will show how critical and creative digital literacy skills can empower students (from underrepresented to advanced) to better engage course content, to discover new capacities for expression, and to learn to thrive (as thinkers, creators, and communicators) in a rapidly-changing, digitally saturated world.

Justin Hodgson, Associate Professor of Digital Rhetoric, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Justin Hodgson is an associate professor of digital rhetoric in the department of English at Indiana University. He is also the founding editor of The Journal for Undergraduate Multimedia Projects, the director of Indiana University's online first-year composition program, and the author of Post-Digital Rhetoric & the New Aesthetic. Dr. Hodgson holds the designation of Adobe Digital Literacy Thought Leader, is a 2019 Fellow with Indiana University's institute for digital arts and humanities, and the creator of Making the JUMP, a video series on innovation in digital higher education. For the better part of 15 years, Dr. Hodgson’s teaching and research has explored the intersections of rhetorical studies and emerging technologies, multimedia composition, play and game theory, and digital learning and digital pedagogy. He is blogs with varying (in)frequency at justinhodgson.com.

Meeting Change With Data and Creativity

As anyone who has spent time on a college campus is aware, community colleges across the nation are in the midst of a fundamental transformation, affecting every corner of the institution, from the classroom to the library, from the IT department to the bursar’s office.

This extreme disruption is driven both by the fact that the cost of higher education has shifted increasingly to students from public sources, such as state legislatures, and changing expectations in society, including students, employers, and legislators. The traditional model, in which students attend college full-time for several years, in a classroom-based curriculum, and accumulate credit hours at a single institution, is quickly passing. Educators are scrambling to navigate these changes, hoping to distinguish the fleeting pilot project from lasting, systemic changes that need to be adopted -- and striving to build and maintain safeguards to protect the rigor and integrity of their programs.

It should be noted, however, that higher education is not the only sector of our society experiencing these shocks. As we see on television, and read in magazines, newspapers, and web publications, journalism is going through its own metamorphosis; old revenue streams dry up, new platforms and competitors emerge overnight, and audience expectations shift. Healthcare, as well, is transitioning as doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies seek ways to deliver services, control costs, and generate revenues.

We’re bringing together notable leaders from higher education, healthcare, and journalism to share their thoughts and experiences.


Raymond Anderson, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Seton Healthcare Family

Raymond Anderson joined Ascension Texas in 2014, responsible for the healthcare system's strategic planning and business development functions, accelerating the organization’s strategic goal of creating a comprehensive clinically integrated system. He is responsible for the establishment of long-term goals, annual targets and interim milestones and ensuring that Ascension Texas’ strategy aligns with that of Ascension Health and Ascension Strategic Priorities.

Prior to joining Ascension Texas, Raymond Anderson was the Senior Director for Strategic Business and Relationship Development for Ascension Health. He was responsible for identifying growth opportunities and developing strategic plans with a focus on creating value-based healthcare delivery programs and clinically integrated systems of care.

Dr. Anderson holds a B.S. in chemistry from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the University of Virginia, and an M.B.A. from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. He worked and studied in Latin America and Western Europe. He is fluent in Spanish and has business proficiency in French.

Juan Carlos Martinez, Faculty Association President, Richland College

Juan Carlos Martinez joined the Richland College faculty as a Visiting Scholar in the fall of 2010. Previously he has been an adjunct instructor for Richland College and Collin College. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics/finance and a Master of Applied Economics from the University of Texas at Dallas. Mr. Martinez has a passion for teaching his students about economics and explaining the financial infrastructure that we all live in, so the students can be responsible consumers. His personal hobbies include financial economics, behavior economics and, most importantly spending time with his wife Sandra and family.

Ross Ramsey, Executive Editor and Co-Founder, The Texas Tribune

Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, Ross was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly for 15 years. He did a 28-month stint in government as associate deputy comptroller for policy and director of communications with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Before that, he reported for the Houston Chronicle from its Austin bureau and for the Dallas Times Herald, first on the business desk in Dallas and later as its Austin bureau chief, and worked as a Dallas-based freelance business writer, writing for regional and national magazines and newspapers. Ross got his start in journalism in broadcasting, covering news for radio stations in Denton and Dallas.

Jackie Thomas, Chief Strategist, Lone Star College

For the past fifteen years, Jackie C. Thomas, Jr., has been actively involved in supporting students, advocating for faculty and staff, building high performing teams, strengthening communities, and working to get more people access to higher education.

Since 2016, Dr. Thomas has served as the Chief Strategist at Lone Star College-Tomball. In this capacity, he serves on the President’s Executive Cabinet. Prior to serving as Chief Strategist, he spent a year as the Interim Executive Director of College Relations, a year and a half as Assistant Dean, and three years as a full-time faculty member at LSC-Tomball. He has also worked in Residential Life and Housing, Student Activities and New Student Programs.

Student Success Breakout Sessions

Friday, 3:15-4:15 pm

Choose from the following student success sessions:

  • Legislative Update
  • 60x30TX
  • Administrator and Faculty Partnerships
  • Ensuring Students are Learning: The Critical Role of Faculty in Guided Pathways Implementation
  • How to Stay Ahead of Your Students

Legislative Update

Beaman Floyd, Lobbyist, TCCTA

TCCTA Lobbyist Beaman Floyd will discuss the 86th legislative session and TCCTA’s strategy on bills introduced. TCCTA will reprised its highly popular “tracking” list mid-January for bills having a potential impact on community college and technical colleges. This session will include time for Q&A.

60x30TX Update

Jenna Cullinane Hege, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning in the Division of Strategic Planning and Funding, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

60x30TX, the state’s higher education strategic plan, is ambitious. The question on most people’s mind is how are we going to achieve the goals? A key strategy is the development of regional 60x30TX targets. Regional 60x30TX targets have helped mobilize institutions of higher education, K-12, and business and industry stakeholders to identify common strategies and targets to meet the 60x30TX statewide goals. Stakeholders have identified relevant, high-impact, large-scale regional strategies and institutional completion targets that reflect each region’s unique institutional, demographic, and labor market context.

SACSCOC Reaffirmation of Accreditation Processes: Moving to Compliance

Linda Thomas-Glover, Vice President, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission


This presentation will highlight some key aspects of the “Reaffirmation of Accreditation” processes of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). As a part of the discussion, participants will have the opportunity to see how Review Committees assess the adequacy/appropriateness of institutional responses to select standards of the Principles of Accreditation. Additionally, guidance on the QEP will be presented.

Administrator and Faculty Partnerships

Juan Carlos Martinez, Faculty Association President, Richland College; and Jackie Thomas, Chief Strategist, Lone Star College

Ensuring Students are Learning: The Critical Role of Faculty in Guided Pathways Implementation

Sharon Manna, Professor of Government, North Lake College; and Missi Patterson, Professor of Psychology, Austin Community College

At many community colleges, initial faculty involvement in Guided Pathways is typically centered on the creation and approval of academic maps. Now, as colleges across Texas work through their transformations, the faculty focus has shifted from that first pillar of the Guided Pathways philosophy, "clarify the path," to the fourth pillar, "ensure that students are learning." In a teaching environment already replete with course-level and program-level learning outcomes, how should faculty integrate Guided Pathways into their classrooms? This will be an interactive session on the critical role that faculty play in making Guided Pathways meaningful to students, reflecting on the process and progress at their own institutions. Participants are asked to reflect on faculty strategies at their own institutions and share with their colleagues.

How to Stay Ahead of Your Students

Mickey Slimp, Associate Provost of Teaching, Learning, and Technology, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler

With the mix of students (Gen Zer’s, Millennials, nontraditional returning adults, dual credit) who are enrolled in our campuses and with an onslaught of information and technology from thousands of sources, how can you stay ahead of your students? The bottom line is – You can’t! But, you can evolve as a teaching and classroom leader by incorporating your students into their instruction and by learning where the technology is going. Pulling from years of experience in new technologies and teacher transformation, along with his latest role as a re-entering graduate student, Dr. Mickey Slimp will prepare you to be a part of the changes occurring now and over the next decade.


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