IE Newsletter- February 2019


The Office of Institutional Effectiveness celebrated the SACSCOC Reaffirmation Accreditation on January 23rd at Taste and See Bakery in Alpine. A celebration luncheon was held on February 1st in Del Rio. Faculty, staff and students were invited to attend the celebrations.

2019 QEP New Year’s Celebration by April Aultman Becker

The QEP celebrated our first year of implementation with a New Year’s party at Alpine on January 31 and Del Rio on February 1. Dr. Sherry Morreale, a communication scholar who was frequently cited in our QEP plan, was our guest speaker. She discussed the importance of talk with faculty, staff, and students.

QEP Mapped Courses by Dan Foley

This spring semester 2019, two communication- infused courses are being offered on the Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Uvalde campuses.

Dr. Thomas Matula is currently teaching MGMT 4322 Business Communication, and Dr. Michael Ortiz is teaching MTH 4327 Reading & Research.

Seeking New Navigators

Faculty are invited to volunteer to teach a communication-infused course for fall semester 2019. If you teach in Del Rio, Eagle Pass, or Uvalde, contact Dr. Dan Foley or Dr. Tiffany Culver for more information. If you teach in Alpine, contact Dean April Aultman Becker or Dr. Joey Velasco.

Innovation Grants

Applications are available to faculty and staff who coordinate academic or administrative programs.  The purpose is to promote innovation in program outcomes, support materials, or assessments.  All coordinators are invited to submit an application by March 31st.  Monies for the winning applications will be awarded by May 30th.  Use this link to access the application:

Our Strategic Plan in Action

Dr. Funasaki and Dr. Stocks work with all of the Strategic Plan stakeholders to promote their goals and objectives.  Recently, the Sustainability Committee was provided funding to participate in the 2018 AASHE annual meeting.  The Sustainability Committee supports Goal 5:  Unify and Enhance the Image and Visibility of Sul Ross and Objective  3:  Advance and provide support for environment sustainability initiatives throughout the university.  Funding also is being provided for the upcoming Research Symposium to be held in Alpine on April 22, 2019.  The Research Symposium promotes Strategic Plan Goal 1:  Promote Growth in Academic, Research, and Artistic Excellence and Objective 3:  Support, improve and recognize research and its impact on faculty development and student engagement and learning.

Institutional Research by Alejandra Villalobos Melendez

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts” – Albert Einstein

If you haven’t already checked the TSUS Enrollment Explorer on the IR Website, you are missing out! It is a great tool to glance through program time-series data. This useful dashboard was created by TSUS in a data visualization software called Tableau. The data in this dashboard lags about a year. However, OIT has secured Tableau licenses for SRSU, and I am excited to share the news that, over the upcoming year, IR will be working on developing data visualization dashboards to be available for faculty and staff. So, if you have a wish list of data you would like to have available in this format, please be sure and send your thoughts. I will be considering your suggestions as I begin to design dashboards and making decisions on the types of data to be included in the first visualizations. Stay tuned for more to come!

ETS Proficiency Profile Exam by Libby Newman

The ETS Proficiency Profile is a test that is administered each year by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.  The exam measures students’ success in the Core Curriculum Skills of critical thinking, communication, and empirical and quantitative reasoning.  Faculty in the Languages and Literature Department offer their class time for the test administration.  With the implementation of the Quality Enhancement Plan this fall, students in the Mapped Courses also are taking the ETS Proficiency Profile to assess their growth in communication skills.  In addition to providing data on program effectiveness, the ETS Proficiency Profile identifies students who excel.  During the fall 2018 test administration, the following student was recognized for his proficiency in all skills tested, Dylan Castillo.

Introducing the Academic and Administrative Advisory Committee (AAA)

The President’s Executive Cabinet officially recognized the Academic and Administrative Advisory Committee as a body to promote broad-based participation and decision-making for educational and administrative programs offered at all Sul Ross State University campuses.  Serving at the pleasure of the Executive Vice President and Provost, members of AAA are engaged in advising Institutional Effectiveness on policies, procedures, and practices.  Membership from all colleges includes:

April Aultman Becker, Dean of Library & Information Technologies, QEP Coordinator

Sandy Bogus, Instructional Designer/Main Alien Office of Information Technology

Christopher Estepp, Assistant Professor and Chair, Faculty Liaison for Institutional Effectiveness

Carol Fairlie, Professor of Art

Jim Hector, Associate Professor of Physical Education and Chair

Ken Laviers, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Thomas Matula, Associate Professor of Business Administration

Jennifer Miller, Assistant Professor of Education

Libby Newman, Director for Institutional Effectiveness 

Michael Ortiz, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Faculty Senate President

Laura Payne, Professor of English and Chair

Jeanne Qvarnstrom, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness & Associate Professor Education

Delia Ramirez, RGC Business Services Director

Sally Roche, Professor of English

Tanya Romero, Banner Finance Coordinator

Jan Rueb, Director of Career Services & Testing

Kathy Stein, Director of ACE and Associate Professor of English Academic Center for Excellence, Faculty Assembly President

Barbara Tucker, Associate Professor Education and Chair

Bonnie Warnock, Dean of Agriculture & Natural Resource Sciences and Professor of Range Management

Wesley Wynne, Professor of Psychology


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