Feb 24
UTSA's iPASS Team Receives Recognition at the 2017 ATD Conference


(from left to right: Director of Advising Sylvia Mansour, Project Coordinator Rosalind Ong De Trevino, Executive Director of Advising Barbara Smith and Assistant Vice Provost for IT Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D. at the DREAM Poster Session)


The Office of Information Technology (OIT) staff members, Assistant Vice Provost for IT Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D., and Project Coordinator Rosalind Ong De Trevino along with Executive Director of Advising Barbara Smith and Director of Advising Sylvia Mansour attended the iPASS Grantee Convening. The event was hosted by Achieving the Dream (ATD) on February 20-22  as part of the 2017 DREAM Conference which ran from February 21-24 in San Francisco, CA. Author Stephen M.R. Covey delivered the plenary luncheon presentation "The Power of Trust."

The iPASS (Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success) Convening brought together iPASS grantees from across the nation to share ideas and provided time for each institution to have team work sessions and map how their project will transform the advising structure, process, and attitudes. Also, several vendors were on hand to discuss their products that support iPASS success.


(The UTSA iPASS team working at the iPASS Convening.)

During the convening attendees  connected with other iPASS institutions nationwide and discussed several topics to gain perspective on first year grant experiences and help guide the implementation of iPASS projects at their campuses. Discussions included:

  • Opportunities and Challenges Working with Predictive Analytics
  • Leading Through Change
  • Refining iPASS with the Student in Mind
  • Process Mapping


The UTSA iPASS project has aided with the implementation of DegreeWorks & the Education Advisory Board's (EAB) Student Success Collaborative Campus (SSC Campus) to improve the student pathway to graduation. A major focus of the project is serving and marketing to the mobile first students as well as empowering them by ensuring information is accessible and delivery is streamlined through mobile apps. The iPASS project supports UTSA's student success initiatives such as the UTSA Coordinated and Linked Approach to Student Success (CLASS). Showcase-Reception2.jpg

 (Dr. Kenon at the iPASS Convening Showcase Poster session.)

UTSA presented at two poster sessions, one during the iPASS Grantee Convening Showcase Reception on Monday, February 20 and the other at the DREAM Conference Integrated Student Support Networking Reception held on Thursday, February 23. The team shared information on the UTSA iPASS project including strategies for adoption and iPASS tools (DegreeWorks and EAB SSC Campus).

The UTSA iPASS project was recognized by the convening several times throughout the event, and both Dr. Kenon, the grants Principal Invesigator (PI) and Ong De Trevino, the Project lead, received accolades and tokens for their work presented.  Dr. Kenon, received accolades and tokens for her networking and analysis with the Georgia State team on getting DegreeWorks to add a module that would seamlessly support degree plans between the University's community college partners.


(Dr. Kenon sharing insight during the Kotter International session.)

UTSA is one of 24 higher education institutions selected for the iPASS grant funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant is a collaboration of the Provost's Office, Academic Advising, Institutional Research, and the Office of Information Technology at UTSA.

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