UTSA Staff Visit the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for iPASS Grant

{June} {29}, {2016}

by Rosalind Ong De Trevino at 9:15 AM in Campus Community, EventsGRIP

Jayashree Iyengar (Far Left) and Barbara Smith (Center, middle) participate in team activities at the iPASS convening.

The Office of Information Technology staff members, Assistant Vice Provost for IT Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D., and Director of Application Development and Support Jayashree Iyengar along with Executive Director of Advising, Barbara Smith, Institutional Research Director of Reporting Brian Cordeau, attended the iPASS convening: Preparing for Rollout and Adoption hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and EDUCAUSE in Seattle, WA on June 27-29, 2016.


Vanessa Hammler Kenon Ed.D. in front of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation building where the iPASS convening was held.


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. In addition, several vendors were on hand to discuss their products and how they support iPASS success.


(Left to Right) UTSA iPASS team members Barbara Smith, Jayashree Iyengar, Brian Cordeau, and Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D. (not pictured) meet with EAB SSC Staff during the iPASS Convening.


During the convening attendees were able to discuss several topics to help guide the implementation of iPASS projects at their campuses including:

  • Designing student-facing tools: Design thinking, prototyping, and testing
  • Communicating vision and short-term wins: Defining the vision, identifying stakeholder, and overcoming challenges
  • Predictive analytics: Practices, trends, and the future

California State, George Mason University, and UTSA participate in the EAB/SSC CAMPUS mobile app presentation.


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 Office, Academic Advising, Institutional Research, and the Office of Information Technology at UTSA.


Vanessa Hammler Kenon Ed.D. and the EAB/SSC support team.


For more information on the iPASS grant visit: http://www.educause.edu/grants/ipass-grant-challenge