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

February 27, 2017


(From left to right: Sylvia Mansour, Rosalind Ong De Trevino, Barbara Smith and Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D. at the DREAM Poster Session.)

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) staff members, Assistant Vice Provost for IT and the iPASS grant Principal Investigator (PI) Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D., and Project Coordinator and iPASS grant Project Lead 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, California. Author Stephen M.R. Covey delivered the plenary luncheon presentation entitled “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 teamwork 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 hyphenate 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).


(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 and Ong De Trevino 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 Office of Provost, Academic Advising, Institutional Research, and the Office of Information Technology at UTSA.

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