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Garza Takes Over as AVP for Institutional Assessment

Friday, June 13, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

CelinaHarlingen's Celina Garza is the latest addition to Texas State Technical College's staff as she takes over as the new Associate Vice President for Institutional Assessment in the office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research (IE&R).

The office of IE&R provides groundwork for decision-making processes in regards to research, analysis, and business intelligence in several concentrations including accreditation, and assessment and evaluation.

Garza began her higher education career at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College as a Development Research Associate in 2009.

Garza remained at UTB until May 2013 when she served as an Assistant Director in the Office of Institutional Research Planning and Effectiveness. Prior to higher education, Garza worked as Director of General Administration for a consulting and engineering firm.

"I think I bring strong expertise to TSTC in the area of data analysis, technical writing and compliance, and learning and administrative outcomes assessment," Garza said.

Garza looks forward to working with the TSTC cabinet and the IE&R staff, and is ready to hit the ground running.

"I'm excited to work with President (Stella) Garcia and the academic and administrative leaders of TSTC," Garza said. "I am honored to be able to contribute to the college's research and effectiveness efforts and to the vision for the college's future, which includes reaffirmation of our long-standing accreditation as an institution of higher education.

After only a couple of weeks on the job, Garza has had a full slate working toward reaffirmation and preparation for a visit by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in October.

"I have a real passion for assessment and a collaborative style of work and I understand that institutional assessment and effectiveness in higher education requires strong partnerships and a depth of understanding when it comes to academic and non-academic program assessments and accreditation," Garza said. "So my immediate priority is to get to know the staff and faculty better because they are at the front lines, so to speak, serving our most valuable constituents which are our students."

Garza holds a Bachelor's Degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio and a Master's of Education degree from UTB.

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