Pathways to Progress Institute 2014

The Texas Success Center (TSC) Pathways to Progress Institute is a 2-day intensive, hands-on learning event for college teams designed to engage college leadership in an in-depth review and discussion of institutional policies and practices around student success & completion. Teams will interact with pathway experts to develop a short-term implementation plan to support colleges' work toward a data-informed and evidence-based pathway for student success.
Conference Agenda

Sunday, September 21

2:00pm - 4:30pm Registration (Foyer)
4:00pm - 7:00pm Registration (Foyer)
4:00pm - 7:00pm Vendor Showcase (Foyer)
5:00pm - 6:00pm Reception
6:00pm - 6:15pm Welcome - Rey Garcia and Angela Oriano
6:15pm - 7:30pm Opening (Ballroom) - Uri Treisman
"Navigating Pathways to Progress: Lessons learned from Texas and Beyond"

Monday, September 22
7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast & Networking (Regency Ballroom)
8:30am - 8:45am Welcome - Angela Oriano (Regency Ballroom)
8:45am - 9:45am Plenary 1 - Davis Jenkins (Regency Ballroom)
"Start with the End in Mind: Building Guided Pathways to Student Success"
9:45am - 10:30am Plenary 2 - Julie Eklund and Don Hudson (Regency Ballroom)
'Leveraging Student Success Points to Build Momentum for Moving the Needle on Student Success'
10:30am - 10:45am Break
10:45am - 12:45pm Team-Planning Session 1 (Breakout Rooms)
12:45pm - 1:30pm Lunch & Networking (Regency Ballroom)
1:30pm - 2:45pm Plenary 3 - Amy Welch (Regency Ballroom)
'Texas Completes - Building Pathways for Students'
2:45pm - 3:00pm Break
3:00pm - 5:00pm Team-Planning Session 2 (Breakout Rooms)

Tuesday, September 23
7:30am - 8:00am Breakfast & Networking (Regency Ballroom)
8:00am - 8:45am Plenary 4 - Mark Milliron (Regency Ballroom)
"The Art and Science of Student Success: Using Design Thinking and Advanced Analytics to Help Students Learn Well and Finish Strong"
8:45am - 9:45am Plenary 5 - John Fitzpatrick, Facilitator (Regency Ballroom)
"Thinking Beyond the Community in Our Name: Building Regional Collaborations for Collective Impact"
9:45am - 10:00am Break
10:00am - 12:00pm Team-Planning Session 3 (Breakout Rooms)
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch & Networking (Regency Ballroom)
1:00pm - 2:15pm Plenary 6 - Jenna Cullinane, Facilitator (Regency Ballroom)
"It Takes Two to Do the Transfer Tango: University and Community College Alignment"
2:15pm - 2:30pm Break
2:30pm - 3:45pm Team-Planning Session 4 (Breakout Rooms)
3:45pm - 4:30pm Closing Session - Rob Johnstone (Regency Ballroom)


Mini-Institutes Include

The New Mathways Project (NMP)
The NMP institute will support teams from colleges who plan to implement the NMP in Fall 2015. The teams will work with Dana Center staff and representatives from NMP colleges to develop an action plan using tools and resources provided by the Dana Center.

Texas Completes
Redesigning student pathways to increase success and completion is the hallmark of Texas Completes. Learn the process these 8 colleges have used to analyze pathways and systems to design and evaluate your own reform efforts. Session includes the Texas Completes success framework, data definitions, templates and key indicators so you can do the same thing at your own collegeand increase your Student Success Points.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Pathway
In order to better serve underprepared students, institutions must continue on their path to change. Fostering this change, in fall 2013, the state implemented a single college readiness assessment, the TSI, which includes a diagnostic component to help clarify the student's specific strengths and weaknesses. In this pathway, colleges will develop a plan to implement or enhance comprehensive support services and non-traditional interventions in their college including pre-assessment activities, non-course competency-based models and holistic advising strategies.


Registration is now closed. Any changes to current registrations should be made with Kim Dinovi at


The Fairmont Dallas Hotel
1717 N. Akard St.
Dallas, Texas 75201
Phone: (214) 720-2020

Travel & Logistics Information

The Fairmont Dallas Hotel
This is the recommended hotel for the conference and rooms have been held at a group rate of $169.00 per night. Please make your reservations by Tuesday, September 2, 2014 to receive your group rate. Reservations made after this date will be subject to prevailing rate and availability.

For those choosing to fly, Dallas Love Field (DAL) is 5 miles (15 minutes) away from the hotel, and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is 18 miles (30 minutes) from the hotel. The following are the transportation options from the airports:

  • Super Shuttle: $17 per person Service to both DAL and DFW Airports - (817) 329-3846
  • Taxi Fare: Approximately $20 from DAL and $45 one-way. Yellow Cab - (214) 426-6262

Valet Parking Rates
Overnight Guest Rate
$18.00 (inclusive of tax) including in-and-out privileges

Self-Service Parking
Self-service covered and open parking lots and garages are available in the surrounding area. Self-service parking is not available in hotel garage.

Institute Homework

In preparation for the meeting, teams are required to complete pre-Institute homework. The homework is designed to complement and further colleges' current student success initiatives. Assignment templates and due dates will be sent to Team Leads.

View Homework Assignments