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ELPS boasts strong presence at higher education symposium

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The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) had a strong presence in this year’s 8th annual Texas Higher Education Symposium with current student and recent graduate presentations, as well as Dr. Claudia Garcia-Louis moderating the Presidential Dialogue.Our colleague from the Department of Educational Psychology, Dr. Guan Saw, discussed “The Impact of Inclusive STEM High Schools on Student College Attendance” in the program slot for Education Research Centers Panel and Discussion.


The symposium was born at UTSA through the leadership of Dr. Maricela Oliva and students in the young Higher Education Students Student Association in 2008. ELPS hosted the first six symposia before deciding to work with other Texas universities to host the conference on a rotating basis. Next year the symposium will be at the University of Houston.


Student and graduate presentations are listed below.

  • Sarah Sanchez, Cohort 19, Collaboration Roundtable “A Community College Perspective:Review of the Role of the Institution and Current Policy of Community College Funding”
  • Obafemi Ogunleye, M.Ed., May ‘17, Collaboration Roundtable “College Prep Mentorship:College and Career Readiness for the African Dispora”
  • Alejandro Araiza, August ‘17, Collaboration Roundtable “From Setbacks to Setups for Success: Examining Factors for Increasing Minority Male College Perseverance”
  • Liliana Gutierrez, Cohort 19, “Understanding Single-Mother Students’ Undergraduate Experience at a Four-Year Institution”
  • Eyra Perez, Cohort 19, and Noe Ortiz, Cohort 20, “Practice to Policy for Latino Students’ Success in Higher Education:Looking at Transfers”
  • Kort Jackson, M.Ed., May ‘17, “Implementing Assessment and Evaluation for Program/Personnel Evaluation”
  • Recent doctoral graduate Vincent Carales substituted for a missing panel member in one of the sessions.



Photo courtesy of The Texas Higher Education Symposium.





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