CTN has been nominated for a 2019 Texas Higher Education Star Award. The award recognizes exceptional contributions toward meeting one or more of the goals of 60x30TX – Educated Population, Completion, Marketable Skills, and Manageable Student Debt.
The findings of an independent longitudinal study conducted by the Texas Education Research Center suggested that the CTN model is successful, with a strong effect for Ascender students “in terms of a decreased financial burden and an increased likelihood of certificate attainment” as well as a positive trend of the Ascender program on degree completion.
The Guided Pathways Advising Through Coaching program at CTN’s partner college, Austin Community College and Project MALES, under the direction of Victor Saenz, former CTN board member, have been nominated for the Examples of Excelencia award.
CTN Presents the third annual issue of Catch the Next Journal of Ideas and Pedagogy. This year's issue features the poetry of San Antonio's Fernando Esteban Flores and a book review by Maria Espino, each offering a view into the role of higher education in defining or redefining the American Dream.
CTN CEO Dr. Maria Chavez and Allegra Villarreal, CTN Director of Professional Development, both attended equity institutes over the summer.
Mike Guinn, CTN Peer Mentor and Board Member, recently joined the cast of Father Comes Home for the Wars presented by the African American Repertory Theater (AART) in Dallas.
ALAMO COLLEGE BOARD RECOGNIZES CASTILLO FOR PUBLICATION
CTN Director of Publications and Special Projects, Dr. Rafael Castillo was recognized on August 20 at the Alamo Colleges’ board meeting for his new publication “Chicano Literature” in the Oxford University journal on its international website for scholars and laypersons.
The Meadows Foundation board of directors has selected Peter M. Miller to succeed Linda Perryman Evans as president and chief executive officer effective January 1, 2020. He the great-nephew of founders Algur H. and Virginia Meadows.
PAC Ascender instructor, Diane Lerma published an article titled “Tuesdays With Bobbie: Faculty Mentoring for Instructional Success” in NISOD’s Innovation Abstracts on July 11. Diane’s article discusses the importance of her mentor as she transitioned from the reading department to the English department on her campus.
Juan Jaimes Costillia, former CTN intern under the supervision of Dr. Chavez, will begin a CTN volunteer position at the CTN office in Austin two days a week, Monday and Tuesday. He will serve as an Education Policy and Advocacy Fellow and will be developing a strategy to work with the TX legislature on funding and issues related to CTN’s mission as an organization.