2013 AACRAO
Strategic Enrollment Management Conference


Tristan Denley

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Tennessee Board of Regents

Opening Plenary Presenter
Monday, November 11 – 8:30a.m. – 9:45a.m.

Dr. Tristan Denley earned his PhD in Mathematics from Trinity College Cambridge, and held positions in Europe and North America before becoming Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the Tennessee Board of Regents in August 2013.

Throughout his career, he has taken a hands-on approach in a variety of initiatives impacting student success. He is presently involved in implementing a wide variety of initiatives surrounding college completion stretching from education redesign across the disciplines and institutional transformation, to the role of predictive analytics and data mining in higher education.

His most recent work has created a course recommendation system 
at APSU that successfully pairs current students with the courses that best fit their talents and program of study for upcoming semesters. This system, which combines hundreds of thousands of past students’ grades with each particular student’s transcript, to make individualized recommendations for current students was an IMS Global Learning Impact Awards winner.

The Game Changers

Like you, we’re interested in getting the most bang for our reform buck.  There may be “101 Things One Can Do to Boost College Completion,” but which policy levers produce the greatest returns on investment?  After four years of working with institutions across the country, scouring the research and scrutinizing best practices, Complete College America has landed on the most promising strategies. We call them the “game changers” because these significant initiatives are proven to produce rates of success double, triple or more than other approaches.  When implemented in combination, the game changers can be transformative.   

One of our five game changers leverages the power of all the others: Guided Pathways to Success (GPS).  High graduation rates and disappearing attainment gaps have been the consistent results when highly-structured degree plans, enabled by technology, and combined with intrusive student advising replace traditional à la carte course selection systems.  In a GPS environment, students see their entire program of study laid out for them, semester by semester, all the way to graduation day – and every required milestone course is guaranteed to be available when needed.  Built-in early warning systems trigger just-in-time student advising, targeting assistance when it helps most.  As a result, students make fewer costly mistakes that lead to excess credits and lengthen time to degree.  And institutions become more cost effective and productive because they can plan faculty needs and course availability semesters and even years in advance.

Stan Jones, President of Complete College America, will lead our opening session introducing you to these game changing approaches.  You’ll hear from leaders across the country who have dramatically improved the success of their students.