San Jacinto College First Year Experience (FYE) Coordinator, Andrea Mitchen, was recently elected to the executive board of the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA) as the new director of assessment.
TACUSPA, a state association, is dedicated to the development, support, and promotion of the student affairs profession in the State of Texas. As the new director of assessment, a new position itself, part of Mitchen’s role will be to utilize various means of data collection to support the work of the association, coordinate an annual review of the association’s strategic plan, and conduct an evaluation of the annual conference in collaboration with the conference committee chairs.
“Data and research are areas of interest to me because I like to not only see numbers, but to also make meaning of them,” said Mitchen. “I think it is important for the future of our field to understand where we were, where we are, and where we are going and you cannot do that without a significant amount of research. I look forward to helping members of the association connect so that their studies are more valuable and more applicable across the state.”
Serving as the North Campus FYE coordinator for the last four and a half years, Mitchen and her team help create a transitional experience for a diverse group of incoming students through orientation and student success programming. She has also had the opportunity to present twice at the annual TACUSPA conference on San Jacinto College student success initiatives like the FYE program.
Mitchen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and her Master’s in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.