July 1, 2011
A vice provost for planning and assessment at Texas Tech University was commended for her involvement in removing Texas Tech from probation status in 2008 with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
The Core Curriculum Committee determined Valerie Paton demonstrated exceptional commitment to Texas Tech through her valuable contribution in removing the university from probation and her oversight of the SACSCOC fifth year interim report preparation this year, said Gary Elbow, chairperson of the committee.
Elbow said this recognition is merely a reflection of the deep respect the members of the committee have for Paton and her untiring effort on behalf of the university.
“Dr. Paton exhibited strong leadership skills by working out a structure that would facilitate our actually accomplishing what needed to be done to meet SACSCOC standards,” Elbow said. “She was able to motivate faculty to develop core curriculum learning outcomes and strategies to assess the extent to which students had achieved those outcomes. Her ability to draw faculty into the assessment process was essential to getting us off SACSCOC probation.”
The commendation states that Paton’s efforts had a determinative role in the removal of Texas Tech from SACSCOC probation and in initiating processes that are resulting in substantial improvements in the university’s Core Curriculum and General Education requirements.