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Office of Organizational Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives

Our Work

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

OESI provides guidance and support on initiatives designed to increase representation and engagement opportunities at all levels for underrepresented minorities (students, faculty, and staff) and engages TBR system institutions by cultivating programs, policies, practices, and innovative solutions for creating an educational environment that fosters access, inclusion and success. The goal of increasing diversity in TBR institutions takes on new meaning through the lens of college completion. Building and sustaining diversity comes by creating inclusive environments that value each person and his or her unique and common elements.  Inclusiveness leads to engagement and engagement is a critical factor in student success. These efforts also contribute to the workforce development mission of the enterprise by producing more students who meet the needs of the corporate community for diverse and culturally competent graduates who are prepared to work in a more global, interconnected environment.

Read more about diversity, equity, and inclusion: Equity, Title VI, and Title IX.

Mobilization and Emerging Technologies

OESI leads efforts to identify and train system and campus leaders on cutting-edge technology that enhances the instructional and educational experiences, as well as enhances ease of access to system programs and services. In addition to instructional innovations and access to services, the office will assess success of outreach to and engagement of diverse campus groups such as first-generation students, veterans, and adult learners to address issues of the “digital divide.” This will ensure broader access to social and technical interactions between students and the institutions that frequently take place outside of the classroom and lead to increased student engagement and ultimately student success.

Visit the TBR Mobilization and Emerging Technologies website.

Completion Delivery

The Office of Organizational Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives (OESI) Completion Delivery Unit (CDU) is a team of individuals who serve as a dedicated resource to focus system and campus leadership on how our collective work relates to the system’s completion goals.  In most instances the CDU is not charged with doing the work; however, CDU members provide an extra set of eyes and hands that constantly maintain focus on the completion agenda. Understanding that colleagues who lead and execute the ongoing work are stretched thin, the CDU seeks to facilitate the work of these individuals by bringing rigor, continuity, and open communication about progress so that work stays on track. This is accomplished by realistic analysis and forecasting of data; honest (and timely) assessments of progress and barriers to success; and problem-solving as appropriate. 

The members of the CDU are: Wendy Thompson, Vice Chancellor – OESI and CDU Leader; Chris Tingle, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Assessment, Research and Assessment; Dr. Kenyatta Lovett, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community College Initiatives ; Randy Schulte, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Bobbie Porter, Diversity and Equity Initiatives Director- OESI; and Deanna Morris-Stacey, Coordinator - OESI.

Access2Success: As one of the key priority strategies in the system completion agenda, TBR is participating in Access to Success, a national initiative designed to address the achievement gaps between underrepresented minority students and others, and low income students and others. Learn more about Access to Success.