Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, Nov. 6th

Keynote Address: Impacting Student Success through Guided Pathways

Sabrina Crawford, St. Petersburg College, Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Academic Services

Sabrina Crawford is Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Academic Services at St. Petersburg College.  She joined the St. Petersburg College team in 2013, bringing 20 years of experience in teaching, curriculum development, assessment, research, and accreditation from both the K-12 and higher education fields.  Sabrina has served as the president of the Florida Association of Institutional Research for two years and sits on several local and state academic committees. Sabrina’s holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and English from Boston College, a Master’s degree in Curriculum from Saint Michael’s College, and a Doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching, and Leadership from Northeastern University.

She focuses upon streamlining processes to remove effort duplication, ensuring self-sustainability of practices, and creating user-friendly platforms to drive continuous improvement.  Her current research interests include the use of e-portfolios for program assessment and faculty evaluation, balancing qualitative and quantitative assessment to develop a true picture of student success, utilizing guided pathways to improve time to graduation, developing articulated pathways between non-credit and credit, and bridging the gaps between high school and college, as well as AA transfer to university systems.

For the past seven years, much of her time has been devoted to developing clear guided academic pathways for students.  These pathways include specifying the best order courses should be taken; identifying off-ramps that enable students to stop out with a certificate, certification, or license to improve their career prospects; on-ramps that allow prior experience through industry certifications, on-the-job training, licenses, and apprenticeships to translate earned credit hours towards degrees or certificates; and utilizing competency based learning to build stackable modules that lead to degree attainment.  She works with institutions to develop process and achieve buy-in from all constituents, which becomes the foundation for their successful initiative implementation.

She has presented at various conferences in the area of curriculum, assessment, and guided pathways including the Appalachian College Association, NC Department of Instruction, Achieving the Dream, AACC Pathways Institute, and the Association for Institutional Research (national, regional, local).  She consulted with individual institutions, as well as college systems, to develop different aspects of guided pathways including Complete College America’s MA TAACCT Guided Pathways Implementation Institute, WV Guided Pathways Innovation Summit, CT STEM Pathways Summit, FL Meta Majors Pathways Summit, the Virginia Community College System Chancellor’s Retreat, and San Diego Continuing Education.

Thursday, Nov. 7th Keynote Address: Data for the People:  In Pursuit of Equity and Justice

Ryan Smith, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, Chief External Officer 

Prior to joining the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, Ryan was the Executive Director of the Education Trust-West and Vice President of Strategic Advocacy for the Education Trust, an education and civil rights organization dedicated to closing opportunity gaps. At The Education Trust-West, he worked on producing actionable, accessible research and advocacy tools that reached state policymakers and on-the-ground community advocates and education leaders alike. Ryan also led the team’s development and production of Black Minds Matter: Supporting the Educational Success of Black Students in California, and The Majority Report: Supporting the Educational Success of Latino Students in California. Before Ed Trust, Ryan served as the Director of Education Programs and Policy for United Way of Greater Los Angeles, where he was responsible for education programs and policy efforts for the organization. After launching the Partnership’s Family and Community Engagement Team and founding the Parent College Program, Ryan returned as the Partnership’s Chief External Officer. In this role, he is responsible for strategic and operational oversight of the organization’s development, communications, policy and advocacy, and family and community engagement initiatives. Recently, California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond appointed Ryan Co-Chair of the statewide Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UCLA, and he is also pursuing a Doctorate of Education (EdD) from UCLA. Ryan also served as an Annie E. Casey Children and Family Fellow and a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.
Friday, Nov. 8th IR Panel Address: Research in Action – Actionable intelligence to support student success

Moderator: Brad C. Phillips, Institute for Evidence-Based Change, President/CEO

Dr. Brad C. Phillips, President/CEO of the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC), leads the organization’s focus on improving educational practice and outcomes in schools, colleges and universities. He has pioneered the collaborative collection, sharing and effective use of meaningful data across educational segments and its connection to educator use and institutional changes that dramatically improve student success. He is a frequent keynote speaker, author of numerous articles, and recipient of recognitions and honors. He is co-author of the book, Creating a Data-Informed Culture in Community Colleges. Dr. Phillips is the founder of the California Partnership for Achieving Student Success (Cal-PASS) and the Institute for Evidence-Based Change.

Hannah Lawler, Santa Monica College, Dean of Institutional Research

Dr. Hannah Lawler is the dean of institutional research at Santa Monica College where she provides leadership and directs the research and assessment activities of the college. Dr. Lawler has worked in the California Community College system in the institutional research capacity for over 14 years. Dr. Lawler was formerly on the faculty at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, teaching a course in assessment of learning. Additionally, she consults and provides technical assistance to the Research and Planning (RP) Group and USC’s Center for Urban Education (CUE) on projects such as the LaunchBoard (including the Student Success Metrics), Guided Pathways, the Aspen Institute Data Dashboard, and student equity tools.


Deborah Lee, Concordia University Irvine, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment 

Deborah Lee is the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment and the Accreditation Liaison Officer at Concordia University Irvine. Her background is in criminology, sociology, and research methods. She oversees institutional research, assessment, regional accreditation, and specialized accreditation at Concordia while also serving as the co-chair for the Retention and Persistence Committee. As an alumna of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) Assessment Leadership Academy, Deborah serves on the WSCUC Academic Resource Conference Proposal Review Committee, and is currently serving her third year on the California Association for Institutional Research Board (CAIR) Board of Directors. This year will be her first year serving as an IPEDS Educator along with 29 other individuals in her cohort. 

Roy Stripling, California State University, Office of the Chancellor, Director of Student Success Dashboard Research Initiatives 

Roy Stripling is the Director of Student Success Dashboard Research Initiatives at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor. In this role, Roy provides strategic oversight and technical management for the CSU Student Success dashboards. Working with CSU campus Institutional Research offices and Student Success directors, he provides guidance to CSU faculty, staff, and administrators on effective use of the dashboards and other data sources in data-informed decision making. Previously Roy served as the Assistant Director for Assessment at UCLA’s National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing and as the Scientific Program Office for the Office of Naval Research’s Human Performance, Training, and Education research portfolio. Roy received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Erika Jackson, University of California Davis, Assistant Director Student Success

Erika Jackson is an Assistant Director of Institutional Analysis at University of California, Davis. She guides a team working on the analysis of student experiences, student outcomes, and university rankings. Together they aim to bring data to bare on institutional priorities and decision making. She works closely with colleagues in the UC Davis Business Intelligence office to translate data into actionable resources for campus partners. Previously, Erika worked in Undergraduate Admissions at UC Davis and in Institutional Research at University of California Office of the President. Erika did her graduate work at UC Davis in Sociology, focusing on the Sociology of Education.