Office of Planning and Assessment Staff
Jennifer S. Hughes, Ph.D.
Managing Director, Office of Planning and Assessment
Jennifer Hughes is Managing Director of the Office of Planning and Assessment (OPA) at Texas Tech University. She earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Research from Texas Tech University in 2015, a Master of Science in Communication from Illinois State University in 1996, and a Bachelor of Science in Speech from Northwestern University in 1995. Jennifer's dissertation explored faculty compliance in academic assessment practices, specifically studying the ways in which assessment professionals collaborated with faculty members to achieve compliance. Jennifer's philosophy for working alongside faculty is informed by her dissertation research, and she takes a collaborative and supportive approach to accreditation compliance.
Dr. Hughes began her career in the Office of Planning & Assessment as an Analyst in 2008. In 2011, she was promoted to Director, and then Managing Director in 2015. She has significant experience leading and supporting SACSCOC compliance efforts for the institution. Jennifer has participated in the following TTU compliance reports: Third Monitoring Report (2008); Good Cause Report (2008); Fifth-Year Interim Report (2010); Special Report (2010); QEP Impact Report (2010); Compliance Certification Report (2015); Monitoring Report (2015) and TTUCR Substantive Change Committee Visit Report (2018). Jennifer has also previously served as a reviewer on an international SACSCOC Reaffirmation Committee visit. Currently, Dr. Hughes is working on Texas Tech's 2021 Fifth-Year Interim Report.
In May 2019, Dr. Hughes was elected President of the Texas Association for Higher Education Assessment (TxAHEA). TxAHEA is a Texas-based association that seeks to provide professional development opportunities for assessment practitioners.
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Prior to joining OPA, Dr. Hughes held full-time teaching positions in the Rawls College of Business and South Plains College. Before moving to Texas, Jennifer worked in the Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System where she held positions in institutional research and marketing. On a personal note, Jennifer is married with three teenagers: Jack (17), Mary Kate (15), and Elizabeth (13). Jennifer enjoys studying Spanish and Portuguese, Jazzercising, and traveling. Dr. Hughes is on the West Texas Leadership Board for the American Diabetes Association and she is also the staff advisor to the Texas Tech chapter of Alpha Phi sorority.
Hometown: Lanark, Illinois
Libby Spradlin, M.Ed
Associate Director, Office of Planning and Assessment
As Associate Director, Libby is involved with institutional effectiveness processes related to faculty credentialing and overall assessment compliance, institutional learning assessment, core curriculum, and outreach and engagement. Libby joined the Office of Planning and Assessment in February 2015 as the Institutional Assessment Administrator where she then transitioned to oversight of academic and non-academic assessment using the Nuventive Improve software platform. Libby enjoys the variety of individuals she has the opportunity to interact with through her current role in OPA and she is happy to provide consultation with developing program and operational assessment plans.
Libby completed her M.Ed. in Counselor Education at Texas Tech University in 2014
and received her B.A. in Psychology from Texas Tech University in 2010. She has previous
TTU experience working in the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs
and has counseling experience at the University Career Center and Women's Protective
Services. Libby also serves as an Adjunct Instructor in Integrative Studies teaching
Career and Professional Development to undergraduate students. In her spare time,
Libby is an active member of the Junior League of Lubbock and also serves on the steering
committee for the new Legacy Play Village.
Hometown: Lubbock, Texas
Ashley Pruitt, LMSW
Administrator, Institutional Assessment
Ashley joined the Office of Planning and Assessment in October 2018 as an Administrator with the primary responsibility of working on institutional assessment. Ashley oversees assessment initiatives such as TechQuest and NSSE to track student learning and engagement. She also assists with institutional outreach and engagement assessment, the Core Curriculum, and Qualtrics. Ashley enjoys developing relationships with the individuals she has the opportunity to assist. Ashley is committed to providing consultation and support to the Texas Tech community.
Ashley completed her M.S. in Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University in 2017
and received her B.A. in Social Work from Texas Tech University in 2014. She has previous
Texas Tech working experience working at TTUHSC in the Department of Anesthesiology
as well as working for the TTUHSC Department of Correctional Health. Ashley is a licensed
Master Social Worker and has counseling experience from private non-profit sectors
in the community.
Hometown: Canyon, Texas.
Administrator, Faculty Credentialing
Kenny Shatley has been at Texas Tech University since 2007 where he got his B.A. in
English. Since then, he has served in various offices across campus serving in different
positions from the Office of International Affairs to, now, the Office of Planning
and Assessment. Kenny is the Administrator for DigitalMeasures, including HB2504 and
faculty credentialing compliance.
Hometown: Lubbock, Texas.
Kahlie Callison began working with the Office of Planning and Assessment during the
2014 SACSCOC Reaffirmation CCR Response period where she quickly became an essential
part of the Faculty Credentialing transcript process. Kahlie has worked at Texas Tech
since 2005 and has worked in the Dean's office of the College of Visual and Performing
Arts as the Dean's assistant as well as the Office of the Provost. Kahlie currently
serves as the office's Business Manager, and she also manages the Instructor of Record
transcript collection procedure.
Hometown: Friona, Texas
Web Design Graduate Assistant
Emily Wade began working as a graduate assistant for the Office of Planning and Assessment
in January 2020. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications
from Texas Tech University in December 2019, and is now pursuing her master's degree
in agricultural communications from Texas Tech. She is expected to graduate in Spring
Hometown: Lubbock, Texas
Lauren Hall began working in the Office of Planning and Assessment in August 2018.
She is currently an Education major and plans to graduate in 2022.
Hometown: Andrews, Texas