Office of Planning and Assessment Staff
Jennifer 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 Associate Director, and 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
Craig Morton, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Office of Planning and Assessment
Craig Morton is the Associate Director for The Office of Planning and Assessment and
a proud Red Raider. He earned his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from
Texas Tech University in 2010. Craig's dissertation explored the impact of co-curricular
activities on the ethical development of students. His previous degrees are from Texas
Tech with a B.A. in HDFS and a M.A. in Educational Psychology. Before working at Texas
Tech, Craig was a therapist working in the private and non-profit sector and a minister.
Craig began working at Texas Tech in the Office of Assessment and Planning for Student
Affairs in 2006 and later worked in University Housing before starting in the Office
of Planning and Assessment since 2011. Craig is involved with faculty credentialing
and degree program assessment compliance, institutional learning assessment, core
curriculum, outreach and engagement, and institutional effectiveness. As OPA's primary
methodologist, Craig enjoys the opportunity to work with multiple levels of the institution
to develop strategies and procedures to demonstrate and improve continuous improvement
Hometown: Lubbock, Texas
Libby Spradlin, M.Ed
Lead Administrator, Degree Program and Non-Academic Assessment
Libby joined the Office of Planning and Assessment in February 2015 as the Institutional Assessment Administrator. She has since 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.
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.
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
Research Graduate Assistant
Kyra Duffey began working as a research graduate assistant for the Office of Planning
and Assessment in October of 2017. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Stephen
F. Austin State University in 2017, and is now a graduate student in the Clinical
Mental Health Counseling program at Texas Tech and is expected to graduate in May
Hometown: Frisco, Texas.
Web Design Student Assistant
Julie Gee began working in the Office of Planning and Assessment in November 2018.
She is currently an Agricultural Communications major and plans on graduating in December
Hometown: Denton, 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