The Office of Academic Effectiveness (OAE) at St. Augustine College promotes

  1. a culture of quality assurance, continuous institutional improvement, systematic assessment, and sustained excellence across academic programs consistent with local and international standards,
  2. quality processes of teaching and learning,
  3. systematic evaluation of the effectiveness of all aspects of College operations and academic programs, and
  4. a cyclical monitoring function to ensure policy and accreditation compliance.

To accomplish its goals, the Office of Academic Effectiveness operates with three offices:

  • The Office of Faculty Development, Performance, and Assessment
  • The Office of Training and Technology
  • The Office of Curriculum Programs

The Office of Academic Effectiveness Roles:

The Director of Academic Effectiveness is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, administering, developing, implementing and leading academic quality assurance in teaching, curriculum, assessment, evaluation and reporting. Serves as an expert for innovative education initiatives, design, and learning formats that address the specific learning needs of the St. Augustine student.

The Director of Faculty Development, Performance, and Assessment is responsible for overseeing the hiring and evaluation of adjunct academic staff, conducting needs assessment for professional development of all faculty, and developing and implementing institutional research to evaluate the College’s effectiveness.

The Director of Training and Technology is responsible for coordinating the implementation and utilization of technology, including online assessment and analytics, overseeing the effective implementation of the institution’s Learning Management System CANVAS, and providing staff training in any new adoptions of technological features and functionalities.

The Director of Curriculum Programs is responsible for designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating the curriculum of all academic programs to ensure academic quality and innovation.

Dr. Ana Gil Garcia
Executive Dir. of Academic Effectiveness

My life started in Margarita Island, Venezuela many years ago. The oldest of seven siblings, I completed my K-21 in Venezuela. After working in the school system as a Science teacher, School District Supervisor, and Interim Superintendent of 210 schools I left for the United States to complete my Master, Specialist and Doctor of Education degrees. My professional life has been full of rich experiences that started as I have received five different Fulbright Scholar awards. As a scholar, researcher, community activist, human rights advocate, published author and Professor Emerita in Northeastern Illinois University, I have traveled the world teaching as a visiting professor, training junior faculty, preparing teachers and school leaders, speaking at conferences, conducting research, doing humanitarian work, creating coalitions for Latino leadership parity, establishing digital bridges for minorities but overall learning from others. I have dedicated time to develop my infatuation for education and the multiple recognitions and awards local, national and internationally have reaffirmed the work I do passionately. I have been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanic in the USA, 50 Most Influential Latinos in Chicagoland, 30 Outstanding Visionary Women in Higher Education, 2016 Distinguished Woman in Education, 2020 Dr. John Hernandez Leadership Award in Higher Education for Latinx Communities and 2020 Latinos on Boards in Chicagoland among many other distinctions supporting my education engagement. I continue creating educational spaces to increase leadership opportunities for LatinX population at all levels of education. A few of my proud accomplishments include serving in Humanity in Action a worldwide Rotary International campaign to eradicate poverty; co-founding both ILCEL, a coalition to protect equity for Latinos in education and IVA, an alliance to demand humanitarian awareness of Venezuelans facing human rights violations.

In my position as the Director of the newly created Office of Academic Effectiveness at St. Augustine College, I will continue my advocacy for quality education, equal opportunities, and equity on services and resources for the Latinx community that our institution serves.

Jennifer Talley
Dir. of Faculty Development, Performance & Assessment

I am happy to join the Office of Academic Effectiveness team at St. Augustine College as the new Director of Faculty Development, Performance, and Assessment. I began my career in education 20 years ago as an ESL instructor, a path that would eventually lead me to work with diverse, multi-lingual students in community colleges, universities, non-profit organizations, and private institutions in both instructional and administrative capacities. In my work at St. Augustine, I will work closely with faculty and academic leadership to ensure effective academic program development and review, adherence to accreditation standards, and faculty acquisition, development, and assessment. I hold a master’s degree in English Linguistics/TESOL from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and am currently pursuing an EdD in Higher Education Leadership from National Louis University. I look forward to meeting and collaborating with all of my new colleagues here at St. Augustine College!

Rafael Torres
Director of Training and Technology

I am happy to join the The Office of Academic Effectiveness at St. Augustine College as Director of Training and Technology. I have been working with technology for 25 years; I started as an IT Tech Assistant. I have been in higher education for 15 years as an instructor. I am the Canvas Administrator, digital book and resources trainer. I am in charge of providing staff training in any new adoptions of technological features and functionalities. In my role I identify, develop and implement new educational technologies for the benefit of college faculty, staff and students. I hold a Master’s degree in Technology and Performance Improvements from Chicago State University and am currently pursuing a certificate in Instructional Design.

Dr. Judith Yturriago
Curriculum Project Director

Judith Yturriago received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She also received a Master of Arts in Linguistics with a specialization in English as a second language (ESL) from UIC. She earned her bachelor of science degree in education with a major of Spanish from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Valladolid, Spain. Judith taught in ESL, bilingual and Spanish programs in the Chicago Public Schools for nine years. She taught English with the Department of Defense Dependents’ Schools Europe for four years in Hanau, Germany. After returning to the United States, Judith worked as a bilingual consultant and teacher trainer in the Illinois Resource Center for eleven years. She also served as Director of the federally funded Title VII Midwest Multifunctional Resource Center in Chicago for five years. Judith went on to work as an elementary principal and the Director of ESL, Bilingual, State Pre-K Programs in Evanston, IL for eleven years. After retiring from Evanston School District 65, Judith spent ten years as an associate professor at Northeastern IL University (NEIU) and retired as Associate Professor Emerita in 2018. Judith started at St. Augustine College in September 2020 as Curriculum Project Director.