TCC Represented at OACC Annual Conference

October 16, 2018

TCC Represented at OACC Annual Conference

The Oklahoma Association of Community College’s annual conference had a heavy TCC presence with College staff, faculty and administrators receiving awards and presenting in breakout sessions.

Andy Taylor, TCC knowledge management librarian, received the OACC’s Creative Staff Innovation award. TCC also landed three Great Ideas for Teaching (GIFT) award winners, including Dr. Heather Wilburn for "Thinking Outside the Final Exam Block, Dr. Kristen Maragoni for "Using Research Assignments to Help Others: Students' Research Helps With Establishment of Campus Food Pantry." Wilburn and Maragoni presented their GIFTs at the conference, and their submissions will be published in the OACC GIFT Anthology.

As the Records Management Coordinator for Tulsa Community College, Taylor realized there needed to be a centralized location for all information pertaining to records management that employees of the College could easily access. Taylor created an online guide that contains records management information for all employees of the College.

The guide ( contains a wide variety of information and tools, such as how to handle physical and digital records, email records management, downloadable labels, a records management training video, and an online records management request.

Through the CSI award, the OACC recognizes the many great ideas created and implemented at Oklahoma community colleges. The award is a program in which full-time and part-time staff members have the opportunity to share their great ideas and demonstrate how these ideas have brought positive change on their campus.

Wilburn's GIFT submission proposed an alternative to the two-hour final exam block, which included a comprehensive assignment aimed at promoting critical thinking, application of concepts and theory to concrete scenarios, and fostered meta-cognition through reflection and possible revision of the student's performance.

Maragoni's GIFT posited that "students tend to write better papers when they participate in a more 'authentic' environment where they can clearly see how their writing matters." She designed a writing prompt to give her students a more authentic writing experience that would be evaluated by someone other than their instructor, an idea based on research suggesting students perform better when they "stop worrying about writing directly for their professor."

The OACC also revealed a new award program where each member college had the opportunity to select one outstanding faculty member, one professional staff member, and one college support staff employee to be honored for their work in support of the college.

TCC selected Dr. Jan Barnett (faculty), Matt Sharpe (professional staff), and Jona Schweinberg (college staff). All three were honored during the conference lunch program.

TCC faculty, staff and administrators also conducted many of the day’s breakout sessions, all of which highlighted the innovative work going on at the College. Presentations included:

  • What’s the Big IDeA? Jamie Holmes and Amy Lagers, Tulsa Community College
  • The Benefits of Service-Learning for Community College Students, Dr. Kristen Marangoni, Tulsa Community College; Debbie Terlip, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
  • It Takes a Village: TCC’s Progress in Implementing Guided Pathways, Lindsay White, Julie Porterfield and Dr. Tracy Skopek, Tulsa Community College
  • Entrepreneur Readiness and Mindset, David LeCount, Tulsa Community College
  • Lessons Learned in Preparing for HLC Accreditation Visit, Dr. Janet Wansick, Connors State College; Dr. Bethene Fahnestock, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; Dr. Pamela Stinson, Northern Oklahoma College; Paula Settoon, Tulsa Community College
  • Dual Credit: Opportunities and Obstacles, Melissa Steadley and Mary Cantrell, Tulsa Community College
  • Standards-Based Grading for STEM-Track Students: A Non-Traditional, Mastery-Based Assessment Approach, Sasha Townsend, Tulsa Community College
  • Creating and Implementing a Comprehensive Academic Library Assessment Plan, Bob Holzmann, Tulsa Community College
  • Thinking outside the Final Exam Block, Dr. Heather Wilburn, Tulsa Community College
  • Build a Big Campaign for A Big Strategic Plan: How TCC Launched a Fundraising Campaign that Paved the Way for its Pathway Strategies, Dr. Leigh Goodson and Lauren Brookey, Tulsa Community College
  • Academic Advising: Understanding Its Impact on Student Success and Pathways, Dr. Linda Garcia, Community College Center for Student Engagement; Dr. Jan Clayton and Terri Alonso, Tulsa Community College
  • Creating a Knowledge Sharing Community: The Use and Expansion of KM at Tulsa Community College, Andy Taylor and Elizabeth Szkirpan, Tulsa Community College

The OACC comprises 13 member institutions in 31 locations throughout Oklahoma. Member institutions provide a wide range of quality, accessible, and affordable educational programs for high school graduates and adults of all ethnic and economic backgrounds. Oklahoma’s Two-Year Colleges are a powerful resource for economic and educational development providing relevant technical instruction in high-demand career fields. The OACC has a long history of working with employers to develop customized training solutions to meet current and future workforce needs.

TCC’s participation in conferences is an example of HLC’s core subcomponent 3.B.5 which expects an institution of higher learning to contribute to scholarship, creative work, and the discovery of knowledge.