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Theresa Tena

Executive Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness

Vice Chancellor Theresa TenaTheresa Tena serves as Executive Vice Chancellor of Institutional Effectiveness and oversees the development and operation of a comprehensive technical assistance program to further student success. The program overlays every division of the Chancellor’s Office – including academic affairs, student services, economic & workforce development, research, and fiscal - and will develop a framework of indicators focused on accreditation status, fiscal viability, student performance, and compliance with state and federal guidelines. The state also invested resources to support proactive technical assistance to be provided through a partnership between a community college district and the Chancellor’s Office. In addition, Theresa collaborates closely with the partner district’s Executive Director. The catalyst for this new technical assistance program has been the student success movement and the implementation of evidence based strategies proven to improve student success.

The goal of Institutional Effectiveness is to work closely with the Board of Governors, internally within the Chancellor’s Office, and colleges/districts to develop, monitor, measure, and implement a framework of data analysis and standards that will support all community college districts – those in need as well as stable districts to highlight and cross pollinate exemplary programs between districts/colleges. Ultimately, the colleges will benefit from technical assistance and training to address the issues associated with accreditation sanctions and students will benefit from fiscally and operationally effective institutions.

Theresa began her professional career as a Budget Analyst at the California State Department of Finance, where her assignments included Community College and K-12. In 1999, she went to work for the Chancellor’s Office as a Specialist in the Fiscal Services Unit where her primary duties involved disbursing state revenues to community college districts. Theresa also served as Director of Fiscal Services for Solano Community College District. Most recently she served as Vice President for the Community College League of California and represented the League on budget and policy issues and provided technical assistance to districts related to fiscal matters.

Vice Chancellor Tena double majored in history and international relations while attending the University of California, Davis and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California.