Reinventing the numbers game: Foxley nominated for national AACC award
03.09.2015 | By Andrea Vasquez
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has named San Jacinto College math professor, Kristen Foxley, as a finalist for its 2015 Awards of Excellence Faculty Innovation Award.
“I am absolutely honored and thrilled to represent San Jacinto College in this incredible way,” said Foxley. “Math is a significant stumbling block for so many students and to help them get over this hurdle and move on to reaching their academic goals has truly been a privilege.”
Foxley is a recognized leader in transforming developmental education at the institutional and state levels. She was part of the team of developmental and academic faculty that created the AIM (Acceleration in Mathematics) program, a co-requisite remediation program that allows students to complete two developmental math courses and College Algebra in a single semester. This award-winning program consistently has a success rate of 64 percent, surpassing traditional College Algebra classes by 20 percent. The course is offered at all three San Jacinto College campuses and is recognized across the state as one of the most successful co-requisite remediation programs.
“It is wonderful to be a part of something that is making a huge impact on students’ lives and it’s exciting that other colleges are recognizing the success of AIM and wanting to implement similar programs on their campuses,” added Foxley.
She is also known among her students to be an extremely engaging faculty member. She created more than 300 instructional videos for her students to access anytime online, and also created custom workbooks that eliminated costly textbook and online access codes.
“Kristen is a faculty leader and innovator,” said San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “She maintains the highest academic standards and consistently looks at how to understand and engage her students at the highest level.”
San Jacinto College Vice Chancellor for College Preparatory, Dr. Rebecca Goosen, adds that Foxley’s emphasis has always been on keeping her students engaged and motivated. “She has always focused on students and provided them with an excellent learning environment so that they would be challenged but also validated in their learning,” said Dr. Goosen.
In addition to being lead math faculty at the College, she has served as a representative on the State Developmental Education Advisory Committee; the New Mathways Project Student Development Team at the University of Texas; and last year along with the rest of the AIM team, received the Innovation of the Year Award from the League for Innovation. She has also presented information on AIM to the Texas College Academic Support Program (CASP), National Association for Developmental Educators, Gulf Coast PASS, and the Texas Gulf Coast Mathematics Consortium. Foxley is undoubtedly a great contributor to student success by embracing modern teaching methods and continuing to develop innovative approaches to developmental education.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.