Cassandre G Alvarado

Executive Director, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy

Phone: +1 512 232 3997
Office: FAC
Office Hours: By appointment

Dr. Cassandre Giguere Alvarado is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at The University of Texas at Austin, and is also the assistant coordinator of the M.Ed. Program in College and University Student Personnel Administration. A scholar/practioner, Dr. Alvarado also serves in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, directing initiatives in student success and enrollment managment.

Dr. Alvarado's teaching, research and professional practice focuses on college readiness and student success. She currently directs the PACE (Path to Admission through Co-Enrollment) Program, an innovative co-enrollment program with Austin Community College. She is the College Readiness Special Advisor to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and frequently works with national organizations on issues of readiness and retention. Her current research focuses on understanding college readiness, including the development and testing of readiness assignments designed to introduce students to the content knowledge and cross-disciplinary skills needed for success.

Dr. Alvarado is also a faculty affiliate of the Initiative for the Development of Academic Innovation at LASPAU-Harvard University, where she has worked with more than 500 faculty from Latin America and the Caribbean to help improve student success and retention.

A 20 year veteran of university administration, Dr. Alvarado's signature program at The University of Texas at Austin was the creation of the First-year Interest Groups (FIGS), a learning community initiative she began in 1998. The initiative focuses on bringing together the many facets of university life in one nexus for each student in an effort to maximize their success. The university now offers a learning community to all incoming first year students. Additionally, Dr. Alvarado led the University's major Quality Enhancement Plan initiative, providing the blueprint and assessment of the University's first major curriculum reform in the last 30 years.

An alumna of Leadership Texas (LT'10), Dr. Alvarado has served as a member of the committee of the board for the Foundation for Women's Resources. Dr. Alvarado holds a bachelor of journalism, master of education and doctor of philosophy degree from The University of Texas at Austin.