Dr. Catherine Parsoneault is currently the Associate Vice Provost for Planning and Assessment at Texas Tech University, where she leads the institution’s reaffirmation of accreditation as the university’s accreditation liaison with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). Previously, she served for twenty years in the Division of Workforce, Academic Affairs and Research (WAAR) at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), where she developed expertise in legislative bill analysis, led statewide implementations of new statutes and policies affecting various higher education constituencies, guided a number of advisory groups, provided analysis and consultation with institutions regarding degree program development and assessment, and performed research and data analysis across a wide variety of higher education topics, including undergraduate student transfer, general education core curriculum, degree program evaluation, and numerous legislative reports. She represented the THECB on the Board of the Texas Common Course Numbering System, and held membership on the Alamo Area Articulation and Transfer Council for the Greater San Antonio area. In 2012 she supported a task force of advising professionals as they developed a legislatively mandated report and recommendations regarding a method for assessing the quality and effectiveness of academic advising services at institutions of higher education in Texas. Prior to joining the Coordinating Board staff in 1989, Dr. Parsoneault served for four years as an academic advisor in the award-winning Dedman College Advising Center at Southern Methodist University, where she worked with such diverse student groups as undecided students, high-risk students, student athletes, and honors students. She has held teaching appointments at Amberton University (Garland, TX), Texas A&M University (College Station, TX), and St. Edward’s University (Austin, TX). She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wyoming, a Master of Music (summa cum laude) from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and a PhD in Music-Musicology from the University of Texas at Austin.