Join Dr. Tamara Clunis, Vice President of Academy Affairs at Amarillo Collegue, and Trimeka Benjamin, CEO and President of Swim Digital Group, as they discuss Amarillo Collegue’s journey to winning the Azpen Prize

Webinar Guest

Dr. Tamara Clunis is the vice president of academic affairs at Amarillo College in Texas. She is responsible for all aspects of teaching and learning, curriculum, and academic support. The Amarillo College No Excuses 2020 plan is driving transformational change through a culture of caring. The commitment to student success has led to increased graduation, retention, and transfer rates.

Dr. Clunis joined Amarillo College in 2011 as the inaugural dean of academic success. She was recognized in 2013 as the national outstanding first-year student advocate by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. Prior to joining Amarillo College, Dr. Clunis served as state director for developmental and adult education at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in Austin, Texas. She taught in two year and four-year institutions, including Austin Community College, Texas State University, and the United States Military Academy Preparatory School. She earned her doctoral degree from Texas State University in 2010. tion


During the webinar, we talked about important resources that Amarillo College used to meet its goals and reach the Aspen Prize and I wanted to provide them for you in this email:

  • Strategic consulting partnerships with Swim Digital Group, Achieving the Dream, and AVID.
  • Creating data-driven and inclusive culture through feedback and buy-in using tools like the Harvard University COACHE survey.
  • Amarillo’s Maria Profile.
  • Swim Digital Group’s Amarillo College Case Study

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