John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

image Dr. Tristan Denley has served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the Tennessee Board of Regents since August 2013. Before moving to the system office he was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Austin Peay State University from January 2009. Originally from Penzance, England, Dr. Denley earned his PhD in Mathematics from Trinity College Cambridge, and held positions in Sweden, Canada, and the University of Mississippi before coming to Tennessee. At Ole Miss he served as Chair of Mathematics, and Senior Fellow of the Residential College program.

Throughout his career, he has taken a hands-on approach in a variety of initiatives impacting student success. In 2007, he was chosen as a Redesign Scholar by the National Center for Academic Transformation for his work in rethinking the teaching of freshmen mathematics classes. He is presently involved in implementing a wide variety of initiatives  surrounding college completion stretching from education redesign in a variety of disciplines and institutional transformation, to the role of predictive analytics and data mining in higher education.

His most recent work at APSU has created Degree Compass, a course recommendation system that successfully pairs current students with the courses that best fit their talents and program of study for upcoming semesters. This system, which combines hundreds of thousands of past students’ grades with each particular student’s transcript, to take individualized recommendations for current students was an IMS Global Learning Impact Awards winner and has received recognition from Educause, Complete College America, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and President