Dr. Mecca Salahuddin
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Performance Excellence
Alamo Colleges District
Dr. Mecca Salahuddin serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Performance Excellence at the Alamo Colleges District. In this role she provides leadership and guidance on key aspects of enterprise-wide strategic planning and performance excellence activities. Part of her role is to work closely with senior leaders – Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Associate Vice Chancellors, and College Presidents to support the framing, evaluation, and implementation of strategic projects, process improvements, and organizational change initiatives. Prior to returning to the Alamo Colleges District, Mecca served as Dean of Organizational Learning and Effectiveness at Tacoma Community College (TCC) located in Tacoma, WA. During her time at TCC, she provided leadership in the development of a Professional Development Framework that guides the personal and professional growth of faculty, staff, and exempt personnel; provided leadership in the successful submission and site visit for the College’s Year Seven Accreditation report as well as the Mid-Cycle Evaluation; created a path for integrating and engaging adjunct faculty in the college’s Student Success Initiatives through the supervision of the Adjunct Faculty Center; and oversaw the purchase and implementation of the Civitas Learning Platform – Predictive Data Analytics.
Prior to this, she served as Director of Institutional Planning, Research, and Effectiveness at St. Philip’s College, part of the Alamo Colleges District, 2007-2013. In that role, Mecca was responsible for providing vision and managing data collection, analysis, and reporting to support the College’s strategic priorities, goals and objectives. Mecca was also responsible for key assessment activities to meet the requirements of the regional accrediting body, serving in the role of the College’s SACS-COC Accreditation Liaison.
Mecca was responsible for implementation of St. Philips’ planning, budgeting and assessment processes including Strategic Planning, working to create a culture of evidence and institutional effectiveness that is centered on planning and assessment activities of key student learning initiatives and outcomes. Mecca led the effort to integrate academic assessment using WEAVE software, allowing the College to implement an online repository for unit planning and assessment documents, along with student learning outcome assessment and tracking.
She served a key role in the college’s performance excellence activities including application for the Texas Performance Excellence Award (TAPE) where St. Philips received recognition for best practices in four areas – Leadership, Strategic Planning, Customer/Stakeholder Focus, and Workforce Focus. Mecca worked closely with faculty at St. Philip’s College and Tacoma Community College to implement and generate data on key initiatives based on the Achieving the Dream and Guided Pathways principles and goals.
Prior to her work at St. Philip’s College, Mecca served as Assistant Director of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, where she provided personal, academic, and career counseling aimed at increasing awareness of research, career, and graduate opportunities for first-generation college students.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Mecca earned a Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word (2013). She also holds a Masters in Experimental Psychology (2000) and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology (1997) from The University of Texas at San Antonio. While at UTSA, she was selected to participate in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, a program designed to prepare low-income, first-generation participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.