Our Mission

The Institute for Transformational Learning (UTx) works closely with the University of Texas System’s 14 academic and health science campuses to define the infrastructure required to support the future of education and prototype new programming models that will bring higher numbers of Texas students to academic and professional success.


Chancellor William McRaven

You can’t get to greatness by being timid. Through the Institute for Transformational Learning, our campuses are taking bold steps to advance Texas’s human capital and prepare many more Texans to thrive in rapidly changing world of work.

Texas’s student body consists, in increasingly large numbers, of the kinds of students that higher education has not always served well: low-income students, part-time students, students who work full time, and students who are family caregivers. At the same time, the job market seeks growing numbers of employees with leadership skills and proficiency in scientific and mathematical competencies. We have a responsibility to smooth the road – both to a college degree and to a rewarding career – for Texas’s young people.

With that goal in mind, ITL works closely with faculty across the System to implement future models of education that disrupt every facet of the learning experience. These models reengineer the way that the curriculum and educational experiences are designed, developed, and delivered, the services that students support students along their educational journey, and how student learning is monitored and assessed.

I consider ITL to be the UT System’s innovation arm that is helping to deliver on many of my “Quantum Leaps.” Already, ITL’s programming and partnerships are providing a new lens on how we can expand the educational pipeline, bridge economic divides, elevate higher education’s role in responding to national security threats, and reimagine medical education. ITL is a crucial tool in bringing growing numbers of Texans to success in their careers and their lives.

Signature of Bill McRaven

William McRaven, Chancellor
The University of Texas System

(Chancellor’s message, September 2015)

How UTx Came to Be

The Institute for Transformational Learning was established and endowed by the Board of Regents in 2012. To accomplish the bold mandate it was given, ITL created UTx to:

  • Make a quality University of Texas education more accessible and affordable.

  • Improve student learning outcomes and dramatically increase the number of Texans with a college degree and other advanced educational credentials.

  • Respond to the human capital needs of the State of Texas.

TEx is a stack of technologies and learner services designed to engine, support, and scale new educational models in the classroom, in the field, and online.

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Programming Portfolio

UTx develops and tests industry focused, affordable, and accelerated learning experiences that can be accessed by highly mobile and employed learners.

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Leadership Team

Steven Mintz

Executive Director

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Steven Mintz

Executive Director

Steve Mintz, Executive Director, comes to the University of Texas System from Columbia University, where he was a professor of history and director of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Teaching Center.

A former fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, he has taught at Oberlin College, the University of Houston, Harvard University’s Extension School, Pepperdine University, and Universitat-GH- Siegen.

A leading authority on the history of families and children, he is the author and editor of 13 books, including Huck’s Raft: A History of American Childhood, which received major prizes from the Association of American Publishers, the Organization of American Historians, and the Texas Institute of Letters.  He has also served as president of the Society for the History of Children and Youth, and chaired the Council on Contemporary Families, an organization of leading academics and clinicians committed to improving the public conversation on families and their needs.

A past president of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, which serves over 200,000 academics world-wide, he is also the creator of the Digital History website, which is used by 150,000 teachers and students a week and has been named one of the Top 5 sites in U.S. history and been placed on the National Endowment for the Humanities EdSitement list of exemplary online resources in the humanities.

In addition to playing an active role in the professional development of K-12 teachers and in programs to bring students from historically underrepresented groups into the professoriate, he was recently inducted into the Society of American Historians, whose membership is limited to 250 scholars and professional writers of history chosen on the basis of literary distinction. He has also chaired the Bancroft Prize and Frederick Douglass Book Prize juries, and received over $12 million in external funding, including two National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grants.  He frequently appears on public radio and in The New York Times, USA Today, and the Washington Post. See Dr. Mintz discuss UT’s collaboration with edX here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zY8L0CyCOAg

Phil Komarny

Chief Digital Officer

Marni Baker Stein

Chief Innovation Officer

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Marni Baker Stein

Chief Innovation Officer

Marni Baker Stein, Chief Innovation Officer, is an authority on next generation program and curricular development, delivery, and assessment; strategic enrollment and student lifecycle management infrastructure implementation; and student-centered, outcomes-focused, competency-based instructional design.

Before joining the University of Texas System, she was Senior Associate Dean of Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education, where she oversaw the school’s academic portfolio, and was responsible for the development, design, and evaluation of all online and hybrid programs. Prior to that, Dr. Stein has led the development of graduate, undergraduate, and non-degree programming delivered through a wide variety of innovative packages, including dual language, executive, online and hybrid formats for educational institutions in the U.S. and abroad, including: The University of Pennsylvania, The University of California Santa Barbara, The Pennsylvania State University, SUNY Buffalo (Latvia), and the United States Information Agency (Turkey, Japan).

In August 2016, Dr. Stein was selected by the Department of Education to serve as a member of the national Technical Working Group charged with transforming higher education through technology through the expansion of the 2016 National Educational Technology Plan.

Frequently invited to speak on technology-enhanced curricular and pedagogical innovation, Dr. Stein is an accomplished educational researcher. Her scholarship focuses on social and knowledge networking behaviors in online courses and the impact of design, instructional strategies, and platform technology upon student engagement in e-learning. Dr. Stein has a PhD in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ash Chitre

Executive Director, Finance and Operations

Shannon Chapman

Executive Director, Student Lifecycle Management

Joann Kozyrev

Executive Director, Design and Development

Chris Rice

Executive Director, Digital Learning Design and Analytics

Amy Shackelford

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships and Communication

Roland Schwarm

Chief Data Scientist

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Phone: 512-852-3272