Partnerships: What's Right for Your Institution?

Concurrent Session 9
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Brief Abstract

It’s not uncommon to see stories in today's higher education press about institutions forming partnerships domestically and internationally with other institutions, corporations, or innovative educational providers.  While these partnerships are not new, maximizing partnership synergies while minimizing risks is critical in today's higher education landscape.  Join this expert panel as they share their insights and perspectives.  Whether you are looking at partnerships to support your institutional vision, diversity revenue streams, unbundle existing educational offerings or differentiate your institution from competitors, this session is for you.


Dr. Karen Pedersen has a long history serving in various administrative positions in both public and private higher education institutions and is currently in the role of Dean for Global Campus at Kansas State University. Previously she worked as the Chief Knowledge Officer for the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) where she served as a thought leader and fostered initiatives related to learning innovation, quality enhancement, leadership development, and institutional transformation. She has expertise leading award-winning online and off-campus units, working with faculty institution-wide, expanding partnerships, engaging cross-institutional academic operations, and pursuing integrated marketing solutions to realize significant enrollment growth and retention outcomes. Other experiences include serving on the launch team for a competency-based education initiative, leading a system-wide enrollment management transformation, and building academic collaborations in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brazil. Prior to starting her administrative career, Pedersen served as a faculty member at the University of Nebraska. She holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a doctor of philosophy degree from Oklahoma State University.
Gates joined Tyton Partners as a partner in 2011 in the strategy consulting practice. Gates is an experienced general manager and strategy consultant with a successful track record for bridging the gap between innovative strategy and practical execution. Prior to joining Tyton Partners, Gates was an executive with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, working in strategy, product management, and finance during a period of dramatic change in the educational publishing and technology industry. Prior to joining Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Gates spent seven years as a strategy consultant with the Parthenon Group. He advised clients on issues of revenue growth, profit improvement, and opportunities for mergers and acquisitions in the information, education, publishing, and technology industries. Gates began his career as an investment consultant with Cambridge Associates where he evaluated global private equity and venture capital funds on behalf of foundations, endowments and other institutions. From 2010 to 2014, Gates served on the start-up team of Edify, a US-based nonprofit that provides microloans, curriculum, and training to Christian schools in Africa and Latin America. Gates holds a BA in Government from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.
Dr. Mary Ellen Caro is the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Learner Services at Thomas Edison State University, the state university in New Jersey created exclusively for adult learners. Dr. Caro oversees the Division of Enrollment Management and Learner Services, which encompasses the offices of Enrollment Operations, Learner Services, Military & Veteran Education, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. As such Dr. Caro is a member of the Thomas Edison State University President’s Council and is responsible for leading the institution’s enrollment growth strategies and plans; and centralized student affairs functions. Dr. Caro joined the College in 2004 after a successful twenty-five year career at AT&T where she was an officer and Vice President leading global business units. She served as the College’s first dean of the School of Business and Management, where she played a key role in enhancing the curriculum of the school’s undergraduate and graduate programs, increasing enrollment and creating the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership degree program. In 2007, Dr. Caro was named Executive Vice Provost responsible for strategic partnerships, corporate-higher education programs, military education, graduate studies and mentor support services. Dr. Caro earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Elizabeth, master’s degrees from Rutgers University and Stanford University, and a doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania
Casey Evans leads a team of individuals responsible for academic unit relationships as they pertain to academic program operations and unit-informed programmatic marketing efforts. She also provides guidance and strategy to support training and development of student facing coaches, and Quality Assurance initiatives to ensure the best possible student experience. Evans holds an undergraduate degree in English, a master’s in organizational management and is currently pursuing a second master’s in digital audience strategy. From 2002 through 2015, she worked in student support and operations roles ranging from academic counselor to director of student services for large online universities before moving to program and product management in the area of workforce development and continuing professional education, and eventually to her role at EdPlus at ASU.

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