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CUP Regional Liaisons: Connecting Experiential Credits to Colleges

December 30, 1899



​What are CUP Regional Liaisons?

Regional Liaisons are seasoned college faculty and administrators who are subject matter area experts and experienced credit for prior learning practitioners.  In support of increased postsecondary attainment, they engage in the following activities: 

  • Advance greater awareness, acceptance and application of credit for prior learning options, including ACE credit recommendations for military and corporate training.
  • Provide customized resources, webinars and technical support to institutions.
  • Build faculty networks that focus on quality assessments.
  • Help create postsecondary pathways, partnerships and programs.

Who are the ACE CUP Regional Liaisons?

Patricia Brewer, Ed.DPatricia Brewer, Ed.D. (, Midwest Region
  • Earned a Doctoral Degree in Education with an emphasis in Adult and Continuing Education and is an active scholar-practitioner in adult higher education.
  • Has 30 years of service in higher education, including research on first-generation college students, citizen engagement through public deliberation, and program planning and evaluation.
  • Served as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and past president of the Adult Higher Education Alliance.
Christopher Johnson, Ph.D.Christopher Johnson, Ph.D. (, Western Region
  • Earned a Doctoral Degree in Education with a concentration in Higher Education Leadership.
  • Has 18 years of higher education experience, including holding positions as department chair and academic dean, developing curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate level, and teaching at two- and four-year levels in traditional, on-line, and hybrid formats
  • Served as an ACE faculty reviewer and national coordinator, independent reviewer for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, and an exam reviewer for the College Board's Educational Testing Service.
Bridget Petzold, MBABridget Petzold, MBA, (, Midwest Region
  • Earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Colorado.
  • Has 17 years of higher education experience teaching courses in business administration and operations management.  Served as program coordinator and faculty member, developing online course content and authoring supplemental text book materials.
  • Acted as institutional lead for a federal grant, establishing a robust credit for prior learning program that mapped military training to curriculum credit for veterans and active duty service members.  Currently serves as an ACE faculty reviewer.
Here are examples of groups the Regional Liaisons are currently assisting in the development and enhancement of credit for prior learning policies and practices:
  • California Community College System
  • Kansas Board of Regents
  • Ohio Board of Regents
  • University System of Georgia Adult Learning Consortium
  • University of Wisconsin System
  • West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

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