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Cathy Sandeen

Cathy Sandeen

Vice President, Education Attainment and Innovation

Specialization: Education attainment, technology & higher education innovation, nontraditional students, prior learning assessment, MOOCs

Cathy Sandeen is vice president for Education Attainment and Innovation at ACE, a position she began in January 2013. In this role, she oversees ACE’s national agenda to support the return the United States to preeminence in postsecondary educational attainment, including coordination among national and international leaders from across higher education, foundations, business, and government. She also directs ACE’s Center for Education Attainment and Innovation, including major grant programs, federal contracts, fee-for-service activities, partnerships and development of new initiatives.

Sandeen has over 22 years of experience in continuing education and professional development at three University of California campuses. From 2006–12, she served as dean of continuing education and UCLA Extension at the University of California Los Angeles. Prior to joining UCLA, she served for six years as vice provost and dean of University Extension and Summer Session at University of California Santa Cruz and held several positions at University of California San Francisco.

Sandeen has served in leadership positions at the University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) and other professional organizations and has published and presented on various aspects of serving the needs of nontraditional students. She is the 2009 recipient of UPCEA’s Research and Scholarship Award.

Sandeen earned a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Utah and an MBA degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She was an ACE Fellow in 2010-11.