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Jim Sirianni

Jim Sirianni

Director, ACE Leadership

Specialization: Academic affairs; student success; academic strategy; cost accounting; diversity

Jim Sirianni provides leadership and oversight for the design and implementation of ACE's programs for presidents, chief academic officers and other senior administrators. Additionally, he tracks patterns that affect institutional strategy and management practices and shares findings with ACE members.

Previously, Sirianni served as an academic affairs research consultant at The Education Advisory Board where he worked on the strategic issues facing chief academic officers and related senior administrators. His portfolio included responsibility for uncovering best practices in academic affairs, managing a University Leadership Council research team, and presenting findings to clients across the country. His signature projects leveraged predictive analytics to inform day-to-day practices.

As an assistant dean and director of Stanford University’s (CA) summer programs earlier in his career, Sirianni oversaw academic offerings for 2,500 matriculated and visiting students during the summer term. In addition to his work with the summer session programs at Stanford, Sirianni consulted for the provost’s office on accreditation and the vice provost for undergraduate education on advising and summer bridge projects.

Before joining Stanford, Sirianni served as a researcher at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. His research for Carnegie’s Business, Entrepreneurship, and Liberal Learning study resulted in the AAC&U award-winning Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education: Liberal Learning for the Profession.

Sirianni earned his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, followed by master’s degrees in education and sociology and a doctorate in higher education policy from Stanford University.