Coordinator for Personalized Learning, Northern Arizona University


Dr. Cori Gordon is the Coordinator for Personalized Learning, a competency-based division at Northern Arizona University. She holds the rank of Associate Clinical Professor and also serves as the Lead Faculty for the Liberal Arts program. She has a Doctorate in English Education and a Masters in Theatre from Arizona State University, and she has a Bachelor’s in Secondary English Education from Indiana University. She has taught students in kindergarten through graduate school, in subjects including English, theatre, storytelling, puppetry, literature, and Composition.

Cori specializes in digital storytelling and innovative educational technologies. She is also a young adult novelist. Her novel, Beauty Isn’t Pretty, is available on Kindle. Dr. Gordon has a breadth of experience with public speaking including academic presentations, in-service professional development presentations, and a variety of performances. She is also a music and pet lover.


Vice President for Partner Strategy and Innovation, Pathstream


Dr. Lisa McIntyre-Hite is Vice President for Partner Strategy and Innovation at Pathstream. She works with technology companies and colleges across the country to offer digital skills training in conjunction with degree programs. Prior to joining Pathstream, Lisa was the founding Dean for Competency-Based Education at Walden University where she developed Walden’s direct-assessment offering, seeing it through from pilot-to-scale. Her professional passion is rooted in the desire to take measurable steps to address inequity in educational systems and to expand access to high-quality, personalized learning experiences for every learner. Prior to working in higher education, Lisa was a high-school principal and English teacher. Her research in CBE and learning innovation has been published by the Clayton Christensen Institute and is featured in several peer-reviewed journals.


Product Strategy Director, Workday


Joellen has worked in higher education serving adult students since 1988. She focuses on the strategic future of credentialing and 21st Century student records, supporting student learning via projects that empower students with metacognitive agency to articulate what they know and can do throughout their educational journey.

UMUC developed a new competency based extended transcript while working on a new comprehensive student record model as part of the Lumina Grant through AACRAO and NASPA in 2016. Ms. Shendy is a member of both the Advisory Board of Credential Engine, a new national registry for credentials and the Competency Based Education Network (C-BEN) and a frequent speaker at higher education conferences including AACRAO, UPCEA, WCET, and Learning Impact Leadership Institute.


Associate Vice Chancellor of Institutional Research and Planning, Brandman University


Hadassah Yang is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Institutional Research and Planning at Brandman University, part of the Chapman University System. She is responsible for the research, analysis, and reporting of data that supports Brandman University in its strategic decision-making. In particular, she has been involved with the initial planning and implementation of Brandman’s competency-based education (CBE) initiative, and continues to oversee the market research for new CBE programming and curriculum development. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Irvine (UCI) and her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn).

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