Facilitators - Building Relevant and High Quality Competency-Based Programs

Workshop Facilitators


Laurie Dodge

Dr. Laurie Dodge, Vice Chancellor Institutional Assessment & Planning and Vice Provost at Brandman University, served as a key leader in the building of Brandman’s undergraduate and graduate direct assessment competency-based education programs. Dr. Dodge has served in numerous capacities at Brandman University including department chair, interim dean, director of assessment, interim co-vice chancellor of academic affairs, and professor. Dr. Dodge is the WASC Senior University and College Commission (WSCUC) Accreditation Liaison Officer for Brandman University and serves on the WSCUC Substantive Change Committee. At the national level, Dr. Dodge has participated in CBE related projects, Comprehensive Learner Record, QA Commons Essential Employability Qualities Certification, and Credential Engine (Higher Education Advisory Group). Dr. Dodge has presented nationally and internationally on CBE and other areas of expertise include assessment, curriculum development, accreditation, and academic policy. She has served on numerous regional accreditation review teams for universities seeking re-accreditation, initial accreditation, structural and substantive change, and international universities. Dr. Laurie Dodge is a national leader in competency-based education and is the inaugural and Past President of the Board of Directors for the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN). In 2016, Laurie was named one of the “The Sixteen Most Innovative People in Higher Education” by Washington Monthly. In 2018, Dr. Dodge co-authored a book titled “A Leader’s Guide to Competency-Based Education:  From Inception to Implementation” (Bushway, Dodge, & Long, 2018).

Lori Williams

Dr. Lori Williams, President and CEO, National Council for State Authriozation Reciprocity Agreements,has over 25 years experience in education. Most recently, she served as Vice President at WASC Senior College and University Commission. Dr. Williams served as provost and ALO at Ashford University in San Diego. Previous positions include vice provost of curriculum development and innovation at Kaplan University, vice president of product strategy and development at Laureate Education, executive director of the center for student success at Walden University, and administrative roles at Saint Michael's College and Middlebury College. Throughout her career, Lori has also taught extensively, serving as a professor, thesis advisor, and mentor. Lori enjoys spending time outdoors hiking with her husband and dog, as well as gardening, yoga, and movies. Lori holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Education Leadership from Union Institute & University, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Saint Michael’s College, and a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University.