University of Massachusetts Global elevates Dr. Laurie Dodge to Provost

February 01, 2022

Dr. Laurie G. Dodge, vice chancellor for institutional assessment and planning, has played a key role in shaping UMass Global’s academic programs and is nationally respected for her expertise in helping working adults complete college. She will step into the role of executive vice chancellor and provost, effective April 1.

Dodge is instrumental in developing the university’s evolving academic catalog, particularly its slate of competency-based education (CBE) programs. She has also represented the university’s unique approaches to higher education before the WASC Senior College and University Commission, which is the university’s regional accreditor.

Chancellor Gary Brahm announced Dodge’s promotion Monday in a message to the UMass Global community. The chancellor’s announcement detailed Dodge’s qualifications for the provost’s position.

Senior leadership realized that Laurie’s unparalleled experience would allow her to step into the job seamlessly. Considering our ambitions to grow, such continuity in leadership could help propel us to the next level more effectively than if we sought to retain someone outside of the university. These are among the many reasons we are grateful for Laurie’s willingness to step into this role.

We would not be the university we are today without Laurie’s expertise. She led the establishment of competency-based programs, which are increasingly relevant to the students we serve. These self-paced programs, available online to students anywhere, are central to our work to make a college education more accessible to working people. All in all, Laurie has helped us to create more than 20 new degree programs of both the competency-based and credit-hour varieties.

Dodge’s work has an impact beyond UMass Global. She dedicates significant time to sharing her CBE expertise with educators interested in implementing CBE programs of their own.

Laurie recently published a book with two colleagues on competency-based education titled, “A Leader’s Guide to Competency-Based Education: From Inception to Implementation” and wrote a chapter on competency-based education in the book, “The Urgency of Now: Equity and Excellence.” She was also the founding chair of the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) and she presently serves on the governing board for the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

As Chancellor Brahm's message concluded, Laurie’s contributions have not gone unnoticed.

Washington Monthly in 2016 recognized her as one of The Sixteen Most Innovative People in Higher Education, finding that she “is a leader in helping adult and other nontraditional students get the college degrees they need to advance their careers.”

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