Annual Meeting

Standards That Matter: Educating the Head, Heart, and Hands

November 14th, 2018
DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center Seattle Airport

The NWCCU Room Block at the DoubleTree Hotel Seattle Airport has been filled, but we have set aside an alternate Room Block with the Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel, with transportation offered between the Hilton and the DoubleTree before and after the Annual Meeting. To make reservations at the Hilton Seattle Airport, please use the following link:

DRAFT Annual Meeting Agenda

8:00am Buffet Breakfast
9:00am Greetings and Welcome
Sonny Ramaswamy, President, NWCCU
9:15am Keynote Speaker
Diane Auer Jones, U.S. Department of Education
10:00am Networking Break
10:15am Featured Speaker
Terry Hartle, Senior Vice President, ACE, Division of
Government and Public Affairs 

11:00am Featured Speaker
Chris Bunio, Senior Director for Higher Education, Microsoft
11:45am Lunch and Networking Time
1:00pm NWCCU Town Hall and Introduction to the Standards Review Process
(Open Session)
Mac Powell, Senior Fellow, NWCCU
Standards and Policies Committee
1:15pm Standards Review Breakout Sessions
(Institutions may attend any session, but breakout rooms have been arranged by institutional type and size)
2:15pm Students at the Center
Matt Campbell, Pierce College
Scott Pulsipher, Western Governors University

3:30pm Adjourn

Featured Speakers

Diane Auer Jones is the senior policy advisor to the assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education. Diane has a diverse background in higher education, having spent the first 10 years of her career serving as a biology professor at the Community College of Baltimore County, and later working at Princeton University and Career Education Corporation. Diane also has an extensive background in science and education policy having worked at the National Science Foundation, for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, and for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She served as the assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the Department of Education during the George W. Bush administration. Prior to rejoining the Department of Education, she served as a senior policy advisor to the Secretary of Labor and focused on workforce development issues, including the expansion of apprenticeships in the United States.

Terry W. Hartle is one of America’s most effective and experienced advocates for higher education. At ACE, where he has served for more than 20 years, he directs comprehensive efforts to engage federal policymakers on a broad range of issues including student aid, government regulation, scientific research and tax policy. His work involves representation before the U.S. Congress, administrative agencies and the federal courts. As an expert voice on behalf of colleges and universities, he is quoted widely in the national and international media on higher education issues.

Given ACE’s historic role in coordinating the government relations efforts of some 60 associations in the Washington-based higher education community, Hartle plays a central part in developing public policy positions that impact all colleges and universities, and also oversees the Council’s external relations functions.

Prior to joining the council in 1993, Hartle served for six years as education staff director for the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, then chaired by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Prior to 1987, Hartle was director of social policy studies and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a research scientist at the Educational Testing Service. Hartle has authored or co-authored numerous articles, books, and national studies and contributes regular book reviews to The Christian Science Monitor.

Hartle received a doctorate in public policy from The George Washington University (DC), a master’s in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University (NY) and a bachelor’s degree in history (summa cum laude) from Hiram College (OH). He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by Northeastern University (MA). He has received the Hiram College Alumni Achievement Award, and has been inducted into the Hiram College Athletic Hall of Fame. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.​​​

Chris Bunio is a Senior Director in Microsoft’s Education Industry Group leading strategy for Higher Education. Chris is responsible for bridging Microsoft product strategy with customer reality through deep partnerships. Chris works closely with Microsoft’s Engineering and Product Marketing teams to ensure products are developed with Higher Education customer requirements as a key input, enabling world class solutions on Microsoft products and technology. Previous to this role, Chris led the Education Partner Strategy across the ecosystem of ISVs, System Integrators, Publishers and other partners.

Chris has held a number of roles with Microsoft, including leading Education Strategy for the most significant education projects in the Middle East and Africa, including Turkey, Qatar, UAE and Egypt. Engagements have included helping Institutions to transform through the application of IoT and AI to their physical environments and incorporating AI and analytics to transform learning pathways and drive student learning outcomes.

Driving for outcomes through computing has been a focus for Chris through his career. As a developer during the early days of the World Wide Web, Chris created one of the first digital Government engagement platforms connecting citizens with elected officials. After building several learning tools for Physics and Math instruction, Chris spent several years developing finance and Human Resource management solutions before embarking on an International career with Microsoft.

Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Manitoba where he focused on theoretical physics and computational methods.

Dr. Matt Campbell is Vice President for Learning & Student Success at Pierce College Puyallup, part of an innovative, data-informed, equity-focused, and highly collaborative multi-college district in Washington. With shared oversight for instruction and student services, he provides support and leadership to committed faculty, staff, and students to fulfill the student success mission of the institution. Campbell holds a doctorate in educational leadership & policy studies from Temple University and has enjoyed 25 years in higher education, serving in community colleges, public research universities, and private colleges with a focus on advancing completion strategies and social justice.

Scott Pulsipher has served as president of nonprofit Western Governors University (WGU), the nation’s first and largest competency-based university, since April 2016, leading all academic, operational, and organizational functions.

Pulsipher blends a personal drive for making a difference in the lives of individuals and families through education and a passion for technology-powered innovation. At WGU, he is driving continuous innovation to improve student outcomes by focusing on rapidly advancing curriculum quality, new faculty models, data-driven learning, and a different cost model.

Before coming to WGU, Pulsipher had more than 20 years of leadership experience in technology-based, customer-focused businesses, including Amazon, Sterling Commerce (now part of IBM), and two successful startups that traverse retail, supply chain, banking, payments, and manufacturing sectors. Pulsipher holds a bachelor’s degree in Management from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Harvard University.