One of the nation’s foremost experts in competency-based education (CBE) and assessment, Cathrael Kazin is Managing Partner of Volta Learning Group. Kate sits on the Board of the national CBE organization, C-BEN, and is a former Commissioner of NECHE, the regional accreditor for higher education in New England. As founding Chief Academic Officer of College for America (CfA) at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), Kate designed CfA’s award-winning project-centered CBE model and led its academic team. At CfA, Kate also served as Project Director for a $3.93 million federal grant to develop a competency-based alternative to remedial education. Kate joined SNHU from ETS, where she was Executive Director of the Higher Education Division. She has taught widely in the US and overseas and was a member of the University of Iowa English Department. During the Clinton administration, she served as an attorney-advisor lawyer in the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Labor, where she also worked as a speechwriter to then-Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.
Kate publishes regularly on innovation in higher education and is frequently invited to speak at such venues as the White House, the Chautauqua Institute, the US Senate, the New America Foundation, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Lumina Foundation, the American Council on Education, the League for Innovation in the Community College, Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore and Universidad del Valle in Guatemala. She holds a PhD in English from Cornell University; a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review; and an AB with Highest Honors in English from Smith College.