Thursday April 26, 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Harnessing Accreditation’s Superpowers

In her inaugural ARC address to the region, WSCUC President Jamienne S. Studley will challenge institutional leaders and accreditors to explore opportunities to deploy our superpowers, including our deep commitment to institutional excellence and improvement, along with leadership, judgment, information, and our reputation for innovation. How can we work together to promote the public good by better understanding and advancing completion, affordability, college choice, student protection, and the quality, coherence, and value of education?

Jamienne S. Studley
WASC Senior College and University Commission

Ms. Studley, who became WSCUC President in January 2018, has advanced education opportunity and justice throughout her career. She served under President Barack Obama as the Deputy Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education from September 2013 to January 2016 and also acted as assistant secretary for postsecondary education in 2015. She helped guide work on the College Scorecard, college access and completion, accreditation, campus climate, and federal innovation grants for higher education.

She was the first female president of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and President and CEO of the San Francisco based civil rights group Public Advocates Inc. She has served at Yale Law School as Associate Dean and Lecturer in Law and taught as an adjunct at Mills College as well as Stanford and UC Berkeley Law Schools. In other federal service, Studley was special assistant to the secretary of HEW/HHS under President Carter. In the Clinton administration she was deputy and then chief counsel of the Department of Education.

A graduate of Barnard College and Harvard Law School, Studley lives in San Francisco and Sebastopol, CA. She has chaired the SF Ethics Commission and served on the boards of the SF Education Fund, Mills College, American Craft Council, Museum of Craft and Design, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Welcome: Reed Dasenbrock, Chair, WASC Senior College and University Commission