Advisory Board

StraighterLine's Advisory Board of distinguished higher education administrators and industry leaders includes:

Steven D. Crow, Ph.D.

Steve Crow, recently retired from The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools after completing 26 years of service with the organization, is now the CEO of S.D. Crow & Co, LLC. From 1997 until his retirement, he was the Executive Director/President of the Commission, and provided leadership to it and its 1000 member institutions, assuring the effectiveness of regional institutional accreditation and representing the organization nationally and internationally.

Crow was instrumental in making regional institutional accreditation responsive to e-Learning, U.S. education delivered internationally, and new collaborative and consortial arrangements created in several states. Under his leadership, the Commission received special attention for its creation of an alternative accreditation process based on quality improvement principles and practices, and for its adoption of new accrediting standards that focus on learning, service, and preparation for the future. Crow's bachelor's degree in history is from Lewis and Clark College (OR) and his Master's and Ph.D. degrees in U.S. History are from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI). Prior to joining the Commission in 1982, he taught and did some administrative work at Kalamazoo College, Bowdoin College, Vanderbilt University, and Bates College.

Myk Garn, Ph.D.

Myk Garn, Ph.D. brings over 25 years experience leading college and system redesign and strategic planning. Most recently Dr. Garn served as Vice President for Academic Strategies for StraighterLine where he was in charge of building and deepening relationships with SL's academic partners. Previously he directed the Educational Technology Cooperative at the Southern Regional Education Board, was Executive Director of the Kentucky Virtual Campus and Associate Vice President for eLearning at the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education. Prior to that he was Director of Distance Education Policy and Planning for the University System of Georgia and Executive Director of the Instructional Technology Development Center at Lamar University/Orange in Texas. Dr. Garn is a committed change-agent focusing on student-driven learning, competency-based advancement-by-mastery; online accessibility and other suitably disruptive innovations.

As the Director of the Educational Technology Cooperative a consortium of state-level K-12 and postsecondary public educational technology leaders from the 16 Southeastern states. During his tenure at SREB Dr. Garn was Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation project researching student-directed search models for the National STEM Digital Library, developed the SREB/iNACOL National Online Teacher of the Year program as well as leading and keynoting numerous symposia, conferences and workshop on the use of technology to increase student performance and affordability of education.

Dr. Garn holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky, a Masters of Arts in Educational System Design from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooks Institute of Photography.

Carol A. Twigg, Ph.D.

Dr. Carol A. Twigg is President and CEO of the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT). NCAT serves as a resource for colleges and universities, providing leadership in how effective use of information technology can improve student learning while reducing instructional costs. A widely published writer and a sought-after speaker, Dr. Twigg is seen as an authority on using information technology to transform teaching and learning in higher education.

In 1995, Newsweek named Dr. Twigg one of the 50 most influential thinkers in the information revolution, and in 2003, she was the recipient of the prestigious McGraw Prize in Education. Dr. Twigg received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in English Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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