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Ashford University President Among Speakers at Western Association of Schools and Colleges Academic Resource Conference
Ashford University Provost, Vice Provost, faculty, and staff to also present at western region's higher education conference

More than 30 academics from Ashford University will present at the 2014 Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Academic Resource Conference (ARC) taking place April 23-25 at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles, Calif.

Throughout the WASC Conference, Ashford University cabinet members, staff, and faculty will be involved with presentations covering a wide variety of topics, including student success in online environments, engaging online faculty, determining course and program effectiveness, improving online learning, and program review.

“Ashford’s significant presence at the WASC Academic Resource Conference demonstrates just how much our University is being recognized as an institution that has a great deal of insight to share about online learning, adult learning, and assessment,” said Dr. Richard Pattenaude, Ashford University president and chief executive officer.

Dr. Pattenaude will join Ashford provost, Dr. Lorraine Williams, as well as Bridgepoint Education’s vice president of accreditation relations and policy, Dr. Joseph Hoey, to deliver a presentation on enhancing institutional quality in the proprietary sector by listening, reflecting, and communicating. During the presentation, they will discuss channels institutions might use to scan the environment and gain insight into public perceptions and how best to respond.

The 2014 WASC Academic Resource Conference is meant to focus on outsider perspectives, what higher education can learn from them, and ways to adapt current practices to respond to regional and national needs. The WASC ARC is dedicated to supporting institutions as they identify their challenges, develop solutions, demonstrate results, and plan for the future.


About Ashford University

Achievement belongs to all of us at Ashford University. By offering a traditional college campus as well as online degree programs, Ashford meets the diverse needs of individuals pursuing integrity in their lives and in their communities. Students may earn an associates, bachelor’s, or master’s degree online, while campus students in Clinton, Iowa may earn a bachelor’s degree. Whether on campus or online, Ashford students enjoy the same supportive community. For more information, please visit or call Shari Winet, Vice President of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.


About Bridgepoint Education

Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE:BPI) harnesses the latest technology to reimagine the modern student experience. Bridgepoint’s technologies, including Thuze® and Waypoint Outcomes, enhance the way people learn in the digital age. Bridgepoint owns three academic institutions – Ashford University, University of the Rockies, and Denver Learning Institute. Together, these programs, technologies, and resources represent a unique model for advancing education in the 21st century. Bridgepoint stands for greater access, social learning, and exposure to leading minds. For more information, visit or call Shari Winet, Vice President of Public Relations, at 858.668.2580.