Susan Aldridge Appointed Senior Vice President of Drexel University for Online Learning

Susan Aldridge Appointed Senior Vice President of Drexel University for Online Learning

Susan Aldridge has been appointed Senior Vice President for Online Learning. In a letter going out the Drexel Community, the President of Drexel University said

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Susan brings 17 years of higher education leadership experience and has built an international reputation as one of the premier innovators in online and distance education. She is the perfect choice to lead the strong commitment to online learning at Drexel that I announced in June. She will be responsible for building an administrative division that provides comprehensive services focused on the unique needs of online students and pursues new approaches to online curricula, teaching and student tracking that improve retention and learning outcomes.

In her current role as senior fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Susan researches and writes about critical topics including university growth strategies, technology-mediated models of education, student enrollment and retention and adult education including education of military students and veterans. She is a frequent keynote speaker at higher education conferences, and serves as a consultant to university presidents, government officials and business leaders. Susan co-authored a book Wired for Success that will be published by AASCU in October.

From 2006 to 2012, Susan was president of the University of Maryland University College. Under Susan’s leadership, UMUC grew to serve 94,000 students in online, in-class and hybrid degree programs, becoming the nation’s largest state university. She helped make UMUC a model for how to provide high-quality education in flexible formats around the world, with significant student populations in the United States, Asia and Europe. She launched new academic programs in areas of workforce shortage including cybersecurity, cyber forensics, data analytics, homeland security and STEM teaching, and led the redesign of all undergraduate courses to better map to industry requirements. UMUC also pioneered information systems to track student success.

Previously, Susan was vice chancellor of Troy University’s Global Campus, serving as chief executive for the university’s degree programs in 17 states and 14 nations as well as its eCampus. She served on the faculty of the National University of Singapore, teaching management, organizational behavior and policy analysis and researching health and aging policy. She also held a series of governmental positions in Denver, Colorado. She is a graduate of Colorado Women’s College and received her master’s and doctorate degrees in public administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Drexel has undertaken a challenging but exciting reimagining of our online education enterprise. Forward-thinking leadership will be critical to our success, and I am confident that Susan Aldridge is the right leader to make Drexel one of the world’s premier providers of online learning.

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