Cathrael Kazin is the chief academic officer for the College for America (CFA) at Southern New Hampshire University, a competency-based online program for underserved working adults. She created the CFA academic competency-based approach and oversees all aspects of its curriculum and assessment development. CFA was the first entirely competency-based program approved by its regional accreditor and the first program approved by the U.S. Department of Education under the "direct assessment" provision of Title IV. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Cornell University, a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School, and an A.B. with highest honors in English from Smith College.
Jeffrey Selingo, an author, columnist and speaker, has spent his journalism career covering colleges and universities worldwide. His book, College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, explores the college of tomorrow — how families will pay, what campuses will look like, how students will learn and what skills will lead to success in the job market. He is a contributing editor to The Chronicle of Higher Education and professor of practice at Arizona State University. His work focuses on the innovative practices of colleges and universities and what they might mean for students in the future.
William Symonds is an internationally recognized education reformer, speaker and author. He helped launch the Pathways to Prosperity Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2008 and served as its director through June 2013. He was the primary author of the seminal report issued by the project in early 2011: Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century. He is working to create the Global Pathways Initiative to help lead a national movement aimed at preparing young Americans to lead successful lives.