Radio Higher Ed Commentators: Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin and Elise Scanlon
Dr. Kathryn Dodge has campus-based experience in addition to a decade of policy experience as executive director of the New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission (now the N.H. Higher Education Commission), a coordinating state agency with regulatory and fiscal responsibilities. She also understands business due to spending a few years in publishing.
Dr. Dodge applied her academic interests in transitions and human and organization systems to realize a global future for institutions and efficiencies in state government. While executive director at the state agency she managed requests for the establishment of institutions with a main campus abroad. The Commission provided careful consideration and oversight and it has led to international collaborations between institutions and students. With regard to efficiencies, she initiated collaboration with accrediting entities in order to reduce duplication and eliminate contradictions for institutions in order to accomplish consumer protection and quality assurance objectives.
In July of 2011, Dr. Dodge formed a practice that is active on local, national and international levels. This practice currently applies her interests in accreditation and state relations, American higher education delivered abroad and staying active on the campus level.
Dr. Dodge received her Ph.D. in Human and Organization Systems from the Fielding Graduate University, CA, in 2001. She has two Master’s degrees and a Bachelor Arts Degree in Biblical Literature.
She and husband Dave Dodge, a landscape oil artist, make their home in Peterborough, N.H.
Alison Griffin has over fifteen years of professional experience in higher education policy ranging from work on a university campus, to the U.S. House of Representatives, to the private sector. Ms. Griffin is the Senior Vice President, External & Government Relations for USA Funds.
During her professional career, Ms. Griffin has provided higher education consulting services to state and local governments, foundations, corporations, and countries seeking American education as a model. Her experience in higher education policy took shape when she served as a policy adviser on higher education issues to Chairman John Boehner at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce. Following her tenure on Capitol Hill, Ms. Griffin worked for two strategy and advocacy firms, representing higher education clients’ interests in Washington, DC before launching her own government relations and public policy practice in Denver, CO: Miles Above Strategies.
Ms. Griffin serves as a Director on the Executive Board of Delta Delta Delta International Fraternity and a Trustee on the Delta Delta Delta Foundation. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and a member of the Board of Directors at Peak to Peak K-12 Charter School in Lafayette, Colorado. Ms. Griffin serves on the Erie (CO) Economic Development Council.
She earned her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia and her B.B.A. in Organizational Behavior and Business Policy and B.A. in Psychology from Southern Methodist University. Ms. Griffin resides in Erie, CO with her husband, Paul and their two young sons.
Elise Scanlon is a principal in the Washington, DC based Elise Scanlon Law Group, advising institutions of higher education on policy, regulatory and operational matters. Ms. Scanlon also counsels non-profit organizations including accrediting agencies and associations on matters pertaining to higher education policy, governance, management and strategic planning. She has served as counsel on the Education Team in the Government and Regulatory Affairs Group of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.
From 1999-2008, Elise was the Executive Director of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, formerly ACCSCT. As its Chief Executive Officer, she was responsible for managing the accreditation process for 800 higher education institutions. She advised the Commission on strategy, standards and policies, and managed a staff of 37 professionals and a volunteer corps of over 300 evaluators. She was responsible for maintaining ACCSCT’s recognition as a reliable authority on educational quality by the U.S. Secretary of Education. She was appointed by former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings to participate in Negotiated Rulemaking for accreditation, The Accreditation Forum and Test of Leadership Conference on Accountability in Higher Education. While at ACCSCT, Ms. Scanlon worked closely with the Council of recognized National Accrediting Agencies, the Council on Regional Accrediting Commissions the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
Early in her professional career she was a history and government teacher at a private high school in Washington, D.C. Ms. Scanlon is a magna cum laude graduate of Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, where she majored in history and received her juris doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.