"Today, alternative credentials are serving exactly what employers and workers need. At UPCEA, we are very excited about the transparency the registry brings to help elevate alternative credentials."
- Amy Heitzman, Deputy CEO and Chief Learning Officer, University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)
Higher Education Advisory Group
Chair, Vice President, Strategy, Research & Advancement
American Council on Education
Louis Soares joined ACE in June 2013 as vice president for policy research and strategy and head of the Council’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy. With more than 20 years of experience in postsecondary education policy and practice, Soares is responsible for further positioning ACE as a thought leader on emerging trends in higher education. While at ACE he published two landmark papers, "Post-Traditional Learners and the Transformation of Higher Education" and "Evolving Higher Education Business Models."
In 2016, the Council expanded Soares’ responsibilities to include organizational strategy with a focus on advancement. In this role, Soares leverages decades of experience in campus-based and nonprofit organization fundraising to enhance the Council’s relationships with corporate and philanthropic partners. Soares has developed and successfully implemented projects with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, TIAA Institute, ACT, Verizon Foundation, Fleet Bank, CVS, Bank of America, U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor.
Prior to coming to ACE, Soares served as the director of the postsecondary education program and fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a premier Washington, DC based think tank. Prior to CAP, he served as director of business/workforce development under Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri and as director of education partnerships for the Rhode Island Technology Council. Additionally, he was a small business consultant with the U.S. Peace Corps in Romania.
Soares was appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve on the National Board of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education in 2011-14.
He holds a master’s in public administration from Harvard University (MA) and a bachelor’s in business economics from Brown University (RI).
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Miami Dade College
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Associate Provost for Student Success & Accreditation
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
University of Arkansas
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of California - Riverside Extension
Chief Academic Officer
University System of Georgia
Vice Chancellor, Provost
Texas Lutheran University
Joellen Everham Shendy
Associate Vice Provost, Registrar
University of Maryland University College
President and CEO
Kansas Board of Regents
Senior Vice President for Strategy and Chief Learning Officer
University Professional and Continuing Education Association
Vice Provost for Extended Studies
University of Central Missouri
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Chief Academic Officer, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
Associate Vice President, STEM Innovations and Strategic Planning
North Carolina Community College System
Dean, School of Professional and Continuing Education
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers