One of the nation’s foremost experts in
competency-based learning and assessment, Cathrael Kazin serves as
managing partner of Volta Learning Group, which designs new learning and
credentialing strategies for evolving industries. Much of her work
centers on reimagining postsecondary education to prepare all
individuals for the future of work. She also recently helped Education
Design Lab develop a series of badges for 21st-century workplace skills,
such as resilience and creative problem-solving.
As founding Chief Academic Officer of
College for America at Southern New Hampshire University, Kazin designed
an award-winning competency-based model, which centers around realistic
projects rather than exams and papers. CfA’s degree programs have
enabled thousands of frontline employees to develop workplace-relevant
skills while working full-time. Kazin also served as project director
for a $3.93 million federal grant to develop a competency-based
alternative to remedial education. Before joining SNHU, Kazin led
initiatives to develop next generation assessments for 21st-century
skills as Executive Director of the Higher Education Division at ETS.
She currently serves as a director for the Competency-Based Education
Kazin holds a PhD in English from Cornell
University; a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and an
bachelor’s degree from Smith College.