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 Network Board.
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.