These two institutions of the University of Wisconsin System are led by one chancellor and are integrated at the administrative level to provide cost-effective educational opportunities to Wisconsin's 5.7 million residents. UW Colleges, which serves almost 14,000 traditional and nontraditional students, is comprised of 13 freshman/sophomore campuses around the state and UW Colleges Online. UW-Extension partners with 72 counties, three tribal nations, and statewide and local public and private organizations to bring lifelong learning to Wisconsin's children, youth and adults.
As leader and chief administrator of UW Colleges and UW-Extension, Sandeen is responsible for the academic, financial, development and administrative aspects of both institutions. She reports to the UW System president and Board of Regents.
Sandeen previously was vice president for education attainment and innovation at the American Council on Education (ACE), the nation's largest and most visible association representing all sectors of higher education. She provided oversight for ACE's efforts to increase postsecondary educational attainment, capitalizing on her expertise in technology and higher education innovation, nontraditional students, prior learning assessment, and alternative credentials. She also oversaw ACE's Center for Education Attainment and Innovation, including major grant programs, the ACE credit recommendation service, veterans' programs and development of new initiatives.
From 2006 to 2012, Sandeen served as dean of UCLA Extension at the University of California Los Angeles. Serving more than 50,000 students per year, UCLA Extension is one of the nation's largest programs reaching nontraditional students with a variety of innovative programs.
Sandeen has more than 22 years of leadership experience at three University of California campuses. Prior to joining UCLA, she served for six years as vice provost and dean of University Extension and the summer session at University of California Santa Cruz. There she focused on strengthening ties with Silicon Valley companies and governmental and community organizations and expanded international programs and partnerships. Prior to UC Santa Cruz, she held several positions at University of California San Francisco.
A prolific writer and speaker, Sandeen has published and presented widely on various aspects of educational innovation and nontraditional students and has received major grants. She is the 2009 recipient of the Research and Scholarship Award by the University Professional Continuing Education Association.
Sandeen earned a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Utah and a Master of Business Administration degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in 2010-11. A complete curriculum vitae is posted at /chancellor/documents/cathysandeenresume.pdf.
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