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Ken Sauer | Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer, Indiana Commission of Higher Education

Ken Sauer | Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer, Indiana Commission of Higher Education

Current Position and Past Experience
Ken Sauer is currently Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer at Indiana Commission for Higher Education. His on-going responsibilities include: new program approvals and program reviews; transfer, dual credit, and early college policies and programs; campus mission statements/policies; Executive Director of the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education; CHE liaison to the Higher Learning Commission; and a member of the Governor’s Health Workforce Council.

He also leads the Credential Engine Indiana initiative, serves as a member of Credential Engine’s Higher Education Advisory Committee, and is Co-Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation Phase I Grant to Credential Engine, in partnership with CHE. Ken provides leadership for the Indiana e-Transcript Program and Indiana’s statewide participation in the AACRAO-NASPA-NILOA Comprehensive Learner Record initiative. He contributed to the White Paper on Interoperable Learning Records recently issued by the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board.

For the past 13 years he has been the Governor’s designee on the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), where he is the immediate Past Chair, a member of the M-SARA Steering Committee, and co-founder of the Compact’s Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit. He also serves on the NC-SARA Data Committee.

Previous employers include the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, where he helped lead the development of the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP), which NCES still uses for annually collecting data from all U.S. colleges and universities, and developed a projection model for reports to Congress on nursing needs and resources.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Sauer holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Government/International Relations from Claremont Graduate University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. John Fisher College.

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