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University of Phoenix Vice Provost Doris Savron appointed to UPCEA & AACRAO 2023 Convergence Conference Advisory Board

By Michele Mitchum

Savron brings expertise in higher education, credentialing and student experience to the role

University of Phoenix is pleased to announce the appointment of Doris Savron, vice provost, to the Convergence: Credential Innovation in Higher Education conference advisory board. The Convergence event, which will take place November 1-3, 2023, in Washington, D.C., will examine new and emerging trends and models, especially at the institutional level, in the emergent field of alternative credentials.  

Presented jointly by UPCEA and AACRAO, organizations committed to the development and implementation of innovative credentials, the event aims to bring together key stakeholders in credential innovation to define and develop institutional strategy with respect to alternative credentials.

“I’m delighted to be selected to work with the advisory board and contribute to the programming for this innovative conference,” shares Savron. “As higher education strives to meet the demands of a rapidly changing workforce, this conference presents an opportunity for leaders in higher education to work towards developing alternative credentials that are meaningful and relevant to our students in their chosen career paths.”

Savron's career spans 30 years in healthcare, information technology and academia. In her role as Vice Provost, she oversees strategy for degree, certificate and course offerings, design of curriculum and student learning outcomes for the University. She works collaboratively with her team members to innovate academic solutions that enable the University to provide exceptional student experiences and learning environments to support student success.   

“Doris will bring valuable expertise and experience in this fast-evolving area of the field,” shares AACRAO Executive Director Melanie Gottlieb. “We are pleased that the university supports her contributions to the dialogue. AACRAO looks forward to sharing a seat on the Advisory Board with Doris as we work towards shaping the future landscape of alternative credentials.”

AACRAO is a non-profit, voluntary, professional association of more than 11,000 higher education professionals representing approximately 2,600 institutions in more than 40 countries. Its commitment to the professional development of its members includes best practice guidance on admissions strategies to meet institutional diversity objectives, delivery of academic programs in innovative ways to meet the needs of a changing student body, and exemplary approaches to student retention and completion.  

“We’re so pleased to have Vice Provost Savron join us on the Convergence advisory board,” said UPCEA CEO Bob Hansen. “Her experience and perspective will be of great value as we bring together key leaders in alternative credentials for this groundbreaking new event.”   

UPCEA is the leading association for professional, continuing, and online education. For more than 100 years, UPCEA has served most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America. UPCEA reviews institutions providing online education and identifies whether they meet seven different Hallmarks of excellence. In 2021, University of Phoenix was recognized by UPCEA in achieving recognition across all seven

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