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University of Phoenix Vice Provost Selected as Speaker at 2023 AACRAO Technology & Transfer Virtual Summit

By Michele Mitchum

Marc Booker, Ph.D., joined the event to discuss Credit for Prior Learning

University of Phoenix is pleased to share that Vice Provost of Strategy, Marc Booker, Ph.D., was selected as a speaker for the 2023 Technology & Transfer Virtual Summit held July 11-13, 2023. The conference is presented by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). According to AACRAO, more than 500 higher education professionals attend the AACRAO Technology & Transfer Summit each year to explore how technology integrates into campus operations, and how strategic planning can foster innovative approaches to employing transfer credit and policies to facilitate academic mobility and improve student success.

AACRAO is a non-profit, voluntary, professional association of over 11,000 higher education professionals representing about 2,600 institutions in over 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.

“The AACRAO Technology and Transfer Summit is an important opportunity for those of us serving students in higher education to share best practices about transfer credit to increase student mobility and degree completion,” shares Booker. “As an institution founded on serving working adults and recognizing learning obtained from outside of the classroom, it is a privilege to be able to share how we support students with alternative credit types and provide some of the background and history related to credit for prior learning to increase adoption rates with our peer institutions.”

Booker’s presentation, titled “Credit for Prior Learning (CPL): History, Benefits, and Future Applications,” examined the ways CPL continues to permeate higher education and how institutional leaders can make strategic decisions about CPL to support learners. The discussion offered practical information to assist institutions looking to harness CPL and highlighted the benefits for students looking to remain competitive in the current skills market while pursuing a degree.

The presentation was part of a three-day event focused on the technology of transfer and meaningful data exchange, and the ways in which institutions can remove transfer barriers and speed processes that support student decision-making. As one of the driving forces behind skills-aligned learning and badging initiatives at University of Phoenix, Booker brought a wealth of experience to the event.

The University of Phoenix has long used the innovative approach to flexible, adaptable online learning to support an equitable environment. The skills-mapped approach to curriculum supports equitable access to progress; when learners obtain skills in weeks, they gain more immediate value from their education and do not have to wait years for a degree before making career decisions that can be built on skills they are already acquiring.

As Vice Provost for Strategy at the University of Phoenix, Booker oversees critical path academic initiatives to improve the student experience such as learning platform implementations, curricular enhancements, and developing empathetic solutions to drive improved student outcomes through data. Booker also serves as dean of the Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (PACRAO) Leadership Development Institute and was President of PACRAO in 2016. In 2020, Booker received a Hall of Fame recognition from Blackboard for his contributions in providing thought leadership and innovation in education.

Booker has been an employee of the University of Phoenix since 2001.

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