American College of Education President Shawntel Landry leaves after ‘transformational’ 13-year stint as online university leader


INDIANAPOLIS, May 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The American College of Education (ACE), accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a leading provider of affordable online higher education, announced that its President, Dr. Shawntel-Landrywill be stepping down after nearly 13 years in college leadership positions.

Landry, who oversaw an era of record student growth and the institution’s outstanding performance in its finances and across all specialty areas, said she plans to take some time off to consider the next steps in her centered career. on education.

She will stay until September 30 to assist the Board of Trustees in filling the most senior position and facilitating an orderly transition to ACE, widely recognized for offering high-quality and affordable doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees, as well as micro-degrees and higher level certificate programs.

“I have had the privilege and honor of leading this incredible college of talented people for an extraordinary time,” Landry said. “Now is the time to move on to the next chapter of my life’s work, and I leave knowing that our faculty and staff are well positioned to maintain the momentum that has seen ACE provide much-needed support to professionals at scale. national.”

The Board of Directors will begin a national search for a new President and CEO, a title and scope change that reflects recent program enhancements and ACE’s growth plans, including educational partnerships offering online credit courses for teacher license renewal and professional development; expansion of STEM, health and wellness, and other related degrees; and accelerated efforts to help students realize an immediate return on their investment.

ACE’s unique model of using real-world experience in its courses allows faculty to share their expertise with students for practical application in daily practices, networking, career advancement and more.

“We are indebted to Shawntel, whose dedication to excellence has made our college a stronger, more vibrant and more visible institution. It was a transformational tenure that elevated ACE as a leader in higher education programs in She has been instrumental in setting us on a path to even greater eminence and impact, and we wish her the best in her future endeavours,” said the Chairman of the Board of administration, Dr. Jeri Nowakowski.

Landry, an advocate of student-centered approaches to scalable operations and programming, joined ACE in 2009 as senior vice president. Becoming president in 2013, she led the college in developing a new mission, vision and strategic plan. This included the addition of the new disciplines of health, nursing and business.

Under his leadership, ACE’s student population grew by more than 100%, with more than 7,500 current students and a network of more than 31,000 alumni in 50 states and 84 countries.

ACE has kept costs low, with 85% of students graduating without student debt. Since 2012, students have received more than $9 million in scholarships and institutional grants, including $1.9 million in the most recent year.

Program expansion has been a major focus, as the graduate college that began with two primary educational offerings now has 75 programs and bachelor’s, master’s, honors, and doctoral degrees in education, health care, nursing and business.

“Together we have grown the college in so many ways, touching so many lives,” Landry said. “All of this has been achieved through our mission, our heart for service, and our commitment to a student-centered culture. I look forward to seeing the college continue to prosper and grow.”

ACE ranks first among institutions of higher education for the number of degrees it has awarded in key, competitive disciplines, based on the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education. This includes being #1 for most degrees awarded in Health and Wellness Education, STEM Education, and English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education.

It is the #2 conferred degree in Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, and Literacy. At the Master of Education level, ACE is ranked third for most degrees conferred nationally. At the Doctor of Education level, ACE is ranked ninth for most degrees conferred nationally.

Currently, ACE has eight state-level nonprofit partnerships, two national nonprofit partnerships, more than 2,300 academic or educational partnerships, more than 250 health and business partners. Together, these partnerships help ACE reach more than 3 million professionals across the country.

Among other milestones during Landry’s tenure:

  • Across all programs, a 90% satisfaction rate among students and an overwhelming job readiness rate.
  • Employer satisfaction with graduates was rated at 95% in a survey last year.
  • Six consecutive years of Best Places to Work awards in Indiana.
  • A winner of the Top Workplaces 2022 UNITED STATES award, a national award recognizing its support for a flexible, inclusive and innovative environment for all employees.
  • Winner of four Q1 2022 Culture Awards as part of National Best Workplaces UNITED STATES program: innovation, work-life flexibility, leadership, and purpose and values.
  • The first company of Indiana which is both a certified B Corp and a public benefit corporation, highlighting its commitment to community development, sustainable programming, and extensive scholarship opportunities.

Prior to joining ACE, Landry worked in K-8 classrooms, then served as a writer, editor, and program director for Voyager Learning. She has also worked in higher education as a researcher at the Lyle School of Engineering in Southern Methodist University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in gifted education from University of Louisiana-Lafayetteand she holds an MBA and a doctorate in instructional leadership from Texas Christian University.

About the American College of Education The American College of Education (ACE) is an accredited, 100% online university specializing in affordable, high-quality programs in education, business, leadership, healthcare, and nursing. Indianapolis-based ACE offers more than 70 innovative and engaging programs for mature students seeking doctoral, master’s, or bachelor’s degrees, as well as micro-degrees and graduate-level certificate programs. In addition to being a leader in online education, ACE is a Certified B Corporation. Certified B companies are leaders in a global movement to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

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SOURCE American College of Education


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