Dr. Tracy Chapman oversees the academic solutions vision at Collegis Education. With two decades of experience working in higher education, Chapmen previously served as the dean of the School for Professional Studies and associate provost for Distance Education at Saint Louis University (SLU). Prior to joining SLU, Chapman served in several roles at Creighton University, including instructional designer, as well as leading an IT unit supporting technology-enhanced programs in pharmacy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Chapman also directed the Center for Academic Innovation at Creighton and served as the assistant dean for the College of Professional Studies.
Chapman has always had a passion for education and teaching. Before working in higher ed, she taught special education in Texas and Nebraska. She’s authored/co-authored articles and book chapters on the pedagogy of teaching online and presented at numerous workshops focused on preparing faculty for moving their teaching and learning to the online environment.
What special insight do you have that contributes to Collegis’ success and how did you get it?
In 1999, I transitioned from teaching special education for grades K-5 to working for a mid-sized university. The institution was an early adopter of online education for health science programs and blended programs. The success of these programs, and the 30 additional programs started over the course of the next 15+ years, required focused work with students, specialized accreditors, institutional leadership, faculty and staff. Providing the support required to deliver quality education at a distance, building the infrastructure and partnerships to do so and demonstrating success through data were key to growth of distance education enrollments.
What do you consider your top successes over the course of your career?
Helping universities build organizational capacity to launch and grow distance education programs, reach new audiences and increase access to post-secondary education. Also working with institutional leaders to build trust and acceptance of online education and new educational models among faculty.
Why did you join the Collegis team?
Collegis’ values and emphasis on forming true partnerships with their university clients, not simply transactional relationships, set them apart to me. Over several years working as a client, I experienced first-hand the stellar work Collegis brings to their partners. I was excited to join Collegis’ academic solutions team and to work with our partners and the higher education community to explore, adopt and advance innovative solutions.