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Deborah J. Bushway, Ph.D.

Deborah J. Bushway, Ph.D.

President & CEO, Northwestern Health Sciences University

Dr. Bushway currently serves as the President and CEO at Northwestern Health Sciences University, and as a consultant to the Lumina Foundation regarding Competency Based Education in Higher Education.  She was previously an Advisor in the Office of the Undersecretary at the Department of Education in Washington, DC.  Prior to this, she pioneered the development and implementation of a successful competency based, direct assessment program.  This delivery model strives to improve transparency of learning outcomes while reducing costs and improving completion rates for adults working to earn postsecondary degrees.  She has expertise in distance education and its surrounding technologies, including LMS, student success solutions, adaptive learning and financial aid delivery.

Dr. Bushway has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, including 17 years with Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and service as the Provost and Interim President at Capella University. She earned both her Master of Science and Ph.D. in Psychology from Iowa State University. She recently co-authored the book “A Leader’s Guide to Competency-Based Education:  From Inception to Implementation”.  Bushway is currently focused on methods of innovation in established institutions, the application of action analytics to higher education and the power of competency based education to support our nation’s educational goals.

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