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Meet the Dedicated, Passionate & Innovative Leaders at Sagence Learning

January 31, 2017

Kelly McCready
Associate Vice President of Sales & Strategy

Kelly has been a dedicated team member since Sagence Learning initially launched its CBE initiatives in 2014.  During this time, she has held several leadership roles, including Director of Product Marketing, CBE Program Manager and Head of Product, with each new opportunity being prompted by the need to resolve a specific problem facing the company as it approaches the new and growing CBE market. As Associate Vice President of Sales and Strategy, Kelly works as a cross-functional member of the business development team to determine client and market needs as they relate to platform sales. Her passion for developing creative and sustainable solutions to difficult problems within a range of business verticals provide a strong foundation for aligning sales activity, service offerings, and academic strategies in order to expand Sagence Learning’s client base and to deliver product and services packages tailored for client and student success. 

Favorite Quote:

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." -Winston Churchill


What brought you to Sagence Learning?

I came to Sagence Learning because I wanted to work at a small company that was focused and able to execute on their goals quickly. Coming from a larger organization, I liked the ability to learn about several different areas of the business and see the results of my efforts first hand.

Additionally, working for a mission driven company is important to me. The accessibility and availability of education is something that affects every person. I am proud and driven going to work each day knowing that I am helping to pave new roads in the higher education space.


What is your role at the company?

I have had the opportunity to wear many hats at Sagence Learning as we have grown over the last three years, all of which have shaped my current role at the company.

Today, I help customers and potential partners understand the ways that our solutions can benefit their students and their faculty. I work with them to identify where the largest educational impact can come from within their school and then support them in maximizing the efficiencies of the internal processes needed for program delivery. I believe that this two-fold approach is important for a strong return on investment for the college or university and thus to delivering affordability and quality for their students.

What’s most appealing to you about our product and services?

I believe strongly in removing time restrictions from learning. When students are given the opportunity to move at the pace they need to truly learn and are provided with direct assessments that enable them to display mastery, employers understand these students are finishing their degrees with skills the job requires. That is authentic career-focused education. This is not always true in traditional education in general, and certainly not true for each student.

Our system supports this type of personalized learning and allows colleges and universities to deliver it at any scale - which is so important for the viability of the competency-based learning method in the long term. 

What’s the most exciting project you’ve worked on? The project I am always most excited about is the next project. We are in conversations right now with so many schools about ways that we can support them in serving more students through personalized outcomes based education. This learning modality is finding traction in higher education that can no longer be ignored. 

That said, working with the team to build and launch our technology for the first time was a pretty exciting experience.

What should people know about CBE (or Sagence Learning) and don’t? 

This is a difficult question to answer because I don’t think that competency-based education is one thing to all people, which is why it is such a positive change for higher education. CBE can be interpreted by each college and university adopting it in the way that best supports their specific learner population and their individual programs of study. This flexibility is why CBE emerged in the first place and standardizing the method or mode of delivery is ultimately not a benefit to the learner. At Sagence Learning we have built a technology that supports all of the different iterations of CBE and are prepared to grow and adapt, as this modality requires.

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Resources

CBE Network.org

A National Consortium for Designing, Developing and Scaling New Models for Student Learning

CBE Info.org

Discover the impact of Competency-Based Education on higher learning and how to implement CBE programs at your institution

HLC Commission.org

Common Framework for Defining and Approving Competency-Based Education Programs

US Dept of Education.gov

Competency Based Learning or Personalized Learning; Transitioning away from seat time.

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SUNY Empire State College piloted their first CBL courses. These findings and recommendations are based on the experiences of Empire State’s coach, faculty, technical staff, and student participants.

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