Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

November 9, 2017

Episode 11: Provosts and Digital Pedagogy

From the 2017 Educause conference, Casey Green moderates a college provost panel discussion exploring digital learning and its impact on the college completion agenda. Guests include Charles Cook of Austin Community College, Laura Niesen de Abruna of York College of Pennsylvania, and Patricia Rogers of Winona State University.

Additional Resources:

Association of Chief Academic Officers

Winona State University Digital Faculty Fellows


As provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Austin Community College, Dr. Charles M. Cook oversees all programs relating to instruction and student services. He is currently leading the school’s implementation of guided pathways, a strategy embraced by community colleges nationwide to provide students a clear roadmap to on-time completion and personalized guidance to help them stay on track.



Dr. Laura Niesen de Abruna is the provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at York College of Pennsylvania. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the “Provosts, Pedagogy and Digital Learning” grant, awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as the past president of the Association of Chief Academic Officers.



Dr. Patricia L. Rogers is the provost and vice-president for Academic Affairs at Winona State University. She was awarded the first Minnesota Online Council’s Pioneer Award for leadership in online teaching and learning. She is also a Higher Learning Commission peer-evaluator, specializing in online learning and distance programming.



Moderator Bio

Casey Green

Casey Green, the moderator and co-producer of To A Degree, is the founding director of The Campus Computing Project, the largest continuing study of eLearning and information technology in American higher education. Check out his blog, Digital Tweed, and follow him on Twitter at @DigitalTweed.



To A Degree is produced for the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation by G2 Education. Jinny Goldstein, the co-founder of G2Ed, is the executive producer of To A Degree.