Elke M. Leeds
Dean and Academic Vice President, College of IT | Western Governors University
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Dr. Elke Leeds is Dean and Academic Vice President of the College of Information Technology at Western Governors University (WGU).
Areas of Expertise:
Information Technology, E-Learning, Distance Learning, Leadership, and Cybersecurity
Walden University: Ph.D., MIS 2007
Kennesaw State University - Michael J. Coles College of Business: M.B.A., Business Administration 1998
Loyola University Chicago: B.S., Finance 1989
Dr. Elke Leeds is Dean and Academic Vice President of the College of Information Technology at Western Governors University (WGU). She joined WGU in May of 2018, after a 20+ year career in higher education at one of Georgia’s largest public universities. Elke holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems. She provides leadership, direction, and focus to inspire innovative programs that achieve student outcomes and meet workforce needs. Her accomplished career includes leading a cybersecurity workforce development team, launching over 70 online degree programs, and improving academic outcomes through the design and implementation of a student focused educational system.
At WGU, Elke sets the strategic vision for 10 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, that currently enroll more than 20,000 students. She coordinates academic and industry partnerships, ensures program quality and relevancy, and expands student professional opportunities. WGU’s offers both graduate and undergraduate cybersecurity degrees which are designed with input from cybersecurity experts and leading IT employers to closely aligned with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and National Security Agency (NSA) guidelines. These online cybersecurity degree programs include multiple industry-recognized certifications including ones from CompTIA, CIW, EC-Council, and ISC².
Women in Technology International: Member
Technology Association of Georgia
Utah’s Women Tech Council
CompTIA Policy Executive Board
Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce Cybersecurity Executive Committee
CIO Dive, 2019-06-11
In an ideal world, hiring managers present a wish list to human resources of 10 characteristics or skills they want in a candidate and the perfect match appears.
In the real word, hiring managers are lucky to find candidates with half of their ideal requirements. They're lucky to find candidates at all.
The competitive talent market requires companies to rethink which new hire skills to target.
Information Week, 2019-01-09
New options are becoming available to help IT leaders get people up to speed quickly. For its part, Western Governors University in Salt Lake City takes a "gig-economy learning" approach, said Dr. Elke Leeds, academic vice president for the college of IT. It's an online method that allows students to demonstrate proficiency, earn industry-standard certifications as they go, and proceed up the career ladder even before completing their degree.
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration
Leeds, Elke M.; Cope, Jim
KSU redefined the MOOC value proposition through collaboration of university leadership and faculty. The new proposition shifts measures of success beyond just course completion to include measures that benefit students, faculty, and the institution. Students benefitted through access to open educational resources, the acquisition of professional learning units at no cost, and the potential of college credit at a greatly reduced cost. Academic units benefited through a mechanism to attract students and future revenue while the university benefited through digital impressions, branding, institutionally leveraged scalable learning environments, streamlined credit evaluation processes and expanded digital education.
Research in Higher Education
Justin D. Cochran, Stacy M. Campbell, Hope M. Baker, Elke M. Leeds
Given the continued issue of student retention for online classes, past research has suggested several “retention strategies” focused on engaging students as a way to reduce their withdrawal rate from these classes. However, a recent study testing the effects of these strategies on retention in online undergraduate business courses (Leeds et al., Int J Manage Educ 7(1/2), 2013) did not show empirical support for the effectiveness of such strategies. Taking an alternative approach that focuses on individual characteristics of students, this study takes a broader view and examines previous research literature on traditional face-to-face classes to determine how individual characteristics of students may be associated with the likelihood of withdrawal from online classes.
INFORMS Transactions on Education
Elke M. Leeds, Ruth A. Maurer
Several studies have shown that communication apprehension (CA) plays a significant role in reducing the effectiveness of oral communication in business settings. To compound this problem, environmental needs for large classes deny students the opportunity to present in the classroom and prevent universities from adequately addressing CA. In this study, digital video was used as a multimedia replacement for in-class oral presentations.
Distance Learning Administration Best Paper Award
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration
Sloan-C Effective Practice Award
Sloan Consortium - Online Learning Consortium
Campus Technology Innovators Award
Tommy and Beth Holder Award for Faculty Innovation
Kennesaw State University