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Jason Levin

Jason Levin

Executive Director, WGU Labs | Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Jason Levin serves as Executive Director of WGU Labs at Western Governors University.

Areas of Expertise: 

Learning Sciences, Leadership, Competency-based Education, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, Data Analytics, Data Warehousing, and Business Intelligence


University of Miami: MBA  2005
Activities and Societies: Beta Gamma Sigma
Graduate Assistantship, Office of the Provost

Florida Atlantic University: B.S., Finance  2001
Activities and Societies: Rugby Football Club cum laude

Social:  LinkedIn



Jason Levin serves as Executive Director of WGU Labs, where he leverages WGU’s unique research capabilities to design, test, and refine learning solutions to support students on their path to graduation and employment. WGU Labs partners with fellow institutions, including Carnegie Mellon University and West Point to further enhance the impact of its data analysis capabilities. Previously, Jason served as the Vice President of Institutional Research at Western Governors University, where he advanced WGU’s data analytics, research, and reporting.  

Prior to WGU, Jason worked at Kaplan University, designing a learning outcome repository that stored the stated learning objectives and grading rubrics for more than 1,000 online courses. He has more than 14 years of experience in data analytics, business intelligence, and innovative approaches to online education.

Levin received his MBA from the University of Miami and holds a B.S. in Finance from Florida Atlantic University.



Event Appearances

The Role of Business Intelligence and Data Science in Student Success
Enterprise IT Summit  Orlando, Florida

Selected media appearances and articles.

More Colleges Use Chatbots to Communicate Online

VOA's Learning English, 2019-10-19

“We’re not trying to create a bot that answers simple questions … or anything like that,” said Jason Leven, the executive director of WGU Labs. “We’re really trying to create an agent that can help … decision making for students.”


Chatting with Chatbots

Inside Higher Ed, 2019-09-06

Chatbots have started to infiltrate every corner of higher ed -- from admissions to student affairs, career services and even test prep. Is that a good thing?


How to use data analytics to improve project outcomes

CIO, 2017-03-20

Worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics is expected to grow to more than $187 billion by 2019 and the project management industry is projected to hit $5.81 trillion by 2020. Here is how some organizations are leveraging data analytics to improve their project performance. 

Where Every Student Is a Potential Data Point

The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2017-04-09

It’s a little strange to hear students being referred to as "potential test subjects" by a college president. But when the college in question is online-only and enrolls 80,000 students worldwide, it makes more sense: The possibilities for...

J-PAL North America’s Education, Technology, and Opportunity Innovation Competition announces inaugural partners

MIT News, 2018-07-06

WGU is partnering with J-PAL North America to rigorously evaluate a suite of four adaptive online interventions that support mathematical thinking and reasoning. The interventions aim to help students cultivate a math mindset, offer concrete strategies to reduce math anxiety, and utilize concept mapping to increase comprehension of key math concepts.

Beyond its population of 95,000 online learners, WGU seeks to understand whether these interventions can improve math and overall academic performance at community colleges.

Western Governors University and Carnegie Mellon University Partner to Develop AI-Enabled Career Guidance Technology

PR Newswire, 2018-10-15

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Western Governors University's Center for Applied Learning Science (CALS) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) a grant to support a project partnership designed to help students navigate the increasingly complex employment landscape. The $700,000 grant will be awarded to the two institutions over three years.

WGU Launches Center for Applied Learning Science

PR Newswire, 2018-07-19

Today, Western Governors University (WGU) announced the creation of the Center for Applied Learning Science (CALS), a nonprofit innovation lab focused on improving student outcomes by combining technology, design thinking, and rigorous research methods. 

University breaks student engagement record–here’s how

eSchoolMedia & eCampus News, 2015-02-05

Survey shows that many students earning degrees online are more engaged than students at traditional universities; faculty involvement still critical to success.

Competency-Based Education, Put to the Test

Education Next

An inside look at learning and assessment at Western Governors University.