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Marni Baker Stein

Marni Baker Stein

Provost, Chief Academic Officer | Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Dr. Marni Baker Stein serves as Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Western Governors University, developing and implementing programs that improve student access and success in higher education.

Areas of Expertise: 

Competency-based Education, Innovation, Higher Education, E-Learning, Instructional Design, Distance Learning, and Leadership

Education: 

University of Pennsylvania: Ph.D., Educational Leadership  2008

Penn State University: M.A., Speech Communication and TESOL  1992

Penn State University: B.S., French  1990

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Media.

Video.

Biography.

Dr. Marni Baker Stein is Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Western Governors University where she leads WGU’s academic programs, faculty, and supporting design, evaluation and student experience teams. In this role, she is accountable for driving the university’s focus on academic quality and student success.

Stein has more than 25 years of experience in designing and scaling programs to improve access, affordability, and student success. Prior to joining WGU, she worked for several educational institutions in the U.S. and abroad on the development and administration of pioneering high school, undergraduate, graduate and continuing and professional programming models delivered through competency-based, online, and hybrid formats. These institutions include: The University of Texas System, Columbia University in the City of New York, The University of Pennsylvania, The University of California Santa Barbara, The Pennsylvania State University, SUNY Buffalo (Latvia), and the United States Information Agency (Turkey, Japan).

Stein has a Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum from the University of Pennsylvania.

Event Appearances

SXSW EDU, 2019-03-05
Understanding Students as Consumers of Higher Education  Austin, Texas

SXSW EDU, 2017-05-13
How Data and Automation Humanize Student Experience  Austin, Texas

Selected media appearances and articles.

Ep. 15: Online Learning's Outlook for the Fall

Inside Higher Ed, 2020-07-21

Many questions loom about remote learning in coming months. Will online offerings from colleges be more sophisticated? What steps need to be taken to ensure academic quality in online learning? And will short-term credentials be more popular?



 

How WGU aligns students' educations to employers' needs

edScoop, 2020-06-23

As the COVID-19 pandemic changes the workforce and the types of skills that workers need, Western Governors University is focused on improving its skills-based education program to help students and industry professionals document their skill sets for employers.


 

How WGU Is Filling the Skills Gap

Campus Technology, 2020-04-20

Western Governors University is known for innovation in pursuit of student success. Its latest initiative takes that out of school and deep into the hiring process. 

It consists of two components: a tightly structured process for skills mapping (connecting course competencies directly to workforce needs) and a group of dedicated "skills architects" (those doing the mapping).

What's Next: Could coronavirus change the credit hour as we know it?

Education Dive, 2020-04-08

When faculty are teaching courses designed for the classroom remotely, how can they be sure students are learning as intended? As Baker Stein notes, replicating that course online in short order is a challenge, she noted, because the tools and capabilities for learning in the digital domain don't match up so neatly with what's available in the classroom. 

WGU’s new initiative to help connect students with job skills

Pahrump Valley Times, 2020-03-02

Western Governors University has partnered with a labor market analytics firm to help map the skills and competencies WGU students acquire that employers are looking for in the job market.



 

Identifying Local Skills Gaps

Inside Higher Ed, 2020-02-28

New report from Emsi explains how regions can use data to identify skills gaps, which vary wildly across cities and even within industries, and what that means for higher ed.







 

The quest to scale undergraduate education online continues, but can it work?

Education Dive, 2020-01-10

EdX and other learning companies are enlisting traditional universities to help create more inroads to college, but earlier attempts at doing so point to potential hurdles.​

Uncharted Territory: A Guide to Reimagining Higher Education

Stanford University, 2019-10

An exploration of how institutions, including WGU, are charting new paths and designing for the student experience in higher ed.

 

Competency-Based Learning, Personalization, and the Rise of the ‘Multiverse’ in Education

Civitas Learning, 2019-10-09

In this podcast conversation, Marni helps us unpack the particulars and potential of WGU’s competency-based learning model. 

With Skills Mapping, Colleges Create A 'Universal Language' to Explain Value

Education Dive, 2019-06-24

While community colleges and online programs such as Western Governors University have used skills mapping for years, four-year schools are increasingly interested in meeting this demand, said Sheila Martin, vice president of economic development and community engagement for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. 

5 Ideas for Change in Higher Ed from SXSW EDU

Education Dive, 2019-03-11

With a growing focus on performance-based state funding and student outcomes, colleges want to be sure their graduates can find gainful employment. That's raising calls for colleges to bolster their career services offerings and more directly connect curriculum to skills required in related professions.

 

The Rise of Colleges Without Classes or Professors

Voice of America, 2019-03-02

Marni Baker Stein says the people who set up Western Governors University in 1997 knew there would be a growing need for different methods of higher education.

Stein told VOA that in recent years, more and more nontraditional students have been entering U.S. higher education. 
 

5 ways data humanizes the student experience

eCampus News, 2018-03-30

One online university is leveraging data to improve teaching and learning.






 

Creating Leaders for a Shape-Shifting Future

Wall Street Journal, 2018-01-01

The knowledge economy “is moving at the speed of light. It’s a really important question for higher education to deal with, especially in professional education,” says Marni Baker Stein. “The focus needs to be on skills and competencies for the future of work and not just what’s needed today.”
 

Movers and Shakers: Marni Baker Stein

Inside Higher Ed, 2017-07-12

The Opportunity at WGU: Stein has spent most of her career to date helping well-established traditional universities -- Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and most recently the 14 campuses of the University of Texas System -- "move toward learning-centeredness" and adopt new approaches to personalized learning.