Dr. Stephen C. Ehrmann
Former Grant-Maker, Consultant, and Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, George Washington University
Key Interview Takeaways
Stephen C. Ehrmann is a former grant-maker, consultant, and vice provost for teaching and learning at George Washington University. He has a forthcoming book, Pursuing Quality, Access and Affordability: A Field Guide to Improving Higher Education, which will be published in early 2021. In his book, Ehrmann uses a study completed on the recent histories of six colleges and universities simultaneous improvements in quality of learning, equitable access, and affordability. He draws on salient findings on how institutions are more likely to attain such 3fold gains if, over the years, they assemble a constellation of mutually reinforcing institutional strengths and initiatives. Ehrmann also notes that crucial to such constellations are appropriate educational strategies for inclusive excellence such as first-year learning communities, undergraduate research, and service learning. He emphasizes that, to sustain such teaching and learning activities on an institutional scale, its constellation must also include enough re-aligned institutional practices and features (e.g., learning spaces, reward systems, transcripts) that sustain a new normal.
His various roles and positions have centered around educational uses of technology, including online learning; the ways in which institutions and programs can change themselves; and strategies and tools for evaluation and assessment. Previously, he was founding Vice President of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Group (TLT Group) and Director of the Flashlight Program for the Evaluation of Educational Uses of Technology. He also served as Senior Program Officer with the Annenberg/CPB Projects; Program Officer with the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), and Director of Educational Research and Assistance at The Evergreen State College. He has a Ph.D. in Management and Higher Education from MIT.