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Higher Education Advisory Council

The members of the IELTS USA Higher Education Advisory Council are leaders in their fields in the higher education sector. They represent undergraduate and graduate education, public and private institutions, and the TESOL profession. 

The responsibilities of the Board include but are not limited to:

  • informing the Executive Director and staff about trends in higher education that are relevant to IELTS USA
  • advising the Executive Director and staff about IELTS USA issues, policies, and strategic plans
  • serving as an ambassador for IELTS USA publicly in everyday work situations, and at conferences and meetings
  • assisting the Executive Director and IELTS USA staff with introductions to specific non-recognizing institutions
  • being available to the Executive Director and staff of IELTS USA for individual consultation
  • recommending and recruiting potential Board members.

The inaugural Higher Education Advisory Council meeting took place on September 11–12, 2015 in New York City, and we had the opportunity to discuss the current state of IELTS in the US and worldwide with representatives from US colleges and universities. The council members offered open and candid feedback on potential new IELTS programs, services, strategic communications, and plans for the future. We look forward to continuing this dialogue with them moving forward. 
           

IELTS USA Higher Education Advisory Council members

Name Title Institution
Tom Atkinson
Associate Dean, Graduate School
Purdue University
Doug Christiansen
Vice Provost for University Enrollment Affairs, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Vanderbilt University
Jane Dunphy
Senior Lecturer, English Language Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Deborah Hefferon
International Education and Cross-cultural Communication Consultant
 
Jason Kahabka
Associate Dean for Administration
Cornell University
Tatiana Mackliff
Executive Director of International Education
Miami Dade College
Shelley Saltzman
Associate Director for Curriculum and Assessment, American Language Program
Columbia University of New York
Steven Shaw
Assistant Vice Provost and Director of International Admissions
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Timothy Stanne
Assistant Dean for Graduate Admissions, Law School Admissions
New York University School of Law