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AUTHOR PROFILE: Allison Barber | Chancellor, Western Governors University Indiana
Current Position and Past Experience
Allison Barber is the Chancellor of Western Governors University Indiana. Prior to this, Barber was the President of Sodenta, a strategic communications firm she established in Washington D.C. At the same time, she served as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University.

This followed her time with the Department of Defense, where she spent over seven years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Internal Communications. She also served as a Public Liaison, where she had oversight of a number of the Department of Defense’s outreach programs.

Barber has extensive experience in public relations and advertising. She was President of the Washington D.C. office of PlowShare, a Connecticut-based advertising agency. From 1992 to 1998, she was a Public Relations Director for the American Red Cross. From 1986 to 1991, Barber was a grade school teacher at Merrillville Public School in Indiana and served as Vice President of the Teachers Association.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Barber holds a BS in Elementary Education from Tennessee Temple University and a MS in Elementary Education from Indiana University.


STORIES BY: Allison Barber | Chancellor, Western Governors University Indiana

AUDIO | Developing and Implementing Competency-Based Learning

The following interview is with Allison Barber, the Chancellor of Western Governors University—Indiana. Western Governors University was instrumental in the introduction of competency-based learning in higher education. In this interview, Barber discusses the value of the competency-based model of higher education for adult students, and explains how adopting this model…

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