Board of Directors

Gretchen Bataille Senior Vice President, American Council on Education 2013 Walter Bumphus President and CEO, American Association of Community Colleges 2012 W. Robert Connor Senior Advisor, The Teagle Foundation 2012 Judith Eaton, Chair President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation 2014 Richard Ekman President, Council of Independent Colleges 2013 Peter Ewell Vice President, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems 2014 Paul … Read more Board of Directors


Zaneeta E. Daver, Associate Director Zaneeta Daver holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Penn State University, a Masters of Arts degree in Higher Education from New York University, and has completed coursework in the College Student Personnel PhD program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to joining the Alliance, she … Read more Staff

Executive Director

David C. Paris David C. Paris is Executive Director of the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability. The Alliance aims to improve student learning through voluntary and cooperative professional efforts to significantly improve assessment of, and accountability for, student learning outcomes. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges … Read more Executive Director

Board Chair

Judith S. Eaton Judith S. Eaton is president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the largest institutional higher education membership organization in the United States. A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities. CHEA works with the presidents and chief … Read more Board Chair


For much of American history, there has been considerable deference to, and confidence in, our colleges and universities as providing the best higher education system in the world. The past twenty years or more the traditional deference shown to higher education has been gradually replaced by increasing questioning and criticism. Business leaders, public officials, and … Read more History


The Alliance, an advocacy-focused organization, will lead and support voluntary and cooperative efforts to move the higher education community towards gathering, reporting on, and using evidence to improve student learning in American undergraduate education. The Alliance envisions a self-directed, professional higher education community that produces an increasing number of college graduates with high quality degrees in preparation for work, … Read more Mission