The Advisory Board for Focus EduSolutions serves as an external advisory group to the organization. Members are asked for counsel and advice concerning innovation in competency-based education programs and student learning outcomes as well as efficiencies in Online Program Management (OPM). The Council represents a variety of stakeholders with whom Focus EduSolutions, through its programs, interacts. It serves as a two-way communication channel providing advice and counsel on those issues brought forth to help programs and services offered by Focus EduSolutions continuously improve and evolve.

Dr. Joy Henrich

Dr. Joy Henrich has served as a higher education professional since 2003. She resides in central Wisconsin and is currently a Regional Academic Dean for Rasmussen College, a role in which she provides academic leadership for the institution’s campuses in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. She earned her Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education and Organizational Change through Benedictine University. Her dissertation research focused on the employers’ view of competency-based education. She also holds both a Bachelor of Science (BSM) and a Master of Science (MSM) degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch University.

Eric A. Heiser, Ph.D.

Eric Heiser has worked in higher education for the past 11 years.  Eric was a full-time, Assistant Professor, at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming for six years and taught in the areas of business, management, and criminal justice.  Eric also spent time as a Director and Workforce Training Coordinator during his time with Central.  He has spent the past five years as an academic administrator, serving as a Director, Associate Dean, Interim Dean, and currently as the Dean of the School of Applied Technology and Technical Specialties and CTE Director at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC).  Prior to moving into Higher Education he spent time as a General Manager in the hospitality industry.  He is the Principal/Owner of Heiser Education Consulting, LLC, an education consulting firm specializing in change management.  He has advised numerous colleges in the areas of change management, competency-based education, and leading change through innovation.

Eric has overseen and is currently leading SLCC’s School of Applied Technology to a transition from a clock-hour format into Competency-Based Education (CBE).  He has spent the past five years working in the area of CBE and Curriculum Development and has been involved in helping to change over 13 academic programs during that time. Eric is a reviewer for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in the area of CBE.  He has delivered numerous conference presentations on the topic of CBE over the past two years.  He holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University.


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