Kris Clerkin
Executive Director

Higher Ed

  • Online learning
  • Personalized learning
  • Workforce development

Kris Clerkin is Executive Director of College for America (CfA) at Southern New Hampshire University. CfA offers low-cost ($2500/yr), fully online, competency-based degree programs in which students work at a flexible pace to demonstrate mastery of competencies via project-based assessments. Learning coaches guide students to become self-directed learners and help them navigate the program. Faculty reviewers evaluate the projects and provide feedback within 48 hours. CfA is sponsored by major employer partners as a workforce solution and primarily serves non-traditional, working adults. CfA has ambitious goals to serve thousands of students with its low-cost model of personalized learning at scale. Clerkin has many years of experience in the higher education industry including roles as President of Houghton Mifflin’s Higher Education Division and General Manager of Wolters Kluwer Legal Education. She has a BA from the University of Wisconsin and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.