Mary Beth Lakin

Minnesota State

Mary Beth Lakin is the Executive Director for the Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Network (C-PLAN) at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, a collaborative that supports credit for prior learning (CPL) policy and practice implementation at Minnesota State’s seven universities and 26 colleges. With more than three decades of experience in higher education, Mary Beth has extensive knowledge and skills in building policies, programs, and collaborations.

Previously for 15 years at the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C., Mary Beth developed training and technical assistance in assessing workplace and military training for academic credit. This work involved leading workshops for faculty and cross-functional teams at individual institutions and state systems, and facilitating pathways, articulations and memorandums of understanding across sectors.

Before serving in her position at ACE, Mary Beth directed the Weekend College and experiential learning programs at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and served as an advisor and program coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Degree Studies Program. She also worked as a faculty member in Human Development at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, Calif., and taught Early Childhood Education at Pasadena City College. She earned a Master of Arts in Human Development with a specialization in College Teaching/Teaching Adults at Pacific Oaks College.

What do you hope to learn from the CCGE Fellows program? How to design factors for micro-pathways from certificate to graduate program, with variations including noncredit to credit, CPL, and 21st century skills.