The Commission on Education Attainment and Innovation (CEAI), an advisory committee of the Center for Education Attainment and Innovation, has appointed Dr. John Cain, assistant vice president of Distance Learning at Saint Leo University, to a three-year term on the commission. CEAI operates under the American Council on Education (ACE).
Dr. Cain oversees Saint Leo’s Distance Learning program, which provides continuing education center students, who have already taken classes at one of the Saint Leo education centers, a convenient Internet-based method to supplement the courses taken in traditional classrooms. Saint Leo has more than 40 teaching locations in seven states and a robust online program.
The CEAI helps guide the activities of the Center and its programs. It also advises the staff on lifelong learning trends and other matters pertaining to its programs and services. It reviews policy statements, guidelines, and principles of good practice on adult learning issues, and, where appropriate, submits recommendations for board action.
Programs within the CEAI include:
• Military Programs, including military evaluations and registries (for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Marine Corps)
• Corporate Programs, including the College Credit Recommendation Service, Credit by Examination Program, and civilian registries (a series of computerized educational recordkeeping systems that list ACE-evaluated courses)
• Research related to adults and their access to, and success in, higher education
The Center also includes the College and University Partnerships unit, which works with 2,000 institutions that consider and accept ACE credit recommendations as well as veterans programs, a broad-based effort to promote access and success in higher education for service members and their families. The Center provides thought leadership, information dissemination, and advocacy for emerging innovative practices in higher education.
Dr. Cain, a 29-year U.S. Navy veteran, began his naval career in 1971, enlisting as an E-1 seaman recruit. He retired in 2000 as a Chief Warrant Officer (CWO-4). He served for 16 years aboard three different classes of submarines. He later transferred to aircraft duty and then shore duty.
He holds an associate of science degree from Mohegan Community College in Connecticut, a bachelor of science degree from Southern Illinois University, and a master’s of business administration in individual financial planning from the City University at Bellevue, Washington. He completed his Ph.D. in educational leadership with a specialization in eLearning from Trident University International.
Dr. Cain began his employment with Saint Leo University in 1993 as an adjunct professor. He also was director of its Langley Education Center for a brief period.