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Carol Twigg
Executive Director
Center for Academic Transformation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Carol A. Twigg is executive director of the Center for Academic Transformation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Center's mission is to serve as a source of expertise and support for those in higher education who wish to take advantage of the capabilities of information technology to transform their academic practices. The Center manages The Pew Learning and Technology Program, a $8.8-million, four-year effort sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts to place the national discussion about the impact of information technology on campus in the context of student learning and ways to achieve this learning cost-effectively. The Center also conducts The Leadership Forum, a series of activities designed to advance the growth of knowledgeable people to lead their institutions, companies and organizations in The Information Age.

From 1993 to 1998, Twigg served as vice president of Educom, a nonprofit consortium of colleges, universities, and other organizations dedicated to the transformation of higher education through the application of information technology. At Educom, she founded the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative (NLII), a coalition of 85 higher education institutions, public policy organizations, publishing companies, and digital industries. The NLII's purpose is to enable the transition from traditional time and placebound methods of education to new forms of distributed, student-centered, network-based teaching and learning modalities. She also initiated the IMS (Instructional Management Systems) project which establishes interoperable standards for online education and training.

Twigg has published widely and given numerous presentations on such topics as the impact of telecommunications on restructuring higher education and training, the need to improve productivity in higher education, engaging college faculty in using instructional technology, and managing information technology in a distributed environment. She was named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential thinkers in the information revolution.

Before joining Educom in 1993, Twigg served as Associate Vice chancellor for Learning Technologies for the State University of New York and director of the Center for Learning and Technology. Prior to that, she served as associate vice president for Academic Programs and Information Technology at SUNY-Empire State College, SUNY's college without a campus, and was responsible for new program development, academic and administrative computing, and enrollment management. From 1977 to 1993, she served in a variety of academic administrative positions at Empire State College.

A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Twigg earned her PhD in English literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo; she has taught at SUNY/Buffalo, the State University College at Buffalo, and Empire State College.

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