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Information Technology and Administrative Management

College of Education and Professional Studies

Dr. Cathy Anderson, Lecturer

Dr. Cathy Anderson, Lecturer

Office: Des Moines 
Phone: 509.963.3850

Originally, from South Dakota and Wyoming I am thrilled to be living and working in the Seattle area.   I started teaching part time for ITAM in the fall of 2014 when the opportunity came along to teach full time for the program.   Teaching for such a great program as ITAM fulfilled one thing on my bucket list: to teach full time and make the move from higher education administration.

 earned a PhD in Business Administration and a Master’s in Public Administration.  I have presented at national conferences such as the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators and MERLOT.  I've also presented at several regional conferences on topics such as distance education, student enrollment, and student retention.

My research passions include quality in distance education, higher education planning,  leadership, community and sustainable development.  Currently, I'm writing a book on effective planning for higher education to be published as an e-Book.

I live in the Seattle area with my husband Lonnie and 2-year-old dog Brandy.  My hobbies include photography, drawing, and painting.  I love exploring the local area and beyond! There are many exciting things to do in Seattle that I've always enjoyed such as theater, concerts and visiting the waterfront.

One of my greatest rewards is to see students make the connection between what they are learning and how it will improve their work, the lives, and their careers. Creativity and imagination are the best motivators for inspired learning.  

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

~Albert Einstein


Ph.D. Business Administration, Trident University International
Master of Public Administration, University of Wyoming
Bachelor of Arts: Social Science, University of Wyoming
Associate of Arts, Western Wyoming Community College


Central Washington University 9/2014 – present
Information Technology / Administrative Management Instructor

Instructor for Customer Relationship Management

Instructor for Leading Change

Ensuring quality course materials and delivery

Advising and communicating with students

Central Washington University 5/1/2013-9/2015
Regional Director

Primary Responsibility:  Coordinating the operations of the Des Moines Center, marketing and promoting the center, building community and campus partnerships Community

Identify opportunities to collaborate with the local community colleges of South King County

Communicate and collaborate with local administrators of the community colleges

Work with community organizations including two chambers of commerce, rotary, economic development  and South King County Society of Human Resource Management to promote and inform business and other interested individuals of the programs and services offered at CWU-Des Moines

Communicate and collaborate with relevant programs and departments at CWU –Ellensburg and the other centers.

Communicate and collaborate with associated faculty and staff on promotional opportunities and program development.

Responsible for the day to day operations of the CWU – Des Moines Center

Maintaining the partnership with Highline Community College

Budget Management

Supervision of staff

Western Dakota Technical Institute (WDTI) 4/2010 to 11/2012
Vice President

Primary Responsibility:  Academic Affairs

Additional Role: In the intervening period between Presidents, handling many of the responsibilities (Jan – June 2012).

Coordinated WDTI efforts and day-to-day operations

Represented WDTI at legislative session, statewide meetings, and other community events.  

Worked with the WDTI Foundation. The foundation exceeded prior fundraising record by more than $200,000.

Presented WDTI reports to the governing board of WDTI twice monthly

Presided over graduation.

Assisted new President with the development of a strategic plan.

In my primary role, my responsibilities have included: Academic (Policies and Curriculum), Administrative (Staffing, Contracting, Negotiations and Budgeting), and Outreach.

Growth of online program offerings from one program in 2010 to four programs in 2012.

Implemented review process for ensuring quality of online programs and courses

Developed two new academic programs

Revision of three academic programs

Developed an academic advising plan

Serving in the role of the Accreditation Liaison Officer for WDTI

Serve on committees tasked with overseeing curriculum and standards


Participated in budget planning under severe economic conditions requiring 10% budget cuts in 2011, and 3% in 2012.  Ensuring minimal impact in core capabilities of WDTI.

Developed a position for Registrar to improve processes in the area of student services

Developed an institutional effectiveness plan to create an evidence based decision making process for WDIT enrollment and strategic planning

Conducted a business analysis and plan for replacement of the Student Information System.

Took the lead role in employee negotiations for Spring 2012

Developed an RFP for outsourcing food services

Reviewed and revised WDTI Institutional policy

Serve on committees tasked with facilities planning, institutional planning, management team

Supporting the importance of college and high school relationships such as dual or concurrent enrollment

Communicated issues and concerns regarding the construction project to the board and leadership team

Participated in the development of the Trade Adjustment Act grant received by the consortium of Technical Institutes in South Dakota

Electronic University Consortium, South Dakota Board of Regents 7/2008-4/2010
Academic Coordinator

Primary Responsibility: Coordination of online programs and courses for the six public universities in South Dakota

Facilitate and coordinate committee activities

Research effectiveness of online learning environment

Develop proposals and justifications for new initiatives

Develop marketing plans

Develop EUC budget and make purchasing decisions

Present reports to the South Dakota Board of Regents

Review courses and programs for quality assurance

Review courses and programs to ensure accreditation criteria are met

Develop surveys and other instruments for measuring effectiveness

Meet with University representatives on a regular basis

Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD)  7/1998-7/2008
Assistant Dean, Student Services

Assumed additional responsibility for the Registrar’s office, academic advisors, financial aid, receptionist, admissions, and recruiting office on the Gillette College

District-Wide manager for the Learning Centers and Adult Basic Education Program

Enrollment management planning

Developed a student housing plan and budget

Developing marketing strategies and budget planning

Designing a one-stop student services center

First Year Experience Project

AQIP Steering committee

District Learning Center Director

Responsible for the supervision and evaluation of  the Writing Center Coordinator,  Instructor Developmental Studies, Trainer; Flexible Learning, Learning Center Assistants, Adult Basic Education/GED instructors, SCOPE Coordinator, Math Center Coordinator, ESL instructors and Literacy Council Coordinator

Duties and responsibilities expanded to include supervision, program planning, and administration of learning centers in a multi-campus college. 

Planning the implementation of a math support center at Gillette College via collaboration with math faculty

Planning the implementation of a writing center at Gillette College via collaboration with English faculty

Planned the integration of Adult Basic Education and Developmental Studies programs to maximize resources available to both programs

Reorganization of learning center programs and services

Ongoing evaluation of services for continuous improvement

SIFE advisor 2003/2004

Established a Pearson Vue Professional Testing Center

AQIP application development team

Instructional Leadership Team member

Student Affairs Committee

Director of Learning Career Center
NWCCD  Gillette Campus

Supervise Librarian, Student Development Coordinator, Trainer, Flexible Learning, and Testing Center Manager, Adult Basic Education/GED instructors, ESL instructors and Literacy Council Coordinator.

District Director ABE Grant Program.

Long-term planning regarding operations and day-to-day operating decisions

Coordinate efforts across the district with similar programs

Budget management and planning

Plan events such as job fairs, fundraisers

Established a paid tutoring program, volunteer tutoring program

Administration of  English for speakers of other languages instruction and tutoring program

Ex-officio member of the Literacy Council Advisory Board

Knowledge of placement testing, advising and student support efforts

CLEP testing, COMPASS, Prometric testing, Learning Styles Assessments, and GED testing

Flexible Learning includes supervision, planning, and facilitation of computer instruction and computer based instruction for Gillette Campus.

Participated on statewide planning committees for the State Adult Basic Education Program

Participated on college committees such as curriculum and standards, employee development, enrollment management, and district council

Responsible for planning and marketing of tutoring programs, Adult Basic Education and GED, and testing center services. 

Coordinate efforts of the DVST programs and services with faculty and staff

Student retention services and college transition planning for DVST students and ABE/GED students

Applied the use of assessment in program planning and planning for student preparation for college level courses

Involved in community planning on a variety of boards and in conjunction with a variety of community organizations

Doubled the student numbers of the ABE/GED program  with a focus on customer service, marketing and program planning

Knowledgeable of the use of Bloom’s Taxonomy in instructional design and course development.

Community fundraising

Represent the college on a statewide level in coordination of the Adult Basic Education program.

Professional Appointments

North Central Association Higher Learning Commission

Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)

Conducted three check up visits

Reaffirmation of Accreditation Panel

Systems Portfolio Reviewer and Lead

Action Project Reviewer

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