WGU Labs Executive Director
As Executive Director of WGU Labs, Jason has combined a non-traditional accelerator with product research and development capabilities to tackle big challenges in education. Under Jason’s leadership, WGU Labs invents de novo EdTech products and provides high-quality research and product design and development services to early-stage mission-aligned organizations. WGU Labs was born out of the Center for Applied Learning Science, which Jason founded in 2018 to increase student outcomes through scientifically sound and engaging EdTech products. The Center was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant with Carnegie Mellon University and won the J-PAL Education, Technology, and Opportunity Innovation Competition. Jason has more than 15 years of experience in data analytics and business intelligence and served as WGU’s VP of Institutional Research for seven years. In this role, he created the Student Success Research Pipeline and experimented with innovative approaches to improve student outcomes. His Leadership & Communication course won an innovation award from the Online Learning Consortium in 2017. Before WGU, Jason worked at Kaplan University leading the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, responsible for data analytics, assessment, and institutional research. Jason was an early champion of modern data warehousing and leveraging business intelligence to advance higher education outcomes, and he welcomes new opportunities provided by advancements in technology. In his free time, Jason spends time with his family and enjoys Utah's famous snow.