Kristen Betts

Armstrong Appoints Director of Online Education

(July 19, 2011) Dr. Kristen Betts has been appointed as the first director of online learning at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Most recently, she served as the senior director for eLearning at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Dr. Betts will work collaboratively with academic affairs, information technology services, academic deans, the Office of Faculty Development and the University System of Georgia to develop a new Center for Online Learning at Armstrong. Her responsibilities include developing online and blended programs, curricula, courses and assessment. She will also conduct best-practices workshops on online pedagogy, student engagement, learning outcomes and retention. Additionally, Dr. Betts will work with legal affairs and academic affairs on policy issues, state authorization, compliance and accreditation. She will report to Armstrong's vice president of academic affairs.

“Kristen's extensive experience and leadership in online education will be valuable assets to Armstrong as we strategically expand online opportunities for students and meet their educational needs whether they are on campus or at any location around the world,” said Armstrong President Linda Bleicken.

As the senior director for eLearning at Drexel University, Dr. Betts led innovative online and blended program initiatives across Drexel's 13 colleges and schools and the Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento, Calif., which included more than 90 online and blended programs, 8,000 students, 500 online faculty and approximately $70 million in revenue. She served as the chair of the Online Learning Council and worked closely with the Office of Student Life, the Office of Information Resources & Technology and the Office of Disability Services to expand co-curricular programming to increase student engagement and retention and increase accessibility across all online and blended programs. She was the founding director of the blended Education Doctorate Program in Educational Leadership and Management for the Philadelphia campus and the online Master of Science in Higher Education.

“I am very excited about my position at Armstrong Atlantic State University,” said Betts. “Armstrong truly has a unique opportunity to become a leader in online education. With our outstanding faculty and the strong support of the administration, Armstrong will be able to develop world-class online programs that meet current and future projections for high need careers as well as prepare graduates for advanced studies.”

Prior to joining Drexel, Dr. Betts served as the principal of an educational research company that worked with corporations, government agencies, and educational institutions to maximize administrative operations through data-driven decision-making, strategic planning and eLearning. A representative sample of clients includes the District of Columbia Department of Health, Whitman-Walker Clinic, Fisk University and The George Washington University (GW).

She serves on several national and international advisory boards and as a conference reviewer for several national associations. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN), Journal for Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT), Journal of Online Pedagogy Course Design (IJOPCD) and EQ Review. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees at GW and as president of GW's 52-member Alumni Association Board of Directors representing 220,000 alumni worldwide.

She received her doctorate in higher education administration from GW and her B.A and M.A degrees from the College of William & Mary.