Navigating the crossroads of higher education requires a commitment to excellence in policy, practice and professional development.

Kathryn Dodge applies education and experience to support success.


"Practitioners who understand and anticipate the implications of policy are well positioned to innovate. "

Kathryn is actively involved in organizations below as co-founder, contributor and commissioner. Use them to deepen your understanding of current, critical policy debates and energize you and your staff on the path toward solutions.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements 

"...an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts."

Kathryn Dodge is a founding board member of NC-SARA.  She was on the U.S. Department of Education negotiated rules panel for Program Integrity in 2008 that informed development of the initiative.

Education Commission of the States

"… created by states, for states, in 1965. We track state policy trends, translate academic research, provide unbiased advice and create opportunities for state leaders to learn from one another."

Governors of New Hampshire have reappointed Kathryn Dodge to four-year terms since 2011.

Radio Higher Ed 

"... a podcast series designed to inform and challenge listeners to consider higher education policy issues and their implications."

Kathryn Dodge co-founded Radio Higher Ed (RHE) with colleagues Alison Griffin and Elise Scanlon. Their first podcast was in November of 2011 and the 60th podcast was broadcast in 2018.

As we considered intentions for 2018 we realize that, after pioneering the podcast world for higher education, it is time to re-imagine the future.  In addition to having learned quite a bit about higher education policy and implications of such, we have also learned quite a bit about podcasting.  In an effort to respond to a recent inquiry, we realize that such learning may be valuable to individuals and organizations.  Consider us a ready resource to apply our learning in an advisory and/or production capacity. 

All podcasts will remain available at the scholars’ repository at the University of New Hampshire.


"Good-intentions translate to success when people and organizations are well equipped."

Through accreditation, classroom, coaching and consultation work focused on strategic, systemic and sustainable efforts, Kathryn expands capacity for success.


Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE).
CAPTE Public member since January, 2015.

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is an accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAPTE grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
ACCSC Public Commissioner since July, 2017.
Program Review Committee member 2015-2017.
Vice Chair 2019-present.

ACCSC’s scope of recognition with the U.S. Department of Education includes the accreditation of postsecondary, non-degree-granting institutions and degree-granting institutions, including those granting associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees, that are predominantly organized to educate students for occupational, trade and technical careers, and including institutions that offer programs via distance education.


Adjunct faculty member at New England College in the Ed.D Education program since Spring, 2013.

Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire teaching in the Ph.D. program in Education 2014-2019. Student committee assignments are ongoing.


Kathryn provides customized solutions that expand institutional and individual capacity to anticipate and innovate. 


"In working with Kathryn, I was struck by the generous focus she maintained—on me, my needs, and goals as I transitioned back to the faculty after 27 years as Dean and Provost. Coupled with the respect she demonstrated for my values and her patience for my uncertainties, Kathryn delivered exactly what was needed." -- Anna DiStefano, Fielding Graduate University.


As acting CEO of Marian Court College crafted the closing process to identify necessary administrative steps and to address the needs of former students.

The American University of Madaba, accredited in May 2011 by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Jordan and authorized to grant degrees by the State of New Hampshire in May of 2013, evolves to embrace the cultural and operational ideals of American higher education.

Professional Development

"We find our voice and our way, in community."

Challenges considered in context with a small group of colleagues become opportunities for innovation. Kathryn founded leadership groups that enable participants to reflect and explore in ways that increase their capacity for creative leadership.

Enrollment Leadership Colloquia

– Senior Enrollment officers consider: pricing pressures, the role of relationships in the context of institutional objectives, how to build teams, and aligning passion with excellence in the profession.

Academic Leadership Colloquia

– Chief academic officers consider emerging faculty roles in the context of a shared governance model, leadership/management in the context of presidential shifts, implications of national policy development, and blurring divisional lines to accomplish academic and organizational objectives. This project is currently on pause.


Kathryn G. Dodge Ph.D.
Founder and Principal
Dodge Advisory Group, LLC

Kathryn Dodge is founder of Dodge Advisory Group, LLC, focused on excellence in policy and practice in Higher Education.  Professional experience rooted in a decade as Executive Director at the NH Higher Education Commission and over 13 years at Keene State, a public liberal arts college in NH, bring perspective to engagements centered on initiatives that are systemic, strategic, and sustainable.

Dodge co-founded Radio Higher Ed, a national podcast that provides information and commentary on education policy issues and their broader implications. She also founded and facilitates affiliation groups for academic and enrollment leaders in New England and has taught policy and leadership in doctoral programs at University of NH and New England College since 2013.

In addition to serving as a public commissioner on Commission for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and Accreditation Commission for Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), she is on the founding board of National Council – State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA).  Dodge works with institutions domestically and globally on efforts aimed at strengthening capacity for institutional effectiveness through a commitment to quality and student success.

Dodge earned a B.A. in biblical literature, M.A.s in organizational development and student guidance and counseling, and a Ph.D. in human and organization systems from Fielding Graduate University with a dissertation focused on the organizational entry process for new college presidents.