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William Chance is Executive Officer of the Northwest Educational Research Center (NORED) and the nonprofit Washington Higher Education Policy Center (WHEPC). He is a research consultant with experience in most major aspects of education policy and program analysis.

Both as a former state higher education official in Washington and as a consultant, Chance has worked with all types of education sectors, public and private, two-year and four-year, academic and vocational, K-12 through higher education. Present specializations center on institution role and mission refinements and alternative organization and program delivery systems.

Research studies have addressed statewide and institutional long-range planning; governance structures; workforce training; postsecondary education finance; roles and missions; the public policy agenda; environmental scanning, economic development and rural revitalization, and public school improvement.

Chance has worked closely with institutions of higher learning, state higher education boards, higher education associations, governors' offices, state legislatures, local school districts, blue ribbon commissions, citizens' groups, state departments of education, foundations and others, in many states.

He is former Executive Director of a blue ribbon higher education study commission in Washington and a former Deputy and Interim Executive Director of Washington's Council on Postsecondary Education.

Chance also is a former member of the research faculty of the University of Washington, a past "Scholar in Residence" to the Western Governors' Association, and author of the book entitled "...The Best of Educations," which was prepared under the auspices of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Ohio State University. He resides in Olympia, Washington with his wife, Alice, and their two golden retrievers, Sadie and Sydney.



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