Ken SauerSenior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer, Indiana Commission for Higher Education

    Ken Sauer has been with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education since 1985 and holds the position of senior associate commissioner for research and academic affairs. His duties as chief academic officer for the commission include: making recommendations on proposals for new degree programs; reviewing existing degree programs; analyzing programs with few graduates or low enrollments; overseeing commission student data systems; representing the commission with various external constituencies, such as the Indiana General Assembly; collaborating with other units of state government on inter-agency projects; and undertaking applied research and policy studies. Prior to joining the commission, he served with the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) in Boulder, Colorado. While at NCHEMS, Sauer developed the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP codes), a classification system that is still used annually by all colleges and universities in the United States for reporting degree data to the federal government.

    Joe Thiel Montana