Strada Education Network
As senior vice president and chief program officer, Courtney McBeth is responsible for leading the programmatic work to deploy Strada’s unique combination of philanthropy, impact investments, and research to drive impact. McBeth’s work focuses on the transformation of the postsecondary education-workforce system across all pathways, including industry-led credentials, community colleges, and four-year degrees, to ensure equitable outcomes through and beyond completion for every individual.
Before joining Strada, McBeth worked in the president’s office at the University of Utah, where she led universitywide strategic planning, presidential initiatives, and innovation efforts, including developing an innovative finance model and leading innovation challenges with a coalition of universities to drive economic mobility. Her background also includes managing global and domestic internship programs, executive education and academic programs, student services, and global engagement at Utah’s Eccles School of Business, Sorenson Impact Center, and the Hinckley Institute of Politics.
McBeth, a former Academic and Athletic All-American soccer player, earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and graduate degree in education from the University of Utah. She holds a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. McBeth is on the adjunct faculty at Purdue University and the University of Utah, where she teaches higher education leadership and social impact courses. She and her husband, Mitch, live in Salt Lake City, Utah, and have three children.
Higher education’s measurement of student success is in the midst of an evolution. For nearly five decades, success efforts focused on access, then two decades with completion as the horizon for success, and now the focus is extending to student outcomes beyond completion.