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Andréa Rodriguez

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Andréa Rodriguez
Director, Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU)


  • September 26, 2019
  • As part of a two-day cross state meeting themed: Educate for Opportunity, the panel focused on a partnership on coordinating higher education institutions and credentialing bodies to bolster student success and career outcomes as we prepare for the future of work. Andrea shared examples of innovations APLU/USU member institutions are doing around the future of work and shared ways states can collaborate with higher education institutions to connect traditional academic pathways.

  • September 1, 2020
  • In a new post for Project APPLY, APLU/USU’s Andréa Rodriguez and Dr. Laura Couturier, Principal of HCM Strategists, emphasize the importance of creating nimble learning pathways critical to support and serve today’s students following the COVID-19 era. Read the article here.

  • September 28, 2021
  • Andréa Rodriguez, Director of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, co-authored a chapter on certification-credential pathways in Certification-Degree Pathways: Aligning Undergraduate Curriculum to Industry Credentials and Professions.

  • November 19, 2021
  • Andréa Rodriguez, Director of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, presented on certification-degree pathways at the 2021 Council for Adult and Experiential Learning Conference. Watch the presentation here.

  • May 2, 2022
  • Andréa Rodriguez, Director of Urban Initiatives for USU at APLU, presented on universities systemizing change and how APLU and USU help scale these transformational efforts via the Frontier Set work at the 2022 American Educational Research Association Conference in San Diego, CA.

  • June 15, 2022
  • Andréa Rodriguez, Director of Urban Initiatives for USU at APLU, presents on building STEM Pathways between 2- and 4-year institutions at an AAAS Summit in early June.

Andréa Rodriguez now serves as Director of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities.

Before her promotion to Director, Andréa served as Assistant Director, where she played a crucial role in advancing student success, university transformation, and 21st-Century workforce efforts.  Her extensive experience and knowledge in the higher education space, with a particular emphasis on equity, access, and social justice, gives her the ability to lead cross-institutional student success projects.  Andréa has now assumed full leadership of the Frontier Set initiative, a major Bill and Melinda Gates grant in APLU/USU’s portfolio.

Her commitment to supporting higher education systems, community, and university partnerships, across the APLU and USU networks, will help advance APLU/USU’s collective impact efforts.

Andréa earned her B.S in English Literature and her M.A. in Liberal Studies with a focus on Secondary Education from The College at Brockport, SUNY. She later pursued a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration with a focus on Student Affairs from George Washington University. She is currently completing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Management, focusing on Education Policy at Drexel University.

Andréa is the daughter of immigrant parents from Ecuador and Uruguay and a first-generation high school graduate, whose language is Spanish.