Bruce Vandal

Complete College America


Bruce Vandal, Ph.D., is a national expert on remedial education reform strategy. He serves as Vice President for Complete College America (CCA), where he leads remedial education reform efforts and provides key policy leadership on CCA's completion agenda.

Before his role at CCA, Dr. Vandal was the Vice President of Development and Outreach as well as the Director of the Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development Institute with the Education Commission of the States, where he directed Getting Past Go, a Lumina Foundation project that leveraged investments in remedial and developmental education to increase college attainment. He also directed Boosting College Completion for a New Economy, a two-year project supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is working with state legislators to spur economic growth in states through increased college attainment rates. In addition, he was the co-director of the Tennessee Developmental Studies Redesign Initiative, which was a partnership with the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) to reform developmental education courses at TBR institutions funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. Dr. Vandal has also directed projects on aligning education and workforce development policy, teacher preparation, and college access.

Dr. Vandal has published several reports on higher education policy and regularly contributes to two blogs associated with the Getting Past Go and Boosting College Completion projects. He earned his Ph.D. in Education Policy and Administration with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of Minnesota.