David Schejbal joined Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning at University of Wisconsin-Extension as dean in 2007. The division works with all 26 campuses in the University of Wisconsin System to increase access to programs, classes and degrees. University of Wisconsin-Extension is a driver of such groundbreaking online programs as University of Wisconsin Flexible Option, the first competency-based degree among public university systems; and the University Learning Store, an alternative credentialing partnership with some of the nation’s top universities; and a number of collaborative online degree and certificate programs offered in partnership with UW System campuses.
Throughout his career, David’s single focus has been on making education accessible, affordable and flexible for working adults. His vision for inventing ways to reach beyond the traditional higher education model to meet the needs of an increasingly changing student spectrum has positioned University of Wisconsin-Extension as a leading voice.
Prior to coming to Wisconsin, David spent eight years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as associate vice chancellor and director of Continuing Education. He received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Connecticut and has taught at Northern Illinois University and Loyola University of Chicago. In 1992 David moved into administration at Northwestern University as director of Summer Session and Special Programs, and then as associate dean of University College, developing intensive courses that enabled students to move through the curriculum more quickly, and building off-campus, faculty-led programs to enable students to gain applied field experiences throughout the United States and abroad.
The recipient of many recognitions and awards, in 2018, David earned the Outstanding Program: Credit Award from UPCEA, the leader in professional, continuing, and online education, for the online Master of Science in Data Science. In 2017, he earned the Outstanding Program: Noncredit Award from UPCEA for the University Learning Store. In 2014, David received the Julius M. Nolte Award for Extraordinary Leadership, which is the highest award given by UPCEA. David also received the Exemplary Service Award from the four Summer Session organizations AUSS, WASSA, NAASS and NCCSS; the University of Wisconsin-Extension Chancellor’s Award for Excellence; and the UPCEA Outstanding Program: Credit Award for the online Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management.
He is a member of the executive committee of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD), a member of the governing board of the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN), and a member of the Board of Visitors of the Army War College. David is a frequent keynote speaker, and his articles about reinventing higher education have appeared in such publications as Innovative Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.
- Rapid Global Changes and the Role of the 21st Century Engaged University. UALL keynote, Oxford, March 18, 2016.
- “Technology, Social Change, and Competency-Based Education: A Brave New World for Higher Education.” TIES keynote, Valdosta, February 18, 2016.
- “Anticipating the Future: The Interface of Higher Education and Changes throughout the World.” UPCEA keynote, Madison, October 19, 2015.
- “Evolutionary Imperatives in Higher Education.” Breakthrough Models Academy, Educause, Chicago, July 13, 2015.
- “The Future of Higher Education: A Paradigm in Flux.” University Professional and Continuing Education Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 1, 2015.
- “Building the Foundation for the Future of Higher Education: Reflections from America’s Leading Foundations.” Moderator, Summit for Online Leadership and Strategy, San Antonio, January 21, 2015.
- “The Regulatory Environment, Direct Assessment, and Title IV.” Wisconsin Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Green Bay, November 6, 2014.
- “Developing Competency-Based Programs.” Breakthrough Models Incubator, Educause, Washington D.C., July 24, 2014.
- “The Case for Competency-Based Education.” Breakthrough Models Academy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, July 14, 2014.
- “New Business Models: The Potential for Competency-Based Education to Better Serve Students.” Lumina Foundation Productivity Capstone Convening, Indianapolis, May 1, 2014.
- “Environmental Ethics Continued: Humans as and Invasive Species.” American Society of Landscape Architects, Madison, March 21, 2014.
- “Competency-Based Education: The New Normal?” American Council on Education, San Diego, March 11, 2014
- “Statewide Strategies for the Delivery of Online Learning: Three Case Studies.” The Summit for Online Leadership and Strategy, San Diego, January 30, 2014.
- “Competency-Based Degree Completion: New and Emerging Models.” The Summit for Online Leadership and Strategy, San Diego, January 30, 2014.
- “Defining Quality in New Direct Assessment Competency-Based Programs.” Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 24, 2014.
- “The Challenges and Opportunities of Competency-Based Education” Panelist, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 23, 2014.
- “The Challenges Before Us: Competencies, MOOCs, and Environmental Education.” Keynote Address, Interdisciplinary Teaching of Geoscience for a Sustainable Future, National Science Foundation Program, Penn State University, June 27, 2013.
- “The Changing Nature of Higher Education.” Keynote Address, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 12, 2013.
- “Environmental Ethics: What Is It, and Why Does It Matter?” Keynote, American Society of Landscape Architects Conference, Oconomowoc, March 7, 2013.
- “New Models for Flexible Degrees and Assessments.” Keynote Address, Senor Administrators’ Forum, University Professional and Continuing Education Association, November 6, 2012.
- “American Higher Education: Past, Present, and Future.” Presented at the University of Washington, Seattle, May 24, 2012.
- "Environment, Society, and Economy: Understanding Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line." Moderator, UPCEA 97th Annual Conference, Portland, OR, March 2012.
- "Caught in the Same Net: The Ocean and Us," with Carl Safina, founding president, Blue Ocean Institute. Moderator, UPCEA 97th Annual Conference, Portland, OR, March 2012.
- "National Workshop on Clean Energy Education." Urbana, IL, October 2011. National Science Foundation Panelist.
- "The Next Big Idea." Keynote Speaker, University of Wisconsin Program Managers Conference, Wisconsin Dells, WI, May 2011.
- "Web-Based Education and Online Learning: Opportunities and Challenges." Council of Environmental Deans and Directors Conference, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, July 2010.
- "Developing Needed Talent for Knowledge Economy Jobs–Rethinking Degree Completion Curricula, Formats, and Constituencies." University Professional & Continuing Education Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2010.
- "Curricular Sustainability and the Future of Higher Education." Keynote Speaker, Illinois Council on Continuing Higher Education Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, February 2010.
- "Right Here, Right Now: a Department Store for Learning." E-Mentor, November 2016.
- "Measuring What Matters." Handbook of Research on Competency-Based Education in University Settings, 2016.
- "Institutional Planning for Massive Change." Planning for Higher Education Journal, July 2016.
- "Communicating the Value of Competencies." Washington, D.C. American Council on Education, 2016.
- “Alternative Credentials: New Ways to Certify Learning.” Unbound. January 2016.
- “The Quest for Demonstrable Outcomes.” E-Mentor. 4/61, 2015.
- Regular contributor to EvoLLLution: “Evolving Credentialing to Meet the Needs of Outcomes-Focused Students.” May 21, 2015; “The Case for Alternative Credentials: Identifying and Avoiding Hurdles to Innovation.” December 2, 2014; “Does Our Credentialing System Work Anymore?” June 6, 2014; “Challenges to Change and Innovation in Higher Education.” August 26, 2013; “Market Differentiation and Cost Savings: The Value of Competency-Based Assessment.” June 18, 2013; “The Evolution of the College Degree Toward Competency.” March 26, 2013; “Politics, Money and Public Higher Education: A Perfect Storm.” January 25, 2013; “Meeting the Storm: The University of Wisconsin Flexible Option.” January 25, 2013.
- “Competency-Based Education: A Natural Extension of Continuing Education.” Centennial Conversations: Essential Essays in Professional, Continuing, and Online Education. Ed. by Daniel Shannon and Robert Wiltenburg. (Washington, D.C.: UPCEA, 2014.)
- "Competency Based Learning Isn’t a Panacea, But May Be One Answer." Inside Higher Ed, March 27, 2014.
- "Pascal's Wager, Betting on Our Future." Continuing Higher Education Review, Vol. 76, 2012.
- "In Search of a New Paradigm for Higher Education." Innovative Higher Education, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2012.
- "Forget Green Jobs." Inside Higher Ed., January 25, 2011.
Research Grants and Awards
- 2017 UPCEA Outstanding Program: Noncredit Award for University Learning Store.
- 2016 UPCEA Celebration of Excellence Award for Innovative Program for University Learning Store.
- 2014 UPCEA Julius M. Nolte Award for Extraordinary Leadership.
- 2011 University Professional and Continuing Education Association Marketing Awards (9 awards in total) for the University of Wisconsin System eCampus; University of Wisconsin Colleges Online; Independent Learning; Quality Educator Interactive; B.S. in Sustainable Management (two awards); Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning (3 awards).
- 2010 Award for Exemplary Service for Serving as the Founding Editor of Summer Academe; A Journal of Higher Education. Award was given by the Association of University Summer Sessions, the North American Association of Summer Sessions, the North Central Conference on Summer Schools, and the Western Association of Summer Sessions.
- 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Program Collaboration.
- 2010 University Professional & Continuing Education Association Outstanding Credit Program Award for the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management; 2 gold medal marketing awards; 1 silver marketing award; 2 bronze marketing awards.