Jason Elwood has worked in higher education since 1995 at two different higher education institutions and two private companies. After two years at Ball State University implementing a transfer articulation system, Jason joined Miami University’s DARS organization to develop a system for statewide transfer advising. The system was initially implemented by Ohio and Arizona then by seven other states. Additionally, Jason assumed responsibility of leading the Ohio implementation effort and participated in the Ohio Board of Regents’ transfer initiative for over ten years.
Within five years, Jason became the director and looked to expand the organization’s reach into student success. During time at Miami, the organization expanded degree audit efforts to include transfer articulation and student planning. The transfer and degree audit systems were reengineered for modern technologies and refactored for current delivery methods and service models. Additionally, a third major product focusing on student planning and tracking was developed and introduced to the market in 2007. By 2009, the student planning system was in use by over thirty schools. The systems today are still used nationwide.
Throughout his career, Jason has consulted with numerous institutions, state educational agencies, and legislative personnel, both at the state and federal levels. He has presented at local, state, and national meetings on transfer articulation, degree audit, data exchange standards and student success issues and systems. In 2009 Jason led the transition of redLantern from Miami University to a private company. Within two years, the company was transformed into a profitable company. Jason left CollegeSource (successor to Miami DARS and redLantern) as the President at the end of 2010 to pursue consulting opportunities to assist related businesses and institutions pursuing student success efforts including leading the CCA Seal of Approval project.