Dr. Ashley Finley
Dr. Finley is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean for the Dominican Experience at Dominican University of California. She previously served as the Senior Director of Assessment and Research at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), based in Washington, DC. She is the national evaluator for the Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) project, an initiative dedicated to understanding the intersection of students’ engaged learning, civic development, and well-being.
Dr. Finley’s work with colleges and universities across the United States has focused on engaging faculty and staff in developing student-centered, sustainable practices that support student learning and success with an emphasis on equity and evidence-based standards for improvement.
Dr. Finley’s recent publications include Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices and the edited volume Civic Learning and Teaching, both with Tia McNair; and Making Progress? What We Know about the Achievement of Liberal Education Outcomes—in addition to numerous book chapters and articles. She has participated as co-PI or Evaluator in a number of significant grant-funded projects, including a First in the World (FITW) grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Prior to her work at AAC&U, Dr. Finley held a faculty position in the department of Sociology at Dickinson College. She received her doctorate and master’s in Sociology from the University of Iowa, and a B.A. in Sociology and English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.