Bruce Vandal is a national expert on college completion with extensive experience working with states, systems and institutions to implement evidence-based reforms that have proven to dramatically improve student success on the critical measures that predict college completion. Currently, Bruce works with states, systems, institutions and higher education policy organizations through Bruce Vandal Consulting, LLC (BVC).
Bruce provides practical technical assistance and professional advice to organizations on the implementation and scale of college completion reforms such as corequisite remediation, math pathways, and guided pathways. Before working at BVC, Bruce was Senior Vice President at Complete College America where he directed projects related to corequisite remediation, math pathways and guided pathways. Before Complete College America, Bruce was the Vice President of Development and Outreach as well as the Director of the Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development Institute at the Education Commission of the States (ECS). At ECS, Bruce leveraged grants from the Lumina Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to lead projects on developmental education reform and alignment of state higher education and workforce development policy.
Bruce was also the Associate Executive Director of a K-16 collaboration of K12 school districts and state postsecondary education systems and institutions called the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (now known as the Minnesota Education Equity Partnership). As Associate Director, Bruce directed programs and research to include the publication of the State of Students of Color report.
Bruce was an academic advisor at the University of Minnesota, financial aid administrator and director of student employment at the College of Saint Catherine and adjunct faculty member at the University of Northern Colorado.
Bruce earned his PhD in Education Policy and Administration and Higher Education Administration from the University of Minnesota.