Valerie Martin Conley

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Valerie Martin Conley

Professor and Dean, College of Education
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Valerie Martin Conley is dean of the College of Education, University of Colorado Colorado Springs. A nationally recognized university administrator, higher education researcher, author, and professor, she has served as chair for the Department of Counseling and Higher Education at Ohio University, where she also taught courses on institutional research, assessment, management of higher education and policy.

Conley has extensive experience in university administration, research and private industry and has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Virginia and Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech.

Professional Achievements

  • Served on the board of directors for the Association for Institutional Research and chaired the association's Higher Education Data Policy Committee.
  • Received the Ohio University Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award.
  • Served as consulting editor for Community College Review and on the editorial review board of Innovative Higher Education.


February 2013
Colleges and universities sponsor retirement plans—both defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC)—to provide retirement income security for their employees. Plan sponsorship in higher education appears successful relative to other sectors of the economy.