Allison G. Jones
Vice President, Postsecondary Collaboration
Allison G. Jones is the Vice President for Postsecondary Collaboration. Allison is responsible for advancing Achieve's college- and career-ready mission through work with the postsecondary community, including leading the higher education engagement strategy for the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
Prior to joining Achieve, Mr. Jones was with the California State University for 25 years, 23 of which were with the Office of the Chancellor where he served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Student Academic Support, coordinating support to 23 campuses in the areas of K-12 academic preparation, enrollment management, and student support services. He also led CSU's Early Assessment Program (EAP), the largest effort in the nation to use a college readiness test in high school, enabling students to place into credit bearing courses based on their high school performance. In addition to providing a clear signal to students of their readiness for college level coursework, the EAP also led to specialized curricula and supports to help students get ready for college during their senior year of high school. The program was recently expanded to the California Community College System and has become a national model for higher education and K-12 collaboration. A similar system is envisioned in PARCC.
Mr. Jones served on several systemwide, statewide, and national advisory committees that address college readiness, enrollment management, transfer, financial aid, and remediation issues. He is the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education in June 2007 and reappointed in July 2008 to serve a term that expires in September 2011. The Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance provides advice and counsel to the U.S. Secretary of Education and Congress on student financial aid policy issues. He also served on the ScholarShare Investment Board as a California State Senate appointee, the California Governors Interagency Coordinating Council on the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems, the Governor's California Veterans Education Opportunities Partnership, the College Board as trustee from 2005 to 2009, and California’s P-16 Council, which examined ways to improve student achievement at all levels and link preschool, elementary, middle, high school, and higher education to create a comprehensive, integrated system of student learning.
A native Californian, Allison earned his bachelor's degree in English literature and master's degree in counseling from the University of Redlands. He resides in Washington, DC and Los Angeles.
Phone: (202) 419-1575