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Laura E. LeDuc

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Laura LeDuc

Associate Dean of Planning, Assessment, & Accreditation

B.A. Emory University
J.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Law
[email protected]
(517) 371-5140, ext. 2912

 

I joined the Cooley team in 2009, bringing 10 years of experience in compliance, risk management, and higher education accreditation to the law school’s administration.

As Associate Dean of Planning, Assessment, & Accreditation, I lead Cooley’s assessment and continuous improvement initiatives. I enjoy working with faculty and Cooley’s leadership team to design, implement and evaluate processes that not only improve student learning and success on the bar examination but also assure compliance with all accrediting agencies. One highlight of our continuous improvement efforts is the approval of the school’s first Program Outcomes for the Juris Doctor degree by Cooley faculty in November 2013. The J.D. Program Outcomes serve as the framework for educational assessments by all WMU-Cooley faculty. I also developed and implemented the school’s data collection and control process, which has improved the quality and consistency of institutional data reported both internally and externally.

 
On the accreditation side, I coordinate the school’s compliance with the American Bar Association, the Higher Learning Commission, the Florida Commission for Independent Education, the state of Michigan, and NC-SARA. I lead Cooley’s external reporting, self-studies, accreditation review submissions, and accreditation site visits. These accreditation efforts have led to new campuses, online study approvals, a new LL.M. program in Homeland & National Security, a new summer foreign study program in Oxford, United Kingdom, and Cooley’s affiliation with Western Michigan University.

A proud Emory Eagle swim, soccer, and track alumna, I earned my B.A. in Music from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, I worked as an Assistant Solicitor General in Dekalb County, Georgia. That prosecutorial experience and my background in collegiate athletics led me to becoming the Assistant Athletic Director and NCAA Compliance Coordinator at Agnes Scott College, where I developed and administered the risk management and compliance policies for the institution’s athletics and physical education programs. During my tenure at ASC, I coached the varsity soccer, swimming, and basketball teams, directed the school’s NCAA Self-Study, drafted the athletics and physical education portion of the institutional self-study for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ 10-year review, and co-authored Georgia’s Equity in Sports Act, that state’s version of Title IX. Perhaps most significantly, we built a positive, student-centered athletic department where our athletes excelled in both the playing arena and the classroom.

In my spare time, I have founded two thriving community-based nonprofit organizations: Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool in Decatur, GA, and Trojan Aquatics/Mid-Michigan Raptor Water Polo in East Lansing. I continue to be an avid and active swim coach and soccer player. My focus in these youth programs is on building inclusive communities where children and their families can grow, learn, and enjoy sports together. I have a particular interest in providing a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQIA+ athletes in aquatics.