Jarret Cummings


Jarret Cummings serves EDUCAUSE as Director of Policy and Government Relations. In this role, he oversees association efforts to address federal policy and regulatory issues with significant implications for member interests. This includes serving as the lead contact for such issues; managing the activities of consultants in crafting responses and positions; facilitating cooperation and collaboration with other higher education associations and relevant organizations; and representing EDUCAUSE in related forums and processes under the direction of the President. Cummings also supports the President in working with the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors on federal policy and regulatory matters. Cummings previously worked as a policy specialist in the EDUCAUSE Washington Office. In that position, he advocated on behalf of higher education IT in federal legislative and regulatory contexts and collaborated with representatives of EDUCAUSE member institutions to promote effective institutional IT policies. Cummings has also served the association as special assistant to the president, helping to assess and respond to strategic and tactical issues as well as to support presidential outreach and special projects; and as program administrator for the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), where he coordinated ELI strategic and operational planning as well as delivery of ELI events, services, and resources. Before joining ELI, Cummings provided IT strategic planning, institutional strategic planning, and general management consulting services to institutional clients of SunGard Collegis, which included colleges and universities of all types. He focused on helping institutions link their technological progress to the achievement of their missions and strategic objectives. Cummings began his career as a program analyst administering higher education grant programs at the U.S. Department of Education. After completing a master's in public administration at Syracuse University, he joined the staff of the executive vice chancellor of the California State University system to coordinate a system-wide strategic planning task force. Following that, Cummings worked with the University of North Carolina system as special projects director and later as special assistant to the system CIO. In those roles, he managed system-wide IT strategic planning and network infrastructure planning projects. He also analyzed state and federal IT policy issues for the system president and CIO and coordinated the CIO's participation in the state's joint select committee on information technology. In addition to the MPA, Cummings holds a bachelor's in philosophy from Southwestern University. His personal interests include weight training and science fiction.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • UPDATE Pending FSA Audit Requirement on Safeguards Rule
    • Blog

    (April 17, 2017 – Jarret Cummings) An audit requirement for GLBA Safeguards Rule compliance could be added to institutions’ FY17 audits, although a delay until FY18 has been requested. Input from EDUCAUSE and others will likely lead to a final version that is objective and focused on the Rule’s core elements, but members should talk with their business offices about the audit process and what may be needed to establish compliance.

  • EDUCAUSE Requests Delay Rewrite of Safeguards Rule Audit Requirement
    • Blog

    (April 6, 2017 – Jarret Cummings) Working in partnership with NACUBO, COGR, and NASFAA, EDUCAUSE asked the federal Office of Management and Budget to delay and/or rewrite an audit requirement proposed by Federal Student Aid (U.S. Dept. of Education) that would assess institutional compliance with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) Safeguards Rule starting this year.

  • Higher Ed Libraries ReRelease Net Neutrality Principles
    • Blog

    (April 3, 2017 – Jarret Cummings) EDUCAUSE joined with other major higher education and library associations to update and re-release a set of net neutrality principles that were originally issued in 2014. The groups asked the FCC and the relevant congressional committees to use the principles as the basis for any policy decisions they might make about net neutrality moving forward, given indications that the FCC and Congress may seek to rescind the current net neutrality rules.

EDUCAUSE Presentations


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EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • Policy Advisory Committee
    • ADVISORY, 2015 - 0001
  • IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC)
    • Working Group, 2014 - 2014
  • Government Relations for IT Group
    • HISTORIC, 2011 - 2013
  • Campus Policy Advisory Group
    • HISTORIC, 2011 - 2013
  • ACTI Campus Cyberinfrastructure Working Group
    • ACTI, 2011 - 2011