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

  • Accessible Instructional Materials Bill Introduced with Higher Ed., Disability, Publishing, and Tech Groups’ Support
    • Blog

    (September 27, 2016 – Jarret Cummings) The Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM-HE) Act has been introduced in Congress. The bill reflects shared proposals developed collaboratively by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), the American Council on Education (ACE), EDUCAUSE, and other leading higher education associations. The bill replaces an earlier NFB-AAP proposal, the TEACH Act, with one supported by a broad set of stakeholder communities.

  • EDUCAUSE Comments: Distance Education State Authorization Regulations
    • Blog

    (August 30, 2016 – Jarret Cummings) EDUCAUSE joined with other groups in commenting on the U.S. Dept. of Education’s pending requirements for distance education state authorization and foreign government authorization of institutions’ international locations and branch campuses. The letter on the former asked for clarifications to facilitate institutional compliance, particularly through state authorization reciprocity agreements, while the letter on the latter requested removal of the foreign government provisions as detrimental to the operations and academic integrity of international locations/branch campuses.

EDUCAUSE Presentations


ELI Member
ECAR Subscriber

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