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

  • Higher Ed Reply Comments Bolster Net Neutrality Support
    • Blog

    A higher education coalition including EDUCAUSE submitted reply comments for the current FCC network neutrality rule-making. The document draws on the public record to reinforce positions in favor of sustaining effective network neutrality protections, either under the existing framework or Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act.

  • GLBA Audit Objective Text Online
    • Blog

    The draft text of the GLBA Safeguards Rule audit objective is now available from Federal Student Aid (FSA). It won’t be final until it is released in the official federal single audit compliance supplement, but EDUCAUSE members can utilize the draft text to inform FY18 audit preparations.

  • DNSSEC Cryptographic Keys to Change on Oct. 11, 2017
    • Blog

    NTIA has released an alert to all networks that deploy DNSSEC regarding the scheduled Oct. 11th transition to new cryptographic keys for the protocol. Any relevant networks that have not rolled over to the new public key by that date may experience service disruptions.

EDUCAUSE Presentations



EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • Policy Advisory Committee
    • Staff Liason: 2015 - Present
  • Core Data Service Revamp 2010 Working Group
    • Staff Liason: 2010 - 2011
  • ELI 2005 Fall Focus Session Program Committe
    • Staff Liason: 2005
  • NLII Program Committee
    • Member: 2004 - 2005