DAACS is funded by the Department of Education in the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education First in the World grant program. Excelsior College is working in partnership with Western Governors University, Rutgers University, and the University at Albany. DAACS is an open source project. Institutions are free to use and adapt DAACS for the specific needs of their students.

Project Director

  • Jason Bryer, Ph.D., Excelsior College

Co-Project Directors

  • Timothy Cleary, Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • Heidi Andrade, Ed.D., University at Albany


  • Barbara Storandt, ALTA Solutions Group, LLC

Advisory Committee

  • Glenn Braddock, Ph.D., Excelsior College
  • Lisa Daniels, Ph.D., Excelsior College
  • Ronald Dugan, Ph.D., The College of Saint Rose
  • Patrick Jones, Ph.D., Excelsior College
  • Jason Levin, MBA, Western Governors University
  • Darren Walsh, Excelsior College
  • Phil Winne, Ph.D., Simon Fraser University

Other Personnel

  • Marc Verdi, Project Manager
  • Jane Weyers, Grants
  • Bethany de Barros, Grants
  • Patti Croop, Grants
  • Donn Aiken, Information Technology
  • Clayton Dow, Fiscal
  • Chris Valle, Ph.D., Analytics
  • Francesco Crocco, Ph.D., Subject Matter Expert
  • Abbe Herzig, Ph.D., Subject Matter Expert
  • Angela Lui, M.S.
  • Diana Akhmedjanova, M.S.
  • Kara Hogan, Ph.D.
  • David Franklin, M.S.

DAACS is a diagnostic assessment designed to help students transition to college. DAACS provides personalized feedback and links to resources to help them be successful students.

The contents of this website were developed under grant #P116F150077 from the U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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