Matt Bergman

Matt Bergman

Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
Room 370 - College of Education
matt.bergman @

Educational Background

  • PhD, Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, University of Louisville
  • MA, Higher Education Administration, Appalachian State University
  • BS, Sports Management, Physical Education, Health Education, Union College

Teaching Areas

  • Undergraduate: Prior Learning Assessment, Needs Assessment, Instructional Strategies and Group Facilitation, Measuring and Evaluating Effectiveness, Supporting Organizational Change, Project Management
  • Graduate: Organizational Change and Consulting, Organizational Analysis, Adult Learning and Development

Research Interests

  • Adult Student Persistence
  • Prior learning assessment
  • Degree completion programs (accelerated adult degree completion)
  • E-Learning and distance education
  • Adult Degree Completion
  • Student Athletes
  • Military Students
  • Higher education administration


  • Logistic Regression
  • Case Study

Honors & Awards

  • Educators’ Hall of Fame Inductee – Union College – 2018
  • Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) South – Outstanding Faculty Award – 2018
  • Complete College America Fellow - 2018
  • Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) South Distinguished Program Award - 2016
  • Outstanding Faculty Member for Adult Student Learners (Metroversity, 2015)
  • University of Louisville Faculty Favorites 2010-2019
  • NACADA Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit, 2012

Professional Memberships

  • Online Learning Strategic Planning Committee 2012
  • Celebration of Teaching and Learning 2011 Executive Planning Committee
  • Veterans & Military Student Task Force
  • University Wide Advisory Council
  • Kentucky Adult Learner Initiative
  • NACADA – National Academic Advising Association
  • KACADA – Kentucky Academic Advising Association
  • Honors Council
  • Welcome Weekend Committee
  • KASCAC – Kentucky Association for College Admission and Counseling
  • NACAC – National Association for College Admission and Counseling
  • Orientation Advisory Committee
  • Chair of Speed School Scholarship Committee
  • LeaderShape Advisory Board

Selected Publications

  • Bergman, M., Strickler, B., Osam, K. & Ash, D. (2018) Engineering the benefits of learning in the new learning economy. The Journal of Continuing Higher Education. 66 (2), 67-76.
  • Bergman, M., & Herd, A. (2017). Proven leadership = college credit: Enhancing employability of transitioning military members through prior learning assessment. Advances in Developing Human Resources. 19(1), 78-87.
  • Bergman, M. (2016). From Stopout to Scholar: Pathways to Graduation through Adult Degree Completion Programs. International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development. 8(4), 1-12.
  • Bergman, M., Gross, J. P. K., Berry, M., Shuck, M. B. (2014). If life happened but a degree didn’t: Examining factors that impact adult student persistence. Journal of Continuing Higher Education. 62 (2), 90-101.
  • Bergman, M., Rose, K., & Alagaraja, M. (2015). Asynchronicity, Access, and Attainment: Best Practices of an Adult Degree Completion Program. Handbook of Research on Innovative Technology Integration in Higher Education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Bergman, M., Rose, K., & Shuck, M. B. (2014). Adult degree programs: Factors impacting student persistence. Building Sustainable Futures for Adult Learners: Adult Higher Educational Alliance (AHEA). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Selected Presentations

  • Bergman, M. (2018, December). Four Reasons All Colleges and Universities Should be Offering Prior Learning Assessment. Complete College America (CCA) National Convening. Chicago, IL.
  • Bergman, M. (2018, November). Student Veterans Pioneering PLA. Council for Adult and Experiential Learning National Conference, Cleveland, OH.
  • Bergman, M. (2018, October). Translating Experiential Learning into College Credit. American Association for Adult and Continuing Education National Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • Bergman, M. (2018, April). Accelerating the Pace and Rate of Graduation with Prior Learning Assessment. Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) South. Austin, TX.
  • Bergman, M. (2012 October) Recruit, retain, graduate: Increasing adult learner persistence to graduation. Presented at National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) National Conference, Nashville TN
  • Bergman, M., & Williams, M. (2011, November) The changing face of alumni: The implications for a growing base of adult learners in our universities. Presented at Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Kentucky Conference, Lexington, KY.
  • Pentecost, M., & Bergman, M. (2011, October) Elevating your leadership skills. Presented at National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) National Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Bergman, M., Anthony, M.D., Atkinson, J. (2009, September). Returning to college: Implications for adults and universities. Southern Association of College Student Affairs (SACSA) Hilton Head, SC.
  • Bergman, M., Hampton, B., Johnson, T., Pentecost, M. (2008, October). Coaching employees to Reach their highest potential. Presented at National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) National Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Bergman, M. (2008, December). Re-orientation of adult learners: Strategies for successful assimilation to the new academic experience. University Wide Advising Conference Sharing Event, Louisville, KY.