State Authorization Team at System

Christine Galdston, J.D., LLM, CCEP
State Authorization Compliance Specialist

Christine provides state authorization compliance support across all University of Colorado  campuses. She researches and disseminates pertinent information, reaches out to state regulators, and develops and assists with implementing solutions as required by federal and state law and the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). With 15 years in higher education and focus on regulatory compliance and state authorization, Christine is familiar with the federal state authorization regulation and its evolution as well as the concurrent development of SARA. | 858-539-9766

Deborah Keyek-Franssen, PhD​
Associate Vice President for Digital Education & Engagement

Deborah works with colleagues across the system to establish national leadership for CU in the areas of teaching and learning with technology, online education, massive open online courses (MOOCs), access to higher education, and student success. As a resource to the CU campuses, and in collaborative support of their efforts, Deborah assists with the campuses' implementation of digital and online education solutions, including MOOCs and other teaching modalities and initiatives.

From 2007-2013, Deborah served as the director of academic technology on the CU Boulder campus, where she oversaw strategic planning for the use, implementation, and evaluation of educational technologies, and the evaluation of emerging technologies for potential use in teaching and learning. She serves as the director of the Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology (COLTT) Conference, and is a co-director of the Colorado Coalition for Gender & IT, which undertakes research and develops programs to increase the number of girls, women, and underrepresented minorities in IT education and work.

Deborah is a graduate of Dartmouth College and completed her Ph.D. in German Literature at the University of Michigan, where she also earned a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, and a graduate certificate in Women's Studies. | 303-860-5671

Jaimie Henthorn, MFA, PhD
Program Manager and COLTT Conference Coordinator

Jaimie Henthorn facilitates numerous projects across the four University of Colorado campuses as director for the Office for Digital Education and Engagement at CU System. This includes her work on the CU System Coursera portfolio, specifically the production of the Coursera healthcare specializations: Become an EMT, Newborn Baby Care, and School Health. She also contributes to Coursera marketing and communication efforts, facilitates faculty recognition, and onboards new faculty to Coursera instruction. Other office roles include overseeing state authorization and compliance, contributing to the office’s all-campus support of High Impact Practices (HIPs) and Open Educational Resources (OER), and directing and innovating the annual Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology (COLTT) conference, a regional cornerstone for educational technology in the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Henthorn is a lecturer in the College of Architecture and Planning at CU Denver and has prior experience in many facets of the University's international affairs. Henthorn is a 2018 artist fellow with Black Cube Gallery Denver where her latest performance work incorporates VR technology. She received a BA from Northwestern University, an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art, and a PhD in Artistic Practice as Research at University of College London. | 303-860-5693


State Authorization Advisory Committee

The State Authorization Advisory Committee provides expertise and guidance in support of System and campus efforts related to state authorization and international regulations.

2015 - 2018 Committee Members

University of Colorado – Boulder

William Kuskin, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Education Innovation and Special Projects

Geoffrey Rubinstein, Director at Continuing Education


University of Colorado – Colorado Springs

Jennifer George, Associate Counsel

David Moon, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning


University of Colorado – Denver

Karyn Hardy, Research Counsel Attorney

Nelia Viveiros, Special Assistant to Provost