A new model for Transnational Education
ZCo Global Partner Solutions was founded by a group of experts in American post-secondary education, all with a strong commitment to providing increased access and opportunity for global learners.
The mission of ZCo GPS is to expand access to American degree programs to motivated learners around the globe. We partner with innovative American universities and international learning centres to create and deliver affordable pathways.
Key to our mission are these strategies:
- We make it possible for international learners to complete American degrees in-country. Many motivated learners cannot travel to the United States to study. We partner with American universities with high-quality distance learning systems that provide an excellent student experience.
- We make completion of American degrees affordable for global learners. We understand that American education is expensive – especially when seen on a global scale. We work hard with our American university partners to keep tuition costs low, and we have developed innovative pathways that allow local students to receive credit for learning programs they have already completed.
- We support local, in-country colleges and other learning centres with professional services to successfully offer American degree pathways to their students. These include transcripting, marketing and student advising support.
Who we are
Tracy Zaiss, PCM
Tracy’s background is in marketing, having built her own marketing firm and supported many large brands. Today her work is concentrated in post-secondary education, with an emphasis in adult learning opportunities.
She has been a founding member or active officer of many related boards, including the Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha, the Urban League, and the CAEL Learning Counts Advisory Board. She is a Lifetime Achievement award winner of the American Marketing Association, and has won numerous marketing awards.
She has an MBA and is a Professional Certified Marketer.
Mike Echols, PhD
Mike’s driving passion is for opening opportunities for adult learners around the globe. His book, Your Future is Calling, is a highly referenced and respected guide about how adult learners can focus on and afford rewarding learning opportunities and is a sought-after speaker on the topic. In addition Your Future is Calling, Mike is a noted expert in corporate learning, with specific focus on ROI. He has written three books on the topic, including ROI on Human Capital Investment, Competitive Advantage from Human Capital Investment and Creating Value with Human Capital Investment. Mike founded the Human Capital Lab at Bellevue University, which measures the impact of learning in corporations. Mike has received numerous awards from industry groups for his work in corporate learing and development, including Best Corporate Learning Resource and one of the “Top 20 Most Influential Training Professionals in the U.S.” by Training Industry, Inc. Mike joined ZCo Global Partner Solutions in 2015 as a director and advisor.
Todd Eicher, J.D.
Todd Eicher has dedicated more than 20 years to the education industry as an innovative leader and executive. During this time Todd has served in a variety of capacities including Senior Vice President, Executive Director, and Chief Mergers and Acquisitions Officer for Nelnet, Inc. More recently Todd served as the CEO of Nelnet Enrollment Solutions, CUnet, Sparkroom, Petersons, and Smart Degree; helping students prepare to pursue their higher education goals, and working with schools to effectively market to and enroll high quality student candidates. Todd is currently the COO of ZCo Global Partner Solutions, in addition to being the Founder and CEO of TME Ventures, LLC, focused on investing in and partnering with education services and technology companies. Additionally Todd has extensive experience serving on boards of directors, including 3the 5280 Solutions, Infinet, Next Gen Solutions, Campus Guard, Invite Education, Infovisa, First National Life, and Affordable College boards. Todd is a graduate of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and the University of Nebraska College of Law.
James Hyman, PhD
James Hyman joined ZCo Global Partner Solutions in 2015 as Vice President, International. Prior to taking this position he was Director of International Education, Excelsior College. Dr. Hyman has been involved in developing innovative pathways for adult learners from around the world to attain American college degrees for more than decades. Both as an academic and as an administrator, Dr. Hyman has worked intensively to develop educational and financial resources that have enabled adult learners to further develop academic and vocational training throughout their lives.