EEQ Certified programs foster a distinctive set of attributes in their graduates. These qualities are intended to prepare graduates to make important contributions in their workplaces.
The qualities are not specific to any discipline, field, or industry, but are applicable to most work-based, professional environments; they represent the knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences that help ensure that graduates are not only ready for their first job, but also support learners’ foundation for a lifetime of engaged employment and participation in the rapidly changing workplace of the 21st century.
Graduates of EEQ CERT Programs are:
These eight Essential Employability Qualities, developed based on research from the QA Commons’ 2016 pilot study, are defined here. Additionally, programs participating in EEQ CERT are scored on five categories that represent a comprehensive and integrated framework for employability:
The five certification categories are defined here.
EEQ CERT portfolios are reviewed by a body of independent reviewers. Reviewer recommendations are sent to a a sub-committee of the Board of Directors for final certification decisions.
“Employers are telling us what they look for and need in their employees. [EEQ CERT] builds bridges from the classroom to the workplace to fulfill those needs, while adding significantly more value to the degrees our students earn by their ability to thrive in a rapidly changing workplace over the duration of their careers.”
－ Aaron Thompson
President, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
The 21st century workplace has changed dramatically — as have the needs of society for an educated citizenry. New QA approaches are needed to respond that:
Enhancing strategic connections among post-secondary and higher education institutions, academic programs, and employers is vital. Actions can include:
Students are increasingly diverse in terms of age, preparation, racial and ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic status, and attendance patterns. Higher education can:
Research and results from our EEQ Pilot Program developed criteria to certify practices that support EEQ development, which entails the “cognitive and social development of learners as individuals, professionals, and social citizens.”
Learn more about what our participants said about the experience
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