THE EEQ CERT

THE ESSENTIAL EMPLOYABILITY QUALITIES CERTIFICATION

The Essential Employability Qualities Certification (EEQ CERT) is a new form of higher and postsecondary education quality assurance that certifies bachelors, associates, and certificate programs that prepare graduates with the Essential Employability Qualities:

  • People skills such as collaboration, teamwork, and cultural competence

  • Problem-solving abilities such as inquiry, critical thinking, and creativity

  • Professional strengths such as effective communication, work ethic, and technological agility

WHAT THE EEQ CERT WILL DO

For Employers:

  • Provides a signal to employers that a given program prepares its graduates for the world of work.

  • Makes visible quality programs that could become “preferred providers” of talent for employers.

  • Ensures that employers are substantively engaged in the design and evaluation of certified programs.

For Students:

  • Communicates relevance and value of a given program.

  • Provides third-party validation to reduce risk and increase confidence.

  • Gives graduates of EEQ CERT programs a way to communicate the quality of their preparation to prospective employers.

For Faculty & Administrators:

  • Supports and ensures that programs are relevant and valuable given the changing world of work.

  • Provides insights and capacity-building resources for developing and integrating important institutional support services, such as career services.

  • Offers a national learning community to share promising and successful practices across disciplines and institutions.

For Higher Education Leaders:

  • Allows leaders to demonstrate to stakeholders that they are meeting their institutional mission and contributing to the public good by preparing their students for employability.

  • Provides external third-party certification to greatly support efforts in student admissions, retention, completion, and satisfaction; employer and community-based partnership development and satisfaction; and alumni engagement and satisfaction.

THE EEQ GRADUATE PROFILE

  • The EEQ Graduate Profile describes the employability qualities that graduates from EEQ Certified programs can demonstrate.

EEQ CERTIFICATION CRITERIA

  • The Certification Criteria outlines the specific criteria against which programs seeking to obtain EEQ Certification will be evaluated.

ARTICLES ABOUT THIS INITIATIVE

If you’re interested in learning more about this initiative, please contact Melanie Booth at melanie@theqacommons.org