Melanie Booth


Melanie Booth, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of The Quality Assurance Commons and its initial employee. Prior to this, Melanie served from 2013-2016 as the Special Assistant to the President and Vice President of Educational Programs for WASC Senior College & University Commission (WSCUC). In this role, she led and developed all of the organization’s educational outreach activities, including educational workshops, leadership seminars, learning retreats, the Assessment Leadership Academy, and the organization’s annual conference, the Academic Resource Conference (ARC). From 2005-2013, Melanie was the Dean of Learning & Assessment and Director of the Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment at Marylhurst University in Portland, OR. She has also held academic positions at Saint Mary’s College of California, Grays Harbor Community College, and San Diego State University, and most of her postsecondary work has been with and focused on non-traditional (now “new traditional”) adult learners.

Melanie is a recognized expert on Prior Learning Assessment / Credit for Prior Learning, and she has consulted with institutions nationally and internationally about PLA and the assessment of learning from traditional and non-traditional sources. Her other areas of expertise include experiential learning, heutagogy, faculty development, and adult learning and development. She is one of the original co-founders of the international Heutagogy Community of Practice.

Melanie’s Ed.D. is in Educational Leadership and Change – Higher Education from Fielding Graduate University; she earned her MA in Rhetoric and Writing from San Diego State University and her BA in English from Humboldt State University. She is also a graduate of the second class of WSCUC’s Assessment Leadership Academy.