The QA Commons is mindful of the dramatic and transformational impact COVID-19 is having on all institutions of higher education. As an organization, we are adapting our services to support preparing graduates for the workplace that is now changing more precipitously than ever.
QA Commons’ core offerings are centered on its Employability Framework, consisting of the eight EEQs and five standards of care. Additionally, QA Commons brings its expertise to existing projects, adapting strategy and design in order to achieve goals related to learners’ ability to succeed in a meaningful career.
The Employability Exploration engages instructors, advisors, and staff in the topic of employability and identifies both strengths and gaps in delivering employability skills and preparing learners for the evolving world of work.
The Exploration is quick, easy, inexpensive, and powerful.
QA Commons delivers a set of individualized technical assistance tools, such as workshops, academies, and individualized coaching focused on embedding Essential Employability Qualities (EEQs) into curricula, effectively engaging employers, and integrating the Employability Framework’s five standards of care.
QA Commons awards EEQ Certification (EEQ CERT) as an indicator of full Employability Framework adoption. It is the hallmark of quality in delivering education and training programs aligned to employability.
EEQ Certified programs are now able to provide their students with digital badges, through Credly, around each of the eight Essential Employability Qualities.
QA Commons assesses an organization’s current performance in delivering employability and career readiness services to determine gaps and prioritize needs and provides customized employability solutions and assistance around any of QA Commons’ Employability Standards, such as employer engagement and career support.
“Workforce demand can lead some institutions to teach students the skills needed for today’s entry-level jobs. But those tools may well be obsolete five or ten years from now.”
2017 Chronicle of Higher Education
“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
“I feel like the students will be inspired to do better if we can get them to understand what these essential qualities are and what they mean for future employment.”
Program Director, EEQ Certified (Advanced Manufacturing Degree) Program
“EEQ CERT is valuable for programs across the board. It really pushes the program to take a look at the quality of the program and the skills they are teaching.”
Program Director, EEQ Certified (Medical Assisting Degree) Program
“While institutions have a responsibility to prepare students for careers, it is the faculty who have access and opportunity to fulfill that responsibility. The Faculty Fellows have built projects that maximize their voice, access, and opportunity to improve the academic experiences of students.”
Janna Vice, Director, the QA Commons (and Provost Emeritus, Eastern Kentucky University)
“It is an honor to be able to help other institutions/programs, and also learn from them. We are stronger together.”
2019-20 EEQ CERT Reviewer
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