Our response to COVID19

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.


Debra Tervala

Debra Tervala currently serves as the Director of Academic Accreditation and Compliance at Walden University.  Previously at Walden, she served as Vice President of Academics and Operations of the College of Education and Leadership and of the College of Undergraduate Studies.  She has also served as a university provost, a vice president of academic affairs at a large regional community college, a dean, an assistant dean, a program director, and a tenured faculty member.  She has twenty-five years of teaching experience from grade three through graduate and professional school. As a first-generation student herself, she knows personally the power of education to transform the lives of students, their families, and their communities.

Debra has extensive experience with both regional and programmatic accreditation and has served as an Accreditation Liaison Officer at institutions accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  She graduated from the Higher Education Resource Services Management Institute for Women in Higher Education and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Russian Federation as a community college administrator in 2011.

Debra holds a Master of Education in Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum and a Juris Doctorate, both from the University of Maryland.


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