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.


Karen Miles

Dr. Karen Miles is the newly appointed Executive Director for the Get Focused, Stay Focused National Resource Center. Previously Karen served as the Regional K14 Career Pathways Technical Assistance provider for the South Central Coast Regional Consortium and served as a Senior Project Manager for WestEd. Karen knows that building employability skills and access to work-based learning opportunities are essential for equity in career development.

Karen published a toolkit on better connecting K12 and community colleges: “Guided Pathways Begin in High School” and a dual enrollment handbook “Building and Scaling Effective Practices for Leadership & Implementation Teams”; she also co-authored a middle school career readiness curriculum: “Building a Bridge to Your Future: Developing the Skills and Motivation Necessary to Succeed in High School, College & the Workforce ” and a research paper: “Equity-Focused Dual Enrollment Mathematics: Lessons for Improving the Outcomes of Historically Underserved Students”. Karen is a trained career counselor with over 20 years of experience.

Karen holds a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance from California Lutheran University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management and Development from the University of West London, England.


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