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.


Niesha Ziehmke

Dr. Niesha Ziehmke is Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Planning at Guttman Community College. Niesha is leading efforts to build guided pathways in the majors by elevating the connections within the academic curriculum facilitating transfer and career preparation, all through an equity lens. 

From 2009-2013, Niesha served as Director for First College Year Programs at Brooklyn College before taking on a position in Academic Affairs at LaGuardia Community College where she took on the challenge of improving student success and assessment across the institution. She also taught NYC public high school Spanish for six years. Throughout her career, she has focused on finding systematic ways of improving equity and inclusion in each educational institution she has served.​

Dr. Ziehmke holds a Masters in Education from the New School. She earned her Ph.D. in linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center, with a focus on methods for teaching academic English to students who speak non-academic varieties of English. While working on her doctorate, she administered an Educational Psychology research program in Self-Regulated Learning (SRL). 


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