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.

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Transition in Leadership

Ralph Wolff, who founded and served as President of QA Commons, will be stepping down as President June 30th and serving as Senior Advisor to support the new leadership team for the next several months. He commented that “It has been a privilege to work with so many team members, faculty, portfolio reviewers and Faculty Fellows these past five years. We have developed and implemented a set of processes and products that have brought a focus on Essential Employability Qualities (EEQs) at a critical time for higher and postsecondary education and demonstrated that these EEQs can be built into any academic, general education, workforce or certificate program that serves the needs of learners and employers without sacrificing the technical and academic content of these programs.” The QA Commons is pleased to announce that the Board has appointed Mason Bishop as the new President and Rebecca Busacca as Executive Vice President for Accreditation and Certification Services.

Mason brings 25 years of experience in employment policy, workforce development initiatives, postsecondary education and training, and entrepreneurship, and has the rare experience of having worked at both the federal and state/local levels in both workforce development and postsecondary education. He understands the strengths of, and challenges faced by, workforce agencies, community colleges and universities, federal agencies, and community organizations. I particularly enjoy implementing new initiatives, program reforms, and new business processes–improving service delivery and opportunities for people to be upwardly mobile. Mason has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the US Department of Labor, Legislative and Marketing Director for the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, Public Affairs Director for the Utah Department of Workforce Service, Vice President at Salt Lake Community College, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Rebecca has served as CEO and Founder of Accreditation Advisors for 14 years, advising colleges, universities, and the public workforce system on business planning, policy development, and strategic partnerships. She also spent 12 years with the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), which identifies, evaluates and enhances the delivery of continuing education and training through an independent peer-evaluation process.

QA Commons is excited to embark upon this new chapter and build upon the visionary and foundational work led by Ralph. In addition to delivering a robust toolkit of best practices to its certified and candidate institutions and colleges, the QA Commons will augment its offerings with a suite of training and professional development opportunities. Additional priorities include increasing recognition of EEQ CERT at the state and federal level, including departments of corrections, and leading an expansion across the work-based continuum to include secondary education and workforce development. The new QA Commons’ team, along with its collaborative partners, will work to strengthen and scale initiatives and reaffirm the commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

 

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