Post-completion outcomes are a critical measure of program quality, but have not historically been given the same attention as completion and “student success.” That is changing, with increasing scrutiny from policymakers and the public around post-secondary return-on-investment. Attention to employability is relevant to every field of study.
In this session, we will explore elements of of QA Commons’ Employability Framework, with noteworthy practices and examples within each of the framework’s five standards of care:
Dialogue is welcome and encouraged. Time will be dedicated to a Q&A session.
Associate Professor and Acting Department Head of the Department of English & Philosophy
United States Military Academy, West Point
Dr. (Colonel) Mayer develop the Army’s future leaders by preparing them think and communicate critically, creatively, and effectively and to clearly assess the implications of complex ethical questions. This development primarily occurs through philosophy, literature, and composition coursework, but it also happens in many other ways inside and outside of the classroom.
The intersecting and uncertain futures of higher education, work, and leadership have created challenges and opportunities for people and organizations. His work focuses on preparing people and organizations to thrive in this uncertainty.
Dr. Mayer serves as an evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Commons. He is also a senior editor for Visionarium: International Journal of Emerging and Disruptive Innovation in Education and an Association of Professional Futurists Emerging Fellow.
Dr. Mayer holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, an M.A. from Virginia Tech, an M.P.A. from Murray State University, and a B.S. from the United States Military Academy.
Professor of Animal Health Technology
Murray State University
Dr. Hoffman is a full-time professor in the Pre-Vet/Animal Health Technology Program and also takes shifts at the Murray Animal Hospital. At Murray State, she is focused on preparing students for vet school, as well as engaging them in experiential learning and hands-on opportunities in the community.
Dr. Hoffman holds a Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University and a B.S. in Agriculture from Murray State University. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association.
Quality Assurance Commons (QA Commons)
Ms. Deasy leads all Employability projects for the QA Commons, an organization dedicated to ensuring all learners are prepared for the changing dynamics of the workforce and economy. She has held several roles in corporate America (Merrill Lynch, Oracle Corporation, Atlas Capital Advisors), as well as with the Research and Planning Group for the California Community Colleges.
Ms. Deasy holds an M.A. in Demography from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in Development Sociology from Cornell University.
Chief Academic Officer
American College of Healthcare Sciences
Over the last decade Tiffany’s work has focused on supporting institutions in the areas of Institutional Effectiveness, programmatic and regional accreditation, new product development, and strategic planning. Prior to being appointed Chief Academic Officer at ACHS, she spent 15 years in Institutional Research roles. As a faculty member, she has taught courses in Research Methods, Motor Neuroscience, and Biomechanics.
Dr. Rodriguez a Ph.D. in Biomechanics and B.S. in Health and Kinesiology from Texas A&M University. She also earned a certificate from the WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy focused on student learning outcomes assessment, program review, and higher education leadership.
This series of customized trainings on equitable online education is designed for educators of different roles and across discipline groups to engage in a series of topics related to the development and facilitation of quality instruction offered in digital learning environments. The trainings are broken down into three discrete workshops tailored to the following respective populations:
|Registration Opens||July 13, 2022|
|Workshops Open||August 1, 2022|
|Registration Closes||Mid-October 2022|
|Workshops Close||November 30, 2022|
Each workshop is designed to be taken completely asynchronously within a fully-online and self-paced environment. The workshops can be completed on your own time and should take you about 10 hours to complete the core content, with options to dig deeper into critical topics that may be of interest based on your unique goals and needs. Additionally, the workshops include facilitator guides that offer ways in which you might complete these trainings as a cohort of colleagues within your institution, providing suggestions for how you can create a small community of practice around the self-paced instruction.
This workshop is geared towards the accelerators and ambassadors of online learning at their institutions, often working closely with faculty to support them in the design and facilitation of their courses. Participants include a broad collection of digital learning leaders and advocates from the NWCCU institutions whose roles might include: 1) online learning program staff, instructional designers, faculty developers, and related Center for Teaching and Learning personnel; and 2) faculty leads, program heads, and department chairs with influence over online, blended, and digital learning
Target Audience: This workshop is developed specifically for the staff and faculty ambassadors of online teaching and learning at each of the institutions, as well as other critical stakeholders.
Outcomes – At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
Topics Covered – The workshop is broken down into a series of topics that broadly fit within three stages of the online course lifecycle – design, facilitation, and assessment. This includes (but is not limited to) lessons and guidance on the following areas:
This workshop is best suited for faculty members from all disciplines charged with building and/or facilitating instruction in digital learning environments at NWCCU member institutions. Instructors can have any level of expertise with online, blended, and digital learning, including those who are brand new to quality, equitable online instruction.
Target Audience: This workshop is for faculty, staff and administrators who are new to online, blended, and digital learning, and are looking for faculty development on the essential elements of quality digital learning.
Outcomes – At the completion of the facilitated workshop or after utilizing the self-paced resource toolkit, participants will be able to:
Topics Covered – Both the facilitated workshop and the self-paced resource kit will offer foundational instruction on the key components of and approaches to quality online instruction, as well as opportunities to dig deeper into connected topics that promote engaged online learning
This workshop provides instruction for those looking to advance institutional transformation through digital strategy that centers quality and equity. This workshop is tailored to Provosts, Vice Provosts, Directors, Deans, and/or any other NWCCU member institution leadership roles charged with supporting, enhancing, or building digital learning environments.
Target Audience: This program is developed specifically for the leaders responsible for digital learning at the respective NWCCU member institutions, as well as other critical stakeholders as identified by those leaders.
Outcomes – At the completion of the workshop, leaders will be able to:
Topics Covered – The workshop is broken down into a series of topics that encompass the creation of a framework and foundation for digital strategy across the institution that centers quality, equity, and access. The workshop curriculum focuses on institutional support and strategic actions for aligning the organization’s mission and vision to the operationalization of digital strategy. This includes (but is not limited to) lessons and guidance on the following areas:
Once you determine which workshop(s) works best for you, you will register for the self-paced workshop(s) to gain access to the course built in the LMS, Canvas.
Once the workshops open, you will have open access throughout the semester. You can choose to complete the workshop(s) in a focused period of 10 hours within a week or two, or spread out your engagement with the topics throughout the semester. You will have access to these workshops until November 30, 2022.
To register, you will need to create an account on OLC’s website, log-in and click on the registration link below for the workshop you would like to register for:
Once you register, you will get an email with information on next steps.
For questions about this workshop series, including how to register, please feel free to contact NWCCU’s Educational Programming Coordinator, Jordan Kamai, email@example.com. If you need technical assistance, please contact the OLC workshop support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.