About US

The QAE Collaborative is a non-profit organization established by Tyton Partners that includes participation and support by experts from industry-leading organizations, including Burning Glass Technologies, ProExam, and RSM, to investigate and develop new, systemic models for measuring educational program impact and quality.

It is designed to advance quality assurance models that address the shifting and evolving demands of non-traditional postsecondary learning environments by applying a multidisciplinary approach that leverages best-in-class capabilities in several key areas, including higher education regulatory, compliance, and risk management; setting standards for performance; precise, real-time labor market analytics and tracking; cognitive and non-cognitive assessment models; and accounting and audit expertise, among others. For EQUIP, The QAE Collaborative will apply its approach toward ensuring a program produces high-quality, market-validated credentials and learning opportunities for diverse student populations.


Tyton Partners

As an experienced advisory and consulting firm working across the K-12, postsecondary, corporate, and lifelong learning sectors, Tyton Partners helps its clients excel through thoughtful assessment, development, and execution of the right strategies, the most effective actions, and the decisions most likely to drive organizational success. Tyton Partners delivers strategy consulting and financial advisory services to a diverse range of companies, non-profits, investors, and foundations that aligns market with mission to drive actionable outcomes for our clients, including accelerating growth, enhancing core business functions, and supporting capital markets activities. For more than two decades, Tyton Partners principals have been deeply involved in all facets of the education sector.


RSM is the fifth largest U.S. provider of accounting, tax and business consulting services with 7,000 professionals and associates in 80 offices. We are member firms of RSM International, the seventh largest global audit, tax and consulting network. With more than 37,500 employees in over 730 offices in 76 countries, we can help you expand overseas or simply gain insights into global best practices.

RSM supports a practice dedicated to serving higher education with a client base of more than 150 colleges and universities nationwide. We understand the decisions institutions must make to balance resource constraints with commitments to students and faculty. In serving higher education clients, in addition to performing financial statement audits and student financial aid compliance audits, we co-develop specialized solutions in areas such as financial projections, board training, tax compliance, alternative investments and endowment valuation.


An independent, not-for-profit organization, ProExam has been helping to set standards in assessment and professional credentialing for more than 50 years. ProExam focuses its resources and expertise on delivering research and advisory services to the broader credentialing market; providing technology solutions to deliver, as well as support assessment and credentialing; and developing proprietary noncognitive (soft-skill) assessments for both education and workforce verticals. 

Burning Glass Technologies

Burning Glass Technologies delivers job market analytics that empower employers, workers, and educators to make data-driven decisions. Burning Glass is reshaping how the job market works, with data that identify the skill gaps that keep job seekers and employers apart and tools that enable both sides to bridge that gap and connect more easily. The company’s artificial intelligence technology analyzes hundreds of millions of job postings and real-life career transitions to provide insight into labor market patterns. This real-time strategic intelligence offers crucial insights, such as which jobs are most in demand, the specific skills employers need, and the career directions that offer the highest potential for workers.

Burning Glass’ applications drive practical solutions and are used across the job market: by educators in aligning programs with the market, by employers and recruiters in filling positions more effectively, and by policy makers in shaping strategic workforce decisions. At the same time, Burning Glass’ data-driven applications for workers and students help them choose career goals and build the skills they need to get ahead.

Based in Boston, Burning Glass is playing a growing role in informing the global conversation on education and the workforce, and in creating a job market that works for everyone.


Why was a collection of organizations established to act as a Quality Assurance Entity (QAE) instead of a single organization?

The QAE Collaborative was founded in response to shifting expectations around postsecondary accreditation, recognizing that the ability to meet new, higher community standards fundamentally exceeds the capabilities of any one organization. For EQUIP, The Collaborative aims to evolve the concept of a quality assurance entity by taking a multi-disciplinary approach that aggregates and aligns best-in-class capabilities in several key areas including higher education regulatory, compliance, and risk management; setting standards for performance; precise, real-time labor market analytics and tracking; cognitive and non-cognitive assessment models; and audit and accounting practices.

How is The Collaborative organized?

The QAE Collaborative was established as a non-for-profit entity specifically for EQUIP, with directors appointed by Tyton Partners, Burning Glass Technologies, and Professional Examination Service, with support from RSM. As such, all actions undertaken by the group are representative of the mission and goals of The Collaborative, independent from any one of the contributing organizations. It has no stockholders and will utilize all profits, if any, for educational accreditation purposes.

How were the participating members of the consortium selected?

Members were selected for their distinctive expertise and ability to contribute the best-in-class capabilities required of the QAE to best measure educational program quality and impact and help our educational partners, CSU-Global and Guild Education, and the Department of Education, among other higher education stakeholders, achieve their goals with EQUIP.

What is the EQUIP Program?

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education launched the Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP) program under the Experimental Sites Initiative to accelerate and evaluate innovation through partnerships between colleges and universities and non-traditional providers of education in order to equip more Americans with the skills, knowledge, and training they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Through the EQUIP program, the Department of Education is seeking to generate new and better ways to evaluate the effectiveness of non-traditional providers aimed at helping low-income students achieve educational and employment outcomes in a cost-effective manner, as well as and explore new methods ways to measure quality.

This program provides universities with flexibility to partner with non-traditional education providers to develop innovative, outcomes-oriented programs for which students retain eligibility for Federal financial aid. Institutions selected for the program have proposed a partnership with at least one non-traditional education provider and a third-party quality assurance entity (QAE) to independently review and monitor the quality of the program. The QAE Collaborative was selected to participate in EQUIP as a result of an application submitted in conjunction with CSU-Global Campus and Guild Education regarding a Management & Leadership Fundamentals program.