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.
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.