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Melanie Booth | Executive Director, The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher and Postsecondary Education

Current Position and Past Experience
Since 2016, Melanie Booth has served as Executive Director of The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher & Postsecondary Education, a Lumina Foundation funded initiative in partnership with NCHEMS, to create a new model of quality assurance for post-secondary and higher education that serves the needs of learners, employers, and the larger society for the 21st century. Prior to this, she served as Vice President of Educational Programs and Special Assistant to the President for WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). In this role, Booth developed and led all of the organization’s educational outreach and capacity-building activities, including educational workshops, leadership seminars, learning retreats, the Assessment Leadership Academy and the organization’s annual Academic Resource Conference. From 2005-2013, she was Dean of Learning and Assessment and Director of the Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment at Marylhurst University in Portland, OR. Ms. Booth is a recognized leader on non-traditional adult learners and Prior Learning Assessment/Credit for Prior Learning in higher education. She has consulted with institutions nationally and internationally about the assessment of learning from traditional and non-traditional sources, and is one of the original co-founders of the international Heutagogy Community of Practice.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Melanie Booth holds an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Change – Higher Education from Fielding Graduate University and an MA in Rhetoric and Writing from San Diego State University. She earned her BA in English from Humboldt State University and is a graduate of WASC Senior College and University Common (WSCUC)’s Assessment Leadership Academy.

You can find Melanie Booth on LinkedIn and on Twitter @boothmelanie and @QACommons.