ERIC Number: EJ1132342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Employer-Led Quality Assurance
Tyszko, Jason A.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v49 n1 p26-33 2017
Recent criticism of higher education accreditation has prompted calls for reform and sparked interest in piloting alternative quality assurance methods that better address student learning and employment outcomes. Although this debate has brought much needed attention to improving the outcomes of graduates and safeguarding federal investment in higher education, it has not fully captured how to improve outcomes for another important stakeholder: employers. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's (USCCF) Talent Pipeline Management initiative explores how employers can close the skills gap by leveraging lessons learned from supply chain management and applying them to education and workforce systems. This initiative and its approach to organizing employers can provide the foundation needed to experiment with a new and complementary quality assurance system that would address the needs of employers and provide new incentives for providers (Tyszko & Sheets, 2016). This article begins by discussing the current state of accreditation reform and then highlights some of the more innovative experiments around managing quality assurance. Next, the author discusses the limitations of these approaches when it comes to addressing the needs of employers. Finally, he concludes with a vision for what employer-led quality assurance can be, using lessons learned from supply chain management.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Accreditation (Institutions), Educational Quality, Quality Assurance, Criticism, Higher Education, Employment Potential, College Graduates, Outcomes of Education, Talent, Program Descriptions, Employer Attitudes, Incentives, Education Work Relationship, Innovation
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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