As part of the Obama Administration's large-scale effort to provide low-income students with access to new models of education and training, in late 2015, the DoE requested submissions for the EQUIP pilot program, calling on partnerships from universities, private-sector education and training providers, and QAEs.
The EQUIP program has three main goals:
First, to learn whether partnerships such as these increase access to innovative and effective educational programs, particularly for students from low-income backgrounds;
Second, to assess quality assurance processes that are appropriate for non-traditional providers and programs; and
Third, to identify ways to protect students and taxpayers from risk in this emerging area of post-secondary education.
Key to all of these goals is the ability to measure claims that training providers make, assess whether a student has achieved learning outcomes, and determine the value that students get from completing an educational program.
"The ability to measure, assess, and quantify the value of a training program is precisely what ANSI accreditation adds to the EQUIP program," said Turan Ayvaz, Director, ANSI Certificate Accreditation Program (CAP). "When a training provider earns ANSI accreditation, they are demonstrating to the marketplace that the certificates they award to their students represent the best in quality education and training."
ANSI-CAP accredits assessment-based education and training programs against the American National Standard ASTM E2659. The standard establishes guidelines for quality certificate program development and administration, and forms the foundation for a recognition system that enables consumers, employers, government agencies, and others to distinguish between qualified workers and those with less-than-quality credentials. And ANSI's accreditation process itself follows ISO/IEC 17011, the International Standard that defines quality third-party accreditation practices.
"This partnership leverages ANSI as a major stakeholder in educational success for all," said Dr. Ayvaz. "We are excited to enter this partnership as a QAE to add value and assure quality education, which is integral for the U.S. workforce."
To find out more about ANSI-CAP and the EQUIP program please contact Dr. Turan Ayvaz, Director of ANSI's Certificate Accreditation Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit the ANSI Accreditation Services website, or watch the ANSI-CAP testimonial video.
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