"People deserve a system that will help them get higher up the ladder of opportunity, with credentials that have value and lead directly to jobs or further education. The registry offers an exciting solution toward this goal."
- Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation
Quality Assurance Advisory Group
Chair, Trustees Professor
Kent State University
Paul L. Gaston, III, Trustees Professor at Kent State University, has lengthy experience in quality assurance in higher education. In addition to teaching a graduate seminar in assessment and evaluation, he has worked as a consultant/evaluator for three of the six regional accrediting associations, served as a board member and chair of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors, and participated in the preparatory work leading to the creation of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). One of four authors of the influential Degree Qualifications Profile, he has served since 2010 as a consultant to Lumina Foundation. A frequent speaker on higher education and curricular reform, he is the author of five recent books, including Higher Education Accreditation: How It’s Changing, Why It Must (2013) and The Challenge of Bologna: What European Higher Education Has to Teach Us, and Why It’s Important That We Learn It (2010).
He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.
Vice President (retired)
State Higher Education Executive Officers Association
Co-Facilitator, Connecting Credentials
Open Badges + Digital Credentials Strategist
Director of Institutional Review & Development
Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology