"Today, alternative credentials are serving exactly what employers and workers need. At UPCEA, we are very excited about the transparency the registry brings to help elevate alternative credentials."
- Amy Heitzman, Deputy CEO and Chief Learning Officer, University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)

Quality Assurance Advisory Group

Paul Gaston
Chair, Trustees Professor
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.
Deborah Adair
Executive Director
Julie Carnahan
Vice President (retired)
Carla Casilli
Co-Facilitator, Connecting Credentials
Juanita Gurubatham
Director of Institutional Review & Development
Larry Kaye
Special Advisor
Vijay Krishna
Director, Personnel Credentialing Accreditation Programs
Mary Ellen Petrisko
John Plifka
Director, Quality Assurance Office
Denise Roosendaal
Executive Director
Terrel Rhodes
VP, Quality, Curriculum, Assessment
Joseph Vibert
Executive Director
Ralph Wolff