With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented economic and health crisis has forced millions of Americans to seek new skills, connections, and credentials in order to achieve economic security. Governments and philanthropies have begun responding to the challenge by supporting non-accredited education programs and training schools, partnering with aggregators like Onward and SkillUp, and funding research to broaden opportunities for young people and displaced workers.
However, with the growth of non-accredited education providers, students will increasingly face unsubstantiated claims about the outcomes of these programs, and thus will remain uncertain of their long-term economic prospects. As a result, a new framework of quality assurance, based on real-world student outcomes, is essential to increase trust and transparency across the education sector and provide students with the means to achieve success.
EQOS is leading a movement to increase economic prospects for young students, job seekers, and displaced workers and transform an industry reliant on outdated paradigms of learning. Emphasizing student outcomes and real-world results is not just consumer friendly: It is a demand for better, more transparent, and more honest service, and a call to action to hold our institutions—our schools and governments—accountable for ensuring economic prosperity for all. Through this important work, we aim to prove the utility, value, and necessity of outcomes-based evaluation and standardization and lay the groundwork for meaningful government action and policy change.
Initially conceived in the wake of the U.S. Department of Education’s launch of the Educational Quality Through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP) program in 2015, which outlined frameworks to evaluate and disburse federal aid for innovative postsecondary institutions and non-traditional education providers, EQOS is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, formally established in 2020.
Our organization benefits from the insightful leadership and ingenuity of our Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors, and institutional partners.
Kristin Sharp is an experienced civic sector executive and entrepreneur. Prior to joining EQOS, Kristin was a partner at Entangled Solutions. She also co-founded the Shift Commission and launched the ShiftLabs and Work, Workers, and Technology projects at New America, examining the impact of automation and AI on the workforce. Earlier in her career, she had a long stint in technology, innovation, and national security policy in the US Senate, working in senior staff roles for senators and committees on both sides of the political aisle.
Aimee Rogstad Guidera is a strategic consultant helping states, foundations, companies and non profit organizations strengthen their efforts to improve student learning and outcomes. Prior to launching her consultancy, Aimee was Founder, President and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign, a national, nonprofit advocacy organization leading the effort to ensure that students, parents, educators, and policymakers have the right information to guide their actions so that every student can excel.
Michael Horn is a senior strategist at Guild Education and award-winning author of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. Michael brings substantive expertise around education innovation, regulation, and accreditation of K-12 and postsecondary institutions.
Ted Mitchell is the president of the American Council on Education and brings a wide array of experience and accomplishments from across the higher education sector, as well as a long-standing focus on helping students gain access to postsecondary education and complete their degrees.
Elise Scanlon is the founder and principal of a Washington, D.C. based law and consulting practice focused on advising accrediting organizations and higher education institutions on federal higher education policy, state and federal regulation, and quality assurance and improvement.
Gabriel Ben-Jakov is a dynamic project manager with experience in policy research and education content creation. A recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Gabriel was most recently a Program Associate at Get In The Game, an experiential learning platform designed to provide middle school, high school, and college students with racial equity and social justice education.