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Nominated By: Sylvia Manning
Nominee Application Form: Part A
Title: Doctor
Family Names(s): Solomon
Mailing Address: 30 N. LaSalle Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60602 USA
Country: United States
Office Telephone: 312.263.0456
Email: ksolomon@hlcommission.org
Nationality/Citizenship: USA
Gender: Female
Date of Birth: 08-03-1962
Current Position: Vice President
Current Employer: Higher Learning Commission
Please indicate your fluency levels in various languages (Comma Separated)
Fluent in Reading: English
Fluent in Writing: English
Fluent in Speaking: English
Academic Qualifications and Training
1. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: Bachelor of Arts,North Central College,1984
2. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: Doctorate of Education,Northern Illinois University,2003
3. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: Master of Business Administration,Benedictine University,1989
Nominee Application Form: Part B
Areas:
  • Institutional quality assurance reviews / audits
  • General QA consultancy
Specialisations:
  • Setting up of new QA agency
  • Training of experts/external reviewers
  • Self study guidance to institutions
  • Institutional assessment
  • Institutional accreditation
Examples of Experience: National & International Consultations / Audit / Review
1. Brief Description: Regional Accreditation Staff Liaison to 180+ institutions
Institution/City/Country: The Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools/Chicago/USA
Date: 2003-present
Type of Experience:
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
2. Brief Description: Lead coordinator and facilitator of workshops for staff and institutions for newly established accreditation organization.
Institution/City/Country: Barbados Accreditation Council/Bridgetown/Barbados
Date: 2008
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
3. Brief Description: Co-facilitator of workshops for staff and institutions for newly established accreditation organization.
Institution/City/Country: Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago/Port of Spain/Trinidad
Date: 2006
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
Nominee Application Form: Part C
Please write a professional profile of 500 words.
Professional Summary Description: As Assistant Director for Accreditation Services, she serves as the Commissionâ??s accreditation liaison to approximately 180 institutions involved in the traditional accreditation process, the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ). In addition, Solomon is a co-leader and presenter of Education and Training workshops offered by the Commission, including workshops on assessment of student learning, best practices in partnering, distance education, and web-based services for students. Solomon came to the Commission from Northern Illinois University where she was Coordinator of Research and Evaluation in Adult Continuing Education. Before her work at NIU, she was an Education Associate in Outcomes Assessment for ACT, Inc. (American College Testing). Solomon has also served as Executive Director for Illinois Campus Compact for Community Service, and at Benedictine University (IL) as Associate Dean of Student Development for Co-curricular Activities, and other positions. Solomon has delivered many national presentations on assessment of student learning, evaluation, service-learning, and student development, and has served as a paid consultant on assessment of student learning adult learning programs, and development of international accreditation processes. She holds a B.A degree in Business from North Central College (IL), an M.B.A from Benedictine University (IL), and an Ed. D. in Adult and Continuing Education from Northern Illinois University. Her interests include ongoing developments within the field of distance education, utilization of assessment evidence to develop a practice of improving student learning, and corporate ownership of institutions of higher education.

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