E-Learning Caucus

Collaborative for Quality in Alternative Learning (CQAL) E-Learning Caucus

Where: Capitol Hill, Rayburn Room 2203
Date: March 22, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Program Description:

Alternative providers offering college-level learning untethered to any institution have found their inevitable place at the higher education table. The recognition of such alternative forms of learning – by institutions and employers – can decrease cost and time to degree/credential completion and may hold promise for students in terms of employment and earnings potential.

Yet, a lack of baseline standards to assess quality in this emergent sector can leave students at risk. As the EQUIP program extends student financial aid benefits to alternative providers, a national discussion about quality is paramount. This session will highlight the need for collaborative work and vision among key national organizations with experience in quality assurance and alternative learning to address this critical need.


  • Ed Klonoski, President, Charter Oak State College
  • Leah Matthews, Executive Director, Distance Education Accrediting Commission
  • Burck Smith, CEO Straighterline
  • Jason Tyszko, Executive Director, Education and Workforce, US Chamber Foundation