Dr. Jessica Miranda, College of Education (COE) Director of Assessment, Accreditation, and Accountability, was nominated to serve on the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) Accreditation Commission by colleagues across the nation. Her appointment period is from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2026.
As the decision-making body, the Commission ensures that all accredited educator preparation providers nationwide meet professional standards for quality and continuous improvement.
“I am truly honored to have been nominated by colleagues to serve as an AAQEP Commissioner,” said Miranda. “I have been a strong supporter of AAQEP from the beginning because of their improvement-focused, innovative, and flexible approach to quality assurance and accreditation.”
Founded in 2017, AAQEP aims to promote and recognize quality educator preparation that strengthens the education profession’s ability to serve all students, schools, and communities, and to do so equitably. Membership includes more than 180 educator preparation providers in 31 states and other jurisdictions with 73 providers in 15 states and territories currently accredited by AAQEP.
Miranda has been involved with AAQEP since its inception, having served as a member of two of the first AAQEP working groups that developed the framework for standards and evidence as well as the original policies and procedures. She has also served as an accreditation proposal reviewer for programs seeking feedback on their intended plan and evidence for AAQEP accreditation review.
“At the COE, we not only received full national AAQEP accreditation in 2021 for 16 of our academic programs, but we were also the first doctoral programs in the country to receive AAQEP accreditation,” concluded Miranda. “I look forward to utilizing my knowledge and experience with accreditation in my role as a commissioner on the decision-making body for all AAQEP quality assurance reviews.”