Melanie Booth, Ed.D.
Dr. Melanie Booth joined NC-SARA in 2020 as the Director of Educational Programs and Communications. In this role she leads the educational and training programs for states, institutions, and other constituents, as well as outreach, partnership support, events, writing, and communications for the organization.
Prior to joining NC-SARA, Melanie served as an independent consultant to multiple institutions and higher education organizations in areas of quality assurance, programmatic and institutional accreditation, learning assessment, program review, strategic planning, faculty development, work/learn partnerships, online programming, and student success initiatives. From 2016-2018 she served as the Founding Executive Director of The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher and Postsecondary Education, and prior to that, was the Vice President for Educational Programming at WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), where she led all of the organization's educational programs as well as several special initiatives. She has written about and presented at numerous national, regional, and state conferences on a variety of topics including quality assurance, adult learning and development, connecting learning and working, prior learning assessment and competency based education, program quality, and learning assessment. She began her career as a community college faculty member in Washington state, and later held academic administration positions in California and Oregon institutions primarily serving adult learners and underrepresented populations.
Melanie holds an Ed.D. in Higher Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University, a master’s degree from San Diego State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University.