THE NEED

Accreditation and compliance requirements have drastically evolved at a rapid pace in recent years. After working in a variety of educational institutions, participating in institutional site visits, and seeing the struggles schools experience in meeting and maintaining accreditation and compliance requirements; a thought occurred, there must be an easier way. There must be a more manageable way for educational organizations with scarce resources to navigate through the unsteady waters of marketplace changes and continue treading those waters for years to come. It is important for every educational organization to implement individualized processes which support their unique mission and document continuous improvement efforts. Our experience has shown that educational organizations fare much better in maintaining marketplace sustainability when they maintain a student-focused culture and integrate higher education best practices into the normal course of business operations. 

From this passion and perspective, EduCred Services was born.


THE WHY

~Susan Chiaramonte~

In 2001, after unintentionally entering the field, Susan developed a passion for education. Not in teaching, but behind the scenes in the over-regulated, often misinterpreted, necessary part of education. In following a non-traditional route both personally and professionally, Susan experienced the importance of educational options for students of all ages and in all phases of life. It is with passion and desire to see quality institutions succeed and provide ongoing educational options that Susan approaches the unique services EduCred offers. Susan brings fifteen years of secondary and higher education experience, accreditation, and compliance knowledge. After earning her law degree, overseeing institutional operations as Vice President of Academic Affairs, and serving as an accreditation evaluator for several colleges, universities, and training organizations, Susan observed the struggles institutions face on a daily basis as a result of constant changes in regulation. She founded EduCred Services to focus these insights by engaging with and mentoring both institutions and accrediting organizations to strengthen processes and continue to assure quality educational options are able to thrive. Although regulatory requirements within education will never go away, through carefully implemented student-focused strategies the national conversation can become one centered on eliminating barriers and supporting students' dreams. Susan Chiaramonte earned an Executive Juris Doctor from Concord Law School, Master of Jurisprudence from Harrison Middleton University, Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the College of Humanities and Sciences, and an Associate of Arts in General Studies from Mesa Community College.