About Qaspir

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About Qaspir Consulting

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QASPIR is a provider of conferences, workshops and campus-wide consulting for Continuing Professional Development, Strategic Planning, Assessment, Risk Management and Institutional Effectiveness.

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Since 2014, the founders of QASPIR have been working closely with a number of institutions in the Middle East and USA helping streamline their assessment and planning processes for academic accreditation.   During this time, it has become clear there is a strong need to provide clarification and training on areas such as Quality Assurance, Effective Assessment, Strategic Planning, Risk Management and Institutional Research.

QASPIR’s works on a solution-based model; we remain continuously engaged with our clients throughout the consultative process until we are satisfied that the institution has well established processes and trained staff to continue the work.

Our process starts with a customizable and comprehensive diagnosis within the specific area for the institution.  This is followed by onsite consultation that will enable institutions to meet accreditation standards; measure outcomes-based learning goals and institutional objectives for continuous improvement; as well as risk management; health & safety and other aspects of accreditation.

The QASPIR Conferences and Workshops are based on instruction.  How to get the best processes for your institution and be able to share the knowledge we have provided.  This is followed by working with partner institutions to support the process related to strategic planning, assessment planning, ongoing program review, risk management, health & safety, and the development of accreditation-related documents. This means that every program, department, college, and institution will have access to our highly qualified consultants for assessment plans, submitting program review documents, authoring self-studies, and includes any documentation custom to the process.

It is our goal to continuously work with the institution over the coming years in providing a trusted source of training and development for any need that may arise.

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Biographies of QASPIR Consulting Partners

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Prof. John Ryder

John Ryder holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stony Brook University of the State University of New York (1982) and serves as the Provost and Professor of Philosophy at the American University of Malta. He has served previously as Professor of Philosophy and Provost at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates (2012-2016), Rector of Khazar University in Baku, Azerbaijan (2010-2012), and for 30 years held a range of positions at the State University of New York, from Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Cortland to Director of the Office of International Programs  and Director of the Centre on Russia and the United States at the State University of New York System Administration.

Ryder’s expertise in higher education administration is in the areas of accreditation, university start-ups, academic outcomes assessment, and general issues of university organization and management.

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Stuart Blacklock

Stuart Blacklock has been working in assessment for higher education since 2009.  During this time, he has worked with many institutions around the world in helping them create effective assessment processes, portfolios and strategic planning. 

Stuart has presented in the UK, UAE, OMAN, Singapore and the USA.  He has undergone extensive training on course assessment, designing effective rubrics, strategic planning and learning various international accreditation requirements.   

Prior to working in higher education Stuart spent 10 years in conferences and media, where he was involved in organising international conferences, workshops, websites and publications. 

As well as a degree in English, Stuart has a diploma in copywriting and certificates in Designing Assessments to Measure Student Outcomes; and Creating Effective Strategic Plans to Enable Continual Improvement.

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External QASPIR Consultants

QASPIR currently has a pool of freelance consultants that work with institutions on every facet of continual improvement and accreditation and IR. From strategic planning, academic and non-academic planning, program reviews, accreditation reviews, etc, QASPIR has consultants that cover every area to assist the institution. 

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For further information please visit www.qaspir.com 

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QASPIR Online Community

With registration, each member will have access and login details to an exclusive online community, through the QASPIR website. Members will receive news, notifications, jobs postings, webinars, surveys, workshops and regular updates of higher education in the MENA region and across the world.

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Register Now!

With a limited number of seats, booking early is essential to guarantee your spot. Register now to take advantage of the early bird discount.

10% Early bird registration discount is available for registrations completed before January 10, 2019. CODE:  EarlyBird

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