I am a consummate learner and practitioner of:

  • teaching, learning, and assessment in higher education;
  • adult learning and development;
  • experiential learning;
  • heutagogy;
  • Prior Learning Assessment;
  • faculty learning and professional development;
  • higher education quality assurance / accreditation;
  • and the learning-focused use of technology.

I spend my professional time as the Executive Director of The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher & Postsecondary Education. With this project, I am bringing together many of my passions and prior experiences to connect higher education to preparing learners for employability — because doing so is no longer and either/or proposition.

Prior to this, I was the Vice President of Educational Programs at WASC Senior College and University Commission.  To learn more about me, please feel free to:

Feel free to contact me directly as well:




Booth, M. (2014). Assessment as an Ongoing Act of Learning: A Heutagogical Approach. Experiences in Self-Determined Learning. Blashke, L., Kenyon, C., and Hase, S. Eds. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

ACE Webinar Panelist (October, 2014). But What Will the Accreditors Say? Aligning Credit for Prior Learning Processes with Regional Accreditation Standards.


Allen, M., Driscoll, A., and Booth, M. The Impact of the First Three Years of the WASC Assessment Leadership Academy. Assessment Update (25)6. November-December 2013.

Booth, M. and Kimble, M. Credit for Prior Learning in Oregon. Pre-conference workshop. OrACRAO Annual Meeting. Welches, OR. May 2013.

Booth, M. Adult Learners as Scholars of their Experiences: Prior Learning Assessment in the 21st Century. Presentation at WASC Academic Resource Conference. San Diego, CA. April 2013.

Booth, M. & Lamoreaux, A. Prior Learning Assessment 101. Presentation at WASC Academic Resources Conference. San Diego, CA. April 2013.

Panelist: Higher Education Assessment Roundup. Oregon Program Evaluators Network Conference. March 2013.


Booth, M. From Input, to Information Literacy, to Impact: Assessing Library-based Learning. Presentation at IUPUI Assessment Institute, October 2012

Introduction to Prior Learning Assessment (Faculty & Staff Professional Development Workshop).  Tangaza College: Nairobi, Kenya. October 8 – 11, 2012.

Booth, M. (October 2012). Boundaries and student self-disclosure in authentic, integrated learning activities and assignments. New Directions in Teaching and Learning Number 131. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Booth, M. and Harriet L. Schwartz (October 2012). We’re all adults here: Clarifying and maintaining boundaries with adult learners. New Directions in Teaching and Learning Number 131. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Booth, M. (July/August 2012). Learning Analytics: The New BlackEducause Review.


Booth, M. (August 25, 2011). Assessment as an act of care. Guest post: University of Venus, InsideHigherEd.

Booth, M. & Esposito, A.J. (2011).  Mentoring 2.0 – High tech/high touch approaches to foster student support and development in higher education. In C. Wenkel (Ed.), Higher education with social media:  Applications in student affairs, enrollment management, alumni, careers, and other functions. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing. 2012 Outstanding Author Contribution for Cutting Edge Technologies in Higher Education.


From Dichotomy to Confluence: A Bi-Coastal Appreciation of Advising-as-Mentoring. Presented with Art Esposito from Virginia Commonwealth University at the Penn State Division of Undergraduate Studies Fall 2010 Academic Advising Conference, October 2010.

The Horse Before The Cart: Institutional Strategic Planning to Foster a Culture of Service. Presented with Amanda Baker at the Continuums of Service Conference, Portland, OR. 2010.


Facebook, Blogs, & Friendly Treehouses: Mentoring Adult Learners Via Social Media. Presented with Harriet Schwartz at the Adult Higher Education Alliance Conference, Chicago, IL. 2009.

Reflections on PLA: Is the Revolution Still a Revolution? Presented with Cindy Stevens and Annalee Lamoreaux at the Adult Higher Education Alliance Conference, Chicago, IL. 2009.

Social Media!  Facebook! Linked-in! Blogging! How important is it? (It is!) Workshop presented at Life By Design NW. 2009.

Harvesting Adult Learners’ Prior Knowledge: Prior Learning Assessment in Higher Education. Presented with Gwen Hyatt and Gretchen Potter at the OrACRAO Annual Meeting, Silverton, OR. 2009.

A for Mid-Life Adults in Higher Education: Prior Learning Assessment & Career Planning and Development. Presented with Jackie Fowler and Lynn Brown at the Student Success and Retention Conference,  Portland, OR. 2009.

Prior to 2009

Booth, M. & Fowler, J. (2008). Prior Learning Assessment: An Avenue for Access to Higher Education for Adult Learners. Presentation at the Student Success and Retention Conference, Portland State University. Portland, OR.

Booth, M. (2007). Becoming and Being Self-Directed: Adult Undergraduate Students’ Experiences & Implications for Adult Educators. Presentation at the Adult Higher Education Alliance Conference. Dayton, OH.

Booth, M., Sasser, J., Brown, L. & Abbott, K. (2007). Lifelines, lenses and livelihoods: Supporting adult learners in higher education. Presentation at the Oregon Women in Higher Education Annual Conference. Portland, OR.

Booth, M., & Lamoreaux, A. (2006). Reflections from the non-traditional road to a doctorate: Adult learner practitioners as adult learners in doctoral programs. Presentation at the Adult Higher Education Alliance Conference. Dallas, TX.

Booth, M., & Lamoreaux, A. (2004). Feedback as dialogue: Accelerating development and transformation through the Learning Process Paper. Presentation at the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning Conference. Chicago, IL.

Booth, M., Taylor, K., & Lamoreaux, A. (2004). Self-reflective writing, reconstructive learning and adult development. Paper presented to the Adult Education Research Conference. Victoria, B.C.

Booth, M., Taylor, K., & Lamoreaux, A. (2003). Using the ‘F’ word: A faculty development program about feedback to facilitate student learning. Presentation to the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning Conference. San Diego, CA.

Booth, M., & Taylor, K. (2003). Using the ‘F’ word: A faculty development program about feedback to facilitate student learning. Presentation to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Conference. Irvine, CA.


I provide contractual and consulting services to support teaching, learning, assessment, prior learning assessment, faculty development, accreditation, and academic program review and development. Past clients include:

  • Clackamas Community College
  • Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
  • Tangaza College, Nairobi, Kenya (in partnership with School for New Learning, DePaul University)
  • School for New Learning, DePaul University
  • The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
  • American Council for Education
  • Valdosta State University and the University of Georgia Higher Educational System
  • Oregon Institute of Technology

Feel free to email me at  for more information about services I can provide.


  • American Council on Education (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service  – Evaluator
  • Adult Higher Education Alliance (AHEA) – Past Board Director (2008-2010)
  • Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AAHLE)
  • Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
  • Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD)


  • B.A. in English – Teacher Preparation, Humboldt State University
  • M.A. in English – Rhetoric & Writing Studies, San Diego State University
  • Ed.D. – Educational Leadership & Change in Higher Education, Fielding Graduate University
    Research Focus: Adult Learning and Development in Higher Education


  • Graduate Certificate – Applied Linguistics / Teaching ESL – San Diego State University
  • Graduate Certificate – Online Teaching & Learning – CSU East Bay
  • WASC Assessment Leadership Academy (March 2011 – February 2012)