Senior Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Dr. Patricia R. Brewer serves as Director, Continuous Quality Improvement in the Accreditation and Academic Compliance unit of Laurete Education, Inc. In that capacity, she provides support to institutions on issues related to both institutional and programmatic accreditation.
Dr. Brewer has been a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1999. She serves as a member of the Institutional Actions Council (IAC), as a Panel Reviewer for non-financial indicators, and as a Mentor in HLC’s Assessment Academy. Her academic work focuses on adult higher education, with an emphasis on credit for prior learning, program evaluation, and assessment. She has worked extensively with the American Council on Education, focusing specifically on prior learning assessment initiatives in the Midwest.
Dr. Brewer currently serves as a Senior Contributing Faculty Member in the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University. In 2007, she co-authored “Uncovering the Experiences of First Generation College Students in Limited Residency Graduate Programs” through a Faculty Excellence Award for Funded Research. More recent writings include “Understanding Social Change: Considerations for Higher Education” with Dr. Iris Yob (under review) and “The Theory and Practice of Prior Learning Assessment” with Dr. Catherine Marienau (2017). Dr. Brewer has investigated deliberative democracy as a participant-researcher with the Kettering Foundation, is Past-President of the Adult Higher Education Alliance, and is currently a member of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education (AAACE) and co-chair of AAACE’s Military Education SIG.
Dr. Brewer holds an A.B. from Wilmington College (Ohio), a M.A. in Adult and Community Education from Ball State University, and the Ed.D. from Teachers College Columbia University.