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About Qaspir

QASPIR is a provider of campus-wide consulting for Continuing Professional Development, Strategic Planning, Assessment,  Accreditation, Risk Management and Institutional Effectiveness.  QASPIR also provides Conferences, Workshops, Webinars. 

Since 2014, the founders of QASPIR have been working closely with a number of institutions in the Middle East, UK 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 works on a solution based model; we remain continuously engaged with our client 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 has 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.

The Management Team

Prof. John Ryder

Prof. John Ryder

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better”

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 Center 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 organisation and management.

Ryder has recently completed a book manuscript titled Making Our Way: An Outline of a Theory of Experience. The book develops a general theory of experience that draws from the American pragmatist tradition, and other prominent aspects of contemporary philosophy. The basic thesis is that experience is an ongoing transaction of an individual with his environment, and that at its most general level, this transaction has three dimensions: cognitive, aesthetic, and political.

Stuart Blacklock

Stuart Blacklock

“There is no elevator to success — you have to take the stairs.” 

Stuart has been working in assessment for higher education since 2006. During this time he has worked with institutions around the world, helping 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 media, where he was involved in organising international conferences, workshops, websites and publications.

Rachel Redhead

Rachel Redhead

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” 

Rachel has been involved in marketing and media in higher education, lifestyle media and B2B for over 15 years. In her role, Rachel has organised conferences, hosted webinars, developed successful marketing campaigns, award evenings and run online communities. 

Rachel has a degree in Media Communications and a diploma in copywriting. In her spare time Rachel is a keen runner, and mother of two.

Sandra Rodriguez

Sandra Rodriguez

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” 

Sandra has been working in higher education since 2011,and has been involved for 20 years in managing corporate relationships. Sandra has organized congresses, fairs, and events in Ecuador. She loves dogs and manages the Dog Friendly Brand in Ecuador and in the Andean Region.

Sandra has a Master’s degree in Management and an MBA, and is a mother of three kids, one of whom is a dog.

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