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A Board Member's Guide to Accreditation:

The Basics, The Issues, The Challenges

By Judith Eaton, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

coverThis paper presents an overview of accreditation, what it is, its values, its roles, how it operates and its relationship with government.

It also addresses the impact of accreditation on a college or university and the role of governing boards in engaging accreditation.

Finally, current challenges for accreditation are described.

The paper is intended both as background and as a useful tool for governing boards and individual board members in carrying out their all-important fiduciary and academic roles.

Click here to view the Board Member's Guide to Accreditation online.


Option 1: Download and print a free copy of the paper:

You can print this document on 8.5 x 11-inch paper, which will be in the same format as it is here. This can be done either directly from the PDF as it appears online or you can save a copy of the PDF to your computer and print it out from there.

You can also print this PDF as a booklet. To do that, it is easiest to download the PDF to your desktop first. On a PC, right click on the PDF and then choose "save as." From a Mac, type Cmd+S to save the file to your desktop.

In the print dialog box, select "Booklet" in the Page Sizing & Handling section. The booklet can be printed on 8.5 x 11-inch paper, but it will look best when printed on legal-size (8.5 x 14 inch) paper.

Option 2: Order a bound copy of the paper:

A bound copy of A Board Member's Guide to Accreditation is available for $10. Please email CHEA at chea@chea.org to place your order.


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Last Modified: Feb 13, 2017

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