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The Future of Accreditation: The 20th Year Opinion Series

2016-2017 is the 20th year of the operation of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA is using this opportunity to look to the future of accreditation: what we do, how we serve students and our role in society.

Op-eds from leading thinkers in accreditation and higher education will be published on the CHEA Website and a compilation will be available at the end of the academic year. We thank the many colleagues, institutions and organizations that have worked with CHEA over the years. The relationships we have built are the most valuable feature of our work and have been essential to our moving forward.

-- Judith Eaton, President, CHEA

BrittinghamIssue 6 • May 2017

Four Questions for Re-Authorization
by Barbara Brittingham, president of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

LegonIssue 5 • May 2017

Accreditation: Transactional or Value-Added?
by Richard Legon, president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)

SampathIssue 4 • May 2017

Students First: Reimagining Accreditation
by Rini Sampath, policy director at the National Campus Leadership Council, a non-profit organization launched in 2012 to better empower student body leaders at colleges around the country to develop the tools, networks, and skills necessary to confront exigent issues facing students today

BoehmeIssue 3 • April 2017

Involving Students in Accreditation
by Simon Boehme, director of student engagement at The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher and Postsecondary Education

Issue 2 • March 2017

Burdensome Accreditation System Needs Overhaul
by Richard Ekman, president of Council of Independent Colleges


Issue 1 • March 2017

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (“Who will guard the guards themselves?”)
by Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president emeritus and university professor
at the George Washington University, a leading author and expert on the
challenges facing higher education

Last Modified: May 23, 2017

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