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CHEA 2017 Summer Workshop

Perspectives on Accreditation


Monday, June 26, 2017

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Opening Reception (South American Room)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

(All sessions take place in the South American Room)
7:30 am - 8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Welcome and Introductions
Judith Eaton, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation
8:00 am - 8:30 am Accreditation and the U.S. Congress
What issues are of greatest importance to leaders in Congress when it comes to accreditation? Are we likely to see any movement on these issues, including a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act?

Presenter: The Honorable Bradley Byrne (R-Alabama), Member, U.S. House of Representatives
8:30 am - 9:00 am Presenter: The Honorable Paul Mitchell (R-Michigan), Member, U.S. House of Representatives
9:30 am - 10:30 am The Changing Political Landscape
What might colleges, universities and accrediting organizations expect from the changes that have taken place at the White House and on Capitol Hill during the past six months?

Presenter: Margaret Carlson, Political Commentator and Columnist, The Daily Beast
10:45 am - noon The Challenge of Next-Generation Innovation in Higher Education
Recent innovations in higher education – MOOC certifications and partnerships with degree-granting institutions, for-profit/nonprofit partnerships and, most recently, the Purdue University/Kaplan University partnership – pose intriguing challenges. What is expected of accreditation and others in meeting these challenges and responding to these and future innovations?

Moderator: Paul Fain, News Editor, Inside Higher Ed; Presenters: Alana Dunagan, Research Fellow, Higher Education, Clayton Christensen Institute; Arthur Levine, President, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm Luncheon Session
The New Administration and Congress: A Political Perspective

What observations can we make about the current Administration and Congress after the first six months of their work? What are the implications for higher education and accreditation?

Presenter: Frank Sesno, Direct or of School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm CHEA 20th Year Op-Ed Series: A Panel Discussion Among Authors on the Future of Accreditation
CHEA has developed an Op-Ed Series as part of acknowledging the 20th year of CHEA’s operation. The focus of the Series is the future of accreditation. What do some of the Op-Ed authors have to say about accreditation and the future?

Moderator: Judith Eaton, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation; Presenters: Richard Ekman, President, Council of Independent Colleges; Richard Legon, President, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges; Rini Sampath, Policy Director, National Campus Leadership Council
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm Accreditation Reform: Ideas and Perspectives
A number of ideas for reform of accreditation have been generated and shared, whether from Congress, think tanks or policy leaders. What are these ideas and are any of them likely to take hold in accreditation?

Moderator: Barbara Brittingham, President, New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education; Presenters: Amy Laitinen, Director for Higher Education, Education Policy Program, New America; Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress

Download a PDF version of the schedule to print out. If you are attending the Workshop, copies of the program will be available on site.

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Last Modified: Jul 7, 2017

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