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June 22, 2017

Accreditation in the News compiles news, articles and reports covering accreditation and quality assurance issues in the United States and internationally.



June 26 (5:00 pm reception) – June 27, 2017 (7:30 am – 4:45 pm)
Capital Hilton Hotel • Washington, DC

Don’t miss Summer Workshop speakers and moderators, including:

Just Added! Margaret Carlson, Columnist, The Daily Beast

  • Bradley Byrne (R-Alabama), Member, House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development and cosponsor of bills addressing federal financial aid and accountability
  • Paul Mitchell (R-Michigan), Member, House Subcommittee Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development and lead sponsor of the College Transparency Act of 2017
  • Paul Fain, News Editor, Inside Higher Ed
  • Alana Dunagan, Research Fellow, Higher Education, Clayton Christensen Institute
  • Arthur Levine, President, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
  • Frank Sesno, Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University
  • 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
  • Barbara Brittingham, President, New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • Amy Laitinen, Director for Higher Education, Education Policy Program, New America
  • Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress

See the CHEA Website for more information, registration and hotel reservation forms.

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Where Winds Are Blowing on Accreditation (Inside Higher Ed, June 21, 2017) “At meeting of federal advisory panel [NACIQI], some members push accreditors to set ‘bright lines’ for colleges’ performance, while others caution against oversimplification.”

Students’ Rising Expectations Pose Challenge to Online Programs (Chronicle of Higher Education [Subscription Required], June 20, 2017) “’If you’re going to shorten your course, you’ve got to be careful that you have the requisite amount of work,’ said [co-author of the report] David L. Clinefelter. In the past, accreditors and colleges have faced scrutiny for inflating the credits they awarded for online programs.”

Senator, Come Visit My Classroom (Inside Higher Ed, June 19, 2017) “You and your staff are inundated by calls to ‘improve’ or change accreditation by having accreditors take quantitative student outcomes into account. You probably don’t know that even though we’ve been hearing the ‘outcome’ story for over 30 years, there has yet to be found a quantitative outcome that is reliable and valid.”

Should This College Operator Run a Federal Oversight Panel? (Huffington Post, June 19, 2017) “For some people engaged in the world of higher education politics, watching Arthur Keiser ascend the dais at a Washington, DC, hotel Tuesday morning as the new chair of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) — the group of experts charged with advising the Department on the performance of college accrediting organizations — might be a bit like watching Donald Trump get sworn in as President of the United States.”

Aligning Institutional, National & Regional Strategies to Strengthen Quality Assurance (UNESCO Regional Conference on Quality Assurance of Higher Education in Asia-Pacific, June 15-16, 2017) A presentation on efforts by the Asia-Pacific Quality Network and the CHEA International Quality Group.


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Last Modified: Jun 22, 2017

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