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The New Normal for Accreditation: Values, Practice and Policy

January 29 (evening reception) - January 31, 2018


Monday, January 29, 2018

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM               Opening Reception (South American Room)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

(All plenary sessions to be held in the Presidential Ballroom)

7:30 AM              Registration and Continental Breakfast

Welcome and Introductions

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

James Gaudino, President, Central Washington University and Chair, CHEA Board of Directors

Video Welcome: The Honorable Patty Murray (D-Washington), Ranking Member, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Plenary I: Opening Session

Higher Education and Reauthorization: The Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity Through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act

The Honorable Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina), Chair, House Committee on Education and the Workforce

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM               Plenary Session II
Accreditation, Free Expression and Excellence

Leon Botstein, President, Bard College

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM          Plenary Session III

What Is the New Normal for Accreditation and What Should It Be?

Barbara Brittingham (Moderator), President, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges; Presenters: Ed Klonoski, President, Charter Oak State College; Martin Kurzweil, Director, Educational Transformation Program, Ithaka S+R

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM           Concurrent Sessions

The New Normal: Perspectives of Accrediting Organizations (South American Room)

Mary Ellen Petrisko (Moderator), Past President, WASC Senior College and University CommissionPresenters: Bernard Fryshman, Executive Vice President Emeritus and Interim Executive Director, Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools Accreditation Commission; Neil Harvison, Chief Professional Affairs Officer and Acting Director of Accreditation, American Occupational Therapy Association.

Quality Assurance Developments in Asia  (Senate Room)

Chet Haskell (Moderator), International Consultant to Higher Education, EDU Alliance Group Presenter: Angela hou Yung-chi, Executive Director, Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan and Vice President, Asia Pacific Quality Network

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM              Lunch

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM                 Concurrent Sessions 

Accreditation on the Edge (South American Room)

Presenters: Kevin Kinser, Department Head, Education Policy Studies, Penn State College of Education; Susan Phillips, Professor, University at Albany, SUNY

The Groningen Declaration Network and Accreditation  (Senate Room)

Presenters: Herman de Leeuw (Moderator), Secretary, Groningen Declaration Network; Anthony McClaran, Chief Executive Officer, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, Australia; Michael Reilly, Executive Director, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

Measuring What Matters: Quantifying Returns on Digital Learning (Federal Room)

Presenters: Lou Pugliese, Senior Innovation Fellow, Arizona State University; Kate Smith, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Rio Salado College

…Evening on Your Own…

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

8:00 AM                               Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM              Plenary Session IV

House Education Committee Democrats Priorities Regarding Accreditation and Higher Education Act Reauthorization

The Honorable Bobby Scott (D-Virginia), Ranking Member, Committee on Education and the Workforce, U.S. House of Representatives

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM              Plenary Session V

Emerging Issues for Higher Education and Accreditation in 2018

Goldie Blumenstyk (Moderator), Senior Writer, Chronicle of Higher Education Accreditation; Paul Fain, Editor, Inside Higher Ed; Michael Stratford, Education Reporter, POLITICO Pro

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM           Plenary Session VI

The Higher Education Reauthorization Bill and Its Implications for Accreditation

Jan Friis (Moderator), Vice President for Government Affairs, Council for Higher Education Accreditation; Presenters: David Baime, Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of Community Colleges; Julie Peller, Executive Director, Higher Learning Advocates

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM           Concurrent Sessions

State Issues and Accreditation
(South American Room)

Presenters: Sally Johnstone, President, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems; Karen Whitney, Interim Chancellor, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

Specialized Accreditation and Employer Engagement (Federal Room)

Joseph Vibert (Moderator), Executive Director, Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors; Presenters: Stacey Borasky, Director of Accreditation, Council on Social Work Education; J. Gregory Boyer, Assistant Executive Director and Director, Professional Degree Program Accreditation, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education; Crystal Calarusse, Chief Accreditation Officer, Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation, Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration

Public Trust and Accountability (Senate Room)

Presenters: Tom Boland, Partner, BH Associates and former Chief Executive, Higher Education Authority of Ireland; Ellen Hazelkorn, Partner, BH Associates and Professor Emeritus and Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit, Dublin Institute of Technology; Andrée Sursock, Senior Adviser, European University Association

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM             Luncheon and Plenary VII: Closing Session

The Future of For-Profit Higher Education

Craig Swenson, (Moderator), President and Chief Executive Officer, Ashford University; Presenter: Michael Dakduk, Executive Vice President and Director of Government Relations, Career Education Colleges and Universities

Conference Adjourns


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