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The CHEA Initiative - Building the Future of Accreditation

In Fall 2008, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) launched the CHEA Initiative, a multi-year national conversation on the future of accreditation. The Initiative seeks to (1) enhance accountability in accreditation and (2) sustain a balance and distinction between accountability to the federal government and the academic work of accreditation – its focus on institutional mission and independence, peer/professional review and quality improvement. Through the Initiative, CHEA is working to build consensus for action on the issues of greatest importance to the accreditation and higher education communities, as well as prepare for the anticipated reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in 2013 or thereafter.


Become part of the CHEA Initiative conversation. Please email CHEA at
to offer your ideas and suggestions about the future of accreditation.


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