What Accreditors Say: Changes in Approach to Accreditation Practice

CHEA Board of Directors

The CHEA Board of Directors has elected officers for 1998-99. They are:

Chair Gordon Haaland President,
Gettysburg College
Vice Chair John Casteen President,
University of Virginia
Secretary Vera King Farris President,
the Richard Stockton College
Treasurer Ira Lechner Trustee,
Randolph Macon College

Jacquelyn Belcher, President of Georgia Perimeter College, was elected to a three-year term on the board and Zelema Harris, President of Park College, retired from the board. Board members who were re-elected to a new three-year term are Eleanor Baum, Dean of Engineering, the Cooper Union; Barbara Brittingham, Dean of Human Sciences and Services, University of Rhode Island; Vera King Farris, President, the Richard Stockton College; and Robert Glidden, President, Ohio University.

The CHEA board of directors approved the CHEA Recognition of Accrediting Organizations Policy and Procedures at its September 28, 1998 meeting in Washington, DC. CHEA plans to begin recognition reviews in 1999. The board also approved a revised 1998-99 budget for CHEA; reviewed an outline for a mediation process or means by which CHEA, upon request, can assists accreditors or institutions to resolve differences; discussed the good practices data base that CHEA will make available later this fall; and reviewed plans for the 1999 CHEA Annual Conference. •

CHEA's New Service: Good Practice in Accreditation Review

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has established a new service -- a Good Practices Database -- to be found on its website (http://www.chea.org) effective November 1998.

The purpose of the database is to provide institutions and accreditors with in-formation about good practices in accreditation review. The practices currently available have been identified by faculty and administrators at colleges and universities throughout the country, especially those who have recently completed a regional, national, professional or specialized accreditation self-study and site visit.

The data base contains eight categories of good practice, including preparation of the self-study report, communication with accrediting organizations, development of team reports, and distance learning and accreditation review. Interested individuals may also suggest good practices. Instructions are available at the site to assist in doing this. CHEA staff will review all submissions for their appropriateness for inclusion in the data base.

We thank the colleges and universities that participated in the CHEA Good Practices Survey conducted in spring 1998 that provided the foundation for the data base. And, we hope that you will submit good practices you think are worthy of sharing with colleagues. The success of the data base depends on your continued interest and involvement. •


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