of Major Actions and Discussion
are not official minutes of the CHEA Board of Directors.)
Arthur J. Rothkopf called the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m.
Fourth Quarter Financial Report
board of directors received the FY03 fourth quarter financial report.
The board of directors accepted the FY03 external audit.
on Executive Sessions
Rothkopf reported that the board held two executive sessions.
The first session
focused on review and revision of the CHEA Recognition Policy and
Procedures. The review will get under way in fall 2003 with an announcement
to CHEA member institutions, accrediting organizations, and higher education
associations about the process and timetable for the review. Board members
stressed the importance of extensive consultation with constituents
as well as the importance of the policy to self-regulation of higher
During the second
executive session, the board met with CHEA external auditor Paula McDaniel
of Hetrick and Associates to discuss the FY03 audit.
of New Board Members
board of directors approved the appointments of R. Judson Carlberg,
president, Gordon College, to serve on the CHEA Board September 23,
2003-June 30, 2005, and Margaret McKenna, president, Lesley University,
to serve on the CHEA Board September 23, 2003June 30, 2006.
to Council for Higher Education Accreditation Task Force on Reauthorization
Roberts T. Jones,
president, Education and Workforce Policy, LLC, was appointed to the
task force in June 2003.
Fusco, vice president for government and public affairs, provided an
update on CHEA's government relations activities and reauthorization
of the Higher Education Act. These activities have proceeded within
the framework of the six goals of the CHEA Reauthorization Agenda, adopted
by the board in April 2003. Working with Washington higher education
associations and colleagues, CHEA has been advancing approaches to anticipated
legislative language on accreditation and accountability. In this context,
the issues that are likely to directly affect accreditation are student
learning outcomes, transfer of credit, information to the public about
accreditation results, and distance learning. Mr. Fusco reported that
CHEA was also monitoring activity related to student complaints, governance,
and due process.
The board of directors
had an extensive discussion of reauthorization during its working session
on Monday, September 22, 2003.
to the CHEA Committee on Recognition
Petersen, director emeritus, Accrediting Commission for Community and
Junior Colleges, and George Peterson, executive director, Accreditation
Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., were reappointed to serve
on the committee on recognition for the term January 2004-December 2006.
to the CHEA Specialized/National Advisory Panel
Fryshman, executive vice president, Association of Advanced Rabbinical
and Talmudic Schools, and George Peterson, executive director, Accreditation
Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., were reappointed to the
Specialized/National Advisory Committee for a three-year term (January
2004-December 2006). Frank B. Murray, president, Teacher Education Accreditation
Council, was newly appointed to the panel for a three-year term (January
Accreditation and Student Learning Outcomes
CHEA has been
developing a statement on accreditation and student learning outcomes
for approximately 16 months. Interest in a statement emerged from the
three CHEA workshops on student learning outcomes held in March 2002,
July 2002, and September 2002.
The initial version
of a proposed statement was shared with the CHEA advisory panels and
the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA).
This version was discussed at length in an open session at the 2003
CHEA Annual Conference and resulted in a major revision of the document.
The revised statement was discussed once again with the advisory panels
and ASPA. It was distributed to CHEA participating and recognized accrediting
organizations for comment in spring 2003. Simultaneously, the CHEA board
reviewed the first version of the proposed statement at its January
2003 meeting and reviewed the second version at its April 2003 meeting.
The board of directors
approved the Statement of Mutual Responsibilities for Student Learning
Outcomes: Accreditation, Institutions, and Programs.
The board also
commended CHEA and the organizations with which CHEA works for their
cooperation and commitment in the production of the Statement.
Year End Report
on 2002-2003 Goals
Eaton reviewed the 2002-2003 year end report.
Update on CHEA
stated the 2004 Annual Conference will be held in Marina del Rey, CA
in January 2004, immediately following the January 26, 2004 board of
of Regional Accrediting Commissions
indicated that the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions met on
September 16-17, 2003. Much of the discussion focused on reauthorization
of the Higher Education Act.
reported the next meeting of the Specialized/National Advisory Panel
will be on Tuesday, September 30, 2003, in Washington, DC.
There being no
further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:50 a.m.
The next meeting
of the CHEA Board of Directors will be held on January 26, 2004 in conjunction
with the CHEA Annual Conference in Marina del Rey, CA.