Council for Higher
Education Accreditation

One Dupont Circle NW
Suite 510
Washington, DC 20036
(tel) 202-955-6126
(fax) 202-955-6129

N E W S   R E L E A S E

January 6, 2009
Contact: Timothy Willard
(202) 955-6126

CHEA 2009 Annual Conference, Second National
Accreditation Forum and International Seminar to Feature
Top Speakers on Higher Education and Accreditation

(Washington, DC) – Top speakers from the higher education and accreditation communities will be featured at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s 2009 Annual Conference, including the Second National Accreditation Forum, and the CHEA International Seminar, to be held January 26-29 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

The Annual Conference will offer sessions covering a wide variety of issues, including expectations of a new administration; federal policy, accountability and accreditation; governing boards and accreditation; and student learning outcomes. The Second National Accreditation Forum will continue the dialogue on accreditation and government launched at the first Forum in September 2008.

Speakers at the 2009 Annual Conference and the Second National Accreditation Forum will include:

  • Robert Dickeson, President Emeritus of the University of Northern Colorado.
  • Matthew Finkin, who holds the Albert J. Harno and Edward W. Cleary Chair in Law at the University of Illinois College of Law.
  • Stanley Ikenberry, President Emeritus and Regent Professor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Christopher Nelson, President of St. John’s College and member of the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

CHEA’s International Seminar, which has a separate registration fee, will immediately follow the Annual Conference. Speakers from the United States, Europe and Africa will address issues ranging from emerging international developments and international quality assurance practices to degree mills. Speakers at the International Seminar will include:

  • Carolyn Campbell, Assistant Director of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, in the United Kingdom.
  • Peter Okebukola, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Crawford University and former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission in Nigeria.
  • Andrée Sursock, Deputy Secretary General of the European University Association.
  • Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic, Chief, Section for Reform, Innovation and Quality Assurance in UNESCO’s Higher Education Division.
  • Luc Weber, Professor of Public Economics and Rector Emeritus of the University of Geneva.

"We are delighted to have speakers of this caliber and expertise to address the CHEA Annual Conference, the Second National Accreditation Forum and the International Seminar," said CHEA President Judith Eaton. "Some of the world’s leading experts in higher education, accreditation and quality assurance will be with us in Washington as presenters and panelists, and the information they provide and the ideas they share will be invaluable for conference attendees."

Other highlights of CHEA’s 2009 Annual Conference will include the presentation of the 2009 CHEA Award for Institutional Progress in Student Learning Outcomes.

# # #

A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. For more information, visit CHEA’s Website at

© 2009 Council for Higher Education Accreditation. All rights reserved. Terms of Use.