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May 29, 2009
Contact: Timothy Willard
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CHEA Holds Inaugural CEO/CAO Roundtable
To Discuss the Future of Accreditation

(Washington, DC) – On May 28, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), held its inaugural area roundtable meeting to discuss the future of higher education accreditation. At the one-day meeting in Chicago, Illinois, more than 30 institutional presidents, chancellors and chief academic officers from six states participated.

“This discussion is part of the CHEA Initiative,” said CHEA President Judith Eaton. “CHEA seeks to further strengthen public confidence in higher education accreditation and to recalibrate the relationship between accreditation and government to assure that the accreditation and academic communities sustain their leadership in determining and judging academic quality.”

“This was a diverse group of college and university executives from two-year and four-year public and private institutions,” Eaton said. “The conversation focused on the importance and value of accreditation to institutions and programs. As one participant noted, accreditation contributes to a climate of trust among colleges and universities. Together, we need to work effectively to sustain the vital features of accreditation, including independence, diversity, academic freedom and institutional leadership.”

Eaton stated “The focus of the CHEA Initiative and meetings such as this is to build consensus about ways to meet the challenges of today and the future for accreditation. We want to assure that accreditation remains a strong and vibrant system of peer and professional review.”

CHEA will hold a series of roundtable meetings around the country. An additional platform for a national dialogue on the future of accreditation is the series of National Accreditation Fora that CHEA has held since the CHEA Initiative was launched in September 2008. A third National Accreditation Forum will be held at the CHEA Summer Workshop in Washington, D.C. on June 26, 2009.

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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

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