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January 12, 2010
Contact: Timothy Willard
(202) 955-6126

CHEA 2010 Annual Conference to Feature
Top U.S. and International Speakers

(Washington, DC) –Top speakers from the United States and nations around the world will be featured at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s 2010 Annual Conference, to be held January 25-28 at the Marriott Hotel Washington in Washington, D.C.

“This conference features a truly outstanding program, with more than 30 speakers from U.S. and international higher education institutions, government, the accreditation community and higher education associations,” said CHEA President Judith Eaton. The conference – which will include the Fourth National Accreditation Forum and will be followed by the CHEA International Seminar – will host participants from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America, as well as Canada and the United States.

The CHEA Award was established in 2005 to recognize institutions that have been exceptional in developing and applying evidence of student learning outcomes to improve higher education quality and accountability. A committee selected from higher education institutions, accrediting organizations and the public judged the winners on the basis of four award criteria: 1) articulation and evidence of outcomes; 2) success with regard to outcomes; 3) information to the public about outcomes and 4) use of outcomes for educational improvement.

Speakers at the Annual Conference and the International Seminar will include:

  • Martha Kanter, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Congressman Tim Bishop (D-NY), a member of the Education and Labor Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Jamil Salmi, Tertiary Education Coordinator at the World Bank.
  • George Peterson, Executive Director Emeritus of ABET, Inc.
  • Jorge Klor de Alva, Director of the National Research Center at the University of Phoenix.
  • Craig Swenson, President of Argosy University.
  • Belle Wheelan, President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges.
  • Richard Yelland, Head of the Education Management and Infrastructure Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
  • Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić, Chief of Section for Reform, Innovation and Quality Assurance of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
  • Sir John Daniel, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth of Learning.
  • Maria Jose Lemaité, Academic Director of Centro Interuniversitario de Desarrollo in Chile.
  • Angela Hou Yung-chi, Director of International Exchange for the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan.

A complete list of speakers, sessions and times can be found in the preliminary program on CHEA’s Website. Plenary and concurrent sessions will explore topics including quality and accountability, federal policy and accreditation and the growing use of ranking systems. The conference also will feature the presentation of the 2010 CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes.

For more information or for media registration for the 2010 CHEA Annual Conference and International Seminar, contact Tim Willard, CHEA’s Director of Communications, at (202) 955-6126 or via email at,

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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 59 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. For more information, visit CHEA’s Website at