(Washington, DC) – The Council for Higher Education Accreditation has announced the winners of the 2011 CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes: Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center; James Madison University Social Work Program; Miami Dade College; and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy.
The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) foreign language instruction provider and serves all four branches of the U.S. military and select DoD agencies, teaching 23 basic course languages and providing enhancement and sustainment post-basic courses. James Madison University’s Social Work Program prepares generalist social workers who will work with and provide service to diverse individuals, families, communities and organizations. Miami Dade College, with more than 170,000 students and eight campuses offering more than 300 programs of study, is the largest college in the United States. The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy offers the only downstate pharmacy doctorate program, addressing the growing need in Southern and Central Illinois, as well as the nation at large, for well-trained pharmacists in a career field that is experiencing rapid and dramatic growth.
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.
“CHEA is pleased to acknowledge the work of these institutions and programs in providing examples of institutional progress and effective approaches to the use of student learning outcomes,” said CHEA President Judith Eaton.
Representatives from each school will receive the award at the 2011 CHEA Annual Conference, to be held January 24-26 at the Marriott Hotel Washington in Washington, D.C.
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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 www.chea.org.