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January 23, 2018

Accreditation in the News compiles news, articles and reports covering accreditation and quality assurance issues in the United States and internationally.

Speakers at the CHEA 2018 Annual Conference – January 29 (early evening reception) to midday, January 31 – and the CIQG 2018 Annual Meeting – January 31 (late afternoon session) through February 1 – will include:

crowd backs
  • Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chair, House Committee on Education and the Workforce
  • Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member, House Committee on Education and the Workforce
  • Leon Botstein, President, Bard College
  • Frank Bruni, Op-Ed Columnist, the New York Times
  • Jamil Salmi, Secretary, Global Tertiary Education Expert

View preliminary programs for the CHEA 2018 Annual Conference and CIQG 2018 Annual Meeting.
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Rural Recruiting Problems (Inside Higher Ed, January 23, 2018) “A recent accreditation policy has many colleges -- particularly in rural areas -- struggling to find qualified instructors to teach popular dual-credit courses for high school students.”

The Tyranny of Metrics (Chronicle of Higher Education [Subscription required], January 21, 2018) “Like all colleges, Catholic University of America gets evaluated every decade by an accrediting body. For my university, that body is the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. It issued a report that included demands for more metrics on which to base future ‘assessment’ — a buzzword in higher education that usually means more measurement of performance.”

Institutional Innovation: How Can Higher Ed Leaders Successfully Innovate? (Education Dive, January 19, 2017) “Alana Dunagan, research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute, spoke at a Council for Higher Education Accreditation event last June, explaining there are two ways of understanding innovation: sustained versus disruptive.”

Law Schools Under the Microscope (Inside Higher Ed, January 16, 2018) “The ABA has publicly posted reports on the accreditation status of more than 5 percent of the law schools it approves in the last 18 months, providing a window into the continued aftereffects of the law school bubble.”

Under Proposed Bill, USF Would Lose Separate Accreditations (WUSF, January 16, 2018) “A bill under consideration by the Florida House would shake the very foundation of the University of South Florida by revoking the separate accreditations of its St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee campuses.”

Accrediting Officials Advise State on College Merger Plan (CT Post, January 11, 2018) “Accrediting officials overseeing one of the largest changes in New England higher education told [Connecticut] state officials they need to see evidence a plan to merge 12 community colleges into one will leave some 53,000 students in the system better off.”



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