Advisory Statement on Combatting Higher Education Corruption and Other Accreditation-Related News

August 4, 2016

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council, India, is organizing a“Global Summit on Quality Higher Education: Sharing Values and Fostering Trust Beyond Borders” to be held September 16-17, 2016, in Bengaluru, India.

The international meeting aims to address many current issues by initiating dialogue among key stakeholders and leaders of global higher education quality assurance community.

More information can be found on the NAAC Website.

CHEA/CIQG and IIEP-UNESCO Issue Advisory Statement (Politico “Morning Education,” August 1, 2016) “The Council for Higher Education Accreditation/International Quality Group and the International Institute for Educational Planning of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization have issued an advisory statement on combatting corruption in higher education internationally.”

Third Canadian University Accredited in U.S. (Inside Higher Ed, August 4, 2016) “Simon Fraser University, in British Columbia, has become the third Canadian university to be accredited by an American accreditor.”

Ousted Biology Professor Suing College of Charleston After Syllabus Fight (The Post and Courier, August 3, 2016) “College leaders wanted Dillon to include a list of ‘student learning outcomes’ on the syllabus for his Biology 305 genetics lab, in keeping with the latest accreditation standards.”

Evaluating the Evaluators: How to Reduce Conflict of Interest in Higher-Ed Quality Assurance (EdSurge, August 3, 2016) Entangled Solutions, a San Francisco-based ‘innovation agency’ for higher education, has released a report proposing guidelines for mitigating Quality Assurance Entity (QAE) conflicts of interest.

Leader of Troubled Accrediting Agency Resigns (Inside Higher Ed, August 2, 2016) “Anthony Bieda is resigning as the leader of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools [ACICS], said the large, national accrediting agency. Roger J. Williams is ACICS’s new interim leader.” (See a statement from ACICS.)

Why It’s Time to Disrupt Higher Education by Separating Learning From Credentialing (Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, August 2016) “If we want more educational innovation and lower costs, as well as higher-quality educational outcomes, then it is time to break the legacy connection between teaching students and certifying their academic achievements and move to a model where students have alternative ways of demonstrating their knowledge and skills. But this is in part a chicken-or-egg problem, with employers still relying on degrees and students not having access to alternative accreditation systems.”