Call for Comment: Proposed Revisions to 2010 CHEA Recognition Policy and Procedures

PROPOSED REVISIONS TO 2010 CHEA RECOGNITION POLICY AND PROCEDURES

CALL FOR COMMENT

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is seeking comment on proposed revisions to the 2010 CHEA Recognition Policy and Procedures. This policy contains the standards and processes to review accrediting organizations to determine whether they will be recognized by CHEA. The CHEA Committee on Recognition led the revision process, working with the CHEA Board of Directors, CHEA staff, consultants and legal counsel.

The revision envisions sustaining a strong and effective accreditation enterprise that buttresses CHEA's longstanding core commitment to quality improvement with additional commitment to accountability to the public and to students. This accountability includes an expanded emphasis on evidence of performance as essential to judging the quality of institutions and programs as well as accrediting organizations themselves. The revision is an effort to assure accreditation's continued leadership in assuring and improving academic quality while strengthening accountability, to enhance public confidence in the value of accreditation.

Please see the clean, annotated version of the proposed 2018 revisions and the full mark-up of the current 2010 policy for additional details.

KEY FEATURES OF PROPOSED CHANGES TO CHEA RECOGNITION REVIEW

Proposed Recognition Review Process

  • Streamlined recognition review 
  • Shorter period of recognition 
  • Early identification and action on poorly performing accrediting organizations
  • Use of experts
  • Use of surveying and sampling of accredited institutions and programs
  • Expanded CHEA Board of Directors consultation in awarding recognition

Proposed Recognition Standards

  • Evidence of student achievement central to judging performance of accrediting organizations, institutions and programs
  • Additional transparency related to accreditation decisions, institutional performance and program performance
  • Judgments about performance to include comparisons by types of institutions or programs
  • Added focus on innovation where needed for accreditors, institutions and programs
  • Additional requirements for accreditors that operate internationally
  • Full implementation and enforcement by accreditors of all accreditation standards

Comments are now sought from the public, CHEA member institutions and accrediting organizations. Comments must be received by CHEA no later than Tuesday, September 4, 2018; click here for the comment form.

As part of the comment period, CHEA will hold two meetings to discuss the proposed revisions. The dates and locations for the meetings will be announced shortly.