CHEA Podcasts and Webinars

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The Future of Value-Based Higher Education and Quality Assurance - The Future of Academic Freedom

June 17, 2020

This 90-minute Webinar addressed the contours of academic freedom both as it relates to institutions and quality assurance, what rights and obligations are attached to academic freedom from a European, Latin American and Scholars at Risk perspective and how academic freedom is being challenged today.


  • Sjur Bergan, Head, Education Department, Council of Europe
  • Marcelo Knobel, Rector, UNICAMP, Brazil
  • Robert Quinn, Founding Executive Director, Scholars at Risk

Higher Education and Quality in Fall 2020: What Do We Need to Do and How Do We Do It Well?

May 28, 2020

This 90-minute Webinar addressed what higher education needs to do to prepare for Fall 2020. Worldwide there are questions about whether colleges and universities will be open and how, including whether education will be offered on-campus or online or both. The only certainty is uncertainty. What are the major challenges for Fall 2020? What is needed to assure a quality experience either on-campus or on-line -- in the classroom, in counseling and advising and other student support, in creating an environment in which students can engage not only with faculty, but also with each other? What is the role of quality assurance and accreditation bodies?


  • Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić (Moderator), Senior Advisor, Council for Higher Education Accreditation
  • Tian Belawati, Professor, Universitas Terbuka, Indonesia
  • Neil Butcher, Director, Neil Butcher and Associates
  • Judith Eaton, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation
  • Richard Garrett, Chief Research Officer, Eduventures 

Assuring Quality in Higher Education in a Time of Crisis

May 6, 2020

Audio (via Soundcloud)

This 90-minute Webinar explored the important topic of assuring quality in higher education during the COVID-19 crisis, how higher education institutions are reacting to offering teaching and learning online and especially providing quality provision in this time of adversity, how learning will continue and how its quality will be assured.


  • Judith Eaton (Moderator), President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation
  • Rodrigo Guerra Botello, Secretary-General, Federation of Mexican Private Higher Education Institutions (Mexico)
  • Carolyn Campbell, Senior Consultant, The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (United Kingdom)
  • Peter Okebukola, President, Global University Network for Innovation - Africa (Nigeria)
  • Concepcion Pijano, International Consultant for Education, EU Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (Philippines)
  • Jianxin Zhang, Chief Expert of Yunnan Higher Education Evaluation Center and President, Asia-Pacific Quality Network

Sustaining and Enhancing Institutional Autonomy:
The Role of Quality Assurance

April 16, 2020

Audio (via Soundcloud)

This 90-minute Webinar addressed institutional autonomy and quality assurance in several countries and regions.  The discussion includes exploring the complexity of what "institutional autonomy" means in various places around the world as well as the role quality assurance can play to sustain and strengthen institutional autonomy.


  • Jamil Salmi (Moderator), Global Tertiary Education Expert
  • Kai-ming Cheng, Professor Emeritus, University of Hong Kong
  • Helen Lockey, Senior Assistant Registrar, University of Hong Kong
  • Goolam Mohamedbhai, Former Secretary-General, Association of African Universities
  • Srbijanka Turajlić, Professor, University of Belgrade Faculty of Electrical Engineering (Retired)

Combatting Academic Corruption: Focus on Quality Assurance and Plagiarism

July 10, 2017


  • Carolyn Campbell, Senior Consultant, The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (United Kingdom)
  • Jamil Salmi (Moderator), Global Tertiary Education Expert
  • Professor N.V. Varghese, Director of the Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education (CPRHE) New Delhi


Digitization on Higher Education and Quality Assurance: An Interview with James Keevy

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has produced a podcast featuring a conversation between James Keevy, CEO of JET Education Services, and CHEA President Judith Eaton. In the podcast, Keevy and Eaton discuss digitization – its key features and importance – and the impact of digitization on higher education and quality assurance.
(Duration: 30:03) Published February 11, 2020

What Lies Ahead for Accreditation

Judith Eaton, President of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), discusses what lies ahead for accreditation, both in terms of federal laws the public’s perception of accreditation and its value. She outlines where we currently stand in regards to accreditation and federal policy, addresses the likelihood of a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, talks about what is most important for accreditation moving forward and how CHEA and accreditation can provide leadership.  (Duration: 13:22) Published: Oct. 4, 2019