CHEA Quality Platform to Serve as Quality Assurance Entity in EQUIP Program and Other Accreditation-Related News

August 17, 2016

CHEA Quality Platform to Serve as Quality Assurance Entity in EQUIP Program, U.S. Department of Education Announces (News Release, August 16, 2016) “The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) and StraighterLine, a U.S. company that offers low-price, online higher education courses, will participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP) program, USDE announced today.” (See also USDE Fact Sheet.)

Experts Call for Action to Combat Academic Corruption (University World News, August 12, 2016) “The advisory report grew out of a two-day meeting in Washington of a panel representing accrediting and quality assurance bodies, colleges and universities and higher education associations in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. The meeting was convened by the Washington-based Council for Higher Education Accreditation/ International Quality Group, or CIQG, and the Paris-based International Institute for Educational Planning of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or IIEP-UNESCO.”

Risks of Fraud in Competency-Based Education (Huffington Post, August 11, 2016) “An audit report released earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General could potentially trigger efforts in Congress to eliminate a critical legal requirement for college programs to receive federal Title IV student grants and loans.”

Five Steps to Ensuring Program Integrity and Quality in the Wake of For-Profit Closures (Evolllution, August 5, 2016) “We must overhaul accreditation and narrow its focus on programmatic quality. Over the years, the scope of demands on accreditors has increased to include a long list of bureaucratic requirements.”

Transcript Reveals Debate Over ABA’s Accrediting Power (Bloomberg Law, August 3, 2016) “In what could mark a potential turning point for U.S. legal education, the American Bar Association faces serious questions about its future as the federally-recognized accreditor of law schools.”

Study Says University of Alaska Should Not Pursue Single Accreditation. Here’s Why. (Alaska Dispatch News, August 4, 2016) “A study released [August 3] by the University of Alaska recommended the state's sprawling higher education system not move from three separately accredited universities to a single accreditation at this time.”