QA Bodies and Academic Corruption and Other Accreditation-Related Issues

October 10, 2017

What Are QA Bodies Doing to Tackle Academic Corruption? (University World News, October 6, 2017) “A group of global experts is carrying out research into what quality assurance and accreditation bodies are doing to tackle academic corruption around the world. The survey is the initiative of the expert group formed by the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning, or IIEP, and the International Quality Group of the US Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or CHEA/CIQG.” (See also Seeking Global Cooperation to Fight Corruption in HE, the first University World News column on their series on academic corruption, as well as an Advisory Statement for Effective International Practice – Combatting Corruption and Enhancing Integrity: A Contemporary Challenge for the Quality and Credibility of Higher Education, issued by CHEA/CIQG and UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning in July 2016).

CHEA/AACRAO/ACE Release Joint Statement on Transfer and Award of Credit (October 2017) The Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the American Council on Education have released an update of a joint statement addressing important considerations for institutions to take into account in developing and applying credit transfer policies.

A ‘Global Innovation Exchange’ (Inside Higher Ed, October 9, 2017) “Seeking to ‘invert the model’ of U.S. universities opening campuses abroad, the University of Washington and China’s Tsinghua University will open degree-granting academic center near Seattle.”

It’s Time to Rethink Higher Ed Regulations to Better Serve Today’s Students (EdScoop, October 6, 2017) “It’s clear we need a system that can prioritize both quality assurance and evolving delivery models. To close the looming gap between postsecondary attainment and workforce needs, policy needs to catch up with these realities — reforming the nation’s higher education regulations and laws can help.”

Title IX Debate Dominates Deregulation Discussion (Politico “Morning Education,” October 5, 2017) “A public hearing at the Education Department meant to draw ideas about regulations that the Trump administration should ax was dominated by a debate over Title IX enforcement. [Other] regulations that did come up included rules requiring online schools be authorized by the states in which they operate and the federal definition of credit hour.”

Get the Early Bird Rate! 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 be held at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. Click here to register now!