A Response from CHEA to New York Times Editorial on Accreditation and Other Accreditation-Related Issues

October 26, 2016

Accrediting Colleges (Letter by CHEA President Judith Eaton responding to New York Times editorial, October 25, 2016) “The editorial’s concern that, ‘incredibly,’ government cannot ‘dictate’ standards or benchmarks to judge colleges and institutions is, itself, incredible. At the heart of the success of accreditation and higher education has been the freedom of the academic community to lead when it comes to the very things that The Times believes government should now dictate – judging academic quality and academic soundness.”

ABA Adopts Tougher Bar Passage Standards for Accreditation – Well, Almost (Above the Law, October 24, 2016) “The ABA’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar passed the tightened standard, but the change hasn’t officially happened yet. The ABA’s House of Delegates must approve the measure.”

Can Your Productivity Be Measured? (Inside Higher Ed, October 25, 2016) “Reports on teaching and research also can be generated for accreditation purposes.”

Jordan, Iraqi Kurdistan Discuss Cooperation on Higher Education (Petra News Agency, October 25, 2016) “Higher Education Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission President, Bashir Al Zoubi, on [October 24], discussed exchanging of expertise in the field of accreditation and quality assurance with the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.”

Accreditation Council Act: Approval a Must for University Degree (Business News 24 BD, October 10, 2016) “The [Bangladesh] Cabinet today approved a law with a provision that no university would be able to offer certificates without the approval of a council to be formed by the government. The approval of Bangladesh Accreditation Council Act-2016 came at a weekly cabinet meeting at the Cabinet Division of the Secretariat.”