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ERIC Number: ED544366
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Accreditation and Accountability: Looking Back and Looking Ahead. CHEA Occasional Paper
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has focused on a small but vital set of accreditation issues for the past ten years. Most were selected because they are at the heart of accreditation (student achievement, relationship with government). Others were selected because they represent major expansions of accreditation activity (distance learning, international reviews). All have the potential to fundamentally transform the enterprise as we have historically known it: a system for quality assurance and quality improvement led by the academic community and built on the core values of the primacy of institutional leadership and thus autonomy in the academic arena, a mission-based and thus diverse higher education enterprise and the centrality of freedom of inquiry as captured by the commitment to academic freedom. The issues are:(1) Public Accountability; (2) Student Achievement; (3) Information to the Public; (4) Relationship with Federal and State Government; (5) Distance Education; (6) International Accreditation; (7) Degree Mills and Accreditation Mills; (8) Transfer of Credit; and (9) Financing Accreditation and Conflict of Interest. Presented is a compilation of key recommendations that CHEA has offered related to these issues during the past ten years. Many of these recommendations are the result of extensive outreach, consultation, and communication with many constituents, especially CHEA institutional members, higher education associations, and recognized accrediting organizations. A brief summary of CHEA's core recommendations on each issue is provided, followed by a selection of excerpts from various CHEA publications, advisory statements, letters, and testimony. These excerpts provide additional detail and perspective as well as identify other material in which the reader may be interested. Appended are: (1) The CHEA Initiative. The First Three Years (2008-2011); and (2) Section 3. Additional Reporting to the Public: Examples for Accreditors, Institutions and Programs. [This report was produced by CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation) Institute for Research and Study of Accreditation and Quality Assurance.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Higher Education Accreditation