2014 CIC Presidents Institute
January 6, 2014
Marco Island, FL

The increasing demand for public accountability of higher education has resulted in the federal government acquiring significantly more authority in academic decision making—a domain that in the past has been the responsibility of either colleges and universities or institutional and programmatic accreditors. Among the changes recently imposed by both federal and state governments are distance-learning regulations, definition of the credit hour, transfer-of-credit rules, and guidelines for student-learning outcomes. What do independent college and university presidents need to know about these and other anticipated changes in government regulation? The president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation will offer a fresh perspective on these issues based on her advocacy for voluntary accreditation and quality assurance to the U.S. Congress and Department of Education.

Judith S. Eaton has served as president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) since 1997, one year after its formation. The largest institutional higher education membership organization in the United States, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and a national advocate for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation. Prior to her work at CHEA, Eaton served as chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, where she was responsible for leadership and coordination of 32 institutions serving more than 162,000 students statewide. Previously, Eaton was president of the Council for Aid to Education, the Community College of Philadelphia, and the Community College of Southern Nevada. She also served as vice president of the American Council on Education. In addition, she has held teaching positions at Columbia University, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University. Eaton serves on a range of boards and has authored numerous books and articles on topics in higher education and accreditation. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and holds a doctorate from Wayne State University.

Chair: Larry L. Earvin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Huston-Tillotson University

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