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Accreditation Panel

Join us for our special luncheon panel at which these three distinguished leaders will address issues such as:

  • Will accreditation be transformed from a valued private-sector process—over which the federal government historically has exercised limited control—to a process that is subject to more and more federal involvement.
  • What are the implications of this shift for faculty? For administration? For students?
  • Are institutions experiencing a loss of appropriate authority and responsibility for key academic decisions—that is, judgments about curriculum, academic standards, and general education?
  • Are the core academic values on which accreditation is built and in which faculty members invest at risk as the federal government role expands?

Accreditation is a creation of colleges and universities that dates back more than a century. Its fundamental purposes are quality assurance and quality improvement in higher education. A process of self-regulation through peer and professional review, it is the oldest such system in the world. Is it in jeopardy? Join us at our special Thursday luncheon panel at which the regional accreditation leadership will address these issues as well as field your questions on any topic of your choice.

Drexel is proud to host a panel of two Presidents and a Senior Vice President of 3 regional US accrediting bodies at our 2017 Assessment Conference September 13-15. They are:

Beth Sibolski

Elizabeth H. (Beth) Sibolski is President of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  MSCHE is the U.S. regional accrediting agency that serves member institutions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware...

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Belle Wheelan

Dr. Wheelan currently serves as President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is the first African American and the first woman to serve in this capacity.  Her career spans over 40 years...

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Patricia O'Brien

Patricia M. O’Brien SND is Senior Vice President of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the regional accrediting association for the...

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