AGB, CHEA issue joint statement on board governance and accreditation

Leaders from the Association of Governing Boards for Universities and Colleges and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation released a joint advisory statement today to advance best practices for boards and presidents on accreditation sustainability.

The statement, the first joint overview issued by the two organizations since 2009, cautions boards to be detailed in understanding and participating in the accreditation process while avoiding issues like undue interference and conflict of interest.

Presidents and chancellors were charged with ensuring regular updates and engaging faculty in the accrediting monitoring and review process.

“Accreditation can be used as an opportunity to assess institutional or programmatic impact
and success, as well as to leverage change,” said Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, CHEA president.
“Accreditation is not a singular process. It is designed to foster engagement by institutional
stakeholders to improve academic quality and financial integrity, centered on student success.
I’m pleased that CHEA and AGB could collaborate on such an important topic.”