September 25, 2000
of Major Actions
John T. Casteen, III called the meeting to order at 4:08 p.m.
of directors approved the Treasurer's Report for AprilJune 2000.
Chair Casteen reported that Paula C. McDaniel, certified public accountant
with Hetrick & Associates, joined the executive committee of the board
of directors to discuss the FY00 audit. She indicated that CHEA is financially
healthy and the financial controls are operating effectively. With the
recommendation of the executive committee, the board of directors accepted
the FY00 audit as presented.
New Board Members
Chair Casteen introduced and extended a warm welcome to new board members
Lloyd Reuss, former president of General Motors Corporation, and Arthur
Rothkopf, president of Lafayette College (PA).
Chair Casteen also noted that Barbara Brittingham, founding CHEA board
member, has joined the staff of the New England Association of Schools
and Colleges, Inc., Commission on Institutions of Higher Education as
deputy director, and has resigned her position on the CHEA board of
directors effective September 2000.
The board of directors took action on a committee on recognition recommendation
regarding eligibility for recognition.
Committee on Recognition
With the resignation of Shirley Peterson from the committee on recognition,
the board of directors approved the appointment of Patricia McGuire,
president of Trinity College (DC), to fill the remaining term on the
committee of September 25, 2000January 2002.
Judith Watkins, CHEA vice president for accreditation services, updated
the board on the recognition activities. During 19992000, 31 organizations
completed the eligibility phase of the recognition process and by 20002001,
50 accrediting organizations will have completed eligibility or recognition
reviews. In addition, six organizations new to CHEA have submitted letters
of intent to pursue CHEA recognition.
20002001 Revised Organizational Goals and Budget
The board of directors approved the revised 20002001 organizational
goals and FY01 budget as presented.
Draft Statement from the Committee on Transfer and the Public Interest
The board of directors approved the draft Statement to the Community:
Transfer and the Public Interest developed by the CHEA Committee
on Transfer and the Public Interest.
The document will be made available to member institutions, accrediting
organizations and the Washington-based associations.
Tom Butts, CHEA vice president for governmental and external relations,
updated the board on governmental relations issues. Following the election
in November, CHEA will work with the new administration as well as the
leadership in the House and Senate. CHEA will continue to work closely
with the higher education community in preparation for the reauthorization
of the Higher Education Act.
Recent CHEA activities include testifying before the Web-based Education
Commission established by Congress to develop policy recommendations
for Web-based learning and continuing to work with the commission on
distance education issues. CHEA participated in the National Advisory
Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity in May 2000 by offering
comments about transfer issues and providing an update on CHEA activities.
CHEA has also initiated a study of state quality review activities and
the relationship of these activities to accreditation.
Accrediting Association Advisory Panel
Carl Monk, executive vice president and executive director of the Association
of American Law Schools and chair of the CHEA Specialized Advisory Panel,
reported that the advisory panel will meet in October 2000 with the
joint AAU/NASULGC Committee on Accreditation to discuss the AAU/NASULGC
approved Statement of Good Practices in the Establishment of Specialized
Accreditation Standards.The meeting will help determine next steps
with regard to the statement.
of Regional Accrediting Commissions
Dr. David Wolf, executive director of the Western Association of Schools
and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
and chair of the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC),
was unable to be present. Dr. Wolf provided information about the activities
of C-RAC, including the recent agreements among the regional accreditors
to assure consistent levels of quality in higher education offered by
institutions that are expanding across the boundaries of individual
regions. In addition, each of the regional accreditors have adopted
a policy that defines a separately accreditable institution which will
assist in determining when a branch campus operating in a region other
than that of the parent institution would be accredited by the region
in which it is located. The regional accrediting organizations are also
developing guidelines for electronically delivered education.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:15
The next meeting of the CHEA Board of Directors is January 22, 2001,
in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Hotel Inter-Continental. The board
meeting will be held in conjunction with the CHEA 2001 Annual Conference.