CHEA - Council for Higher Education Accreditation

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Washington DC  20036-1135

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CHEA - Council for Higher Education Accreditation

A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations

CHEA Member Services


• The CHEA Initiative is a new and innovative approach to leading a national discussion of the future of accreditation, its role and relationship with government and the public.

• The CHEA CEO/CAO Project is a multi-year initiative of surveys, interviews and roundtable discussions, keeping abreast of presidents' needs relating to accreditation.

• CHEA, on behalf of its members, undertakes periodic scrutiny or recognition of accredita-tion organizations based on quality standards approved by the CHEA Board of Directors.

• CHEA is a vigorous advocate for accreditation through its government relations function, representing to the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of Education and the states the interests of member institutions in matters related to self-regulation, accreditation and quality assurance.

• CHEA provides a major national forum for accreditation deliberations, bringing together institutions, accrediting organizations and policy leaders in conferences and workshops to address emerging and challenging accreditation-related issues in higher education.

• The CHEA Award provides annual national recognition to institutions for outstanding institutional practice in student learning outcomes.

• The Higher Education Transfer Alliance (HETA) seeks to ease transfer among institutions by assuring that accredited status is not a barrier.

• CHEA has become a key source of information to the international community for comprehensive information about U.S. accreditation and, through the annual CHEA International Seminar, provides a major U.S. forum for international issues related to accreditation and quality assurance.

• CHEA serves its member institutions through its Mediation Service, working with institutions and CHEA-recognized accreditors to attempt to resolve disputes.


• Inside Accreditation, an e-mail publication from the CHEA president to member presidents and the public, offers analysis and commentary on key accreditation and higher education issues.

• CHEA's Federal Update provides information on federal policy developments affecting accreditation, self-regulation and peer review.

• CHEAmail is an ongoing electronic communication with CHEA members to learn of their interests and priorities and to provide valuable current information on important accreditation-related developments, CHEA publications, conferences and workshops.


• The CHEA Database of Institutions and Programs Accredited by Recognized United States Accrediting Organizations is the largest and most comprehensive Web-based compilation in the nation, with information on the accredited status of 7,700 institutions and over 18,700 programs, and how to contact them.

• The CHEA Web-based Important Questions about Accreditation, Degree Mills and Accreditation Mills is a valuable resource for students, families, employers and the public to learn more about degree mills and accreditation mills.

• The CHEA International Directory provides contact information on quality assurance and accreditation bodies as well as ministries of education throughout the world.


• CHEA provides a range of occasional papers, fact sheets, monographs and CHEA Chronicles through the CHEA Institute for Research and Study of Accreditation and Quality Assurance.

• The CHEA Almanac of External Quality Review, published biannually, is a comprehensive source of information about the role of accreditation in the United States, including the range and activities of accrediting organizations.

Additional Benefits to Member Institutions

• Conference and workshop participants from CHEA member institutions receive a discount on all registration fees.

• CHEA member institutions receive a free copy of all CHEA publications, including the 2009 CHEA Almanac of External Quality Review. Members also receive discounts when ordering additional copies of any CHEA publication.

Database of Institutions and Programs Accredited by Recognized United States Accrediting Organizations

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation will serve students and their families, colleges and universities, sponsoring bodies, governments and employers by promoting academic quality through formal recognition of higher education accrediting bodies

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