Radio Higher Ed delivers thought provoking podcasts designed to inform and challenge policy makers about postsecondary education policies, issues and their implications. The podcasts feature credible, current and relevant analysis and commentary from seasoned postsecondary education leaders. Listen to an in depth discussion of higher education accreditation including Dr. Leah Matthews, DEAC's Executive Director. The podcast features four different perspectives on the strengths and challenges facing accreditation as the primary quality assurance process for higher education in the United States by addressing key questions such as:
Compliance versus quality improvement, where should emphasis lie?
Accreditation reform: What should Congress consider in the next Higher Education Act reauthorization?
Ratings and rankings: Can they co-exist with accreditation?
Criticism of accreditation: are claims that it is a barrier to innovation and lacks transparency justified?
Commentary on these questions and more is offered by Dr. Judith Eaton, President of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), Dr. Leah Matthews, Executive Director of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Dr. Mary Ellen Petrisko, President of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and Dr. Mary Jane Harris, formerly of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
A copy of the podcast is available on the Radio Higher Ed website or via download from the Apple iTunes store.