US Council for Higher Education Accreditation quality principles

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The International Quality Group of the US Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has developed a simple set of quality principles that can be put on one page.

ICDE is grateful to Sir John Daniel, O.C., former President of the Commonwealth of Learning and Chair of the Advisory Council of the International Quality Group, for providing this resource.

This simple set of quality principles serves as a framework for international deliberation about quality in higher education. The aim is to seek common ground and establish a foundation for understanding quality. The highest common factors in quality in post-secondary education are given in simple language, valid no matter what the mode of delivery, nor the quality assurance arrangements in a given jurisdiction.

Quality Principles

About the US Council for Higher Education Accreditation and CHEA International Quality Group

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.

The CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) is an important forum for colleges, universities, accrediting and quality assurance organizations and others worldwide to address issues and challenges focused on quality and quality assurance in an international setting. The CIQG provides service designed to:

  • Assist institutions and organizations in further enhancing capacity for academic quality

  • Advance understanding of international quality assurance

  • Provide research and policy direction

The CHEA seeks to bring together people, ideas and resources from around the world to tackle issues ranging from defining quality and addressing rankings to combating degree mills and accreditation mills.

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