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January 13, 2009
Contact: Timothy Willard
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Congressman Tim Bishop to Address
2009 CHEA Annual Conference

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Tim Bishop (D-New York) will address the Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s 2009 Annual Conference. His remarks will be delivered at a special plenary session scheduled for 8:00-9:00 am on January 27 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, where CHEA’s Annual Conference will be held.

Congressman Bishop is a fourth-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives and serves on the Education and Labor Committee. His remarks will focus on the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), accreditation and the new administration.

Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Congressman Bishop had a 29-year career at Southampton College in New York, leaving the position of Provost in 2002 to make his first-ever run for office.

"We are extremely pleased to have Congressman Bishop as a keynote speaker at our Annual Conference," said CHEA President Judith Eaton. "His views on the challenges and opportunities facing higher education and accreditation will be both informative and thought-provoking."

CHEA’s 2009 Annual Conference will be held January 26-29. The conference offers sessions covering a wide variety of issues, including federal policy, accountability and accreditation; credibility through progress on accountability; and student learning outcomes.

Other highlights will include the Second National Accreditation Forum and presentation of the 2009 CHEA Award for Institutional Progress in Student Learning Outcomes. The conference will be followed by the CHEA International Seminar, with a separate registration fee, covering issues ranging from emerging international developments to international quality assurance practices.

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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. For more information, visit CHEA’s Website at

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