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February 23, 2012
Contact: Timothy Willard
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CHEA President Addresses International Quality Assurance
At EAN University in Colombia

(Washington, DC) – Judith Eaton, President of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), addressed issues related to international quality assurance at a meeting held at EAN University in Colombia.

At the meeting, Eaton discussed quality assurance in higher education and the international role of accrediting organizations. Eaton met with EAN University’s president, members of the governing board, deans at the university, faculty members and representatives from the Colombian Ministry of Education to share experiences regarding quality processes at the international level.

“Major changes in quality assurance are taking place in many parts of the world,” Eaton noted. “It is important that those involved in higher education be aware of the changing landscape for accreditation and quality assurance and how these changes will affect institutions and quality assurance bodies.”

EAN University, located in Bogota, Colombia, offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, economics and finance, engineering, healthcare and the humanities. The university is internationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.

Eaton frequently addresses international conferences throughout the world. Recently, she spoke at a conference in Erbil, Iraq on standards in quality assurance and accreditation, hosted by the Institute of International Education; participated in a meeting of the Quality Assurance Council in Hong Kong, of which she is a member; and served as a panelist at a plenary session on academic freedom and institutional autonomy at the annual conference of the Alliance of Universities for Democracy, held in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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