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October 9, 2012
Contact: Timothy Willard
(202) 955-6126

CHEA Board of Directors Votes to Recognize
Eight Accrediting Organizations at Recent Meeting

CHEA Currently Recognizes 60 Institutional and Programmatic Accrediting Organizations

At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) held September 24-25, 2012 in Washington, DC, the board voted to recognize eight accrediting organizations.

Accrediting organizations newly recognized by CHEA are:

  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences Forensic Science Educational Program Accreditation Commission
  • Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
  • Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
  • Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System

The board of directors also voted to recognize the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) for three years (with a full recognition review by December 31, 2015) and the American Optometric Association Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE), the American Physical Therapy Association Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) for up to 10 years, with an expanded recognized scope of accreditation for CORE to include bachelor’s degrees. ACICS, ACOE and CORE have been recognized by CHEA since 2001. CAPTE has been recognized by CHEA since 2002.

These eight accrediting organizations join regional, national faith-related, national career-related and programmatic accreditors recognized by CHEA. Currently, 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations are CHEA-recognized.

“CHEA recognition is part of the higher education community’s commitment to high quality achieved through self-regulation and peer review,” said CHEA President Judith Eaton.

Recognition by CHEA means that an accrediting organization meets CHEA’s standards and that its accreditation process is consistent with the quality, improvement and accountability expectations that CHEA has established. CHEA’s Committee on Recognition – appointed by the board of directors and consisting of members of the public, members from accrediting organizations and members from colleges and universities – conducts an in-depth review of eligible accrediting organizations and makes recommendations for recognition to the board of directors.


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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. 

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