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December 14, 2016
Contact: Tim Willard
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CHEA/CIQG Hosts International Webinar On Combatting Academic
Corruption: What Might the International Quality Assurance Community Do?

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) International Quality Group (CIQG) hosted a Webinar on December 12, 2016, to address academic corruption and the role of quality assurance and to begin the discussion of ways that it can be combatted. The international event included more than 75 participants from countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South

The Webinar featured an expert panel including:

  • Sir John Daniel – Research Associate, Contact North/Contact Nord, Canada
  • Goolam Mohamedbhai – former Secretary General of the Association of African Universities
  • Manja Klemenčič – Sociology Lecturer, Harvard University
  • Mary Beth Marklein – Reporter, University World News
  • Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić – CHEA's Senior Advisor on International Affairs

The Webinar addressed issues including areas of corruption in which the international quality assurance community takes a prominent role, what kinds of actions might the community take, ways to galvanize quality assurance colleagues to provide leadership to combat corruption, who are natural allies and stakeholders and how might the academic community reach out to them and how responses to these questions could provide a foundation for the development of an action plan.

Major themes included:

  1. People acknowledge and care about the seriousness and complexity of the academic corruption issue.
  2. Facing corruption head-on – calling it what it is, facing it “squarely” – is essential to moving forward.
  3. There is a role for media/communications working with higher education institutions and quality assurance bodies to enhance both visibility and importance of fighting corruption.
  4. There is a role for working with students – understanding how they are affected by a culture of corruption, understanding that they may be drawn into such a culture and developing training for students – as part of attacking corruption.
  5. Although there are many Websites, reports, etc., there is still some need for information aggregation on corruption.
  6. The Webinar demonstrated that academic corruption is present everywhere: in developed and developing countries alike

Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić, the call’s moderator, noted “The purpose of the Webinar was not only to discuss this critical issue but to get ideas for ‘next steps’ in addressing academic corruption worldwide. The Webinar featured a robust discussion, with a number of ideas put forth by panelists and participants. We will continue this discussion during the next Webinar in this series.”

Additional Webinars in 2017 will be announced within the next few weeks.

To view a full recording of the Webinar, please click here.

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A national advocate and institutional voice for academic quality through accreditation, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes approximately 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. The CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) is a division within CHEA focused on quality assurance and accreditation in an international setting.

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