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State Board Report

February 2016

Though the snow kept some groups from attending the CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., representatives from regional, national and program accreditors attended the Accreditation Forum cosponsored by NASBA and the AICPA on January 29 in D.C. NASBA Education Committee Chair Dr. Raymond N. Johnson (OR) reported: "We had a good discussion of the role of accreditation and what is happening in the higher education environment. We had the deepest discussions on transcript transparency, competencybased education, credits for life experience and various models for granting credit hours that appear on transcripts. My take-away from this forum was that the regional accreditors are generally willing to work with us to do something different if we can articulate our concerns. We have begun a conversation with accreditors, and there are likely more productive conversations ahead."

After listening to the presentations, Dr. Elizabeth Sibolski from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (a regional accreditor) stated: "Accreditors do not have the resources or mission to review every course, only to ensure proper guidelines are established and implemented."

The Accreditation Forum was moderated by Jan Williams, Past President of the American Accounting Association. Besides NASBA and AICPA volunteer leadership and staff, participants included: Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) – Steven Parscale; Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges & Schools (ACICS) – Anthony S. Beida and Perliter Walters-Gilliam; American Accounting Association – Bruce Behn and Tracey Sutherland; Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – Bob Reid and Tom Robinson; International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) – Phyllis Okrepkie; Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) – Elilzabeth Sibolski; and New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) – Paula Harbecke.

NASBA President Ken Bishop thanked NASBA Past Chair Carlos E. Johnson (OK) for his assistance in developing this program in response to issues raised by the State Boards.

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