Dr Jessica Dunn, Accreditation Officer (second from right) with Dr Iva Dahl, Executive Director, the National Accreditation and Equivalency Council of the Bahamas, NAECOB and Dr Juliett Reid, Senior Accreditation Officer at the CHEA workshop.

The University Council of Jamaica was represented at the recent Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Summer Workshop themed Perspectives on Accreditation. The workshop was held at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington DC on June 26-27, 2017 and brought together a wide cross-section of stakeholders involved in higher education and quality assurance. Participants included Members of the US House of Representatives, international and US External Quality Assurance Agencies (EQAAs); heads of higher education institutions, policymakers in higher education and workforce development; media representatives and political commentators.

The workshop tackled a number of controversial issues in Higher Education (HE), with a central focus on the changing political landscape in the US Government and its impact on both higher education and accreditation. A number of presentations were made during the workshop, exploring the future of accreditation, next-generation innovation in higher education, accreditation reform and their impact on programmes and institutions.

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