Westmont Magazine Elected by His Peers
After serving an initial one-year term on the board of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) established last year, President David Winter has been elected for an additional three-year term. All presidents of accredited colleges and universities across the country vote in electing the 15-member board.
The umbrella organization which itself accredits all higher education accrediting bodies in the United States (including the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Westmont’s accrediting agency) works to “promote greater public account- ability, increase the importance and usefulness of non-governmental accreditation, and improve the practice of accreditation.”
CHEA accreditation complements the federal accreditation process by looking beyond threshold standards of quality toward identifying the best practices, use of research about assessment and accountability, and dialogue with institutional leadership.
Dr. Winter comments, “I feel especially privileged to be given the opportunity and responsibility of providing leadership on the CHEA board, and I am confident that, by working together, we will be able to accomplish our goals of improving accreditation processes, fostering communication between accrediting bodies and the higher education community, and preserving the quality and diversity of higher education across the country.”