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"The role of Capitol Hill’s Advisory Committee on institutional auality and integrity: A historical perspective" is a podcast interview with Dr. Robert Andringa, former Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). Dr. Andringa provides an insightful historical perspective and describes how NACIQI began initially as an effort to promote access to affordable higher education and evolved into the organization it has become today. Emphasizing NACIQI’s important role as a trust broker between the Department of Education and Congress, Dr. Andringa also asserts the accreditation process is costly to institutions in both time and resources. He supports the recommendation of NACIQI for the diversification of accrediting organizations. Dr. Andringa believes that the accreditation process could be doing more to encourage innovation within institutions. Lastly, Dr. Andringa advocates for the utilization of regulatory disincentives for institutions showing poor performance in student completion rates.

Interview facilitation, commentary and discussion presented by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin, and Elise Scanlon of Radio Higher Ed.

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Radio Higher Ed, LLC

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Copyright © 2012 Radio Higher Ed . All Rights Reserved. Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network.

RadioHigherEd010F001.mp3 (4931 kB)
A historical perspective of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) and accreditation’s journey toward becoming a gatekeeper for federal student aid (5:15)

RadioHigherEd010F002.mp3 (2574 kB)
The role of NACIQI and its chair – past and present (2:44)

RadioHigherEd010F003.mp3 (2097 kB)
Highlights of contributions made by NACIQI (2:13)

RadioHigherEd010F004.mp3 (4116 kB)
The influence of the Pell Grant on accountability, accessibility and affordability in higher education (4:23)

RadioHigherEd010F005.mp3 (3692 kB)
NACIQI as a trust broker (3:56)

RadioHigherEd010F006.mp3 (1194 kB)
The role of accreditation as a gatekeeper for the federal student aid system (1:15)

RadioHigherEd010F007.mp3 (3015 kB)
Reforms proposed by the current NACIQI (3:12)

RadioHigherEd010F008.mp3 (3146 kB)
Voluntary accreditation and its capacity to support innovation (3:21)

RadioHigherEd010F009.mp3 (3299 kB)
The granularity of current regulations and their impact on quality (3:30)

RadioHigherEd010F010.mp3 (3235 kB)
High interest rates, debt and entitlements and challenges to the next administration (3:26)

RadioHigherEd010F011.mp3 (9827 kB)
Analysis and Commentary (10:29)