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"Emerging role of the Federal Government in quality assurance of higher education" is a podcast interview with Judith Eaton, President of the Council on Higher Education (CHEA). Easton responds to the commendations of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) regarding accreditation. Expressing caution regarding NACIQI recommendation of greater federal government involvement in the accreditation process, Eaton asserts standardizing higher education outcomes will not sustain the core values of higher education, such as peer review. Instead, Eaton feels a mission-based approach is a better alternative to standardization. This effort should be led by institutions and should be accompanied with greater transparency. Additionally, accreditors need to do more to achieve greater transparency. Additionall, Dr. Eaton implores higher education to take the lead in industry evaluation.

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

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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.

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The purpose of the NACIQI Report and why the Academy and the public should be interested in its recommendations. (4:36)

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A closer look at NACIQI’s recommendations and the increasing federal role in quality assurance. (1:22)

RadioHigherEd005F003.mp3 (2149 kB)
Preserving the key features of accreditation and the essential platform for quality improvement. (2:16)

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Sector-based accreditation and differentiation in the accreditation process. (3:49)

RadioHigherEd005F005.mp3 (3658 kB)
The public interest in accountability and transparency and the accreditation community response. (3:52)

RadioHigherEd005F006.mp3 (985 kB)
Policy implications should the NACIQI recommendations become law. (1:01)

RadioHigherEd005F007.mp3 (4501 kB)
Reframing the conversation: strengthening accreditation. (4:46)

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A global perspective on higher education quality assurance. (2:09)

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Looking ahead: The potential impact of the NACIQI recommendations on quality assurance. (1:21)

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Analysis of the conversation with Dr. Eaton by the co-hosts of Radio Higher Ed. (23:43)