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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Call for Comment on Accrediting Organizations Scheduled for CHEA Recognition Review







These organizations will be reviewed at the November 25-26, 2013 meeting of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Committee on Recognition. Third-party comment must be received in the CHEA office no later than October 15, 2013 and may be submitted by mail, fax or email to:

Council for Higher Education Accreditation
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 510, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-955-6126 - Fax: 202-955-6129 - Email:

The Committee on Recognition meeting will take place at One Dupont Circle, Level 1B in Conference Room A.


CHEA recognition review includes an opportunity for parties independent of the accrediting organization under review to comment on whether the organization meets the CHEA recognition standards. Third-party comment may be either oral or written and is limited to the accrediting organization's efforts to meet the CHEA recognition standards. This may include commentary from many different sources, such as other accrediting organizations, institutions and programs, or professional or higher education associations. The comments will assist the CHEA Committee on Recognition as it considers the applications for recognition. A list of the committee on recognition members is provided here.

CHEA staff will review any third-party comment to assess its applicability to the recognition review. As provided in the 2006 and 2010 CHEA Recognition Policy and Procedures, third-party comments are reviewed by the CHEA Committee on Recognition.

"THIRD-PARTY COMMENT. Third-party comment may be either oral or written and is limited to the accrediting organization's efforts to meet the CHEA recognition standards.  All third parties requesting the opportunity to make comment related to an accrediting organization's recognition review are to notify CHEA staff and provide the names and affiliations of the persons requesting the opportunity to make third-party comment and a description of the organization(s) they represent. CHEA staff will review third-party requests for oral or written comment for completeness and applicability to eligibility and recognition standards.

Third parties who wish to appear for oral comment before the CHEA Committee on Recognition are to provide an outline of the proposed oral comment.  Where in the judgment of the Committee doing so may be useful, the Committee may invite third parties to appear before the Committee.  The accrediting organization will receive the outline of the proposed oral comment of third parties invited to appear.  Accrediting organizations will have the opportunity to review and respond to proposed oral comment.

Third parties wishing to make written comment are to provide the text of the third-party comment.  After review by CHEA staff, written comment will be provided to the Committee and the accrediting organization.  Accrediting organizations will have the opportunity to review and respond to written comment.

Third parties are to provide an outline of their oral comment or the text of their written comment in sufficient time to provide for review by CHEA staff, review and response by the accrediting organization, and for the outline or text to be provided to the Committee.

CHEA staff will notify all concerned parties of the location, date, and time of the public presentation."

Posted: August 27, 2013      

Teaching for Success Faculty Success Center Today's Success Tip: A Simple Active-learning Energizer

 Today's Success Tip
A Simple Active-learning Energizer
by Jack H. Shrawder, Executive Director,
Teaching For Success, Faculty Success Center
From the TFS Instructional Mastery Program:
Clarity, Confidence, and Capability

An Active Learning Innovation Break
Here's a creative thinking, brain energizer for your students. Try this easy, change-of-pace opportunity to engage your students in a hands-on creative-thinking and problem-solving learning experience.

The Setup
Divide your class into small work groups of 4 to 5 students in each group. Supply each group with 20 to 25 large paper clips. The exact number is not critical.

The Challenge
Challenge each group to design and create as many paper clip inventions as they can in 3 minutes.

The Process
At the end of the three-minute build period, each group should pick their top three inventions. A small-group spokesperson from each group then explains their invention to the entire class.

After each group has presented their top-three inventions, the class votes on which of the all the inventions is the most clever or creative.


The exercise finishes with appropriate instructor's and students' comments on the creative process. This activity ends on a positive note when the instructor invites the class to give themselves a nice round of applause.
Recommended Ideas for More Teaching Improvement

Newness Gets Noticed

Newness engages. With it, students are more likely to complete your course. If retention and win-win results teaching is your goal, then you will want to take your students to Level Four. Find out how to accomplish this in this TFS resource.
    Some "Recommended Ideas" are restricted to access by faculty at colleges with a TFS Institutional Subscription. If your institution is not yet a TFS subscriber institution, why not request your administrator subscribe. Just forward this TFS Institutional Order Form to her or him.  Then you'll soon have access to the entire e-library of teaching improvement and success ideas 24-7.

    Would You Help? Be recognized and help improve teaching by sharing your favorite teaching tip. For immediate consideration, email your Tip of 200 words or less to Jack Shrawder, for immediate consideration.

    Please share the TFS Success Tips Sign Up Link with Your Colleagues.
Jack H. Shrawder, Executive Director, TFS Faculty Success Center


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