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UAlbany Provost Named to Head Federal Reassessment of Higher Ed Accreditation

Dr. Susan D. Phillips leads U.S. Department of Education subcommittee seeking improvements to Higher Education Act

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ALBANY, N.Y. (December 09, 2010) -- UAlbany Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Susan D. Phillips is heading a U.S. Department of Education subcommittee composed of seven national leaders in higher education and charged with developing legislative recommendations for the 2013 renewal of the Higher Education Act in the area of accreditation.

UAlbany Provost Susan D. Phillips

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs Susan Phillips

Phillips is chair of the subcommittee of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, which will consider how to alter the country’s decentralized system of accreditation. That system, according to a Dec. 3 article in Inside Higher Ed, "has been under fire in recent years amid cries for more accountability." The subcommittee, formed at the request of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, plans to make legislative recommendations on non-accreditation-related matters as well.

Phillips said her group hopes to have a set of recommendations for Secretary Duncan by December 2011. To view the full membership of the subcomittee, read the article on higher education accreditation at Inside Higher Ed.

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