TN IHE Alliance Presence in National Coordinating Center Accreditation Workgroup

Tennessee Inclusive Higher Education Alliance members Elise McMillan, J.D. (Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities), and Chrisann Schiro-Geist, Ph.D. (University of Memphis Institute on Disability), recently attended the annual in-person meeting of the Think College National Coordinating Center Accreditation Workgroup.

The National Coordinating Center reports that the Workgroup heard from experts from the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), reviewed the Report on Model Accreditation Standards for Higher Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities prepared by the first Accreditation Workgroup, and considered next steps.

The Workgroup created and has started work on three committees:

  • the Accreditation Outreach Committee will focus on outreach to accrediting agencies, recommendations regarding a possible registry, and research on accreditation policies and process.
  • the Student Learning Outcomes and Credentials Committee will research student competencies, learning, employment and other outcomes and the relationship to credentials and accreditation.
  • the Self-Study Development Committee’s purpose is to develop recommendations for a protocol and plans for field-testing the standards. This will include site selection, how self-studies will be conducted and information used, etc.

Committee recommendations will be considered by the full Workgroup. As this work progresses, a technical guidance document will be developed and the model standards may be updated, if needed. The new Workgroup includes experts in higher education, special education, employment, accreditation, inclusion, and student and family interests.

For more on the Think College National Coordinating Center and its activities, CLICK HERE.