Innovating Quality Assurance: HLC’s Blue-Ribbon Panel on Accreditation


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How do we measure student learning outcomes? What role can data play in evaluating quality and promoting institutional improvement? What new approaches are needed to assess learning through new online and blended learning models?

As the higher education landscape continues to change and evolve at a rapid pace, accreditors are asking these and other important questions as they look to define the future of higher education quality assurance. The Higher Learning Commission recently announced it would assemble a blue-ribbon panel of university leaders and experts in assessment, instruction and technology to rethink and strengthen accreditation practices for the digital age.

Several leaders from Civitas Learning partner institutions are serving on the panel, including Don Betz, Ph.D., president of the University of Central Oklahoma and Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University. Civitas Learning’s co-founder and chief learning officer Dr. Mark D. Milliron is one of the few private sector representatives appointed to join the HLC panel.

“Today, our system of higher learning is innovating and evolving at a pace that demands new methods of assessing efficacy, quality and outcomes. We founded Civitas Learning with the goal of helping institutions to apply data science and technology to help better understand the impact of institutional policy and practices, so this aligns perfectly with our mission and focus,” said Dr. Milliron. “I am honored and humbled to be a part of this group of higher education leaders and change-makers helping our system of accreditation to grow and thrive during a period of significant economic and technological change.”

Additional information on the Blue-Ribbon Panel can be found here.

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