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Webinar Title: "Creating an Integrated Accreditation Maintenance Culture at your Educational Institution"


Date and Time: Monday, November 29, 2010, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm Eastern Time


Presenter: Dr. Alireza Lari, CQM, CQA



All degree-granting academic institutions must be accredited by one of the accreditation bodies. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the United States Department of Education (USDE) “accredit the accreditors,” examining and giving accreditors a seal of approval or good rating. Only accreditors that have passed this test can evaluate and accredit the academic institutions. The CHEA database lists more than 7,700 degree-granting and non-degree-granting institutions and more than 18,700 programs that are accredited by United States accrediting organizations that have been recognized either by CHEA or by USDE or both. In addition, some programmatic accreditors also review free-standing, single purpose institutions in their respective fields.


Regardless of who has accredited the institutions, there are certain criteria that should be followed for initial accreditation and later for periodical surveillance audits. Most of the institutions do not have a permanent structure for dealing with issues required for accreditation. Therefore, maintaining the accreditation becomes a nightmare and creates a lot of pressure in the organization when they get close to the accreditation audit time. This Webinar explains the issues related to the maintenance of the accreditation and provides some solutions to making maintenance and continuous improvement an organizational culture.


Learning Outcomes:

As a result of participating in this webinar, you should be able to:

1. Recognize various accreditation organizations;

2. Identify the major common criteria among accreditation programs;

3. Describe the processes related to accreditation criteria;

4. Construct a formal structure for regular business process reviews that enables systematic evaluations and improvements of core processes that lead to ideal quality, speed, service and cost in support of student success - a key function in maintaining accreditations; and

5. Provide guidance and direction to administrative departments on how to best revise business processes to better align with established policies so that improved institutional effectiveness is achieved.


Presenter's Profile:

Dr. Alireza Lari is the President of AmHighEd. He has more than 20 years of teaching experience at different universities. He has published three books and more than 50 articles in different refereed journals and proceedings of national and international conferences. He has held university administrative positions of Associate Dean for R&D, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and Chairperson of the Departments of Management and Systems. He carries several years of industrial experience. He is an international consultant in the areas of reengineering and change management, process management and design of total quality systems. He led several projects of technology transfer, total quality systems, integrated information systems, and process improvement. He is an ASQ Certified Quality Manager and Certified Quality Auditor. He has served as a Member of 2008 and 2010 Board of Examiners of Malcolm Baldrige Award, and annual reviewer and systems appraiser for The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools- Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) since January 2007.


Fee: $180.00














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