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About ICHEA

International Council for Higher Education
Accreditation Accreditation Serving the Public Interest

The ICHEA, International Council for Higher Education Accreditation is a non-profit organization whose main aim is the stimulation and facilitation of the internationalization of higher education around the world, and to meet the professional needs of individuals active in international education. Honor society membership for academic excellence in a higher education discipline is one of the most cherished tributes that a graduate can receive from his/her institution. ICHEA is a primary national voice for voluntary accreditation and quality assurance to the international education society and a primary national voice for voluntary accreditation to the general public, opinion leaders, students and families.ICHEA is sub-organization supported by UNESCO.

The ICHEA is an association of international education professionals. It is a multi-sectoral organization made up of individual and corporate members. The ICHEA represents members from all education sectors (public and private) - university, vocational education, schools and English language - as well as from government and commercial organizations.

The ICHEA has been established to serve the needs and interests of the large number of individuals working in international education across all education sectors, to encourage informed and ethical professional practice among members, and to promote international education to governments, education organizations and within the community.

Existing groups and structures have advanced international education in a variety of ways, for particular purposes and with considerable success. The field has benefited by the policy and operational inputs of governments and their instrumentalities, peak bodies, corporate and commercial interests in all sectors.

There is, however, a critical need to serve the professional interests of the thousands of individuals at various levels, and with widely different professional responsibilities and experience, working in international education across all education sectors. The needs of individual professionals are best served by a broadly-based, member-oriented, member-driven association, whose role should complement and through appropriate alliances, facilitate the work of other groups and bodies within the international education field.

ICHEA is an association and includes individuals in all education sectors and at all levels, in institutions, in government and elsewhere, who are active or interested in international education. This includes individuals involved in executive/senior management, marketing, student support, study abroad, student exchange, admissions, and teaching and learning. It includes international membership and relates to counterpart international associations.

ICHEA aims to work in close collaboration with governments and their instrumentalities, industry peak bodies, corporate and commercial interests.

ICHEA Mission

         Promoting closer educational relations between the people of different countries.

         Strengthening and linking institutions of higher learning globally.

         Building leadership skills and enhancing the capacity of individuals and organizations to address local and global challenges.

         To meet the professional needs of individuals active in the field and bring together fellow professionals worldwide in all aspects of international education.

ICHEA Offers

The ICHEA strives to link international education professionals together in order to help create a global environment where there is mobility and education for all. In order to facilitate this, the ICHEA works to aid in the professional development of internationalizes and to ensure that important information is not only disseminated, but that there is an increased awareness about critical issues so that they can be debated in order to come to mutual understandings.

Professional development is tackled by offering various training courses, seminars, professional development modules and executive forums throughout the year, disseminating important issues via publications, providing an important forum with the services on-line, and most importantly by creating an atmosphere for learning, debate, and networking at the annual conference. The ICHEA, with its professional sections and special interest groups, ensures that adequate attention is paid to the more specific topics that concern ICHEA members as well as the general topics challenging the international higher education arena.

An international advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, ICHEA is an association of over 10,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 120 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.

         Largest institutional higher education membership organization in the world, with approximately 10,000 degree-granting colleges and universities.

         Sixty recognized institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.

         Governed by a 20-person board of college and university presidents, institutional representatives and public members.

ICHEA Purposes

Advocacy

         A primary international voice for accreditation and quality assurance to the Global Congress and Global Department of Education.

         A primary international voice for accreditation to the general public, opinion leaders, students and families.

         A representative of the Global accreditation community to international audiences.

Service

         International leader in identifying and articulating emerging issues in accreditation and quality assurance.

         International forum to address issues of mutual interest and concern in accreditation.

         Authoritative source of data and information about regional, faith-related, career-related and programmatic accreditors.

         Projects and initiatives to strengthen accreditation and its role in serving the public interest.

         Conferences and meetings.

         Databases and directories of accredited institutions and programs and accreditation and quality assurance bodies.

         Convener of international discussion of accreditation and quality assurance through the ICHEA International Quality Group.

Recognition

Recognition is the scrutiny and affirmation of the quality of regional, faith-related, career-related and programmatic accrediting organizations. ICHEA is the only nongovernmental higher education organization in the world that undertakes this scrutiny. The federal government, through the EAICE-Foundation Department of Education, conducts official recognition reviews.

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