January 11, 2010

Provost appointed to U.S. accrediting panel

Earl Lewis

Earl Lewis, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, has been appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan named Lewis as one of six appointees to the panel, which advises Duncan on issues related to accreditation, including recommending which accrediting or specific state approval agencies should be recognized as reliable authorities for judging the quality of postsecondary institutions. 

Lewis will serve a three-year term.

“This committee will play a vital role in ensuring the highest standards of accountability for accrediting agencies,” Duncan says. “These agencies have the formidable task of assuring that schools participating in federal student aid programs provide a quality education to their students. These six new members bring varied expertise, talent, and experience to the committee, and their input will be invaluable as the department continues to improve these programs.”

The new panel, reconstituted after the previous one was disbanded, has 18 members. In addition to the secretary’s six, six each are appointed by the Senate and by the House.

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