In summer 2022, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), working with higher education consultant Kathryn Dodge, fielded a survey to determine how public members are chosen, trained, and utilized by institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations in the United States. The objective of the survey was to advance understanding of the recruitment, orientation, and value of public members in accreditation.
The survey was sent to the accrediting organizations recognized by CHEA, U.S. Department of Education or both. The results of the survey were confidential. A total of 25 of the 85 accreditors responded.
This article is a summary of findings from the survey responses. While this is not comprehensive, it provides an overarching sense of current practice regarding recruitment, orientation, and the value of public members in postsecondary education accreditation within recognized accrediting organizations in the United States.