U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the sixth and final appointment to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI).
The committee's new member, appointed to a six-year term, is:
- John Etchemendy, provost, Stanford University
NACIQI advises the secretary on accreditation issues and the eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education. It is charged with recommending to the secretary which accrediting or specific state approval agencies should be recognized as reliable authorities for judging the quality of postsecondary institutions and programs. Schools must be approved by a recognized accrediting agency to be eligible to participate in federal student aid and other federal programs. Students attending these postsecondary schools receive about $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study opportunities.
"John Etchemendy joins five other committee members whose collective talents, experience and wisdom will prove to be invaluable to ensuring that accrediting agencies focus on quality and high standards when evaluating schools and programs," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "I look forward to their expert advice on further strengthening and improving these programs."
Established in 1972, The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) is an 18-member committee with membership appointed equally by the Secretary of Education, the Senate, and the House of Representatives.