Dr. Judith S. Eaton is president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the largest institutional higher education membership organization in the United States.
A national advocate and institutional voice for academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. CHEA serves as an outspoken advocate and a comprehensive source of information on accreditation and its value to society. The recently launched CHEA International Quality Group provides as an international forum to address issues related to accreditation and quality assurance around the world.
Prior to her work at CHEA, Dr. Eaton served as chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, as president of the Council for Aid to Education, the Community College of Philadelphia and the Community College of Southern Nevada and as vice president of the American Council on Education. She has teaching positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. A sought-after speaker on higher education issues both in the United States and internationally, she has authored numerous books and articles on higher education and accreditation-related topics.
Dr. Antony Stella, a former President of the Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN), has extensive QA experience in Asia, the middle east and more widely.
Dr. Stella was one of the first team of senior officers recruited for the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in India and had a major role in promoting quality assurance in the Indian higher education sector during 1996-2005. From 2005 to 2011, she was an Audit Director at the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA), and contributed significantly to AUQA’s international work and publications. She was a Commissioner at the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), the federal quality assurance agency of the United Arab Emirates during 2011-13. She has led quality audits and reviews in Bahrain, Fiji and Mauritius (as well as in Australia), and facilitated the QA developments in emerging economies such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Timor Leste.
Dr. Stella has a special interest in analysing the regional developments and international trends in quality assurance. She wrote reports on the QA arrangements of APEC economies, on which were based the ‘Chiba Principles’ for QA in the Asia-Pacific. She produced overviews for UNESCO of the quality assurance mechanisms of the Asia-Pacific region, and was a member of the UNESCO-OECD expert group that drafted guidelines for QA of cross-border education. She has written training materials for the International Institute of Educational Planning to train policy makers and decision makers in quality higher education.
She has served as an elected Director of the Board of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) in 2012 and led a project on Small States for INQAAHE. Beyond quality assurance, she is passionate about developing a quality walnut orchard in Australia.
Hans de Wit is Director of the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at the Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, and Professor of Internationalization of Higher Education at the School of Economics and Management of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences. He is a Research Associate at the Unit for Higher Education Internationalisation in the Developing World at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
He is the Founding Editor of the ‘Journal of Studies in International Education’ (Association for Studies in International Education/SAGE publishers. He publishes a monthly blog in University World News on internationalisation of higher education, www.universityworldnews.com. He is together with Dr. Fiona Hunter co-editor of the annual 5th issue of ‘International Higher Education’, the newsletter of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, focussed on internationalisation of higher education. He has (co)written several books and articles on international education and is actively involved in assessment and consultancy in international education, for organisations like the European Commission, UNESCO, World Bank, IMHE/OECD, IAU, European Parliament.
In 2005-2006, he was a New Century Scholar of the Fulbright Program Higher Education in the 21st Century, and in 1995 and 2006 a visiting scholar in the USA and in 2002 in Australia. Hans de Wit is founding member and past president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE). He has been involved in and published about measuring quality in internationaisation, and is involved in the CeQuint (Certificate for Quality in Internationalisation) project of the European consorotium for Accreditation.
Sofiane Sahraoui is President of the Arab Governance Institute which he co-founded in 2012 and Senior Advisor in charge of consulting and research at the Institute of Public Administration of Bahrain (BIPA). He held several faculty and academic administration positions in Bahrain, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates, and has been an Associate Research Fellow with Brunel Business School in the UK, visiting faculty with the Mediterranean School of Business in Tunisia and Associate Consultant with the National School of Administration of France (ENA). He led the foundation of the MENAPAR (Middle East & North Africa Initiative for Public Administration Research) network; a regional group affiliated with the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) of which he is Director of Research.
Sofiane sits on the Board of Management of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) and is the co-chair of its working group on “Public Policy.” He was designated as General Rapporteur of the 2013 Congress of IIAS/IASIA; one of the largest conferences in Public Administration in the World.
Dr. Sahraoui holds a Ph.D from the University of Pittsburgh (Katz Graduate School of Business), and a MSc. from the University of Oxford (College of St Anne’s). His research is primarily on governance and organizational design including in higher education. He has published 2 books and more than 40 research articles in leading academic journals and conference proceedings and speaks regularly at international professional gatherings. He was the guest editor of the prestigious European Journal of Information Systems and serves on the editorial board of many journals. He holds regular seminars and workshops on higher education governance as part of his consulting activities and serves as auditor for a number of quality assurance agencies and as such regularly participates in institutional accreditations and program review visits. As a consultant for ANQAHE (Arab Network for Quality Assurance for Higher Education), he led a UNESCO-funded study on quality assurance of higher education in the Arab region and another study on cross-border higher education.
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