Dr. Pepicello’s Appointment to NACIQI
Dear Students, Faculty, and Friends of the University:
Recently I was pleased to be appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). It is a distinct honor to serve on this committee as it is tasked with advising the Secretary of Education on matters related to accreditation. Committee members are appointed equally by members of the House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and the Department of Education. Representation on the Committee is diverse and includes educators from academic institutions of all sizes from around the United States, business leaders, a state representative, as well as a student representative. The first meeting is expected to be held in the early fall.
The committee has its work cut out for us. Never before has education been as important to the nation’s economy and well being as it is right now. President Obama has promised that by 2020, the United States will once again regain the position as the world’s leader in having an educated populace. This is vital if we are to address the nation’s economic crisis.
Accreditation is also vital to this endeavor. It is through accreditation that academic institutions ensure they are operating in concert with their stated missions. It is also a way for students or potential students to ensure their institution is academically fit. The accreditation process is ongoing and provides a process for institutions to engage in external evaluation as well as self-examination both of which result in quality improvements.
My membership on NACIQI means the non-traditional students who now make up the majority of those attending college today will be represented. It also means that through this committee, we will make recommendations to the Secretary of Education concerning ways to provide evidence of student achievement and institutional performance as well as how to make this information easily accessible to the public.
The University of Phoenix has taken a lead in accountability and transparency through the publication of the Academic Annual Report. The Report contains information on how University of Phoenix students compare to their peers at other institutions in the areas of information utilization, academic progression, and satisfaction. If you haven’t had a chance to look it over, I invite you to take a look at the overview and to peruse the rest of the Report which also outlines the steps the University is taking to improve our processes and services to meet the educational challenges facing the United States today.
Again, I am honored to be a member of this committee. Look for updates on the committee’s work in the future.
Bill Pepicello, PhD
University of Phoenix