Judith S. Eaton is president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA),
the largest institutional higher education membership organization in
the United States. She has served as CHEA’s president since shortly
after its founding in 1996.
A national advocate for academic
quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of degree-granting
colleges and universities. It provides recognition to the other
institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations, as well as a
comprehensive source of information on accreditation and its value to
society. The CHEA International Quality Group provides an international
forum to address issues of quality assurance throughout the world.
to her work at CHEA, 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 held teaching positions at Columbia
University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University.
Eaton has written numerous books and articles on higher education and
accreditation-related topics and addresses accreditation and quality
assurance at conferences and meetings in the United States and
internationally. Her recent publications include “Combatting Academic
Corruption: Quality Assurance and Accreditation” in
International Higher Education (2018) and “Quality, E-Learning and Alternative Providers of Higher Education” in
Cross-Border Higher Education and Quality Assurance (2016).