Dr. Judith Eaton

Dr. Judith Eaton

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 self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities. Her keynote presentation, The Federal Context for Accreditation, will explore what is happening with accreditation as the new Congress and new Administration establish themselves. Are the past few years of increasing federal oversight of our work continuing, or are we seeing a change in direction?

Eloy Oakley

Eloy Oakley

Eloy Ortiz Oakley is Chancellor for the California Community Colleges. As Superintendent-President of the Long Beach Community College District, he fostered strong relationships with members of the community, state and national policy leaders, his Board of Trustees and college faculty and staff. He has provided statewide and national leadership on the issue of improving the education outcomes of historically underrepresented students. Oakley serves on several education and community boards and committees. He earned his B.A. in Environmental Analysis and Design and his MBA at University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Paul Gaston

Dr. Paul Gaston

Dr. Paul Gaston, author of Higher Education Accreditation: How It’s Changing, Why it Must, will present key findings from his book that relate to community college accreditation. He will then be joined by a panel of community college leaders to anticipate how these changes may impact our region. Dr. Gaston always engages with his workshop participants to ensure relevant outcomes.

Dr. Richard Winn

Dr. Richard Winn

Richard Winn, Ed.D., joined the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in June 2016 as Vice President of Operations. The Commission appointed him to serve as Interim President in December of that year. In the 12 years prior to joining the Commission, Dr. Winn worked with the WASC Senior Colleges and University Commission, retiring in 2015 as Senior Vice President. He is also a public member of the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and served for three years on the Board of Examiners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Dr. Amy Driscoll

Dr. Amy Driscoll

Dr. Amy Driscoll is a Consulting Scholar with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2005, Dr. Driscoll coordinated development of the Carnegie classification for Community Engagement. At Portland State University, she was Director of Community/University Partnerships where she initiated the community-based learning and community Capstones. Dr. Driscoll was the Director of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment at California State University Monterey Bay where she initiated and coordinated an institutional approach to assessment focused on student learning outcomes. Currently, Dr. Driscoll is a consultant with the Teagle-funded Curriculum Redesign Project at San Francisco State University.

Linda Suskie

Linda Suskie

Linda Suskie is an internationally recognized consultant, speaker, writer, and workshop facilitator on a variety of higher education assessment and accreditation topics. She is the author of several widely recognized books on assessment including: Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide, one of the best-selling books on assessment in higher education, and Five Dimensions of Quality: A Common Sense Guide to Accreditation and Accountability. After seven years as a Vice President at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (the regional accreditor of colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States), she now works with colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad.